June 11, 2011

Review: Otterbox Defender Case for iPad2

I have always been serious when I said Otterbox Cases are tough, but when I received the new Defender case for the iPad2, I got a real good taste of what toughness is about.  The Defender case for iPad 2 is insanely tough. It's so tough that it has 4 components and when all is said and done, this bad boy is about an inch thick when properly installed.

I don't know how to best describe the defender case, other then the fact that if you have it installed, your precious iPad 2 is pretty much protected from just about anything you can throw at it.  As expected, there are plenty of cutouts and access to the ports and buttons throughout that is precisely molded.  If you expect to dock your iPad2 in this case, look the other way.  Because there are four components for installation, the setup can be a little tricky at first, but it all comes together with a little common sense.  Where I got a little struggle is applying the 3rd layer (the rubber cover) where the lip of the cover tucks into the plastic frame; but it only took me about 5 minutes to attach in full.

The Defender series case from Otterbox have always been known as the toughest case around; for the iPad 2, they have really taken it to a whole new level of protection.  Of course, such protection comes at the expense of some increased thickness which might be difficult for the typical iPad 2 fanboys since it somewhat defeats the appeal of having a thin device.

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