If you’re looking for the absolute most rugged iPad Air Case there is, look no further than the OtterBox Defender series. This case has the ability to protect your iPad Air from the most extreme conditions and the most violent displays of abuse. While we felt that it did add a lot of bulk to an otherwise very thin and light iPad Air, it is absolutely worth it if you plan on bringing your iPad into the treacherous world.
The Defender Series OtterBox is loaded with great features that do more than just protect, they add much appreciated functionality. Starting with the makeup of the OtterBox, it consists of a hardened polycarbonate shell that snaps together, enclosing your iPad Air safely within. There are soft bumpers installed throughout the interior of this polycarbonate “cage” that prevent your iPad from getting scuffed up and scratched up while it’s inside, and also keeps it from jiggling and wiggling around while you’re moving it around and carrying it places. Next, there’s a very thick, rugged skin that fits around the shell. This is either made from TPU or TPE, but we couldn’t tell. It’s very solid and not floppy at all, and fits around the case perfectly. There are little notches throughout the polycarbonate that the skin grabs onto to make sure it doesn’t just flop off randomly. Attached to the front polycarbonate shell half is a built-in screen protector that’s made from a thin piece of plastic. This isn’t an adhesive screen protector at all, and it’s sealed to the actual case so water and other liquids won’t be able to seep in.
The Defender also comes with this stand that also acts as a front shield that will completely encapsulate your iPad Air when you’re not using it. It comes off easily and allows you to use it as a stand so you won’t be awkwardly wondering what to do with it when you’re sitting at your desk or table.
As we’ve stated numerous times, the protection on this thing is phenomenal. Not only does the shell protect well, but when combined with the soft skin, your iPad is nearly invincible. It’s not waterproof, but there are little plugs that keep dirt and liquid out of your ports when you’re not using them. Dropping your iPad Air in this case will very rarely cause any sort of harm whatsoever because of how the skin absorbs most of the impact and dissipates it. And that’s before the shock even makes it to the polycarbonate shell. The little tiny bumpers inside the shell also absorb a little bit of shock and prevent the iPad from getting scuffed while getting jostled around inside.
The OtterBox Defender is not only the most rugged case, it also allows the most customization. You can change the color of four different components on this case including the skin, shell, and shield. Here are the color option they give you on the official site:
This is an absolutely awesome case, and the only downside is the size. If you want the absolute best protection for your new iPad Air and don’t mind the extra bulk, this is a great pickup.