OtterBox - Defender Series Case for Apple® iPad® Air - Black

Shield your Apple iPad Air against bumps, shocks and drops with this OtterBox Defender Series 17-12977 case that features a high-impact polycarbonate shell, durable silicone liner and built-in screen protector for reliable defense.

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    Overview

    What's Included


    • OtterBox Defender Series Case

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    97% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (1240 out of 1281)

    Features


    Compatible with Apple iPad Air

    For a custom fit.

    High-impact polycarbonate shell

    Along with a durable silicone liner safeguards your device against bumps, shocks and drops.

    Built-in screen protector

    Shields your tablet's display from scratches and smudges.

    iPad is a trademark of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries


    Customer rating

    4.7
    97%
    would recommend to a friend

    Pros

    Cons

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Sturdy and highly functional iPad Air case

      Posted
      KeithJ1985
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      I bought this case when I first purchased the iPad Air (for which I also have a review on here), because I had that need to really protect my expensive investment. The case, once set up, is extremely well built. Holding the case while using it gives a real sense that this iPad is well protected from all of the small interruptions that can potentially damage the iPad's quality. Some reviewers (not just here) have complained about the added weight, but it is honestly a non-issue once it's used for a while, meaning you won't notice the iPad being any heavier than before. The included detachable "shell", which can attached on either side of the iPad to protect its front or back, makes this purchase even better. Not only does it provide another layer of protection, but it also doubles as a two-position stand for the iPad that you can lay on a flat surface. Setting this case up was a bit confusing, since the instruction manual was not detailed as I thought it was. In addition, once you place the iPad Air inside the case, you'll wonder about the difficulty of taking it back out (should you ever have the need to). Also, there is dust that accumulates from behind the case's screen protector, but it doesn't become noticeable once the screen is on and in use.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

      Hate it does not fit IPad Air 2 box lies

      Posted
      Lizard
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase

      I wish I never wasted coupons on this ugly piece of junk! It took two guys at store just to get on and it doesn't match buttons for sound and fingerprint wish I saved my coupons for something else Otter Sucks Big TIme!!!!!!! Buy Life Proof it's cover for iPhone 5 would not with defective adapter let you listen to music without opening the case to plug earphones in but was way better a case ! This is junk! It doesn't fit well it doesn't clean! Iit actually let dirt in I can't get the lousy thing off to clean dirt it let inside on screen and doesn't protect ! Obviously Save up and get lLfe Proof its way worth it!!!!!!!!!!!!! Not this Lousy Dity piece of junk it fails in every way! To protect to clean all you can think of how else did it let dirt inside case supposed to protect from it huh? Going to get a Life Proof Case get some friends to get this piece of junk I can't budge off! Clean my brand new IPad Air2 and get it in a Life Proof Case ASAP! I don't want this new baby damaged by piece of junk lying box case!,!!!!!!!!! If you are smart and want your expensive electronics to last BUY LIFE PROOF ITS WORTH IT!!!!!!!!!!!!! OTTER HAS TOTALLY FAILED LOUSY PIECE OF JUNK NO WONDER IT WAS SO CHAEP!! YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR OTTER SUCKS!!!!! BUY LIFE PROOF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Almost Perfect

      Posted
      Featherlight
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      This case is definitely worth the money in both design and in durability. The attached cover that doubles as a stand is very sturdy and well made and the viewing angles that the stand provides are actually useful, unlike most other cases. The only quibble I have is that the case does not protect 'all' of the iPad ( just like the phone versions ) It covers the Apple Logo with the same tough plastic screen that the front screen uses but leaves the camera lens and microphone completely open. Presumably to keep the quality of the camera intact and not to obstruct the Mic input. Though, to be fair, many other cases have a slide out portion of the case that accomplishes this quite nicely and protects the entire iPad. The rubber case surround does a wonderful job of protecting the iPad from bumps and bruises and covers the important connectors like the Lightning port and the headphone jack but leaves the Mic and Speakers open to the elements. For the price of the case, it would have been nice to see the speakers, Mic, and Camera covered with the same kind of fold open rubber covers that the other parts benefit from to make this a truly impervious case. Very well made and designed.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      If you need "gym" style protection, this is it

