Otterbox Defender Series for iPad 2 and 3rd Generation Review

The iPad has been king of the hill when it comes to tablets for years now. It only makes sense that the other king of their respective hill, Otterbox, would make an accessory for it. The iPad is a beautiful device but it is also expensive. One of the best ways to protect your tech is to cover it with the Otterbox Defender Series. I have reviewed several Otterbox cases on Gadget University and the Defender Series is always a favorite. Read more of the review after the jump.


Features and Design

The Otterbox Defender features several layers of protection for yout beloved iPad. There is a screen protector, a polycarbonate shell, silicone wrap and a hard plastic shield/stand. The integrated shield stand acts as a protective cover on the front or the back and doubles as a stand for typing or viewing. Magnets on the shield stand activate the device’s sleep mode when the cover is snapped on the front of the screen. The shield stand also allows for viewing in landscape and portrait mode. Each layer over laps to form a tank case that could double as a weapon of mass destruction. This case will protect your iPad from any bumps, shocks, drops. However, it will not protect your iPad from water. Trust me.

Overall Performance

The entire suite of protection layers work great together. Silicone cases have always been a problem for me. Either they attract dust or they lose durability over time. In the past, Otterbox cases have had this problem. The last two generation of cases have improved dramatically. One thing that I do not care for it the screen protector. It is a little on the thick side and there is a noticable gap between the screen and the protector. It creates this akward feeling when touching the screen. You will get used to it but it is something to note. The iPad is not hindered at all by the case. All wireless radios work well (WiFi, 3G, GPS) and the speaker and screen quality are not sacrificed. My favorite part of the case is the stand/screen shield. It is a great way to use the iPad in portrait and landscape.

Bottom Line

Do you remember the saying, “You get what you pay for?” The Otterbox Defender is the best of the best when it comes to complete protection for your iPad. The Otterbox Defender is available for $89 and as this review is being written they have just announced more colors. If you didn’t like the black then you will be happy to know that you will have more options soon.

Check out the photos in the gallery and review video for a more in depth look at the Otterbox Defender Series for iPad 2 and 3rd Generation.



May 04 / 2012

Reviews, Tablets
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