It’s not easy to choose the best case for your iPad with so many choices around. The first and foremost reason to actually buy a case is protection for your gadgets. A stand is also something that turns out to be really handy to watch movies or type out a few emails. Here’s a case sent to us by Otterbox called the iPad Defender Series Case for review. Not only does it have a great design, it provides total protection for your iPad. But does it really live up to its name? Read on to find out.
- Three layers of protection
- Access to all buttons and ports via silicone plugs
- Clear membrane protects Apple logo
- Clip on, multi direction shield with built-in, fold-out stand
- Removable dock door (dock not included)
- Clear protective membrane on touch screen
- High-quality poly-carbonate shell
- Durable silicone skin
The packaging of Defender Series case is impressive itself to begin with. You can sense that this isn’t just another normal case to wrap up your device in. The contents of the package include the case, a cleaning cloth, a small booklet which is actually a guide which shows how to install the case. The steps are well illustrate and easy to follow. Make sure you keep them since it’s not easy to do a guessing game of installing the case without the guide. I learned this from experience.
Design and Build Quality
Before I received the case, I wasn’t expecting much in terms of design since the Defender Series is focused on protecting your iPad. But after using it for a while I’ve realized the design is really well thought out. From the way you have to assemble the case to how you can use the back plate as a stand or to cover the display of your iPad it really speaks for itself. Here are the parts that make up the case:
- The main cover
- Rubber covering the case
- There’s a slide out part that hide the 30 pin connector port.
- The back plate.
The back cover is something you might want to leave at home but it is extremely useful in certain situations especially when you have a bag full of other stuff that could mess up with the screen. It also has a built in stand that supports the iPad at an angle that makes it great for watching videos. You can also type on your iPad at that angle but it’s not that comfortable
The Apple logo shows through the back with the cover on. Looks really awesome!
There’s a cover for the pin connector slot and the volume buttons, rotation lock, power button, home button are covered with rubber. The rotation lock gets a little difficult to access easily but then I haven’t felt the need to use it much ever since Apple turned it into a mute switch in iOS 4.2.1
Apart from that, there’s not a flaw you can point out in the case compared to the protection it provides and the added value. One thing though, the iPad becomes heavier. That’s to be expected with the quality of the material used. I’ve accidentally banged my iPad against a lot of things such as a chair and table corner since I’ve gotten the Defender Series and haven’t even noticed a single scratch on the cover.
iPad Defender Series Case is available in a choice of 5 colors including the one we got as well as black and pink colors. Check them out here.
The installation can take some time if you don’t follow the step-by-step guide that’s why we again suggest that you keep the guide handy. If you lose it, here’s a video to help you out:
Bottom line is that this is a great accessory to your iPad. Your iPad really deserves it if you love it. It look good, protects your iPad from damage along with providing additional value with the stand. A great choice for anyone looking for an iPad case that fills the above criteria. Highly recommended!