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a little disappointed
on September 11, 2011
There were very few reviews available when I bought this case for a 2-year-old who was in the hospital. While I felt more confident in the engineering of the Gumdrop case, I was swayed to this case due to price, ability to stand upright, larger gripping options, and the "fun" factor.
When I first received it, there was an overwhelming chemical-ish smell from the foam. After letting it sit outside for 24 hours, the smell was not as strong, but still noticeable.
After inserting the iPad (no directions are included), I noticed that the foam material was very static-y, seeming to attract cat hair out of thin air. I'll report back once I've seen how bad it gets under daily use.
This case claims to fit both the iPad 1 and 2. I assumed that was possible because the foam was squishy. It is actually a hard foam, and the iPad 2 rattles around in it. The case is clearly sized to fit the thicker iPad 1 exactly, not by any squishing. Despite the rattle, it was a tight enough fit getting the iPad in that I'm not worried about it being any less protected. In fact, it probably improves its ability to protect against a drop or fall.
When this cute little guy is standing up, it's natural to pick it up by grabbing the top edge of the case. Unfortunately this seems to be the weakest point, as it bends the top edge back a bit (and it wasn't even perfectly straight to begin with).
There is more of the iPad 2's bezel showing at the top than at the bottom (by the feet).
One thing I didn't think about before buying was usability in Portrait orientation. Even with the rotation-lock switch on the iPad set to Landscape, i didn't realize how many apps are hardcoded as Portrait only.
This case does not come with a screen protector, which I liked (no leftover goo from ripping out the built-in protectors some other cases have).
Overall, I feel that the iGuy offers enough protection to hand an iPad to a 2-year-old.
RESULTS FROM FIRST TWO DAYS OF USE:
No falls or drops yet, since it's so easy for her to hold securely.
Lots of comments from adults about how cute it looks. They can't believe there's a real iPad inside.
The static issue must have just been related to inserting the iPad. Haven't had any trouble since.
My wife actually likes the foam smell, which is not too strong anymore. My dad, who is chemically sensitive, did not seem to be bothered by it.
The free-standing feature proved really handy for watching movies.
A few creases have developed where the arms attach to the main body.
Foam is easy to clean and feels very durable.
Removing the iPad 2's included charging cable (dock connector is only about 1cm) is a real pain while the case is on. I had to find another cable with a bigger dock connector that sticks out enough to grab ahold of.