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Apr 13

Griffin Technology Survivor for iPad mini, Black/Black (GB35918)

Griffin Technology Survivor for iPad mini, Black/Black (GB35918)

  • Independently tested to meet conditions outlined in US Department of Defense MIL-STD-810
  • Integral Display shield deflects wind and rain (Test: up to 200 mm/hr for 1 hour)
  • Rigid internal frame protects against shocks and drops (Test: drop on flat concrete surface from 6'/1.8 m)
  • Sealed ports block blown sand and dust (up to 18 m/sec for 1 hour)
  • Silicone cladding blocks vibration (18 hrs at 20 to 2000 Hz)
  • Includes multi-position workstand
Ridiculously over-engineered? Or the perfect case for your iPad no matter where you're headed? We think it's a little bit of both. Simply put, the Griffin Survivor Case is the most protective case we've ever built. Designed and tested to meet or exceed US Department of Defense Standard 810F, Griffin's Survivor Extreme-Duty Case is designed from the inside out to protect your iPad from extreme conditions dirt, sand, rain, shock, vibration, and a host of other environmental factors. Survivor is bu

List Price: $ 59.99 Price: $ 21.99

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63 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well engineered, a good value, December 9, 2012
This review is from: Griffin Technology Survivor for iPad mini, Black/Black (GB35918) (Personal Computers)
This is a strong, solid case for my iPad mini. I particularly like the way the ports are protected with substantial but flexible covers. All the parts fit very snugly. The product is quite protective of the iPad and I have no concerns about traveling with it everywhere.

It was hard to assemble the Survivor's screen cover onto the rest of the case, until I figured out the solution. The cover has tabs that fit into slots and tightly grip the case. I discovered that by using a fingernail to very slightly and temporarily bend the tabs open, they snap into place perfectly.

My Survivor came with a small card that illustrated how to assemble the case. The illustrations are small; there is almost no verbal instruction, it has no pointer to helpful web resources, and the card could not easily be used because it was obscured by another card filled with legalese.

Both were stuck inside the case, visible through the screen cover, but the user has to open the case to retrieve them. And it's not clear how to open the case.

I complained about this to Griffin and they pointed me to an instructional video. It is required viewing. But user testing should have revealed the inadequacy of the small printed card. Even getting the case out of its oddly shaped and tightly assembled cardboard box and plastic insert was harder than it should have been. Please, more usability testing!

Apple has officially stated that the iPad mini screen has a special coating that wears off with usage. The Survivor screen cover probably reduces or prevents such wear. I found no reduction in screen responsiveness from using the screen cover.

Clean hands and a cleaning cloth are necessary when assembling the screen, as shown in the Griffin video. But once the entire assembly was complete, I was very satisfied.
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43 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Case and Superior Customer Service from Griffin, March 23, 2013
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This review is from: Griffin Technology Survivor for iPad mini, Black/Black (GB35918) (Personal Computers)
I ordered this for my new iPad mini. It was easy to put on and provides great protection for the device. I was disappointed in the screen protector part, however, since it had small "rainbow" spots on it in various areas and scratched very easily. I had been careful not to wipe it with anything abrasive but there were scratches on it within the first week of use. The rainbow spots were very distracting as well. I contacted Griffin via their email contact form on their website, to find out if I could replace just the screen protector portion of the case. To my surprise, I received a reply back within a day apologizing and saying that I must have received a defective unit. The said they would send me out an entire new case and that I didn't need to send the old one back. I replied back with their requested information ( a couple of pictures of the problem) and heard back within the hour! As promised, they've sent me the new case and this screen protector does not have the rainbow spots and so far hasn't scratched at all. It even feels more sturdy than the one that came with the first case. I am totally impressed with Griffin's customer service. It is no doubt, the best I've seen for an Internet purchase, in a really long time! Highly recommend this case and Griffin as a company. I will definitely look at their products first in the future.
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32 of 39 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Love the case, hate the screen protector, February 8, 2013
This review is from: Griffin Technology Survivor for iPad mini, Black/Black (GB35918) (Personal Computers)
I purchased this case for work, in which I would use it outside at times and wanted a case that was both easy to grip and would be protected from the elements.

