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Everything I Could've Asked For
on January 7, 2011
I had seen this product come up a few times on different websites while I was googling for articles on the best iPad cases. Of course, Otterbox has a sterling reputation, so I wasn't surprised to see it on the list.
Having recently received the product, I could not be happier.
I'm a business person, but I live a...dangerous life. What can I say? I'm a clumsy guy. But the otterbox defender lives up to it's name. It's wicked durable, looks great, and has already saved my iPad's life more than once this week.
A few little things (some might call them "drawbacks") that I thought I might mention --
-Because of the intensely rugged construction of the product, it does add significant weight to my iPad. iPads are already a heavy product in comparison to other tablets, so this might be something to consider.
-The "3rd" layer is a removable "polycarbonite" (plastic) shield that can sit on the back of your iPad when you feel like chucking throwing knives at your iPad, or you can place it over the screen while you're traveling. Aside from the fact that I wouldn't really count it as a 3rd layer, I just wanted to warn people that it doesn't FEEL like the best screen cover in the world. It covers the screen, yes. But it provides a handful of millimeters between itself and the screen which always makes me feel like I'm going to drop it and it will crack, or something might get set on it and accidentally manage to break through it. Also, the cover is made perfectly to fit flush with the screen. Which means that it doesn't really seal that well. I would worry that maybe dirt, pebbles, ink, or something else little could sneak in there and then bounce around between the screen and cover, potentially harming both. I still think it's awesome though. :-)
-The installation was a little tricky, I guess. The instructions (all pictures, no words) were fairly helpful, but I was at a complete loss for a while. Once I got that bad boy in there, though, I hope I never have to take it out. I'm pretty sure I nearly lost a thumb to the Defender's uber-robust poly carbonite inner shell.
Over all, I truly couldn't be happier with this case. Those were just a few little things that hopefully the people from Otterbox might read in the future and say, "Oh yeah...this guy is right. We should address those things AND give him a job." :-)
P.S. And a million thanks to Amazon for the trial period of Amazon Prime! I love it and got my case only 45 hours after I ordered it! Totally Awesome!