I've used Otterbox cases for all of my iOS devices beginning with an iPhone 3G. Without exception they have all given good protection and poor durability.
By poor durability I mean that in EVERY instance the port 'flap' covering the dock connector has worn out in from 9 months to a year and in EVERY instance the outer soft rubber covering has become loose and caused the appearance of low quality whenever someone looks at my iOS device. The latest 'breakage' happened today. An Otterbox case I have for my iPad 3rd generation had the port dock 'flap' come entirely free.
I'm replacing my iPad 3rd gen (being given to my daughter as a gift today and will be searching for a new case for my new iPad 4th generation. I think I will likely go with Otterbox, but I am not absolutely positive of that.
The case starts out looking great and is apparently a good value for the money. It is only after a bit of time has passed that the shortcomings in durability surface.
If a better case with respect to fit, weight, and protection were available I'd go for it, but the fact is that Otterbox cases, despite their lack of durability, provide good protection. I just wish they would fix the durability issue.
I've attached two photographs showing the problems clearly.
Pros: High quality
Cons: Not durable
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iPad 2 Defender Series Case
The iPad 2 Case Defender Series from OtterBox is part of our most rugged line of cases, utilizing multi-layer technology and designed to withstand just about any environment. Don't worry about losing any access or functionality with the Defender Series iPad 2 Case; we've designed it so you can use all of the iPad's features right through the case. The iPad 2 Case is built with an inner polycarbonate shell that has a foam interior to protect the back of your iPad from scratching, while the durable silicone skin works its magic by absorbing shock. The clip-on touch screen cover has a fold-out stand that offers up a convenient viewing and typing experience! Please note: The Defender Series iPad 2 case is NOT compatible with the optional iPad 2 dock.
I purchased two...one for me and one for my wife. Hers came first and was perfect.
Mine came a week later and wasn't so perfect...
The multiport connector cover is always coming open which is a bit irritating but isn't a deal breaker as the connector is still protected. The audio connector cover is another story. It simply would not fit into the area designed for it. It is open nearly all the time. Because the cases were so hard to get (still are) I decided to try to 'fix' the problem by trimming away some material rather than go through the system to have it replaced. I was able to get it to stay closed about half the time. Still unsatisfactory but as everything else about the case is fine I won't replace it.