Economics sometimes works in strange ways. During slow economic times — such as the one we’re currently going through — low-end and cheap products sit on the shelves while high quality and more pricy ones seem to do just fine. This is the situation with the smartphone and tablet case market right now. OtterBox makes a high quality, yet expensive case and it’s flying off the shelves. My most recent OtterBox case is the Defender for my new iPad, and I absolutely love it.
But even though I call it “my iPad”, my wife seems to have taken over ownership for the most part. And unbeknownst to me, she’s a bit clumsy. You start to notice these things when your $700 iPad continuously gets away from her and makes a several foot drop to the floor. But each and every time, the tablet comes away without a dent or scratch. The Defender case is so shock absorbent, I stopped worrying all together about a drop here or there.
If ruggedness and durability is the OtterBox Defender’s strength, it does so at the cost of its size and weight. After slipping your nice, sleek iPad into the Defender, it transitions immediately from a sexy Porsche to a Hummer. I personally like the rugged look and feel, but I’m sure others don’t feel the same way.
In better economic times, people used to go out and buy cheap cases with little or no protection. If the case or phone broke, they’d just go out and buy a new one. But now that money is a bit tight, people are beginning to take better care of their gadgets and they’re willing to shell out $50 to $100 on a case if it will protect their $400 to $1000 investment. If you’re starting to see the light like me, you can’t go wrong with OtterBox and their overly-rugged. Defender series cases.