OtterBox Commuter Series for iPad
Author: Shawn Knight
Editor: Zahn Funk
Date: 12-08-2010
Provided by: OtterBox

I've always had some issues installing OtterBox screen protectors on other devices, and the iPad version is no different. The problem isn't with the screen protector itself or its quality, but rather that you have to install it in a 100% dust free environment. During installation, while the sticky back side of the screen protector is exposed, it acts as a magnet to any tiny particles that might be in air. The least little speck of lint is pretty much impossible to remove and results in an air bubble when installed on your device. This is extremely frustrating, especially if you are a perfectionist. As you can see in the photos below, there are a couple of specs that ended up on my screen protector.

Aside from the screen protector, installation went pretty smooth. As described on the previous page, simply install the inner silicon skin then slide the outer shell over that. It's best to start at the bottom of the iPad when installing the hard shell. Take your time and go slow during installation. It might take a few minutes to get the hard shell over the top headphone jack plug and power button, but it will eventually slide into place.

Like other OtterBox cases, all of the buttons and features of the iPad are fully functional with the case in place. Granted, you have to remove the dock cover to access the docking port, but everything else is easily accessible.

The back of the case looks nice with the OtterBox name on display and a cutout to show off the Apple logo. The corners of the case let the silicon skin show through which provides a solid grip when using the iPad.

The dock cover slides on and off pretty easily by pressing on the depressed section and sliding the panel off.

One of the features I really like is how the case isn't flush against the front of the iPad. This will provide a good bit of protection to the screen should you happen to drop the iPad face up.

Let's move ahead and cover some findings then wrap things up with a conclusion.

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