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Who said you can't protect without bulk?
on October 8, 2013
Like many here I've searched pretty long and hard at finding a great all-around case, and like most I have 5-6 different cases on my shelf. Three months or so in, I'd like to think I've ended the search and no longer committing a portion of my budget to new cases.
I'm not sure about most, but when I look for a case I want something that will protect from just about anything, unfortunately this means hiding your iPad in a heavy/bulky mass of rubber and plastic. I originally thought the only answer was Otterbox's Defender series of which I've used to protect my various generations of iPhones throughout the years. Don't get me wrong, it is a great case and has saved my $500 iPad on many occasions, but you lose many of the great features people enjoy of the iPad, to me it's the weight and thickness that killed it for me.
The Reflex series from Otterbox seems to keep the protection factor in the mix while eliminating the need for all the extra rubber and plastic, I can enjoy a thin iPad once again without the worry. Both the shell and the stand/screen cover work great. Also there is an unexpected treat in the redirection of the speaker output, I no longer find myself cupping my hand behind the iPad to be able to hear what's going on. I am very clumsy, so I "tested" the case protection on many occasions since purchased (mainly 3-4 foot drops), and my iPad is still working and there is no visible damage.
Two items to note as to why I've given it a 4 star rating. The stand/screen cover does fray the rubber corners of the case a bit as you take it on and off but nothing major and I don't see it becoming an issue. The second issue is the joint where the two pieces of the case meet. On the back of the case it looks great and seamless, but at the front it's very clear there are two separate pieces because there is a gap between them on both sides. It's not huge, but enough to annoy me.
Other than those two issues I highly recommend the Otterbox Reflex for iPad, it gives great "tough case" protection while eliminating the bulk associated with it.