The reservation for iPad mini. Review of vinyl stickers of Spigen SGP Skin Guard and Hardbook
To a moneybox of accessories for iPad mini again arrived. The Spigen SGP company which somehow inertly reacted to release of a small tablet of Apple at present tried. It is remembered, for iPhone 5 it let out skrinprotektor to the announcement of phone. After all, the main thing, as they say, result and it is very quite good. The American producer usually presented any sets of films for protection of the screen and an accessory back, but for other devices they differ from options not enough. And here pair of the accessories which have fallen me into hands, are a little allocated against Spigen SGP production. These are vinyl stickers of Skin Guard on the back panel of a tablet and covers from the Hardbook series. Let’s look at them closer.
Old users of production of SGP (this original name of the company, but last year rebranding with the cheerful word Spigen for Russian ear began) certainly will have a question, and what such new in vinyl stickers of the company? The reasonable remark as the history of these stickers originates since unusual iPad, and about one and a half years ago I said about such for iPad 2. A difference exclusively that Spigen SGP expanded the range of models of this accessory for iPad mini a little. Not including dark карбона, there was an option under carbon fiber of white color and silvery. Among stickers under skin there are models of dark, white and coffee color.
Packing remained invariable since I the last time used such sticker. It is an envelope from a firm, qualitative cardboard from which forward party the accessory slice that it was possible to estimate it to the touch, well and outside too is pasted. Not bad decision:
From a reverse side useless instruction on a sticker. Useless as in reality everything is slightly more difficult, than it is shown on packing.
The set of delivery is modest: a sticker, a soft rag from microfiber, a stylish sticker of Spigen under metal and serial number.
In a set very much very much there is no plastic card, and it is better than the firm rubber tool for smoothing of films and expression of air bubbles of type such:
The matter is that to smooth a vinyl sticker with hands or a rag at installation as it is shown in the instruction, procedure non-trivial. The film is pasted, only air bubbles leaves much, and if they are far from edge, to squeeze out them is simply unreal. The mighty layer of silicone on which Skin Guard keeps, let’s it make that was proved in the skilled way. Trying to save up time and having got a false idea itself god of vinyl, I tried everything to make quickly and by means of one only hands.
Good it did not end with anything, and I caught mass of air bubbles which could not squeeze out neither a rag, nor fingers, remained in inheritance from last accessories of SGP rubber stock. But it not discrepancy.
The sticker laid down exactly, and the dust to it is not terrible (I will remind that the silicone layer quite thick and a case the got dust in it simply sinks, instead of sticks out under vinyl). In other words, it is possible to unstick safely it on the one hand (better to hook not nails, and a very narrow film, for example, an old skrinprotektor or a leaf of dense paper) and almost completely to remove, having left pasted one edge. Later, holding one hand vinyl on the weight, with the 2nd accurately smooth a film by means of a plastic card or firm rubber piece if such is in an economy. Thus I managed to paste Skin Guard without the 1st bubble from the first, short of initial unsuccessful test everything to make impudence.
Practically, here result:
The unique nuance that not so with comfort примериваться at application, and exactly to paste an accessory from the first leaves not always. In fact, as a reference point the chamber peephole acts only, but on it a film especially will not level. It will not turn out to get from the first, do not despair, safely unstick Skin Guard and try again. Three of such tests the accessory will simply sustain pair.
The last stroke — we glue a firm logo:
To myself I already by tradition chose black карбон. I love this color, well and a tablet at me too black, and Smart Cover — darkly gray. Not including that, «vinyl карбон» it is pleasant to me on tactile feelings, it ukhvatisty and cool looks. I such cannot tell about "leather" options.
Vinyl is not so good to simulate skin and if such sticker still more or less decently from outside looks and even is excellent, it is necessary to feel it as you understand, at hand not skin, and some plastic and it causes in me own sort a rupture of a template. By sight — skin, to the touch — plastic, is not pleasant to me such. To fans of skin I can advise analog from Zagg, LEATHERskin, however, is called is more expensive twice ($40 against $20 for the decision from Spigen SGP).
By the way, about Smart Cover — the sticker at all does not disturb firm screen "plaid" and in principle I consider such option of protection of a tablet as the best. On the last measure, it influences weight of the device and experience of its operation not enough, but from falling especially will not protect. For those to whom protection is necessary more powerfully, Spigen SGP let out Hardbook cover.
The book in rigid cover
Yes, directly the book in rigid cover also is reminded by iPad mini enclosed in a cover of Hardbook. On packing I will especially not focus attention. It is already become traditional for Spigen SGP composition of a qualitative cardboard and PET plastic. Though there is a cool decision with the valve — it big, but keeps inside not so strong.
The set …, in fact, also is not present it. Only a cover and any buns, like a skrinprotektor in loading or at least rags.
The accessory, not including the fallen me into hands blue, white and pink options, is offered besides in black color. At the last plastic fixture for a tablet too dark color. For the rest, according to the material and design invoice, products are completely identical.
As to a design, it ordinary and reliable. Outside a rigid cover with a covering from an imitation leather. The material ukhvatisty, in hands such piece lies reliably. It is possible not to worry about casual blows — will ram such piece heavy.
Inside, as I mentioned above, plastic "tray" is placed own sort. To the touch reminds polycarbonate. The tablet in it is simple for fixing and more simply to take though it keeps inside reliably.
There is such here a book in rigid cover with an interior glass, aluminum and silicon inside:
For the chamber the producer did not forget about an opening, well both other buttons and sockets are simply available too.
I do not know a coma as, and to me to photograph a tablet not especially with comfort, and in a cover it to do absolutely awkwardly. Consider this fact if often use an accessory for a photo or record of video.
As a support of Hardbook it is possible to use and it is necessary. Something will turn out average between keyboard option and a photoframe if to compare to firm Smart Cover. To chagrin, there is only one shown in pictures lower the scheme:
Here a hook which the design holds:
In the closed condition on the screen it will not press, as along the edges of a cover there are small ledges.
Whether such cover in operation is comfortable? Well, as to you to tell. I am not the big fan of huge and powerful accessories, and Spigen SGP Hardbook rather big and absolutely hard. To three hundred parts гр iPad mini it is possible to add safely 200 more g or about that. On the other hand, such cover provides very good protection to a tablet, well and it looks stylishly. It is pleasant to hold, pleasantly to open, throw cover and to read, directly as the real book. In the latter case the successful fellow is more convenient, than without a cover, and the finger does not get out for edge of a display frame of a tablet. Yes, Apple embodied program definition of contacts at edge, but the system works not always correctly.
It is also possible, without worrying about scratches and casual blows, to throw the device in a backpack or a bag with other small things. Generally, pluses weight, well and the price is not especially great — $40.
After all, at present I chose the protection scheme such as «Smart Cover plus a vinyl sticker». Besides the firm plaid in option for iPad mini is pleasant much more, than Smart Cover for big tablets. The last because of own steel fixture looks somehow is bulky.
Also I will add that held similar Spigen SGP Hardbook a cover from Ozaki, but it to me somehow did not attract because of dimensions. The same thickness, a material it is similar, and here the sizes it is more — approximately on centimeter in height and on half-centimeter at width.
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