iBallz makes products for your iPadz. And they're good quality products, too. Believe me, I've used iBallz first-hand.
And honestly, iBallz offers superb drop protection like you don't know. No bounce, just shock absorption. Would you dare drop your iPad, 'protected' with an Otterbox, on a cement floor? I've owned an Otterbox Defender and there's no way I would trust that slim plastic and silicon case to protect my son's iPad if he dropped it on a hard surface.
Children with autism, and many other disabilities, can be harder on things. Lack of motor skills and increased frustration levels would make anyone harder on things.
I tested several iBallz products, including their signature product which puts a foam ball on each corner of the iPad. I'm convinced iBallz offers possibly the best drop protection on the market. I've seen nothing better for drop protection.
For children with autism however, a little something more is needed. Why? Because the iBallz elastic cord is exposed all the way around. My son, and many children with autism, would love to swing and sling the iPad around by this fun elastic cord. In order to prevent the swinging and slinging I used the iBallz Lid to conceal almost all of the cord. Compared to how the Lid is intended to be used, I've basically turned it inside out and wrapped it around the back of the iPad. No need to remove it. It still looks great and now it's very functional for children with autism. The Lid now adds a little bulk and extra gripping surface which I like. In fact, I recommend purchasing the Lid with the iBallz.
iBallz also offers a Satchel, which is great product, but children will have a difficult time getting the iPad in and out of the Satchel. Having a child with autism, one of our goals is to teach them how to be independent. So I don't want my son to rely on me every time he wants to pull out his iPad.
Aside from the Satchel & Lid, iBallz offers a Hard Shell and a Soft Sleeve. Both of those cases work with the iPad the way I have the Lid wrapped. So why would you care? Because when you transport the iPad you may want the screen completely covered.
A bonus to wrapping the Lid as I did; It creates a great pocket on the back that your child can slip their hands into for one-handed use of their iPad, whether they're left handed or right handed. In addition, this makes it really easy to mount the iPad on the back of your automobile head rest. Just use a thick belt or something and run it through the pocket! Sweet! My son loves watching his movies while we travel!
Now, back to the iBallz themselves. Four round balls that fit onto each corner of your device give you all the protection and peace of mind that you need. And if you fit the Lid around the device you really end up with a good, safe setup! All ports and switches remain accessible.
Your power/sleep button is easily accessed by sliding one of the firm foam balls over a bit. All of the balls are easy to adjust and move, but they won't adjust unintentionally.
This setup is about as good as it gets when it comes to protecting your iPad from autistic fits. But naturally, if your child gets really heated and slams the iPad against a brick wall or chucks it 25 feet into the air... ummmm, nothing less than force field is going to protect it from that! So you still need to exercise some parental supervision and anticipate meltdowns.
By-the-way, for the sake of being upfront and transparent you should know that I don't buy the products I review. iBallz (and other manufacturers) send me samples. So I get the products and what you get is the non-biased, honest review of a parent raising a child with autism. If a product is no good for children with autism I will let you know!
And Yes, the Otterbox products are disappointing. :-(
They will be using their iPads (supervised) both at home and the community. I want something that will protect the screen from scratches, provide some insurance in the case of drops and spills. Thoughts?
The Big Grips and iBallz are the two best I've seen for children, and especially for children with autism or other disabilities. I couldn't honestly say that iBallz is better than Big Grips, but I also couldn't say the converse. It's preference at that point. Both provide really good drop protection. Big Grips can bounce a little which worries me, but that doesn't mean it won't protect the iPad. Big Grips gives little hands more to grasp, but iBallz don't bounce.
I haven't found protecting the screen to be an issue.
We have a Nerf case for his Nintendo DS and that's the type of thing I'd love to see for the iPad 2. I'm afraid the Big Grips is too bouncy. My son is pretty good with the iPad until he has a meltdown and then it just gets flung if we can't get it away from him in time.
We just ordered another Kraken and I was going to put tape over the clips and hope that's enough to deter him from opening them.
Have you reviewed any cases that have a strap? We have a case from AMDi. It has a strap. However, my son has dropped the case and the iPad was protected but the case broke on the inside and it wouldn't stay together. I called the company and they said the case takes the impact so the iPad doesn't break. They fixed it and returned it, but the case is broken again. I don't want to deal with the turn around time to fix it and I just would like something that doesn't fall apart & need to be fixed. My son carries his iPad. I read some of your reviews. Any suggestions for something he can carry? Thanks
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