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Mini-Defender for an iPad Mini,
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This review is from: OtterBox Defender Series Case for iPad mini - Black (Personal Computers)
So I upgraded (?) from an iPad 2nd Gen to an iPad Mini. We swear by Otterbox cases, so I had to get one. The price is a little steep (considering it's a LOT smaller and less material), but it's not unreasonably so. It's almost an exact copy of its big brother except for some important points:
1) the silicon that covers the hard case is very firm, unlike the flimsy silicon in the full-size defender. It just FEELS sturdier.
2) the silicon is less.. silicon-y. It has more of a dull, matte, firm feel to it. It doesn't snag on cloth like silicon is wont to do. Its smoother and more sturdy.
3)Unlike its big brother (on the iPad 2nd Gen), this one has an integrated screen protector, which is a nice perk. I don't have to buy an additional one. I can just put the iPad in "naked"
4) the covers for the ports attach VERY VERY well. Sometimes too well. It takes some prying to get them off, but I don't mind because I am confident the ports are WELL protected.
5) the cover can snap on the back to stay out of the way.
6) the cover has an integrated stand that can hold the iPad in landscape mode in two different angles (same as full sized one). Nice touch.
7) One annoyance: with the cover snapped on the back, it can be difficult to pry the cover open (and manipulate) the switch on the side for screen orientation/mute. It's a slight design flaw, but it's MUCH easier to pop the cover off the back, pry the switch cover open (see #4), and then manipulate the switch. It's just a minor annoyance.
In summary: an excellent product. The only reason I'm giving it 4 instead of 5 stars is: 1) Price is a little steep, and 2) the side switch cover when the cover is on the back. Other than that, I am VERY happy with my purchase.