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Good protection but flawed design,
This review is from: OtterBox iPad 2/3 and 4 Defender Series Case Rugged Protection (Personal Computers)
Not sure if the previous review relates to the Otterbox for the new iPad (iPad three etc) as the new version does incorporate a screen protector, which is its biggest let down.
I purchased the cover direct from Otterbox after Amazon informed a delay in the pre-ordered shipments. Arrived promptly and as reported certainly provides the utmost in protection.
The biggest change from the previous versions is the inclusion of the screen protector, this is built into the front panel and is a thickish layer of polycarbonate, the downside is this hugely affects the quality of the screen, which is the biggest bonus of the new iPad / iPad three. Text is now quite difficult to read at its native resolution, there is a distinct pattern in the laminate, best described as looking like chromatic noise in high ISO digital images.
Its a great shame, as this was one of the things that attracted me to the case after breaking the screen on a previous iPad. It certainly helps in the weather / dirt / sand sealing, but affects the screen to badly to warrant. Other point of note that although there is sealing plugs across all the other ports, the microphone on top, and speaker on bottom stay uncovered which seems odd, and kind of defeats the purpose?.
Last issue is the Home button requires a very solid press to work with the cover in place (its beneath a rubber "button") which again detracts.
If you need the ultimate in protection, then its still worth the investment, but not if the acuity of the screen is important. Obviously you can remove the screen protection prior to fitting (its held on by adhesive) and apply a standard adhesive screen protector which I may well try.
EDIT : I have now removed the screen protector that is part of the Otterbox, it simply peels off as is only attached with a light adhesive and leaves no residue. I have instead applied the Mediadevil Magic Screen (matt clear) - which is sensational - to the iPad. This product reduces the bulk of the scene glare / reflection with very little, if any reduction in screen quality. Once the Otterbox is refitted 360 degree protection is achieved albeit without the level of original sealing but as per comments above, given the open mic / speaker ports I doubt it will make much difference bar immersing it in coffee !!!