Having fixed quite a few iPads so far I find the common mistake is someone purchases a case thinking that it will protect their iPad. I have seen some pretty cheesy foam cases, folding cases, etc that all have failed when it came to protecting the iPad. The foam case that I reviewed worked great as long as the ipad fell on a corner and it would produce about a 3 ft bounce but failed when the iPad fell on its screen. Typically damage I see on these devices is in the corners, it takes a pretty good blow to take one out and I have seen an entire corner destroyed but the screen was still intact, it was only when it fell on another corner did the screen shatter or crack. So I thought it was time to revisit some popular cases…. as you can see below I'm only reviewing 2 cases, and to be honest if I find some better I'll review them but these are my trusted cases of choice.
1. The Otterbox Defender Series – Is the absolutely my favorite case, the first version for the iPad 2 didn't include a screen protector but the latest revision of the case includes a screen protector and it is a must have purchase for any new iPads we purchase at my work. I have people that always come up to me and ask about whats the best case and this is what I tell them to get. Now you can also get the Otterbox Cases for your iPhones too. Click here for the iPhone 4/4s, iPhone 5 and the new iPad Mini. The iPad Otterbox cases come in various colors and if you get an iPad for Christmas then you need one of these, its very cheap insurance….
Otterbox Defender Series for the iPad 2/3/4
About $50.00 +/-
My second option for an iPad case would be the Life Proof Waterproof iPad Case offered by Lifeproof. This is a awesome case that has protection and it is even waterproof, this would be the ultimate case I would have if I was outside alot or possible with the kiddos (you know sloober and iPads done mix).
This case has a screen protector built in obviously, its waterproof. Now for the details:
Waterproof up to 2 meters (6.6 feet)
Dirt Proof (Yes, it seals the case in a ziplock type configuration
Snow Proof that keeps the ice and snow out according to IP-68 standards.
Shock Proof – Designed too military drop survivability specs of 4 feet or 1.2 meters
About 90.00 but its waterproof
And for the extreme you can even get a case that floats
Lifeproof LifeJacket Float for iPad 2/3/4 (1135) – 60.00 + 90.00 for the case but hey it floats