The iSkin Vu is made from impact resistant soft plastics coupled with a hard shell on the back of the tablet. The bottom of the case over the dock port is removable for docking the iPad and parts of the case cover the controls and buttons for protection. The screen is left uncovered with the case. The MSRP for the iSkin Vu is $64.99.
The iSkin Vu I was sent for testing is the orange version called Sunset. The sides and some of the back of the case are in the orange color and the harder back portion of the case is in a clear plastic. The case is well made and looks like it would provide decent protection for the iPad if dropped, especially on the back where the case is hard plastic.
Getting the iPad into the iSkin Vu took some work. The case is very snug fitting and requires lots of pulling and pressing to get the iPad into the case. The side flaps that cover the front of the iPad lift up and you have to work them over the edges until you have the iPad inside the case. Once I got my iPad inside I found that the slightly raised areas of the case that were over the controls for volume and others on the same side weren’t exactly where they needed to be.
Try as I might with my review unit I was unable to get the indentions in the iSkin Vu to alight with the controls on the right side of my iPad. I could still use the controls without any issues, but the fact that the side wasn't as flush as it should be bothered me. The home button gets its own protection with the iSkin Vu as well and you can still use the home button without any issues.
With all the pushing and pulling, I had to do to get my iPad into the case, the section of the iSkin Vu that is removable for docking the iPad popped off. It is removable so that wasn't a big deal. What was a big deal was that I was unable to get the cover to go back on correctly. If you plan to dock the iPad a lot, you might want to leave that off anyway. However, if you want protection for the docking port and plan to use that cover be warned it is hard to install once removed.
The only surface of the iPad that the Vu case leaves unprotected is the screen. The flaps that fold around the sides are thick enough that if you lay the iPad on its face the screen won’t be touched on most surfaces. That said the screen is still susceptible to scratches. My iPad has a screen protector film on it to prevent scratches. That film is grippy and may be why I had a hard time with the install. That said I would bet that a lot of iPad users will want a scratch protection film on their iPad as well and may run into the same issue I had with the case not quite fitting the iPad as it should.
The iSkin Vu may work well for some users, but for me it was difficult to install and use. At $65 the iSkin Vu should fit even with a screen film installed, the dock port cover should be easy to remove and install, and I didn’t find that to be true.
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