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Peace of mind for the bathtub reader
on January 24, 2013
I've been looking for an affordable waterproof case since I got my first iPad almost two years ago. I was unwilling to purchase any of the oversized plastic bags, and other cases were far too expensive for my casual use. When I found this case (which I did not purchase through Amazon), I was thrilled.
I have yet to do a submersion test but have some comments on the rest of the features. If you're using an iPad other than the first generation, it is necessary to use a set of clear plastic risers (included) to bring the iPad to the front of the case. The use of the risers results in a gap between the iPad and the plastic in the back.
In the front, the plastic can bubble so that it can be difficult to type or interact with particular spots without pushing the plastic down. There may be a technique to keep the bubbles from happening, but I haven't tried very hard to figure it out. However, even where the plastic bubbles, the touch screen remains very responsive. Even multi-finger gestures work well. The other issue regarding the plastic is that it will stick to the screen, resulting in strange patterns over the surface. It doesn't deter me from being able to read, but it's annoying.
Other notes: The speakers do work through the case. I did not test the headphone jack. As the other reviewer noted, the was no clamp included for mounting, even though it was mentioned on the packaging. It also came with a nasty rubber/vinyl smell, that will hopefully go away quickly.
Overall, for $35, this case is sufficient peace of mind for reading novels in the bathtub several times a week. I would not purchase it for a rugged environment, because I doubt the plastic would hold up long term, especially when using a newer iPad that does not fill the space in the case. I probably wouldn't even use it by the pool, but it's perfect for my tub!
UPDATE: I completed submersion tests with paper towels, and found it to be completely water tight. Also, I upgraded to an iPad Air and it still works in this case. You just have to move the plastic risers down. It is inelegant, but works.