Tag Archives: TPU

Hardcandy Sleek Skin Case for iPad 1

8 Apr

The Hardcandy Sleek Skin Case for the iPad is constructed out of a TPU-like material that adds a tint of color to the iPad.  As shown, the case utilizes a node-like system on the four corners of the iPad to secure the cover. When installed, the Sleek Skin Case covers almost 100% of the iPad with the exception of ports and controls.

Upon receiving our Hardcandy Sleek Skin Case, we were quite excited.  However, our excitement quickly dissipated as we struggled to install the iPad in the case.  Without a doubt, it was the hardest case to install yet.  The case, although flexible, struggled to get over the edges of the iPad.  The edge that lays on the screen seems unnecessarily large and may be the reason it was difficult to install.  Although, once installed, the case looked sharp.  The color really popped and looked quite vibrant.  It was translucent enough to clearly see the Apple logo and text below.  The small nodes on the corner were somewhat odd to hold but didn’t seem to interfere with the normal experience.

The cover was the most awkward part of the case.  It did secure well, but it sat strangely on the iPad and often caused strange effects when in contact with the screen.  In addition, while using the iPad, the case had to be completely removed rather than just being opened.  As a result, you are left with a strange piece of dangling plastic that just becomes an annoyance more than anything.  The case offers some protection from bumps and dings, but not much more.

The Sleek Skin Case can be purchased from Hardcandy at http://www.hardcandycases.com for $19.95 and comes in Pink, Green, Blue, and Orange.

  • Overall Quality: 7/10
  • Overall Protection: 6/10
  • Overall Style: 4/10
  • Overall Value: 5/10

iSkin Claro Case for iPhone 4

2 Apr

iSkin just released their newest addition to their already impressive iPhone 4 lineup.  Called the Claro Case, notably seen in previous iPod models, this case claims to be the first to combine a hard polycarbonate core with a soft TPU-like outer laye r.  The case appears of high quality and great design.  If this case is anything like their previous models for the iPhone 4, it should be pretty exceptional.


iSkin Product Description:

“The iSkin Claro is all about clarity. A hybrid fusion of a soft, flexible and transparent polymer and durable hard polycarbonate core combine for the clearest possible view and the best possible protection—making it the first to achieve such a feat.”

Available only in ultra-transparent, Claro gives owners near-invisible protection with real substance far beyond body films and hard cases.

Claro’s clever design features a soft exterior that provides a secure grip for your beloved iPhone. This engineering feat protects your case from cracks and scratches, and fits like a soft case should.”

The Claro Case retails for $35 and can be purchased directly from iSkin.com.   We look forward to reviewing this unique case.

Belkin Grip Vue for Apple iPad

25 Mar

The Belkin Grip Vue Case for the iPad offers maximum protection with little bulk.  The Grip Vue, a TPU-like case is impact resistant and extremely durable.  The slick feeling of the case allows it to be easily transferred in and out of backpacks and bags. It’s translucency allows the Apple logo to be seen clearly and offers the ability to add a tint to set it apart from other iPads.  The case has raised covered ports, with the exception of 30-pin connector, speaker, and microphone ports. The case provides some drop protection, but it is really designed to protect it from bumps and dings from daily use.

The case, although very thin, does thicken towards the edge of the case and making it extremely difficult to fit into third party docks, if not impossible.  The case adds minimal weight, but on such a light device, it is quite noticeable. Installing the case is similar to other TPU-cases and can be easily wiggled into place.  Once on, the case fits very snugly, and shows no signs of lifting or loosening.  The case shows minimal fingerprints and will require a thorough cleaning with soap and water every now and then.

The Belkin Grip Vue for the Apple iPad can be bought from Belkin.com for $39.99 and is available in transparent Black, Clear, and Royal Purple.

UPDATE: The original case we purchased was Clear.  The case had to be returned to Belkin due to a discoloration at the center of the case.  The case had be used for approximately six months.  Belkin was swift with their exchange and promptly sent us a Black case at our request.  The Black case seemed noticeably thinner and stronger.  *Two Thumbs Up*

Apple Case Reviews recommends this product.

  • Overall Quality: 8/10
  • Overall Protection: 7/10
  • Overall Style: 7/10
  • Overall Value: 7/10