OtterBox ships an iPad case so good, it comes in its own case!

Thanks to Apple's secrecy, when they Introduce a new gadget, case makers have to scramble to make accessories that fit it properly. The new iPad is a perfect example, yet OtterBox was able to create and ship their ruggedized iProtection case rather quickly. In fact, before the new iPad was announced, back when everyone expected it to be called the iPad 3, OtterBox was teasing the press, promising an iPad 3 case would be ready almost immediately.

In the end, they produced a case that fits both the iPad 2 and the new iPad. It helps that the new iPad and iPad 2 are very similar, but still there are some differences that make it a challenge to build a case that supports both. The new iPad is slightly thicker than the iPad 2 and the larger camera lens requires a bigger opening. But the folks at OtterBox are pros at this, as they make cases for just about every popular cellphone put there, so they had no problem. They even produced a presentable gift box that the case comes in, branded with the iProtection moniker in their signature yellow and black.

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The iPad case itself is made up of three parts, including a rigid shell, an integrated screen protector, and a silicon outer shell. All ports are covered, so it can be tricky using a docking station. A CableJive Dock Extender could help with that issue. Technically, there is a fourth part, a stand that also serves as a rigid screen cover. It's a robust solution, that should be useful for young kids and tough workplaces like a shop floor.

The Apple logo on the iPad is visible but still protected by a clear membrane. The folks at OtterBox have told me that their Apple customers really want that Apple logo exposed!

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Todd Bernhard is a bestselling (6+ million downloads) award-winning (AARP,,, Digital Hollywood, and Verizon) developer and founder of NoTie.NET, an app developer specializing in Talking Ringtone apps including AutoRingtone. And his profile photo is of the last known sighting of Mr. Bernhard wearing a tie, circa 2007!

An iPhone is almost always attached to his hip or in his pocket, but over the years, Mr. Bernhard has owned an Apple Newton, a Motorola Marco, an HP 95LX, a Compaq iPaq, a Palm Treo, and a Nokia e62. In addition to writing for iPhone Life, Mr. Bernhard has written for its sister publications, PocketPC Magazine and The HP Palmtop Paper.