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Griffin Survivor Case
on July 27, 2012
I'm writing a review based on the information I was looking for when purchasing an iPad case!
I don't have my iPad here yet - it's being shipped NOT via Amazon, so the case got here much sooner than the iPad! But I have a 6-year-old, a 3-year-old, and a baby on the way, so I knew that even though I don't plan on letting them use my iPad much and even though I will teach them to be VERY careful with it, it would probably be a good idea to get some serious protection.
I debated (and debated!) between the Survivor, the Otterbox, the Gumdrop, and the Hard Candy Street Skin. I finally picked the Survivor based on the price and reviews. There were two things that concerned me about the Survivor: the size/weight, and the reviews that mentioned that the camera and speaker flaps didn't stay open, but it still felt like the best option. Just as I was about to order, I noticed one reviewer mentioning that there are two versions of the Survivor, and the NEWER version has hinges over the camera and speaker flaps, eliminating the problem with those being hard to use.
In looking at the sellers for the pink case, there were only two that would qualify for Prime shipping. One seller showed an all-pink case (and had lots of reviews) and this seller showed a pink and black case (and had only 4 reviews). But as I examined the pictures and the description on Griffin's own website, I had a hunch that the black and pink case seller was, in fact, selling the NEWER case even though it said it was selling the older case. I took a chance and ordered that one (well, THIS one!).
It arrived today (um, 20 hours after I ordered it...Amazon shipping is amazing...), and I was right! It IS the newer, updated 2012 case that Griffin is selling now (sku number GB35379, not GB02534, which is the older version).
So that may be good information to know!
As far as the case itself...I can't comment too much on functionality, since I don't actually have my iPad yet. It looks like it's crazy sturdy. I was concerned about the weight, and it DOES feel very heavy. If it weren't for my desire to protect the iPad from the kids, it would be too much. As it is, I'm still considering trading for the Hard Candy Street Skin, which looks like it's a little slimmer...but we'll see how I feel after I get to use the whole package.