Hard Candy ShockDrop Case for iPad Air (Gallery)

Hard Candy ShockDrop Case for iPad Air (Gallery)

Summary: The new silicone rubber and polycarbonate case for iPad Air from Hard Candy provides a lightweight but still protective alternative to Otterbox, Griffin, Trident and other extreme-protection products.

TOPICS: iPad, Apple

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  • Hard Candy Shockdrop Back View

    The rear of the case is covered with a wavy, slip-resistant pattern.

    For more about the Hard Candy Shockdrop, read Jason Perlow's review here.

  • Hard Candy Shockdrop Top View

    All of the iPad ports on the shockdrop are accessible and are unobstructed. The Lightning and Mute Lock ports have rubber tabs which flip out and allow access. The home button responds nicely even when covered by the silicone, and the power/volume controls also perform as expected. Audio output from the bottom speaker still appeared strong with initial testing and microphone input also still continued to work well when tested with Siri and Google Now.

    For more about the Hard Candy Shockdrop, read Jason Perlow's review here.

Topics: iPad, Apple


Jason Perlow, Sr. Technology Editor at ZDNet, is a technologist with over two decades of experience integrating large heterogeneous multi-vendor computing environments in Fortune 500 companies. Jason is currently a Partner Technology Strategist with Microsoft Corp. His expressed views do not necessarily represent those of his employer.

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  • Love the iMentality....

    The iPad and iPhone and iPod Touch and i(whatever) is another 1/5 of a mm thinner - so buy it! And it's made of shiny metal! Buy it!

    Oh btw - these things are more fragile than glass - make sure you dress them up in 3 inches of plastic while you're at it!
    • iPad

      ipad is not fragile. It's used in kindy and the usage is brutal. U do know it's main of alloy right? compared to other tablet which is made of plastic
      • Plastic "gives"

        If metal is better, then why are all these protection devices made of plastic?

        When dropped, plastic cases flex or crack, dissipating the energy of an impact and saving the glass screen from damage. Metal cases do not flex as easily, sending more impact energy to the glass screen.

        Metal is good for an outer layer, but you still need something flexible to isolate that glass screen.
    • Wouldn't put a case on mine.

      Like you implied, it defeats the purpose of thin and light devices to put a bulky plastic case on it. I just buy the Apple Care warranty and use it as-is. They're really not fragile at all. I've dropped mine or knocked it off my desk a number of times. Usually, it's onto a hardwood floor or porcelain tile. The worst I've gotten was a a dented corner. I'm continually amazed at their sturdiness.

      The people who buy these cases must be throwing their iPads against a brick wall or something. Or perhaps they're putting the cases on their kids' iPads rather than buying the warranty.