Since I got my iPad mini last Autumn, I’ve been really conscious of protecting it from damage. By the very nature of an iPad and it’s portable design, I often have it out and about with me so the risk of bumps, knocks and scratches is high. I immediately invested in a fairly standard Apple cover. You know the one which attaches magnetically down the side and flips open to create a stand. It has it’s benefits. I love the bright red colour, the stand, the smooth feeling. However it also has it’s niggles – it only really protects the screen – the back is open and therefore prone to scratches and there is no protection from bumps or knocks. The cover has also been known to fall off in my hand before now (in fact last time it happened I dropped my ipad on the floor screen down – thankfully it survived unscathed).
I was excited to see if the Tech21 Impact Folio Case would cut the mustard – featuring advanced impact protection to 6ft this had to be good right?
On first impressions I was disappointed by the brown colour. Why would you choose brown anything? I get that dark colours are practical but you know, black, navy, grey . . . anything but brown.
Colour aside, the texture or the cover is pleasingly smooth to hold but not slippy so as to mean you’re at risk of dropping it. This geometric ribbing and “FlexShock” technology plays a significant part in protecting your tech from impact. Designed to withstand being dropped from around 6ft you can be safe in the knowledge that you’re doing everything you can to prevent damage to your precious technology – now you know I like to be thorough in my reviews but I’m afraid I’m not going to test that one out for you. Let’s just trust them on it shall we?
By definition of the case, it is going to add a certain level of bulk to your slick, slim ipad – but this is a small price to pay for increased protection from bumps and knocks on your daily commute or at the hands of careless children. I’ve certainly seen bulkier cases on the market that’s for sure.
Fitting the case is child’s play – your tablet just pushes neatly into the flexible edges and you’re done. They curve very slightly to hold your ipad securely in place, there is no way it’s going to accidentally slip out.
I’ve mentioned already that the case does add to the size of your iPad and of course it’s to be expected this heavy weight protective case is going to weigh more than your naked ipad but again, this is just pay off for the protection you’re getting (and if you compare it to the ones we use on the kids’ iPads at school it’s as light as a feather!)
When choosing a case, I think it’s important to ensure that you retain all the features of your tablet or phone. Who wants to have to keep taking it in and out of it’s case to be able to use it properly – you know you’ll only drop it whilst messing about trying to get it back in or something. Thankfully the Tech21 case offers full access to all the features of your iPad. Use of the camera is not affected – as you can see, it fits neatly around the camera without interference and the buttons are still responsive. (There really is nothing worse than using a case which means you have to press buttons a million times with the pressure of an elephant to make them respond)
As you would expect from a case of this style, it features automatic wake on opening the front cover – I do think the magnet on this could do to be a little stronger as if I hold my iPad face down then it will flop open reasonably easiliy. It also provides a great multi angle stand – which I think is one of my favourite features of this case, it is far more stable than my previous Apple branded cover.
All in, I’m impressed with the protection provided by the Tech21 case, yes it’s a little bulkier than carrying your iPad around on it’s own, yes it weighs a little more and yes, I would definitely prefer it to be a different colour but do I feel safer carrying my iPad in my bag now? Absolutely. Would I panic if Amy picked it up off the kitchen side, no probably not. This Tech21 Impact Folio case absolutely does the job in protecting your iPad from bumps and knocks (and even 6ft drops) so is ideal of those of us with small children or busy commutes!