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Rock solid protection, but with annoying downside.,
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This review is from: OtterBox Defender Series for Original iPad (Black) (Personal Computers)Let me start by saying that this is really a quality product. It feels very solid and ipad feels very secure in it. The fit is also excellent and the screen protector it comes with is good value. It feels like I have a one of those rugged laptops that you can abuse. I took it camping and felt at ease that no harm would come to my ipad. I also felt like that I didn't need to baby my ipad.
Now the problem with this is that this protection will make the ipad feel bulky and a little heavy espically if you are using it as ebook reader. One must keep this in mind. It's all about balancing protection and comfort. This case is definitely more towards the protection end.
The downside of this case is that the snap-off access for optional iPad dock doesn't come with a opening and closing flap for just the port itself.
Everytime one has to charge the ipad, the cover needs to be removed by sliding it out. This becomes annoying after awhile. This leaves an area of the ipad exposed if it happens to fall. Also, even though there is a felt lining inside the cover, I feel sometimes that there is plastic to ipad contact. I need to put it back on slower so it just touches the felt. Why do I do I need to slide it off everytime when I just need access to the port?
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Initial post: Jul 10, 2011 2:18:08 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 10, 2011 2:19:20 PM PDT
Benlee Paul says:
If you have the Apple ipad dock, the ability to snap off and fit it onto the dock is preferable. Seems like this should be a minor concern. I usually have to charge my ipad once per day tops... unless you're plugging and unplugging it constantly, this shouldn't really be a concern.
Posted on Oct 24, 2011 5:43:25 AM PDT
Apple recommends removing the iPad from any case or sleeve while charging due to overheating and possible battery damage. This could be a problem for a case that seems to be somewhat of a chore to fully remove then reassemble.
Posted on Feb 16, 2012 12:11:10 PM PST
Christopher West says:
I modified my Defender by cutting out a notch right where the connector goes in. Of course there is no protection for the connection port, but I don't care about that. I do not want to be removing and replacing that cover all the time.
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