Review: OtterBox Defender series for Apple iPad
[rating: 8 out of 10]
Cost: $89.95 USD
Now I know what you are all thinking, why on Earth are BerryReview, A BlackBerry based online magazine, doing a review on an Apple related product. Well, here’s my excuse, (as pathetic as it may be…)… OtterBox have been a large supporter of BerryReview over the years in providing their products for reviews and competition prizes so I thought I owed them at least one ‘Off Topic’ review. And besides, we’re all tech heads here aren’t we ? I myself use nothing but Apple products to write articles for BerryReview on. (I wouldn’t be seen dead using their phones but that’s a whole other bitch session).
Yep… I was one of those idiots… Standing out all night in the cold… Waiting for the much publicised release of the Apple iPad the next morning. The first thing that hit me when I took hold of it was ‘Don’t DROP the damn thing’. As with most modern devices, one drop and this baby is landfill. Enter… OtterBox Defender series for Apples newest toy, the iPad.
My first impression of this case was the sheer weight straight out of the box. It’s heavy duty. At 567 g or 20.7 oz this is no lightweight in any sense of the word.
If you take your time and follow the instructions correctly, unlike myself, the final installation is a great, snug fit and there is no movement or gaps for any dust or dirt to enter easily.
All of the buttons are still usable and the charge/sync port on the bottom can be accessed via a removable rear/bottom panel that clicks on and off positively. The only thing that can’t be accessed with the OtterBox fitted is the micro-sim slot but this is not something that users tend to swap in and out often so does not present an issue.
The precision in the engineering is typical OtterBox. Everything just works. No mess, no mods, no fuss. They did seem to go off the boil somewhat about 8 months ago but their latest products coming out of their factory now is as good as they have ever produced.
The OtterBox Defender for Apple iPad would be a perfect companion for anyone who takes their iPad with them on their busy day to day lives. This will allow you to take your iPad out at the beach if you want to relax with a romantic iBook or on the subway to catch the morning paper on the way to work without fear of wrecking your $1000+ toy.
All in all. This case is a must for anyone with an active lifestyle. Think about it. At $90 bucks, it’s great piece of mind and would make the perfect Birthday or Christmas gift for the important tech-head in your life… Or just go out and treat yourself…