One passion that is common with almost every Apple hardware user is hunting for accessories and protective gear for the iGadget. There has not been a single trip of ours abroad when we have not shopped for fancy cases for the iPhone, speakers for the iPod and now protective cases for the iPad! In fact, we are yet to see an iPad user who has not bought a case for it and considering the demand, we are kinda surprised at the few options one has when it comes to buying a case. Yes, Apple has one, but there ain’t as many choices of good third-party cases as those for the iPhone.
We have been reviewing the Commuter Series iPad case from Otterbox for over a month now and are impressed enough to stamp it with our seal of approval. We have used Otterbox cases for smartphones in the past and like their concept of multiple layered protection. Just like its smartphone cases, the iPad case has a first layer of silicone that covers all open ports to protect them from dust, yet still allows easy access to the headset jack with a removable plug. The second layer is essentially a hard plastic shell to protect it from impact, in case the device suffers a fall. A screen protector self-adhesive film is also provided in the sales pack.
The rear of the case has a circular cut-out with a transparent plastic shield to display the Apple logo (something for the fanbois) and has a detachable panel on the lower part to provide access to the charging port and enable the user to use the optional dock for the iPad. However, one has to take it off every time the iPad needs to be charged. It would have been ideal had they provided a cut-out on that panel for the charging port for users who do not use a dock to charge the iPad.
Another thing that we missed was some substantial protection for the display. The screen protective film only prevents it from being scratched, it will be of little use in case the iPad falls with the display side facing downwards. That is probably the only area where the ‘folder cases’ score over this one. Having said that, these folder cases add to the overall bulk and also camouflage the iPad, which is a pity considering the effort Apple makes in designing lust-worthy gadgets.
At $64.95, the iPad Commuter case is not exactly cheap but its worth is something that only an Apple user would understand. If you are looking for a sleek case yet sturdy case for your iPad, which does not take away the gadget’s oomph, this is what you should be looking at. You can buy it from here.