I have a lovely iPad 2, which was purchased to allow me to blog on-the-run. Unfortunately, the only time I get my hands on said iPad is when I am plugging it in to charge, taking it off quarreling children or giving it to well behaved children. When MobileZap approached me to give the Speck iGuy Case and Stand for iPad a go, I was keen.
Protecting the iPad, or Jasper-proofing it, had become a very important issue as he became increasingly interested in using it and, while he was trying to be as careful as a two year old boy can be, I had to accept that bumps and little accidents were par for the course if I was going to allow him to use it.
And, honestly, there were a couple of really good reasons to let him. Firstly, he has two older sisters who have activities which he has to attend and, often, find a way to quietly entertain himself while they dance, swim, get awards, read and so on. Life as the younger brother of two busy sisters can be boring if your mumma is not prepared with paper, pens and all manner of iThingies. Then, there are the doctors appointments we seem to have had a plethora of recently. Grumpy kids in the waiting room for an undetermined amount of time are not my favourite.
The Speck iGuy Case Jasper-proofs my iPad 2 very nicely. It is made from a sturdy foam, which fits the iPad snugly and is soft to touch but effective in protecting from bumps and breakages – especially on our tile floors. I have also noticed that it softens the blow when Jasper manages to let it fall on his forehead while laying down to play (I seriously hate when that happens).
iGuy is fun and bright. He has arm like handles and feet which can be used as a stand for watching movies and so on. It’s like a little character, making the case appealing to young children. The iGuy fits iPad 2, 3 and even iPad 4.
The case has cut outs in all the right places so you can still access the volume controls, ports, plugs and use the camera. Plugging in the charger is difficult due to the charging port being under one of the arms. None of the children will even give it a go anymore and it often takes me numerous tries to get it plugged in.
The only other problem I see with this case is it is a little on the smelly side. When we first got it, the ‘plasticy’ (it’s the only word I can think of to describe it) smell was quite overpowering but that soon wore off. Now, it’s only if I end up with it in my face (which happens more than you might think) that I notice it. Honestly, these two little niggles are non-issues when I have seen exactly how thoroughly Jasper has tested this product.
If I could get one for the iPod Touch, I’d be winning.