Those of you who read the blog regularly will know that we are very much a pro tech family. I have no issue at all with Erin using tablets and technology, as feel they have become a huge part of modern society, and a fun way of providing educational play (as well as entertainment and leisure).

We bought Erin a Kindle Fire HD last Christmas but to be honest, she didn’t really bond with an android device. After growing up watching her Mum and Dad with their iphones, she is definitely firmly in the Apple camp, and if she can’t swipe to navigate, she quite frankly doesn’t want to know!!

Whilst I have no issue with her using the iPad, I quite rightly worry about trusting a threenager with such an expensive piece of kit. To counter-act this concern, we were recently sent a Evo Play iPad Case to trial, and to date, we have been really impressed.

About the Product

The Tech 21 Evo Play Case offers unbeatable drop protection, giving your child freedom to enjoy the iPad whilst knowing it is completely protected. The Evo Play is available to fit both the iPad Mini and iPad Air 2.

The case is dishwasher safe, protects the product from drops of up to 6.6 feet and has 3 adjustable viewing positions.

The Evo Play is currently available in two colours – Pink (with purple) or Blue (with green). Prices start at £39.95.

Our Experience

I was really impressed with the Evo Play at first sight. The Flex Shock Foam is really soft to the touch, and the design was very bright and appealing. We had the pink version, which comes with a purple handle.

The case was very easy to put on – the iPad simply slots inside and the casing seals around it, leaving the camera, charge point and volume buttons all still fully accessible.

It is quite thick, so does make the iPad bulkier than I was previously used to, but perfect for when Erin is playing with it, which to be honest is  a lot more often than me!

The Evo Play provides protection from drops of up to 6.6 ft! Obviously we’ve not fully tested this (I’m not that brave!), however Erin has accidently dropped it from table height with no damage whatsoever. Due to the rounded lip of the case, the screen doesn’t actually make contact with the floor even if it lands face down.

It is also wipe clean and dishwasher friendly, which is great if Erin covers it in yoghurt smeared fingers, which is a fairly common occurrence.

We used the ‘official’ Apple leather cases before, which are clearly more targeted at the adult user and if I am honest, I much prefer this! The Apple leather case clips on via a magnetic strip, however I found that it falls off all the time, and actually only protects the iPad when it is not being used, rather than against accidental damage whilst it is being played with. In comparison, the Evo Play protects your device both during storage, and whilst in use.

At £39.95, the Evo Play case isn’t cheap, although my other half actually felt that was a very good price compared to other cases on the market. When compared to the cost of the device itself and offset against how much insurance would cost, I think this is very reasonable given the peace of mind it offers.

Erin had previously been known to ask her Dad to hold the iPad whilst she watches it (yes really!) and therefore this is great that she can set it up somewhere herself such as on the arm of the chair or table. This stops her arms from getting tired (its a hard life being three!) and leaves both hands free to navigate around all the surprise egg videos on YouTube. (*cringe*). She is able to pick the viewing angle using the purple handle herself, without requiring adult assistance.

The Evo Play is also light enough for Erin to pick up the iPad and carry it around with her.

Pros:

  • Attractive design
  • 3 different viewing angles, which are easy to alternate between.
  • Dishwasher safe and wipe clean
  • Protected from accidental damage, which offers great peace of mind.
  • Lightweight
  • Good value for money
  • Unlike official apple cases, protects device when in use as well as in storage.

Cons:

  • The Evo Play does make the iPad a little bulkier when I am wanting to use for a quick hold and safari search, however this is minor, and is offset by the peace of mind I have in exchange.

Overall, we were really impressed with the Evo Play and will continue to use going forward. You can learn more about the product and purchase here.

*Disclosure – We were sent a sample Evo Play free of charge for the purpose of this review, however all thoughts and opinions are my own.*