Count on OtterBox for protecting your iPad mini and other gadgets

You can always count on OtterBox for heavy duty protective cases but also for rapid development of cases following the unveiling of a new Apple device. Sure enough, my iPad mini was just a few days old when I was able to wrap it in a protective Defender case from OtterBox.

I've owned their Defender case for my full size iPad, and just as Apple has shrunk their device, OtterBox was able to shrink the same design. It looks like a Mini Me next to the larger iPad. But the mini case is not short on features or quality.

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Just like the full size model, the case has a two piece durable rigid shell which is then ensconced in a silicone protective outer shell, which protects ports against dust and debris.

The rigid shell includes a built-in screen protector which should eliminate scratches, and to some degree, fingerprints.

The case comes with a protective cover that doubles as a multi-position stand.

Altogether, the OtterBox Defender is a solid, rugged, protective solution for most conditions.

The Defender is available in traditional black, but also white with gray or white with a pinkish color they call 'Blushed' that may appeal to the ladies.

The case does add bulk and weight, eliminating many of the advantages of the iPad mini, but a full size iPad, in a larger Defender case, would be bigger still. And, believe it or not, some of the early complaints of the mini were that it was too light! So the iPad mini feels fine in the Defender case.

OtterBox recently acquired WrapSol, a leading vendor of screen protectors. I'm excited to see what synergies these two respectable companies can bring to the table.

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