|Screen Size||7.9 inches|
Griffin Technology Survivor for iPad mini, Black/Black (GB35918)
|Price:||$36.90 & FREE Shipping on orders over $49. Details|
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- Independently tested to meet conditions outlined in US Department of Defense MIL-STD-810
- Integral Display shield deflects wind and rain (Test: up to 200 mm/hr for 1 hour)
- Rigid internal frame protects against shocks and drops (Test: drop on flat concrete surface from 6'/1.8 m)
- Sealed ports block blown sand and dust (up to 18 m/sec for 1 hour)
- Silicone cladding blocks vibration (18 hrs at 20 to 2000 Hz)
- Includes multi-position workstand
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It was hard to assemble the Survivor's screen cover onto the rest of the case, until I figured out the solution. The cover has tabs that fit into slots and tightly grip the case. I discovered that by using a fingernail to very slightly and temporarily bend the tabs open, they snap into place perfectly.
My Survivor came with a small card that illustrated how to assemble the case. The illustrations are small; there is almost no verbal instruction, it has no pointer to helpful web resources, and the card could not easily be used because it was obscured by another card filled with legalese.
Both were stuck inside the case, visible through the screen cover, but the user has to open the case to retrieve them. And it's not clear how to open the case.
I complained about this to Griffin and they pointed me to an instructional video. It is required viewing. But user testing should have revealed the inadequacy of the small printed card. Even getting the case out of its oddly shaped and tightly assembled cardboard box and plastic insert was harder than it should have been. Please, more usability testing!
Apple has officially stated that the iPad mini screen has a special coating that wears off with usage. The Survivor screen cover probably reduces or prevents such wear. I found no reduction in screen responsiveness from using the screen cover.
Clean hands and a cleaning cloth are necessary when assembling the screen, as shown in the Griffin video. But once the entire assembly was complete, I was very satisfied.
As far as the case itself, it fits like a glove. Very snug. I have not dropped my new mini, but it gives the impression that it would be well protected if I did as the corners and edges are covered with soft rubber.
The camera flap is difficult to open if you do not have something to pry it with. It's soft rubber and just doesn't give you enough grip to get it to release with just your fingers at times. I kept a pen cap with me to pop it open when needed.
The screen is another story, though. Even after treating it with great care, the screen protector still shows some scratches - including one small one right out of the packaging at the top that distorts where your web addresses show. Makes me wonder how it will look after a year. It has only been a week.
The screen protector does not fit 100% flush against the mini's screen, so at times you have to press a little harder than normal to get a response. This is not so noticeable in the center, but much more noticeable at the edges. Very frustrating if you use a stylus for certain programs & have to press hard to get it to work.
I have a note taking app, and you either have to press down harder than normal or risk your lines skipping.
I will probably end up returning. If it weren't for the screen protector, this case would get 4 stars (lost one for the camera flap)
With a touch screen device as easy to use as this one, it takes some of the fun out of using it - but it sure does protect it.
Now the deal breaker: The clear screen cover causes horrible rainbow effects when assembled against the glass of the iPad. My first thought was perhaps some manufacturing residue, no big deal, some warm soap and water... Nope still there. Ah, maybe I didn't really clean my iPad screen and it is some oil from my fingertips that is being spread thin. Cleaned both screen and protective film again. Still rainbows... And now after using nothing but soft cloths, hand soap, and windex the cover is showing a ton of micro scratches. Maybe I'm particular, but I didn't buy an iPad to look at a distorted image. I'll continue to use the cover for protection during football games but I'll be switching out to my flip cover after each game, something I had hoped not to do.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
offers great protection for my sons iPad.... he has dropped this thing so many times... and this case has done its job....Published 1 month ago by Jason M.
Love this case I've had it for 3 1-2 years and it's still in perfect condition and so is my iPad.Published 1 month ago by Alicia Yanos
Purchase this product for my teenage sons mini iPad, that receives heavy use. It stands up to all of the abuse that a teenage boy can put an electronic device through, including... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Jessica Mounts
This case is Very protective but there are some flaws in it. The 3 part case is very sturdy. I have dropped my iPad and nothing has happened. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
For some reason, this took 10 days to get here, along with a DVD. We use Griffin protectors on several phones and an iPod. Very durable, they have saved our devices many times. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Ed Schulhof