The silicone case is a good idea and makes it easier to handle the ipad without fear of having it slip out of your hands. It arrived without all the holes punched out (to allow access to the various buttons and controls) so I had to take scissors and cut several out. Not a perfect job, but still it is very functional. I didn't like the screen protector - was impossible to affix without having bubbles under the surface. I decided to do without it.