When OtterBox, maker of protective cases for smartphones and tablets, approached me about sponsorship, I was interested, but I made it clear that coverage on Parent Hacks would only happen if I loved and could enthusiastically endorse the product.
Well, here we are. After several days of hard use with my son’s iPod Touch and my husband’s Nexus 7 tablet, I can honestly say this is the toughest, most durable case I’ve ever seen.
Each device got outfitted with an OtterBox Defender series case; a sturdy polycarbonate-and-silicone case built to withstand shocks, drops, dust and scratches.
My son’s iPod Touch — a (PRODUCT RED) version proudly bought with his own money — often gets shoved into a pocket or thrown in his backpack. He’s pretty good about taking care of his stuff (especially the stuff he buys himself), but the 5th generation iPod Touch is thin and delicate so even normal wear and tear is bound to do damage sooner or later.
The OtterBox Defender case not only adds a protective layer, it reinforces the housing with hard plastic and a practically-invisible screen covering. My son said that the iPod works just as well as before and is easier to hold — and he loves not having to worry about dropping his iPod. The increase in thickness is more than made up for by the increase in durability, and, though it’s heavier than before, it’s not enough of a difference to bother my son.
My husband uses his Nexus 7 differently — he mainly uses it as a laptop replacement and a media device. He loved the versatile stand that lets him prop the device more efficiently for movie-watching and podcast-listening. He also travels with his tablet, and the case makes him feel more confident about throwing it into his carry-on bag.
Both my husband and my son are notoriously picky…slight changes in feel and usability make a big difference to these two gadget guys. Both of them actually prefer their OtterBox-enhanced devices.
OtterBox makes cases for all sorts of devices: Kindles, iPads, iPhones, BlackBerrys, and more. They’re also coming out with a fully-waterproof case, the Armor Series, which will be available in February.
If you’re looking to add protection to your (or your kid’s) new-and-beloved gadget, OtterBox is a great choice.
Check out OtterBox cases for smartphones and tablets at OtterBox.com.
My thanks to OtterBox for sponsoring this post. The decision to cover it on Parent Hacks, plus all opinions expressed here, are my own. Here is the Parent Hacks review and sponsorship policy.