We are a very pro-tech family; we all have smart phones, smart TV’s and iPads. Although I do think that screen time should be limited, I also think that keeping children away from technology is naive. Forget technology natives: my kids are a part of the Google generation that will grow up with technology embedded within their education and social lives. For that reason Darcie knows what the ‘hi-pad’ is and impressively, how to operate it.
The issue we found though was that she has a temper – a BAD temper – which means if things do not do what she wants them to do immediately, they’re most likely going to be launched across the room. Not ideal when that ‘thing’ is an iPad and although we’ve tried a few covers, they either didn’t offer enough protection or have too much protection on the screen which causes it to be unresponsive to use. Therefore when the guys from tech21 got in contact for us to try out their new Evo Play, we jumped at the chance.
It arrived quickly and was well packaged in an attractive box that protected the product well. We were sent the blue option and I was immediately struck by the bright fun colours. Definately aimed towards children, I knew the Bear was going to get excited by it.
The material is soft to touch and nicely curved which makes it easy for little hands to hold, and the stand at the back seemed really sturdy. What makes the Evo Play really stand out though is the promise that it provides ‘all the fun without the fear’ as it offers a drop protection to heights of 2m / 6ft 6. With a two year old prone to temper tantrums, this sounded like it would really fit what we were looking for.
The cover slipped onto the iPad really easily and although it looks pretty bulky, it was still easy enough to access each of the controls and the power point. Darcie loved the bright colours on first sight and was quick to tell me that it was blue. She grabbed hold of it easily and launched herself towards her little table in our living room, raring to get going.
The stand worked well and held up under a toddlers rough prodding, it set the device at a good angle that made the screen easy for her to access and use. There is no physical protection across the screen as the cover is designed in such a way that if it were dropped, it would not come into contact with the floor etc, which is great as it did not affect the responsiveness of the screen in any way.
Things were going well – the product was attractive to look at, easy to use and the Bear was having a great time. Hubby and I were just at the stage where we were discussing whether we were brave enough to test the drop protection when the inevitable happened. Goodness knows what she was trying to do but apparantly it wasn’t doing it correctly so the iPad was launched across the room, the chair followed and then the poor iPad was stamped on.
This is where the Evo Play came into it’s own. Usually this comes with an immediate telling off and saving of a device which costs hundreds to replace! This time we let her get it out of her system, confident that it would survive and then once it fizzled out (after around 30 seconds or so), then sat her down and explained why she couldn’t behave that way – the iPad even got a cuddle by way of apology.
All in all so far, we’re really impressed as it seems pretty toddler-proof. However – and what is maybe not quite clear so far – this is my iPad and I would still like to use it from time to time (when allowed to of course!). I was intially worried that the Evo Play would make it too big for me to use day to day but I was pleasantly surprised that it was still light to use and once I got used to the extra bulk, didn’t make a difference to me at all.
So, the Evo Play retails at £39.95 which yes, is initially a chunk of money but this really is a quality product which gives piece of mind in protecting an expective bit of tech from a volatile toddler! Available online from tech21 or from a number of retailers such as Currys, Apple, PC World and most mobile phone retailers to name but a few.
I really love this product. It’s on the expensive side for an iPad cover but when you put that price against the cost of having to replace a device which has been launched across a room and smashed, then £39.95 is definately the better option. For me at least, it’s a small price to pay to make sure it’s well protected! Personally if I were gifting a child a tablet, I would also build in the cost of protecting it into the gift so maybe something worth considering.
Overall the Evo Play feels like a very quality piece of kit that will stand up to a high level of use. Sturdy, practical, attractive in it’s look and designed with little people in mind; we loved it.
Still not convinced? Well, check out these 5 horror stories from parents who once their kids got a hold of their devices, wish they protected their tech a little more!
DISCLOSURE – I recieved this product in return for this review but all opinions expressed in this post are my own.