Griffin Technology - Black/Blue Survivor All-Terrain Case for iPad 2, iPad 3, and iPad (4th gen) - Blue

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 All-Terrain Case is the most protective case we've ever built.

Tested to meet or exceed US Department of Defense Standard 810F, Griffin's Survivor All-Terrain Military-Duty Case is designed from the inside out to protect your iPad 2 and iPad 3 from extreme conditions ... dirt, sand, rain, shock, vibration and a host of other environmental factors.

Survivor All-Terrain is built on a shatter-resistant polycarbonate frame clad in rugged, shock absorbing silicone. A built-in screen protector seals your Multi-Touch display from the outside environment, while hinged plugs seal the dock connector, camera lens, headphone port, hold switch and volume controls. The included stand clips on, then folds open for landscape viewing and typing.

Survivor All-Terrain is independently tested and verified to meet or exceed environmental testing standards for blown rain, blown dust and grit, vibration, shock, temperature and humidity.



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    Overview

    What's Included


    • Griffin Technology Survivor Case
    • Multiposition work stand

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    92% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (1362 out of 1485)

    Features


    Independently tested

    Integral Display shield deflects wind and rain

    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

    Silicone cladding blocks vibration


    Customer rating

    4.4
    92%
    would recommend to a friend

    Pros

    Cons

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Sense of security

      Posted
      photoppet
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      First the frivolous: I ordered the pink version which looks surprisingly good (no aura of Barbie). A few more color options (purple, saddle, red, orange) would be nice. If only two choices were to be available I think this pink was a good choice as it looks great with either the white or black iPad. My iPad is black so a black cover would have been boring. Now to the important stuff. The Survivor is the perfect case for me. The sturdiness and pleasant-feeling, non-slip texture make the sleek and slippery iPad 2 feel nice and secure in my hands and I feel comfortable taking it to the park or out in my half acre yard with my rambunctious dog pack. A few of the port covers seem a little flimsy/floppy but don't appear to be wearing or tearing at all. I have no problem with the cover for the speaker. When watching videos a person tends to have their particular preferred grip and it was simple to just tuck the open flap under my usual grip spot for my right hand, then after using my right hand on the screen to just automatically graze the open flap, brushing it back in place under my grip to watch the next video. The stand when not in use clips nicely to the Survivor case, not even obviously looking like anything other that a bit of contrasting detail on the pink case and totally unnoticeable on the black Survivor case. It adds that bit more of sturdiness and a convenient extra spot to grip. It works great in landscape for typing, even on my bed. It's also very sturdy and stable as a landscape video stand. I don't use it in portrait configuration so I can't speak to that. As far as the port covers I'd feel safe taking it out in the rain and wind and dust but I don't think they'd work if you dropped the device overboard unless you got it out pretty quickly then let it air dry. Putting the case on takes a bit of effort especially the inner hard case which is clamped into the outer case so securely when you pull the Survivor out of the package, that I was afraid of breaking it with the force necessary to get it out. While fitting the two pieces, front and back, of the hard frame around the iPad it seems every time you get one side fastened the other side pops open but once it's in there you have no worries about it staying in there. Putting on the soft, clingy outer case is much quicker and there are little rubber tabs that fit into slots on the inner case so it lays tightly and smoothly. The trick being you have to realize those tabs are there and insert them securely in the slots, otherwise they just leave unsightly bumps. Once in place you can barely feel the edges where the outer case lays over the inner case. It all fits so tightly I forget the black I'm seeing is the Griffin Survivor's inner protective shell and not the Pad and all with no signs of any overheating. Re: the 'directions' if that's what that little scrap of paper is with writing so tiny it wasn't even worth hunting for the magnifying glass. That paper might as well have been left out. How are you going to assemble something if you have to keep putting it down and picking up the magnifying glass to scrutinize the mystery paper? The built in screen protector doesn't cause any glare but it does darken the screen a bit, however I also have a non-glare, fingerprint resistant ZAGG screen protector installed. If you only have the Survivor's protector I don't see it being a problem. The price is steep but it's worth the money. I did a lot of research and hands on comparison and the Griffin Survivor iPad case is the best out there that I've seen. It makes me feel my expensive toy is safe and secure from everything the world is likely to throw at it (except the Rottweiler thinking it's a chew toy, though it will probably give you enough time to realize what's going on and save the iPad if not the aesthetics of the case).

