Review: OtterBox iProtection Defender Case for iPad 2

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I am a Huge fan of OtterBox and have been for the past 12 years or so and in that time I have been lucky enough to have completed a number of reviews namely my iPad & iPad 2 which I had the Defender Case, since that review OtterBox has released a revamped and great looking update to this already awesome case called the iProcation series.

In this review I will be looking at the case up close, comparing it against the Original Defender case, these insights will show what OtterBox has done, improved on perfection. If you want exceptional protection which reeks of Style and professional looks, coupled with OtterBox’s high standards, well then I think the iProtection Defender Range for iPad 2/3 will be right for you. 

THE CASE…

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Headphone Jack port cover open… Vibrate switch and Volume rocker…
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Home button … Front facing camera…

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Speaker area looks great, no longer a clear plastic area…
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Charger port cover is solid…

The Case is made up of four parts, here is a photo of the different layers courtesy of OtterBox.com

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THE INSTALATION

The installation of the case is pretty straight forward the two plastic cases interlock into each other then you wrap the silicone case around this to get maximum protection. Here is another photo from OtterBox showing the inner shell…

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DEFENDER CASE COMPARISON

Top: Old Defender Case ; Bottom: New iProtection Defender Case

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The Front screen clips are now separated in the new case and the clips are very solid… The Front screen clips are now separated in the new case and the clips are very solid…
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Headphone jack area is more compact. Camera and Power button, similar but I think the new case still looks loads better…
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As I stated above the new iProtection case has in my opinion better… The thing that was a bit of a problem some days is the older case you could pull back the larger section of the case, this made the back less firmer and it felt it was slipping around the iPad. Where now the new case is SO solid..
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The home button cover on the new case is solid silicone, in stead of a small strip… Another thing about the old case it the Home button cover was the slime silicone as you see above that I am holding this could pop out and was just a pain. Now no worries on the new iProtection case very solid
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Even the plastic around the case looks wider and stronger… Big difference in the twos cases in that the iProtection Defender case has a plastic cover over the screen giving even more protection.
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The new case on the left sits up a bit straighter than the older one on the right. This is also true in Landscape mode, just seems a better view angle in both modes…

NEW CONCEPTS FOR THE STAND

OtterBox has implemented some new connection tabs and giving the iPad a better solid feel when it is placed in the stand.

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The Shield Stand now has a more secure lip on the stand giving more up right display… As you can see there are now magnets on both sides of the case, this is to enable the Sleep/Awake function when you take off and put the Shield case back on.
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For me the new improvements to the Shield stand seem small but that really add a lot to an awesome set up.

Here is a more in-depth look at the Shield Stand courtesy of OtterBox.com

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Recently I bought the Logitech Android Keyboard, I decided to get the Android version as I am looking at upgrading next your to the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 or Tab 2 10.1 and was looking to future proof my IT, the keyboard looks and works great still with my iPad 2 and with the OtterBox iProtection Defender Case and Shield Stand will look great in any office.

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COLOURS, COLOURS AND MORE COLOURS

OtterBox now has a wide range of colours for the iProtection range, the last two Aqua Blue and Yellow are web exclusive colours.

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So to get yours today please visit www.otterbox.com

Keep a look out for my next review – OtterBox Commuter Case for Samsung Galaxy Note.

About Jason McIsaac

Jason has been using mobile devices for the past 12 years starting with the WinMo iPaq 1700 series PDA them moving through to conversion devices like the PPC-6600/6700 and also an Axim X51v, Jason has been working in the Telco industry for the past 8 years including Mobile Service Centre and Retail. He is now a Channel Rep for Mobile Manufacture. His current devices are the Samsung Note 2, Samsung Galaxy S3 4G, Samsung Galaxy S3 3G, Samsung Galaxy Note, Samsung Note 10.1, he also has the Samsung Mini 2, HTC Legend, HTC Sensation, iPad 2 3G, iPad 1 3G, iPhone 3G 16GB & an iPod Touch 16GB (1st Gen) in the house. Jason also enjoys reviewing products & being involved with technology. See Jason's Articles [HERE]