The folks at Cooper Cases are apparently quite proud of this tablet folio case: After all, it’s described as both “Infinite” and “Universal” in its lofty name. And in a few aspects, Cooper’s pride may be justified. Unfortunately, too many generic features (including the look) detract from the overall product.
Speck iGuy Universal iPad Kids Case in Lime Green
Who better to critique a tablet case for kids than, well, kids? In consulting with Suzie (6½ years old) and Silvia (just turned five), this father found the Speck Products iGuy iPad case to be quite a handy and successful item for young whiz kids – if only you can get the littler ones to, you know, stop playing with the iGuy itself.
- Super-tough rubber protects well
- Colorful and fun for kids
- Easy to clean
- Removal a bit difficult
- No screen protector
- No extra features
- Strong smell
The Speck iGuy iPad case is immediately attractive to kids in its variety of eye-catching and playful colors. Presenting the iGuy with tablet embedded to my daughters, Silvia knew exactly what to do and began walking it around. Forget that the humanoid design of the iGuy provides big sturdy rubber legs to stand the tablet up solidly – Silvia was having too much fun.
She then put the iGuy through the second test, grabbing one of the arms as a handle and walking around with the tablet. Running around and swinging around the lightweight case caused absolutely no shifting to the iPad as it stayed firmly held by the rugged and tough shell of the iGuy.
Days later, the girls still love it. Suzie has named the iGuy “Ferko” (don’t ask), while Silvia simply fondly calls it “Crazy Little Man.” Someday, I may even get to use the iPad again...
- Designed to fit any full-sized Apple iPad
- Made of child-safe non-toxic EVA foam
- Squishy lightweight design makes it fun and easy for children to hold
- Free-standing design for video watching
- Cutouts for iPad buttons, ports, speaker and rear-camera
- Raised screen bezel helps protect against drops and impact
- Soft foam design provides loads of protection
With cutouts for all iPad controls and functions, the iGuy at minimum provides its users the basics. This freestanding case also does well in video viewing. Unfortunately, only one landscape mode is truly possible and the tablet won’t stand up to the more energetic pushing on the touchscreen.
The rubber in the Speck Products iGuy case takes all the punishment children can hand out and slippage is nearly nonexistent (trust me, my daughters tried). The only significant drawback here is the lack of screen protector, but the overhanging rubber frame should prevent damage on most drops as well.
Is this the best rubber used in a tablet case? It could well be. Okay, so the iGuy could smell better, but he resists scratching, dings and long drops while maintaining his sharp color through multiple cleanings. This high-grade material is truly the top choice for a kids’ tablet case.
At $39.95, the iGuy’s price tag may be a bit higher than what some parents had figured on spending for a kids’ tablet case (its still substantially cheaper than other rugged tablet cases). On the other hand, this one will surely last the lifetime of the tablet – or until they’re ready to move on to sports-themed cases or Hello Kitty models.
In the end, there’s very little negative to report on the Speck Products iGuy tablet case. For kids aged 2-9 years old, this one will surely be a winner. Just ask my daughters ... if you can get their attention.
"Unbeatable protection from kids"
I was specifically looking for a combination of durability and grippability. The Speck iGuy seemed to be the perfect choice based on this review, and the price tag seemed attractive.
I want to say a big “thank you” to the guys at Tablet2Cases - this case is best I could hope for: rubbery material not only withstands everything my two “devils” put it through, but it’s extremely easy to clean. The two handles are the best possible way any kid could grab the iPad, and the “legs” of the case really keep it standing.
I’m certain that the case will outlive the new iPad, and I hope that the next generation will fit into it also.