As far as the case itself, it fits like a glove. Very snug. I have not dropped my new mini, but it gives the impression that it would be well protected if I did as the corners and edges are covered with soft rubber.

The camera flap is difficult to open if you do not have something to pry it with. It's soft rubber and just doesn't give you enough grip to get it to release with just your fingers at times. I kept a pen cap with me to pop it open when needed.

The screen is another story, though. Even after treating it with great care, the screen protector still shows some scratches - including one small one right out of the packaging at the top that distorts where your web addresses show. Makes me wonder how it will look after a year. It has only been a week.

The screen protector does not fit 100% flush against the mini's screen, so at times you have to press a little harder than normal to get a response. This is not so noticeable in the center, but much more noticeable at the edges. Very frustrating if you use a stylus for certain programs & have to press hard to get it to work.

I have a note taking app, and you either have to press down harder than normal or risk your lines skipping.

I will probably end up returning. If it weren't for the screen protector, this case would get 4 stars (lost one for the camera flap)

With a touch screen device as easy to use as this one, it takes some of the fun out of using it - but it sure does protect it.
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  1. Jing Qishen
    57 of 60 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Well engineered, a good value, December 9, 2012
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    This review is from: Griffin Technology Survivor for iPad mini, Black/Black (GB35918) (Personal Computers)
    This is a strong, solid case for my iPad mini. I particularly like the way the ports are protected with substantial but flexible covers. All the parts fit very snugly. The product is quite protective of the iPad and I have no concerns about traveling with it everywhere.

    It was hard to assemble the Survivor’s screen cover onto the rest of the case, until I figured out the solution. The cover has tabs that fit into slots and tightly grip the case. I discovered that by using a fingernail to very slightly and temporarily bend the tabs open, they snap into place perfectly.

    My Survivor came with a small card that illustrated how to assemble the case. The illustrations are small; there is almost no verbal instruction, it has no pointer to helpful web resources, and the card could not easily be used because it was obscured by another card filled with legalese.

    Both were stuck inside the case, visible through the screen cover, but the user has to open the case to retrieve them. And it’s not clear how to open the case.

    I complained about this to Griffin and they pointed me to an instructional video. It is required viewing. But user testing should have revealed the inadequacy of the small printed card. Even getting the case out of its oddly shaped and tightly assembled cardboard box and plastic insert was harder than it should have been. Please, more usability testing!

    Apple has officially stated that the iPad mini screen has a special coating that wears off with usage. The Survivor screen cover probably reduces or prevents such wear. I found no reduction in screen responsiveness from using the screen cover.

    Clean hands and a cleaning cloth are necessary when assembling the screen, as shown in the Griffin video. But once the entire assembly was complete, I was very satisfied.

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  2. Singer
    36 of 39 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Great Case and Superior Customer Service from Griffin, March 23, 2013
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    This review is from: Griffin Technology Survivor for iPad mini, Black/Black (GB35918) (Personal Computers)
    I ordered this for my new iPad mini. It was easy to put on and provides great protection for the device. I was disappointed in the screen protector part, however, since it had small “rainbow” spots on it in various areas and scratched very easily. I had been careful not to wipe it with anything abrasive but there were scratches on it within the first week of use. The rainbow spots were very distracting as well. I contacted Griffin via their email contact form on their website, to find out if I could replace just the screen protector portion of the case. To my surprise, I received a reply back within a day apologizing and saying that I must have received a defective unit. The said they would send me out an entire new case and that I didn’t need to send the old one back. I replied back with their requested information ( a couple of pictures of the problem) and heard back within the hour! As promised, they’ve sent me the new case and this screen protector does not have the rainbow spots and so far hasn’t scratched at all. It even feels more sturdy than the one that came with the first case. I am totally impressed with Griffin’s customer service. It is no doubt, the best I’ve seen for an Internet purchase, in a really long time! Highly recommend this case and Griffin as a company. I will definitely look at their products first in the future.

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  3. Steve
    13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars
    Counterfeits, December 9, 2013
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    I was sent counterfeits! Check to make sure the UPC matches the product. Mine were repackaged and they slapped a sticker over the original UPC. Don’t be fooled! Don’t be fooled. If it seems to good to be true, it probably is.

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