This week we have been taking a look at the Ballistic iPad mini case, and include our review below. The cover we have been reviewing is the Ballistic Smooth Series, made from TPU rubber, this case is built to withstand everyday abuse and Ballistic even claim to have drop tested the cover between 3 and 15 feet. Whilst I didn’t fancy deliberately dropping my mini to test this claim I am satisfied that a clumsy accident in the home with the Ballistic fitted, would easily protect the iPad.
The cover is real easy to fit, simply stretch the corners out over the tablet and slip your iPad tightly into the case. The corners grip securely and there is no danger of your tablet falling out of the cover. All ports are left accessible and tough moulded rubber shrouds the on/off and volume buttons.
One of the nicest features of the Ballistic Smooth are the interchangeable bumpers that are included, meaning you are able to pimp your case according to your mood. I have been reviewing the purple option, which includes 4 different bumper sets in black, purple, white and teal (green/blue), the pictures below shows the four options fitted to our case.
Ballistic also offer the Smooth series in Black, Hot Pink and Charcoal and to see the bumpers available with these options, then take a look at the Ballistic site here.
Whilst there is no doubt the cover keeps the screen protected if the iPad is placed face down on a table, it does not offer any protection to the screen should the tablet be placed in a bag or pocket. I am used to the Otterbox Defender case and the protective screen and hard cover for transportation definitely give more confidence than the Ballistic Smooth. However for an iPad that never leaves the house the Smooth Series case offers ample security and if you wanted a meatier Ballistic case you may want to consider their Tough Jacket Series.
This robust but slim case is available for $39.99 and with the interchangeable bumpers you are effectively getting 4 cases for the price of 1. Let us know which color case and bumper scheme you would go for.
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