Students question how well the Griffin Survivor iPad cases protect their devices


Lauren Kling

Student, Emily Fung, works on her iPad during class. Some students’ cases are falling apart, while others are still intact. If students take good care of their devices, the cases should last until they graduate.

Lauren Kling, Staff Writer

Faith Lutheran requires all Middle School students to have a Griffin Survivor iPad case on school issued iPads, however some students’ cases are falling apart.

For five years Faith has been using Survivor cases with minimal damage.

“The first year we did iPads, we said put the in whatever case, so people bought the cheapest case the could find. We had about a 10% damage rate, so that means 1 out of every 10 kids had to replace or fix their iPads. When we put the Survivor cases were down to 1%,” said Chief Information Officer Tom Chalfant.

Faith uses the Survivor iPad cases for many reasons.

“Students who have their iPads in the case with the top cover are protecting their iPads, and they have never been broken,” said Middle School Vice Principal Jacob Kothe.

According to, the cases have been tested to block out wind, rain, and sand for one hour. The case have also gone through a drop test from 1.8 meters up onto a flat concrete surface with no damage to the device.

“I’ve dropped my iPad many times, and it hasn’t broken at all. The case is very durable; my iPad isn’t even scratched,” said seventh grade student Emily Fung.

The iPad cases should last students a long time.

“For the kids who take care of (their iPads), the cases last until they graduate,” said Chalfant.

Some students disagree that the cases are holding up.

“Sometimes when people put them in their backpacks the silicone starts to tear,” said seventh grade student Christiana Vancura.

Other customers have complained that when they dropped their iPads, the case stayed in perfect condition while their electronic broke.

Mr. Kothe disagrees.

“I have never come across an iPad that was cracked while the case was in perfect condition,” said Kothe.

Some students have taken off the screen protector, and this could lead to more damage.

“Some people are lying about having the screen protector on .When they do drop their iPads, the cases fall apart, and the iPads get damaged,” said Fung.

If students’ cases are damaged, the do need to be replaced.

“While a new iPad case is expensive, replacing a damaged case is less expensive than replacing an iPad,” said Chalfant.

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