As a speech-language pathologist, I am constantly using my iPad in therapy to play games, read books, look at flashcards, etc. I've been looking for a new case for my iPad, and rather than using a regular leather or plastic case with it, I looked at the ePillow by Veyl Products, LLC. I wanted something that I can use in the classroom with my preschoolers that will be lightweight, comfortable, but not too distracting to the kids. The ePillow delivers.
The ePillow I received for this review is made out of brown suede with black leather trim. There are many other colors that you may purchase - brown, black, aqua/grey, pink/black, black/pink, and my favorite red/black. The brown suede is very soft and comfortable and does not scratch the back of the iPad.
I like the ePillow because it holds the iPad securely. You can sort of slide the iPad into the little flap on the bottom of the pillow and it's held there pretty well. I don't have any concerns about the iPad sliding off of the pillow and getting damaged.
There is another little pocket on the right hand side when you're looking at the pillow. I honestly have no idea what this pocket is for. I think you could put the iPad charger in there or even put a pen and some mini sticky notes in the pocket so that you have extra on hand. This is nice for the SLP on the go who needs to take a quick note or quick data. You could also put an iPad stylus in this little pocket for safe keeping (I often use a stylus with my preschoolers since they have a hard time understanding the difference between light touch and hard touch).
On the back of the ePillow there is a strap that extends across the entire back. This strap I use to carry the pillow in the hallway when I am walking between classrooms. Sometimes I have my hands filled with notebooks and all kinds of games that I just can't have another thing in my hands. I really like this strap, and I think it would also be useful to use this to attach to a backpack or suitcase if you were traveling.
So the main question - will the iPad fit in the pillow even in a case? The answer is yes. It does fit in the pillow even when in a case (however, I will not make this claim for ALL iPad cases as I do not own every single iPad case made). The case I have which has a plastic back and the smart cover does fit in the pillow securely.
The picture below showcases the iPad in it's case sitting in the pillow.
Overall, I would recommend the ePillow for any SLP who is using their iPad in a classroom. One thing I love to use the ePillow for is when I am sitting in the book center, and I'm letting a child listen to the iPad read a story to them. The ePillow makes it easy for the child to hold the iPad on his/her lap and it won't slide everywhere. My students love the ePillow.
I don't just use the ePillow in the classroom or at school either! I love to use my ePillow when I'm sitting on the couch or relaxing and browsing on my iPad before bed. It's very easy to use, comfortable, and lightweight. It's perfect for any gadget lover out there!
Veyl Products, LLC. sell the ePillow for $24.95.
KidSafe Smart Phone Cover:
For those of you who do not have an iPad or who like to use your smart phone in therapy, Veyl Products, LLC created a KidSafe Smart Phone Cover that keeps your smart phone safe from those sticky/dirty/germy kid fingers and any accidents!
The case is really easy to use. You just slip it over your phone, and the child can continue to use the phone like normal. The case is created out of a soft polyester material with a plastic cover, and it is currently available in black with either aqua blue or pink detailing.
You can continue to use the cover even if your phone is already situated in a smart phone case! The phone and case will both fit inside the cover and it is well protected from any spills, germs, and messy fingers.
The picture below is taken from the Veyl Products, LLC website, but it shows a child using the smart phone and the case.
I would highly recommend this cover for any of you who have a smart phone and let your children/students use it to play games, watch movies/cartoons, and/or read books.
Veyl Products, LLC. sell the KidSafe Smart Phone Cover for $12.95.
What do you think? Have any of you used either of these products?
Disclaimer: Veyl Products, LLC. provided me with an ePillow and a KidSafe Smart Phone Cover for free. I was in no other way compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my opinions and mine alone.