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Sturdy case, almost to a fault

      Posted
      pixelk8e

      I am a college student and I use my iPad for all of my books, scheduling, mobile internet, and media needs. I am also remarkably clumsy. So, I figured I would get a case that can stand up to being thrown in a backpack, set on a desk rather unceremoniously, chucked onto my bed at the end of a day, and yes, even dropped. I figured this Griffin case would be a good option, since I had one of their Survivor series cases on my iPod long ago and it withstood nearly every abuse I dealt it (until a wash cycle happened). Plus, it was cheaper than the comparable OtterBox case, and without the stupid "logo hole" on the back. Now then, for my day to day use. Getting the case on the iPad is not too difficult. Removing it, however, is a whole other story. It takes quite a bit of manhandling to remove the screen protector plastic piece. After that, the rest is easy, however. The case itself is very sturdy. I have dropped my iPad short distances (think, desk to ground, off my bed, on my face while reading at night...) and it has stood up well. It survives my backpack and my purse. It also survived being beat against a table by a 2 year old I once babysat, no marks to the case and no damage to my iPad. I'd say that's a win for the case. I appreciate the port covers. Since it does get thrown wherever I need it, no debris or anything gets into the electronics, and I don't have to worry about taking my iPad out in the rain. The case also has good grip. As I said, I am clumsy, so this has been nice for me to have a good hold on a $500+ electronic device. Now, for the downsides. As the title of my review suggests, the case is almost too sturdy. After a summer and half a semester of lugging this thing around, I've realized just how much bulk the case adds. Your .37 inch thick iPad becomes just about an inch thick. The case does add a bit of noticeable weight, as well. The screen protector does not fit 100% smoothly on the screen, and for me "bubbles" up near the top of the screen. This causes some reduction in the touch screen's sensitivity, which is especially noticeable when the tablet is oriented horizontal. The screen protector also traps a lot of dust, both in the edges around its plastic frame, and occasionally under the screen protector and against the screen. I have gotten used to cleaning the screen protector about once a month. This is kind of annoying. You will also experience some graininess from the front facing camera since the screen protector material also covers the camera. You can always cut it out with an Xacto knife if it bothers you enough. While I do appreciate the port covers, they can become quite annoying. Since I use my iPad to listen to music while traversing campus, I have to open and close the audio jack cover often. It is not overly easy to open, either, and for me requires me to press it in so it pops out instead. I also use my iPad as my alarm clock and so I have to open the speaker cover every night, or otherwise my alarm (even on full volume) is nearly inaudible. This one is easier to remove, however I question its durability. Some reviewers have noted their port covers have fallen off/broken away, and while this has not yet happened to me I fear it every time I open a port. The speaker cover also no longer closes flush to the rest of the case, but now buckles upwards just slightly. Aesthetically, it is not the prettiest case out there. That's ok for me. I purchased it for its usefulness, not to decorate my iPad. I wish the case was a bit more sleek versus the knobby, rugged look it has, but again. Function over form wins out here. The negatives of the construction of the case is the only reason I have rated this 4 stars instead of 5. Overall, the case has been a great purchase for me and I would definitely recommend it.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Excellent

