by Brent Dirks
November 6, 2012
One of my favorite iOS device accessory makers, Griffin, has just announced its comprehensive line of cases for the iPad mini. The company’s most rugged option, the pictured Survivor, is composed of a polycarbonate frame wrapped with shock-absorbing silicone. Along with a built-in screen protector, hinged plugs seal the ports and controls. An included stand clips onto the case and folds open for landscape viewing and typing. It retails for $59.99, and comes in a variety of colors. Taking inspiration from Apple’s Smart Case for the larger iPad, the Intellicase protects the entire iPad mini. A polycarbobnate shell protects the tablet’s back while a hinged cover sits over the touchscreen. Folding the front cover can make an upright workstand or a typing angle. Magnets activate the automatic on-and-off capabilities. Some of the more interesting color combinations include PixelCrash camo and a black and gold zig-zag. It will retail anywhere from $34.99 to $39.99 depending on color. There are two options for folio-case lovers. The Folio’s cover can fold back and lock into place to create a stand with adjustable viewing angles. The Slim Folio can be turned into a two-position workstand. The Folio will retail from $39.99 to $44.99 while the Slim Folio is $39.99. Other Griffin cases announced for the iPad mini include the $39.99 CinemaSeat for in-car usage and the $34.99 Passport. More information about all of the cases can be found on Griffin’s site. If you’re interested in other case options for the newly released smaller tablet, take a look at my most recent This Week in Accessories column. Our own Robin Rhys also recently did a video review of Griffin's Protector case for the iPhone 5.