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Otterbox Defender Review: iPad 2 Case

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iPad 2 Defender Series Review

By: Dave The Gadget Guy

This is a review for the iPad2 Defender Series case. For those of you that follow my Otterbox reviews, you know I am a big fan of Otterbox cases for their high level of protection and simple good looks. After using the iPad 2 case for awhile, I continue to be a proponent of Otterbox cases for protection of your expensive electronic gear. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and I am not a fan of the Defender Series on such a large device as the iPad 2. More on this later.

The case comes in four parts. Two hard polycarbonate shells that interlock to form the base of the protective layer. It took a little nudging and fiddling to get all the locking clasps aligned and closed but no more than you would expect for such a large unit. The third piece is the soft rubber/silicone outer layer that wraps the entire unit. The designers at Otterbox are clearly aiming to replicate the fit and feel of their popular Commuter and Defender series phone cases. It took me about 10 minutes to align all the nooks and achieve a final finished look. It did take a fair amount of adjusting the outer layer to ensure a smooth and clean look.

The fourth piece, yes four total pieces, is a hard polycarbonate stand that is designed to serve as a viewing stand. When not in use it hitches a ride on the back of the unit. This final piece adds significant additional depth to the iPad and a fair amount of weight as well.

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More on the beauty aspect of this case. People buy the iPad for many reasons, not the least of which is its small and tapered design. Any case, for a phone or iPad, will alter the looks and add some level of additional girth to your unit. The trouble is that for a unit as large as an iPad, to achieve the Defender Series level of protection, the trade-off is a massive increase in bulk. This thing is a tank and that makes it less than ideal for travel and around the house/office use.

If you work in the field, have young children and hard surfaces in your home or are just looking for assurances that a careless slip won’t leave your expensive iPad in ruins, well, this is your case.

It does not come with screen protection which I feel is a miss for a unit that has a suggested retail of $90. You will need to supply a screen protector overlay to ensure full coverage on your iPad.

Overall, the Otterbox Defender Series case for iPad 2 provides top-level drop protection. If you can acclimate to the increased heft and work a day looks you will be hard-pressed to find a better solution.

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