Gripcase review

blogEntryThumbnailRecently, I received an iPad mini case and stand from Gripcase USA. Below is information and a review of each product:

Case
  • Description - Lightweight, foam constructed case with four handles that are soft and bendable.
    Price - $34.99
    Colors - Black, red, blue, purple, green
    Population - Children (with special needs), but could be expanded to more populations.
    Pros - Durable construction, sleek design, fits device snugly, lightweight
    Cons - Handles could be sturdier, but Gripcase suggests that the case bends without breaking.
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From my experience in using the Gripcase USA case, it appears to be very durable and well-designed. It is constructed of a lightweight, soft, bendable EVA foam that is shock absorbent, non-abrasive, and bacteria resistant. I physically dropped the case with the iPad mini inside on both hard and carpeted surfaces. The result was a bouncing effect in which the case bounced on the rounded corners before landing flat on the ground; the iPad mini remained fully intact and unaffected. This is an important consideration for any product used with children and this case seems to pass the test. The lightweight, sleek design also makes the case easy to store in a child’s backpack without adding extra bulk.

Gripcase USA ensures, through construction and manufacturing, that the case is highly durable if soiled, placed in the sun or in the event bacteria forms on the apparatus. The bacteria resistant, washable material is definitely an advantage when working with children and adults with special needs, especially, if multiple individuals are using the device. Plus, the spongy construction may provide sensory stimulation for some users.

Stand
  • Description - Lightweight, hard plastic stand compatible with iPad and iPad mini Gripcase.
    Price - $19.99
    Colors - Black only
    Population - Professionals, parents, and children (with special needs)
    Pros - Durable construction, versatile design, compact size, and non-abrasive on surfaces
    Cons - Stand could benefit from suction cups to hold it in place on a surface. A locking mechanism for holding the case in place on the stand would also be a nice feature.
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Upon testing the stand, I found it to be a great addition to the case. The stand is very lightweight and non-abrasive, so it can be moved around without fear of scratching any surface. The stand is very versatile as it can easily hold an iPad mini (in portrait or landscape orientation) or iPhone/iPod touch (in portrait orientation). In my experience with the product, the iPhone did not fall out of the stand. While the iPad mini was also very secure in the stand when it was stationary, I think a great additional feature would be a locking mechanism on the stand to hold the iPad mini in place. The stand is beneficial when you want to prop up the iPad in the event it cannot be held or during instruction when you want to be hands free.

All in all, I was very pleased with the use of both the Gripcase USA case and stand, and I would highly recommend the products, especially if you are a practitioner working with children with special needs or a parent of a child with special needs.

Disclosure: I received a complimentary case and stand from Gripcase USA.
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