Review: Gumdrop cases are sweet
I enlisted the help of my youngest son to select and review a Gumdrop case. This was seen as a great privilege perhaps not rivaling the excitement over the iPad Mini itself, but somehow still reminding me of when the boys were small and the boxes that housed the toys were as compelling as the toys themselves.
Looking at the selection online, my 9 year old was intrigued and excited.
We chose the Drop Tech series Ultimate Ruggedized Protection for iPad Mini case in black and red (they also are available in army green and plain black).
My son was thrilled by the cool design, the color, and the prospect of having something his older brother did not. I was excited that the case spoke to the reality of my life; it is extremely rough and tumble over here, and protecting things like portable novel-sized computers feels like a stressful, if not impossible, proposition.
The folks that designed this product with with reinforced rubber bumpers, drop protection materials, and a screen cover were speaking my mom-of-two-boys language.
When we received the case, we were thrilled by the sight of it.
The bulk of the case resembled a sleek mini version of a new car tire thick and sturdy. Even with that heft, it was still good-looking.
We hit a speed bump, though, when the only assembly instructions (to insert the iPad into the case) for the product seemed to be a cryptic drawing on the box. Left to my abilities the whole thing may have shut down right there (I am the opposite of intuitive concerning anything remotely related to technology).
But after consulting with the family IT department my 11 year old everything was assembled in under two minutes. My youngest proceeded to play his games happily (although his device looked ready for Outward Bound, there was no discernable issue with ease of use.)
This case cost $59.95, which sounds expensive to me. While there are a lot of case options online that are less expensive (and more expensive), significantly cheaper cases did not appear to offer the same level of protection as the Gumdrop.
We would recommend this sweet product.
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