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Published on June 16th, 2011 | by Greg

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G-Form: Extreme Protection

It’s al­ways fun to watch videos dis­play­ing crazy stunts- whether it’s blend­ing your fa­vorite elec­tron­ics or drop­ping them from great heights. G-Form has cre­at­ed a few, show­ing for ex­am­ple, how their pro­tec­tive sleeves have en­abled an iPad to be dropped safe­ly from a plane. We weren’t quite able to re­pro­duce that stunt, but we did take our iPad and iPad 2 out for a few drops and spills while en­cased.

The G-Form iPad Ex­treme Sleeve comes in black and yel­low col­ors- and they each look pret­ty dan­ger­ous. The ma­te­ri­al be­hind the mag­ic is Poron XRD, which fea­tures ‘re­ac­tive pro­tec­tion’- a fan­cy sort of shock ab­sorp­tion from a fam­i­ly of mi­cro­cel­lu­lar ure­thane foams that will soon be pop­ping up all over, in­clud­ing shoe soles and in­soles. Our ver­sion of the sleeve had on­ly one re­al de­sign flaw, fair­ly ex­posed zip­per lin­ing ar­eas, which they have al­ready fixed. As of press time, pre-or­ders for the up­grad­ed ver­sion (Ex­treme Sleeve 2) were just go­ing live.

The man­u­fac­tur­er rec­om­mends against use of a Smart Cov­er for your iPad if you’re al­so try­ing to use this case, and we agree- it doesn’t fit so well. And they al­so take pains to note that they are not re­spon­si­ble for any dam­age caused to your iPad or any­thing con­tained in the sleeve- their war­ran­ty of­fers no li­a­bil­i­ty, whether ac­ci­den­tal or in­ten­tion­al. De­spite this, we did try a cou­ple of di­rect­ly ver­ti­cal drops from about five feet, and our iPad sus­tained no vis­i­ble (or ob­vi­ous) dam­age. It’s not the most at­trac­tive case per­haps, and doesn’t of­fer much room for ac­ces­sories- but it is a pret­ty stur­dy and fair­ly lightweight way to ruggedi­ze your iPad. They al­so make oth­er gear- even knee and el­bow pads. And pric­ing is fair- the sleeve will run you around $60.

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.



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