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    How strong is an iPad mini?

    Hello
    I have just got my first iPad, and am worried about breaking it.
    My phone has this "gorilla glass" screen and I'm happy to throw it about as I see fit, but I have seen so many apple products with cracked and scratched up screens.
    Does the iPad mini have any reinforced materials that could help prevent damage through knocks, drops or rough handling?
    How easy is it to scratch the glass surface?
    Should I get a screen protector for it?
    I have a "smart cover" thing on the way which will probably stay on the iPad permanently, but should I also get an unofficial case for it?
    Thanks for any help
    Liz

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    Best bet is to put it in an OtterBox. That gives protection without adding too much weight.
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    If you plan to toss it about willy-nilly, then yeah, get an OtterBox case.

    I have mine in a thin light weight case, that preserves the slim look and light weight. I would never put mine in an Otterbox, because the notion of that ruins, to me, the entire notion of the mini.

    The outer housing, which is metal, will indeed scratch. It will show more on the black version. As for the screen....I have a case, so the screen is closed when i'm not using it, so I don't worry about scratching it. But I'm sure if you get the right something against that screen, you can cut a groove in it. Even gorilla class can be scratched...all you need to do is find something that is harder than the glass....like bits of sand or grit. For me, however, NONE of my screens have ever been scratched...but that is more a function of how I use them. I don't baby them, but I don't toss them around either.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AQ_OC View Post
    If you plan to toss it about willy-nilly, then yeah, get an OtterBox case.

    I have mind is a thin light weight case, that preserves the slim look and light weight. I would never put mine in an Otterbox, because the notion of that ruins, to me, the entire notion of the mini.

    The outer housing, which is metal, will indeed scratch. It will show more on the black version. As for the screen....I have a case, so the screen is closed when i'm not using it, so I don't worry about scratching it. But I'm sure if you get the right something against that screen, you can cut a groove in it. Even gorilla class can be scratched...all you need to do is find something that is harder than the glass....like bits of sand or grit. For me, however, NONE of my screens have ever been scratched...but that is more a function of how I use them. I don't baby them, but I don't toss them around either.
    Agreed. My iPad 2 is in an Otterbox because it's used in a truck most of the time on roads that would shake your teeth loose. However, I prefer to use it out of the box whenever possible, because, while the Otterbox gives very good levels of protection, it does not look good and adds weight. When my son's friends are using it, I don't have to worry about what food residues they may have on their hands, which is also a bonus.

    My MBP lives in a sleeve when it's not being used, but I bought it partly because I like the look of it. I wouldn't want to cover it up. I'd rather be careful with it.

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    I use a screen protector, not to prevent scratches, but I seem to 'dribble' stuff on the screen and i feel safer cleaning the protector screen and knowing I can replace it if I do scratch it. Reduces glare a bit too.

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    I tried the Otterbox, can't stand it because of the sharp corners where the stand/shield snaps on. Ended up with a case-mate tough xtreme....just as rugged as the Otterbox with a built in screen protector but no stretchy silicone to get loose and attract dust.
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    Use a case, there are dozens to choose from. Abuse your mini or iPhone and you will destroy them.
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    get a leather case for it and take care of it all the time, I think it will be good.

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    I recently purchased a Griffin Defender case for my mini. Once I got into the case ( no easy thing as the instructions are inside the assembled case ), I managed to get my mini inside. I need a very secure case for my device as it is exposed to the weather and extremes of temperature almost daily. The defender is built to military specifications and provides wind, sand, and water protection. All switches and camera openings as well as the speakers are protected from the elements. It is a bulky case and will not win many beauty contests but it works well for my use.

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    I have a screen protector from Tech Defense. It's installed with a cover screen and dried in a dryer to make sure it doesn't come off. Scratch resistant and if it ever gets damaged they will replace it for free. For the cover I bought a Targus. Very durable without the bulk. My Mini is almost damage proff. Love my screen protector and my cover. I would recommend them both to any IPad user they're greeeeeaaaatttt!


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