Otterbox iProtection Case for New iPad 3: A Perfect Marriage Between Form and Functionality (Photos)

13 April 2012, 10:06 am EDT By Jonathan Charles Mobile & Apps
Otterbox iProtection Case  ( Otterbox )

As part of the Defender Series, OtterBox has announced a new case: OtterBox iProtection for the new iPad. The case is available now.

In the press release, it's claimed that the case provides maximum protection while maintaining mobility and functionality.

"Memory foam pads cradle the device within a sturdy, easy-to-install polycarbonate shell. A robust silicone skin wraps around the shell to absorb shock and protect ports from dust and dirt," the company said. There is also a built-in screen protector that protects the screen from scratches, smudges and fingerprints.

The iProtection case has a full-bezel enclosure, as OtterBox introduced a clamshell design that snaps together. ZDNet said this results in a tighter and slimmer fit. However, the stand on the case slides into position - rather than snapping - making it easier to move. The charging port is covered by a silicone rubber flap, which is removed when inserting a connector. The audio port has the same rubber flap.

ZDNet also reported in their hands-on that the polycarbonate case is one of the heaviest for the new iPad, coupled with the heavier third generation iPad due to the larger battery which accommodates the new Retina display.

The case also includes a polycarbonate stand, which allows for portrait or landscape orientation and functions as a screen when the new iPad is not being used. Like Apple's Smart Cover, the case includes two magnets that put the device to sleep when the cover touches the display.

"We are constantly challenged to adapt to the changes within the industry and pioneer new designs and technologies. For the first time on a tablet of this size, we've been able to apply a built-in screen protector. We've also included magnets that initiate device sleep mode," OtterBox Founder and CEO Curt Richardson said.

The case has drop and shock and water protection. It weighs 15.84 ounces (449.06 grams), measuring - for the case and stand - 10.26 (260.55mm) x 8.08 (205.13) x 1.14 (18.36) inches.

The case is also compatible with the iPad 2.

Start the slideshow to check out the cool Ottherbox iProtection case for the iPad

(reported by Jonathan Charles, edited by Surojit Chatterjee)

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