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Griffin Survivor All-Terrain for iPad Mini 4 (other models available)
      #49349 - 04/21/16 03:15 PM

The Griffin Survivor All-Terrain is a ridiculously over-engineered rugged case for your iPad Mini 4 that will take a lot of abuse while protecting your precious device. However, it will also turn your iPad Mini into an iPad Maxi.



If you look around at folks using their digital devices, you will see a wide variety of protection. Some people prefer to use their phones and tablets au naturale while others literally entomb them in plastic and silicone. Obviously, to each his/her own, as protective cases are all about tradeoffs. Usually, the deciding factors are the conditions under which we will be using our devices, and Griffin has staked-out the extreme end of the spectrum with its Survivor All-Terrain. Whether youíre using your iPad on a construction site, a crab fishing boat, or just handing it to a pre-schooler, you know when you need this much protection and adding some size and weight is an acceptable compromise. In spite of itís formidable appearance, itís surprisingly simple to install/remove; just pop open the 12 clips on the edges to remove the top cover and screen protector, drop in your device, and snap it back into place. Once installed, all controls and ports are easily accessible, including the Lightning Port and headphone jack, which are protected by hinged silicone plugs.



Griffinís Survivor line of iPad cases is well-represented in the iPad Mini version of their All-Terrain. The design is familiar, as is the quality. It doesnít break any new ground, but closer inspection reveals a nicely evolved construction. In the first generations of rugged iPhone cases, almost every manufacturer used an outer silicone skin that wrapped around an inner polycarbonate skeleton. The problem with this approach is that silicone stretches over time, and it wasnít long before your case took on a droopy, disheveled appearance. Fortunately, the All-Terrain features an outer silicone layer that is bonded to the polycarbonate shell, eliminating the question of future floppiness. Even the hard plastic backplates serve a purpose by allowing Griffin to bond a cushy foam to their inner side to help cushion and protect your device.



The Survivor All-Terrain is rated at MIL-STD-810G, which means it will protect your device from drops. In order to achieve this standard of protection, the All-Terrain must be able to protect your device from 26 different drop angles at an altitude of 6.6 feet onto 2 inches of plywood over concrete. Thatís about as good as youíre going to find in a consumer product. Of course, there is no regulatory body that verifies that these tests have actually been run, so when looking for ruggedness its best to stick with a large and reputable company like Griffin. Itís easy to stamp MIL-STD 810G onto a box when thereís nobody to make sure youíve earned it, so only companies with a reputation to protect are going to actually do the work. Based on my time with various Survivor All-Terrain products over the years, I am quite comfortable placing my trust in Griffin in this regard. Itís important to note, however, that the Survivor All-Terrain is not designed to protect your device against submersion so donít take it swimming. It does provide substantial protection against water jets, sand, and dust. Lastly, rest assured, even with its built-in screen protector, Touch ID works with the Griffin All-Terrain as long as you take a few minutes to teach it what your fingerprints look like through an extra layer of plastic.

The Survivor All-Terrain is available for the iPad Mini in black/black, black/blue, mint/white, smoke/black, black/citron, blue/red, clear/blue, denim/citron, and smoke/pink so if you intend to take your device into combat, you can do so both armed, and fabulous.



Summary

The Survivor All-Terrain from Griffin is a super-tough case for the iPad Mini 4 that lives up to its name. While it can generally be argued that more protection is always better than less, this may not be true for those who donít want to compromise the Miniís sleek lines. Still, if size is not an issue for you, youíre not going to find a better rugged case than the Survivor All-Terrain. Just remember that this case is water-resistant, not waterproof. Do NOT take it swimming.


Editorís Ratings (1-5): 4
Whatís Hot: Serious drop protection. Also protects from dust, sand, and airborne moisture. Included viewing stand is small and removable. Easy installation/removal. Works with Touch ID.
Whatís Not: Will approximately triple the thickness of your iPad Mini. Will not protect your device from submersion.
Price: $59.99
Website: Griffin Technology

Reviewed by: Tom Slayton

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