      Posted
      Crasho327
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      I love this case. I decided to get it as soon as I looked at accessories. It's great for on the go. I have a keyboard case for school and work but most times I'm strapping this on. It completely encases the iPad, while giving complete access to it's functions. The screen is protected by a plastic cover, however, don't drop it on anything screen first because this is really a scratch guard as well as works in conjunction with the case's overall wear-and-tear protection. The case itself is made of rubber and there are latches that enclose the various access points. Simply, pop them open and access the functions. This is especially handy when charging/syncing and so on. Along those lines are the fact that the headphone jack is wide enough for most plug ins (headphones, DJ cable, etc.) The case doesn't interfere with any wireless connections you have either. I trust that casual contact with the elements such as water and so on will be protected, however, I'm not about to test its protection by dropping it in the bathtub. I can tell you that I have accidentally dropped it on a carpet from about 3-4 feet and had no problems. It also comes with a stand to prop the iPad up in landscape. This is really nice cause it's now my bedroom clock at night. The case comes with a removable stand that is attached along the long axis of the device. It folds up for easy storage as well as carrying of the iPad. This is great cause the stand is very stable. The rear of the case has flaps that open to reveal the camera, speaker and microphone. These are designed to be latched to stay open, however, this is unreliable as the flaps easily dislodge by accident or more often on their own. The placement of the flaps if you wish to latch them open dictates which side of the case you place the stand if you are traveling. I don't typically use the camera and if I'm using the microphone then typically I've put the iPad into another device (I do audio recordings). One other thing to note is that the screen protector is plastic and is slightly thicker than your average screen protector. This sometimes interferes with the use of a stylus. Overall, love it. It's sturdy and when you add on a strap attachment (sold separately) then this is extremely convenient and protects the iPad for more than your normal wear and tear.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Beats the little critter from Colorado

      Posted
      SarsaotaTim

      First of all I am a long time OtterBox consumer. That being said I was very disappointed with the otter defender case. Returned it the very same day. I watched the video from Griffin regarding the very strong Survivor Case. Went to my local Best Buy and picked one up. First of all the case is nearly the same thickness of the Otter. However it has the built in screen protector as the original defender case of the iphones. It is very well glued or plastic welded to the case. The inner hard plastic case snaps on very well around the Ipad2. The out side rubber case is much more dense the Otter. The flaps that cover all the ports close and stay closed un-like the otter defender for the ipad 2. The case is very flat on the front. Easy to use. The screen works great with the cover over it. The back side has a pattern on the case that makes holding it long ways or horizontal very easy. The corners are very padded and instantly give you the feel of quality and protection towards drops. I am a outdoors photographer and I feel very confident that the military specs on this case are accurate. The added value of being on average of ten dollars less then the Otter. It's a no brainer. Does it cover the rear camera? yes but the flap opens up. Does it cover the speaker at the bottom? yes but it opens up. Does it protect the charge port? yes and the cover is easy to access. The sound rockers are covered with a molded section and work very well. The landscape/mute slide is behind a flap. But tucks away nicely. This case was extremely well planned and manufactured. The stand that comes with it clips on the back and it's nice if you use them. Best advice prior to installing is to not touch the back of the clear screen protector. Wipe with a soft cloth the entire Ipad 2. Nothing worse then putting the case on all the way to realize one finger smudge. I am now searching for the IPhone 4 case from Griffin with the same specs.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      8.5 out of 10

      Posted
      JakeInFla

      Given the Ipad2 is my first Ipad I wanted to ensure it had the ultimate in protection available. I initially wanted the Targus leather bound case, but opted for the Griffin Survivor instead due to its toughness and durability. Pros: Bulk\Weight: Most consider this a negative, but I like the bulk and weight it adds to the Ipad. Stock, it feels to breakable to be honest. The case adds a nice solid feel to it. Protection: (Liquids and Dust) I like the fact this case is a self contained unit. It will ensure any liquids or dust that find their way onto the Ipad won't hurt it in any way. I use the Monster Screen Protection liquid and cloth to wipe her down, and it does a decent job. Cons: Fitment - Ok, Although I love the design and the overall aesthetics and protection this case provides, it doesn't quite fit 100% correctly. A small portion of the side, front lip curls up a bit, forcing me to push it down to no avail. I'll eventually take it off and re-apply again just in case it was how it was applied in the store. Ports: The power port is actually rather stiff and opens well for charging. The camera port however still needs to be held back to utilize the back camera. I don't have the VGA Camera Kit or any other accessories yet, so I can't comment on those. Buttons: I know this is likely due to this being my first Ipad and still getting the lay of the land, but I find it difficult to locate the rockers under the rubber of the case. I'm sure it's merely a matter of time and exposure to the unit, but a light template outlining where the buttons\toggles\rockers exist would have been helpful for newer users. Stand: The landscape stand is structurally sound and does its job, so I hate to list this in the "Cons" portion, but frankly they should have thought ahead and found a way to work a portrait option in addition to the landscape view. Overall: I really, really like this case. Yes it was expensive. Yes it's not entirely perfect, but it comes very close. Overall I would recommend this case to any who wants the ultimate in shock\liquid\dust protection for their Ipad investment.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Impressed...and unimpressed