      Posted
      davidpmerrill
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      I've used Otterbox cases for many devices when I needed real world drop protection - i.e. I expected it would be dropped, maybe gotten wet, etc. and Otterbox is the case if that is the environment that you expect to use in. While I usually use my iPad in other cases most of the time, I like to bring my iPad to the Gym, or even around the house when I don't want to worry about it falling, getting wet, etc and this is great case for that. While it does add some bulk to the device, it's what you'd expect to pay for this kind of protection. The only downside I've found with the case - and this has applied to most of the tablet otterboxes I've owned - is that they are fairly difficult to remove. Since I often bounce my iPad between this device on weekends when I can exercise, etc and then back to a keyboard case during the week for work, it's fairly tough to get your device out of (not so putting it on, it's relatively quick/easy to put on). That is only real downside since I expect anyone who wants this kind of case expects it will add some bulk.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Keeps my IPad safe

      Posted
      NicoleRain
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      My daughter loves playing on my iPad but is also pretty good at dropping it as well. At the time I had a cheap cover on my iPad with a shield protector I bought and put on myself. Seeing that she was accidentally dropping my iPad made me extremely nervous and luckily never did any harm. I knew the day was going to come eventually when she would accidentally drop it and break it. I bought this case while it was on sale and just the relief it gave me knowing it was protected so well was better then anything. This case is extremely sturdy, has a nice screen protector, and I don't worry about my iPad getting accidentally broken at all anymore. My daughter dropped my iPad after I put this case on it and I know for a fact if I did not have this case on it the iPads screen would have been completely shattered with extreme damage. I love this case and plan on buying this same case for my iphone as well.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Better than expected

      Posted
      CanonGuy48
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      Waited 7 months for the Lifeproof Nuud to come out for the IPad Air. It was finally available and at that point I was on the fence between it and the Otterbox. I had always used Otterbox for other devices and usually pop the screen out to keep from taking away from the screen appearance and to avoid that oily puddle look that appears between the screens. That's why I wanted the Lofeproof Nuud because it has no screen. By July though the price of the Lifeproof was 129.00 and the Otterbox was 54.00 so with that I thought I'd save the 70ish dollars and get the Otterbox and just pop out the screen. When I got it on though there was NO OILY puddles at all and no screen degradation so I kept the screen cover in place and as of now 2 months later it's still looks great. Maybe they changed it some how but what ever they did I'm perfectly satisfied. Oh it also has a stand but I rarely carry it with me but does work great.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Awesome!! Great case for your iPad!

      Posted
      JustMe
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      Love, love, love this case. I bought one for my iPad mini last year, so when I got my iPad Air last month I knew I wanted another OtterBox Defender case. Got this one on sale (which was a bonus) but would have paid full price. It is so worth it when you consider it is a screen protector, case, and stand in one. Love that it is two pieces so you can completely enclose the screen when it is not being used. I can throw it in my purse or bag and not worry that the screen protector will get all scratched up from my keys or anything else. I also love how durable it is. My children have dropped my iPads many times (which I am not recommending), and the iPads have been completely protected in these cases. It does make the iPad heavier and bulkier, but I prefer protection over sleekness! This case is a must for anyone with kids or anyone that does not coddle their iPad.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great case

      Posted
      Azgal
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
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      I read reviews before purchasing but that's mainly because I do so with every product I buy. Some people said it didn't fit well and some said it was really difficult to put on the tablet. For me, the case fits really well on my Ipad Air - note that this is not for the newer Ipad Air 2. I have an Otterbox case for my iphone too and I love it and it protects my phone really well. Like the iphone Otterbox case, this case for the Ipad has been just as good and easy to put on. I have not dropped my ipad yet but the case seems like it would, without a doubt, protect it. I would highly recommend the case to anyone needing more protection for their own tablet!

      I would recommend this to a friend




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