You wouldn’t think of going into combat without body armor, so why would you put a cheap flimsy case on your iPad? The simple answer is don’t! The folks at OtterBox were kind enough to send us two of their brand new line of cases for the Apple iPad, the Commuter and the Defender series. We have demoed other OtterBox cases in the past, namely for the iPhone and BlackBerry smartphones and in fact I still have my beloved iPhone wrapped in its protective Defender series OtterBox case, so my expectations were high.
The two cases both offer excellent protection from the common hazards one might expect from a portable device like the iPad. Of the two, the Defender series is by far the ultimate in protection for your iPad. The Defender series has a hard inner shell that get wrapped with a rubber outer shell to form an impact and spill resistant barrier. It even goes a step further with a hard plastic cover that doubles as a stand for the iPad when in use. The only downside is that the Defender case does increase the overall weight of the iPad but with this sort of protection that is to be expected. I would say that this case is perfectly suited for any person in a job that involves hard day-to-day usage, such as a Firefighter, Police Officer, Military, etc.
The Commuter series case also offers excellent protection, but just not as robust and does not come with the snap on cover to protect the screen of the iPad. It is also about half as heavy as the Defender series.
Both cases are over engineered which is typical for the OtterBox line of cases. What I mean by this, is that the cases are well made and fit together perfectly with whatever device they were made for. The iPad cases are a breeze to install and really help protect the iPad from common everyday accidents or scratches, which gives you peace of mind with carrying it around.
Another interesting fact about the OtterBox cases is that they are both black in color and this really enhances the look of the iPad on the screen side. It’s hard to explain but it just makes the screen, which is already really good, just that much nice to view.
The price for the OtterBox cases are very reasonable considering cases that offer a lot less protection are going for about half the cost of an OtterBox one.
I highly recommend the OtterBox Commuter and Defender series cases for anyone who is serious about protecting their iPad.