Otterbox APL4-iPAD1-20-C4OTR iPad Commuter Series Case
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- Slick protective case in black for the Apple iPad
- Combines rugged elements from the Defender Series with the thin silicone skin from the Impact Series
- One-piece custom molded polycarbonate shell; durable silicone mid-layer; self-adhering clear protective film
- Access to all buttons and features; silicone plugs provide coverage for ports
- Backed by 1-year warranty; not tested or recommended for water protection
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Ipad Commuter case
The slim and attractive OtterBox Commuter Series for Apple iPad offers protection from everyday mishaps. Enjoy full access to all buttons, ports and features, along with snap-off access for your optional iPad dock. Also included with the case is a self-adhering protective film for your touch screen to safeguard against unsightly scratches and dings. This innovative OtterBox case will increase your peace of mind while keeping your iPad as fabulous as the day you bought it.
The Commuter case provides added protection against bump and shock with its three layers of protection:
- Layer 1: Self-adhering clear protective film (cleaning cloth and installation card included)
- Layer 2: Durable silicone mid-layer
- Layer 3: One piece custom molded polycarbonate shell
Features & Specifications
- Access to all buttons and ports via silicone plugs
- Exposed silicone corners dissipate impact away from your device with added bump and shock protection
- Sleek, stylish design
- Access to all buttons and ports via silicone plugs
- Clear membrane protects Apple logo
- Removable dock door (dock not included)
- Weight: 7.2 ounces
What's in the Box
Commuter case, self-adhering clear protective film, microfiber cleaning cloth, and installation card.
Top Customer Reviews
IMHO it is stylish, rugged and offers excellent hard and soft shell protection at the same time for a somewhat affordable price. Yes, it's heavy especially if you use your ipad as an e-reader a lot as I do in bed. The added weight is almost a deal breaker for me after an hour of reading. In addition, compared to rubber full body skins, this thing is slick on the back and also hard to hold in bed when e-reading. Other than the weight/slickness when e-reading in bed, I have very few negative comments.
Yes, the sliding door to access charging is a little bit of a pain and it would have been nice to simply add a rubber door like other Otter products but that would have made it impossible to put the ipad on any cradle or dock so that's a trade off I will take and a positive in my book. Maybe a sliding door with a smaller rubber port hole as well would be a nice solution for the next model.
If you "commute" in any way shape or form (that includes walking around the house/office or chasing your kids when they take your ipad)with your ipad then this is an excellent option for protection. I can't offer any thoughts on the included screen protection as I had a Zagg screen protector professionally installed on my screen a week after I bought it (worth the extra money and lack of aggravation IMHO). This case does work well with the Zagg product.
All in all, the commuter series is pretty darn good protection with a few minuses but honestly these products are generally about dealing with compromises and in this "case" the compromises are few and the protection is excellent.
Disadvantages are as follows:
1.) It weighs a ton. I got used to it, and using the stand helps a lot, but there's no denying this thing adds serious weight to the unit.
2.) The kick stand is not as convenient as it could be. Again, I got used to it, but I would have preferred a simpler way of engaging it. Here, you pull the back panel off the case and unfold it into a stand. It works but it's inelegant.
3.) You have to slide a piece off to charge it. The piece detaches completely and could get lost. This would have been a bigger deal except that my iPad only gets charged about once a week. And when I'm at home, I just leave the removable piece off (the back cover/ stand still protects the entire back from shocks).
4.) Case doubles the bulk of the iPad. This honestly means zero to me, but the unit is much bulkier with the case.
With all these detractors, why does everyone give it a positive review? Because it's the best designed "rugged" case out there, and it deserves to be bought. It truly protects the iPad from just about everything, and doesn't scratch the metal or glass while doing it. The stand is clumsy but still better than most other implementations (most are wobbly or at the wrong angle). Most exposed surfaces are made of a quality plastic rather than rubber so it doesn't attract dust and dirt to itself. I added a Power Support anti-glare film on the screen and have been very satisfied.
***This review is for the Otterbox Defender for the ***iPad 1.*** The Defender for the iPad 2 is apparently a whole different story.
I was really rough on this thing, carried it just about everywhere, and it somehow survived and kept my iPad alive too. After all these years, my iPad has no physical damage other than a dented corner from before it was safely ensconced with in this badass case and a few screen scratches because I wasn't using the cover or a screen protector.
I even lent it to a classmate as a test demo for use as an assistive device for a special needs classroom. It stood up to spills and dropping. Even got thrown once. They ended up getting their own for further development/testing and recommending it to the teachers that were using their app.
The material makes it kinda hard to slide into a tight spot, but it's not as big of a deal as it would be with a phone that I was constantly putting into and out of my pocket. When putting it into a crammed bag, I found it best to stack it up with the books/notebooks it's going in with, and slide them all in together. It's also pretty bulky.
The Commuter cases are a lot slimmer and don't have the rubbery texture on the outside. Which is probably the better way to go if you're a careful, responsible adult. But this thing has protection that cannot be beat (other than the fact that it's water resistant, not water proof). So if you're looking for something that'll survive a child, or being dropped on rocks because you like camping and have the hand-eye coordination of a 5 year old, or are using it for some sort of industrial purpose, this is absolutely perfect.