OtterBox arguably makes the best rugged case for the iPad Air, and they have a long, proven track record to back it up. The Defender Series is an extremely protective case that consists of a silicone skin, a hardened polycarbonate shell, a built-in plastic screen protector, and a front cover that also can be used as a heavy duty stand.
The Defender is crafted in such a way that it negates almost all force from impacts that stem from drops and falls. The silicone is great at absorbing the shock and dissipating it safely, preventing your screen from cracking or shattering. While not completely waterproof, the case does a great job of prevent splashes and rain from getting to your tablet.
The screen protector is built into the case itself, not the adhesive type that needs to be stuck on. This gives you much more heavy duty protection for your gorgeous 9.7″ Retina display.
When you’re in transit with your iPad Air, the included stand also serves as a cover that completely encases your tablet into a nearly impenetrable shell that even adds extra support to the four corners of your device, which is excellent because most screen damage occurs from the corners of the housing.
This is one of the most rugged silicone-only cases available for the iPad Air, and while it’s not as rugged as the other available cases, it has extremely adequate protection and adds very minimal bulk which may be preferable to some. It’s not always necessary to have the most protective case, even though it’s a great option to have. If you’d prefer to be protected from just drops, or you don’t plan on leaving the house with your iPad too often, the Gumdrop Bounce Skin is a great pickup. It’s built to withstand impact from drops mainly, and the company has taken steps to ensure that with a very unique design.
The design of the Bounce Skin is designed to almost completely neutralize the force from dropping it, and there’s also an extra layer of protection underneath all of the ridges in the form of air-filled chambers, which give cushioning not offered by many other iPad Air cases on the market today. All of your components are accessible while within the case as well, so you’ll never even have to take it out to use it to its full capability.
The texture of this case is also great and is actually coated with what the company calls a “No-slip Grip” texture
Trident is one of the more popular case manufacturers, and have made their cases for the top mobile electronics. The Aegis is one of their most popular cases, and for good reason. It’s a hybrid solution consisting of a silicone skin and polycarbonate exoskeleton. It meets military specs as well, specifically MIL-STD-810F which is the designation for both vibration and drop protection. The Aegis also comes with an optional, adhesive screen protector which you can apply if you’d like to.
The polycarbonate used with the Aegis is bio-enhanced, which means it’s going to hold up well to outside elements such as UV and other normal wear and tear a lot better than basic polycarbonate pieces. The anti-skid design assists in grip and prevents your iPad Air from sliding off a table or other surface.
The Aegis also incorporates dust filters which prevent dirt and other sorts of grime from getting into your speaker grilles at the bottom of your iPad. When not in use, there are also silicone plugs that fill up the power and audio ports to prevent much from seeping into them and potentially shorting them out.
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