Review: OtterBox Defender Case for iPad 2 & iPad 1

Posted by PPCApache on Nov 14, 2011

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apl2-ipad2-d9 Recently this year I purchased an iPad 2, replacing my original iPad which i gave to my Wife Lisa. Both are now covered with a bit of OtterBox TLC namely OtterBox’s Defender case. There are quite a bit of a difference in the two cases other than colour of course. With the iPad 2 being loads thinner than its older counter part, and the introduction of the camera with the iPad 2 also has influenced a rethink of the Defender Case.

Here are is my review on these two great looking cases…

THE CASE

At a glance the cases standout with style, clean lines, smooth finishing’s and over all just looks awesome.

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iPad 2 case is a lot lighter than the iPad 1st Gen, Both look very smart and my wife and daughter love the hot pink…

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Both have the great soft smooth feel this gives me a further feel of security and over all comfort…

INSTALLATION

For me the installation was pretty straight forward, I found that the plastic inner case clicked in very well and felt secure, please find below an installation video courtesy of OtterBox

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1) Plastic case added to the underneath of the iPad, 2) Back view of the Plastic case, 3) Silicon case just added…

Courtesy of OtterBox…


UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL

Please note the iPad 2 is on the left and iPad 2 is on the right…

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Volumes keys and mute/ rotate lock button are similarly placed, with tabs covering them stopping possible dust, material or sweat…

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The iPad 2 cover for the headphone jack is a lot larger that the iPad 1 and I found that the iPad 2 cover did not fit all the time as it seemed to bulge upwards where as the iPad 1’s cover fits perfectly all the time, this wasn’t a deal breaker but it could prove to be more problematic… 

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The power button on the iPad 2 is placed further back compared to the iPad 1, as with the iPad 2 now sporting a Camera this also has a cut out giving full access…

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Charging port has full access, however with the iPad 2 it is a silicone cover where as the iPad 1 case it is a full plastic cover that slides off (see below photo’s), the iPad 2 case is easier as it just lifts up and then can be placed down very fast and easy…

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As stated above the iPad 2 case has a small silicon tab which is actually part of a larger silicon tab, for me this was loads better than the iPad 1 case, as you had to keep on taking the plastic cover off to charge and then when finished place it back on if you remembered where you put it…

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The iPad 2 has a larger speaker section than the iPad 1 this can be either a pro – gives more sound etc. or a con – another open area for sweat or material/ dust…


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With the Defender Cases you get a plastic stand/ cover, the photo’s above she the stages of the cover from flat far left to stand locked into position.

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You can have the iPad 2 in two positions from far left lying down on a gradual gradient, giving a reasonable typing angle to the next three photo’s with the iPad 2 on a more of a front up, I found this good for viewing movies.

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With the cover/stand laid down flat you can place the cover over the front of the iPad 2 as seen in the above pics, the stand/ cover clips in. This is great for me as I used to have the Commuter case on my old iPad (No Cover) and got a slight scratch. I find getting this case in and out of my bag on the train ride to and from work is very easy no chance of getting the screen scratched now, I can type away with the stand up or lay it flat and place it under the iPad 2 for more stability.

Another non-deal breaker for me was that when I clicked the Cover over the front of the iPad it would turn the iPad on again as the Cover would hit the Home button, I would then have to hit the power button but unintentionally took more screen shots first before I got the iPad turned off.

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Here is the iPad 1 stand this dose have two angles, the stand doesn’t lock into position like the iPad 2’s, but still feels pretty stable.

 CASE FEATURES

I thought it would be easier to just add OtterBox’s iPad 2 features video than list everything, enjoy…

Courtesy of Otterbox…

 

OUTCOME!!

Do I really have to state the obvious, if you want REALLY protection for your new iOS devices or even that Android device then I personally recommend OtterBox, for me the reasons are in the cases themselves. They give…

1) Great Protection

2) Volume keys are covered

3) Charging port covered

4) Use of dual case protection

5) Looks great, feels secure.

So with these points, maybe you should look at OtterBox to cover your next Mobile devices, head over to www.otterbox.com to find a case today…

For Info on the iPad 1 Case shown in this review visit here

For info on the iPad 2 Case shown in this review visit here

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Jason has been using WinMo devices for the past 10 years starting with the iPaq 1700 series PDA them moving through to conversion devices and also an Axim X51v, Jason has been working in the Telco industry for the past 5 years. His current devices are the HTC HD2, iPhone 3G 16GB with OS 3.1, Motorola Q9h 6.0 smartphone & an iPod Touch 16GB (1st Gen) . Jason also enjoys reviewing products & being involved with technology.

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