OtterBox Defender For BlackBerry PlayBook Review
I received my OtterBox Defender today. I must say that I am impressed. The build quality is as you would expect from OtterBox, rock solid and very well done.
Included is a very heavy piece of plastic plate armor that has multiple uses. First and foremost, it doubles as a stand. It is a nice feature to have for those on the move, as it can be attached to the front or back of the case itself when not being used as a stand. When snapped onto the front of the case it gives complete screen protection. This is ideal when throwing your PlayBook into a backpack or travel bag. When snapped on the back it doesn't add anything functional other than a sliding camera shutter, but it does make it nice to be able to keep it all together. It does add quite a bit more bulk and weight though.
All the ports are covered with silicone flaps and are easy to access when needed. The inside of the flaps are even labeled to identify the port type. The physical buttons on the top are nicely raised, a great feature for those who got stuck with a flat power button and desired a raised one. The speakers are fully open as well, so no muffled sounds coming out of those great PlayBook speakers.
Screen and bezel performance are not compromised one bit by having the OtterBox on your PlayBook. Same great screen responsiveness and all bezel gestures are still easy to perform.
As a side note, I noticed that many of you purchased the Arkon portable folding stand from Amazon. I am happy to confirm that the PlayBook still fits on the stand with the OtterBox on.
I give the OtterBox Defender my highest recommendation for those looking to have the very best protection for your PlayBook available.
The OtterBox Defender case is now in stock and available directly from OtterBox. You can use coupon code tb0411u for 10% off and free shipping (unknown expiration date) The CrackBerry store is said to have them available May 10th.
Total Weights with PlayBook
1 lb 11.6 oz with shield attached
1 lb 7.5 oz without shield
Stock PlayBook weight