As I shared in these two blog posts about the GumDrop case, it’s a versatile case for your iPad or iPad Mini (I think it looks even better, and drawbacks below aren’t as much of an issue on the iPad Mini GumDrop case)
Some drawbacks that I’ve discovered after a week of heavy usage:
- The covers for the charging port on the iPad and the headphone jack are difficult to access.
- The headphone jack interferes with sound quality. I found this out since I typically plug in exterior powered, amplified speakers to my iPad while exercising indoors. Unfortunately, the rubber dust cover–which is quite thick at the base–actually puts pressure on the headphone jack at the point it goes into the iPad…and causes sound issues (e.g. no sound). When I removed the case altogether, the sound issue went away.
- Sound switch dust cover on the right side of the iPad is a bit of a pain to work around.
|Modified headphone jack. You can see that the dust cover has been completely cut away.
With that modification, I haven’t experienced any audio problems with headphones jack.
|Here’s the modified charging port. Before I made the modifications, I had to work harder to insert/remove
the charging cable. Now, it plugs in easily without issue.