      Posted
      MJC1

      I purchased this case for my new iPad 2 about 1.5 days ago, mainly because I read and viewed all the great reviews it received. I have been a loyal Otterbox user since my first iPhone several years ago as well as having a Defender on my 1st gen iPad for the past year and a half. I will admit that this case seems more stout than the Otterbox, and I believe this is due to the thickness of the silicone skin, which truly is much thicker than the Otterbox. Today I took the iPad to work (1 day in Survivor case), and started to put it my backpack as I had everyday with my Otterbox encased iPad 1...but then I realized "there is no true face protection, hit the center of the face on the corner of the desk and I doubt the Survivor's integrated screen protector will fend off damage". So instead I found myself carrying it into work. This evening I went to look at the Defender and thought the polycarbonate case seemed flimsy, but then arrived home and took the iPad out of the Survivor and guess what...it's the same flexibility as the competition! So what makes it more stout is the silicone. There is a certain sense of security to having the snap on face plate provided with the Otterbox Defender, and I never thought twice about throwing it in the backpack. If the Griffin had a similar face plate it would be the ultimate in protection, since it does not I will be returning it tomorrow. A couple other notes. I found the small recesses that are supposed to hold the speaker and camera covers in place utterly useless. No matter how many times I tried to get them to stay, the longest was about 15 seconds. The stand is weak and not stable compared to Otterbox. Overall this is very well constructed, and I really like the integrated plastic face protector...but no rigid snap on face plate makes me question it...just wish it had the face plate.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Excellent Case

      Posted
      RustyBo

      I purchased this case due to its build quality and the fact that it states it can withstand most anything. I am in the Military and I crew Blackhawks so I needed a case that could take the abuse that a lot of travel can dish out. I use it constantly and I can tell you that I have dropped it from a height of about 4 feet and no damage was done to it. I also tripped going up my stairs in the house and the iPad went flying and then proceeded to bounce all the way down the stairs and again no damage. I use an app while flying to calculate fuel consumption so I have it out most of the time. As any Crewchief will know the windows in a Blackhawk do not seal well and when flying in bad weather in the clouds the rain will spray through the cracks. The full coverage that this case provides does not make me scramble to wipe it off. The water does not penetrate the case and I have taken it out a few times after getting it wet just to check. Overall the case is a bit bulky but that is the price you pay for protection like this. I would recommend this case to anybody that wants great protection for their iPad or if you have kids that play with yours a lot. Sand, vibration, water and dropping it, my ipad2 and this case has seen it all and it is still like new. I cant praise it enough!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Rugged and practical

      Posted
      JSinSanDiego

      I've had my iPad for a month now. I bought this Survivor case the same day, as I carry my iPad everywhere I go and I know Murphy's Law all too well. I wanted something to protect the iPad from drops and bumps in daily use. I don't have young kids and I use it exclusively myself. I took the iPad out of the box and put it into the Survivor immediately, so it's never been without. I've had no problems with the Survivor at all, it gets the job done and doesnt inhibit function at all. You do have to pop open the rubber tabs that cover the audio jack or the rear-facing camera, but this only takes a moment. You can otherwise operate the volume or on/off buttons on the iPad easily. There's a clear film protector that covers the iPad's screen. This clear cover fits very well and you don't even know it's there, so doesn't inhibit the touch screen in any way. The rubber texture of the Survivor gives a positive grip on the device, so it's not as likely to slip out of your hands while carrying it. The little flip-out stand works OK, but not super sturdy, so you want it to be on a secure flat surface to avoid it tipping over. I rarely use the flip-out stand, so not an issue. The Survivor isn't exactly stylish, but it's very utilitarian for those of you who carry it everywhere you'll have the peace of mind that your iPad will weather the rigors of life.

      I would recommend this to a friend



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