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Bulky but awesome.
, October 8, 2013
This review is from: OtterBox 77-29864 Defender Series Hybrid Case for Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 – Retail Packaging – Black (Wireless Phone Accessory)
I’m kind of surprised there are more reviews for this case right now. I’ve been waiting for otterbox to release a case for my Note 10.1 since I bought the tablet.
So then, first off, if you’re looking for something slimming and low profile, look elsewhere. This adds bulk. It’s adds about twice the girth to your tablet. That being said, this will protect it. I haven’t dropped it off a roof, but there are people who have purely to test it out. The iPad otterbox is very similar, so if you want to see drop test, just search youtube “ipad otterbox drop test.” You’ll see what I’m talking about. These things can take a beating.
It looks very nice. Black, sleek, and professional. If you haven’t had an otterbox before, know that if you’re taking the case off all the time and putting it back on, the outer silicone will stretch out slightly around the edges, and it won’t look as nice. It will still be an effective case, but the aesthetics go down a little bit. So I wouldn’t suggest removing it too often.
This case does add substantial weight to your tablet, even without the face-plate on. It feels maybe twice as heavy, maybe a little less. But it’s not unbearable, and it’s still easy to hold for long periods of time.
The face-plate is great. It snaps on the front to protect your screen while you are traveling, and snaps on the back for storage while you’re using the tablet. It also serves as a really nice stand. It feels very study when using it as a stand. It has both viewing mode, and typing mode, like you’ll find with most tablet cases. I tested out the balance of it, and it’s pretty darn hard to tip over while it’s on the stand. The typing mode is great. You can fully rest your hands on the tablet and type without it collapsing on you. I honestly can’t say enough how much I like the face-plate/stand.
You CANNOT take pictures while the face-plate is attached to the back of the case. There’s no hole for the camera. And you can’t take pictures while it’s on the front, obviously, because the screen is covered up.
The S Pen is very easily accessible.
There are plugs covering up the headphone are charging port. The charging port one works fine, but the headphone one can be a bit of a pain to get out. I’m sure after a while it’ll loosen up though.
This case does fully cover up the SD card slot, with no way of removing the SD card without fully removing the case. I don’t ever remove my SD card, so it’s not a problem for me, but if you do you might want to keep that in mind.
And lastly, the built-in Otterbox screen. I hate it. It’s terrible. They always are. It feels like when the peeps at Otterbox were making this, they didn’t do much research on the tablet, because the screen just totally defeats the purpose of it. It’s very hard to use the S Pen with the screen. It’s draggy and cumbersome, even after I used some touch screen polish on it. I use my tablet for sketching, and the screen made it nigh impossible to do that. BUT, Big but (disclaimer: this will lower the protection value of the case) the screen is really easy to remove. I have defender cases on three electronics now: Galaxy s3, iPod touch, and now my Note 10.1. And this is the third defender case that I have pulled the built-in screen protector out of. I really prefer matte, glare-free screen protectors, and Otterbox does not supply that. So I just pull the otterbox screen protector off of the case, and use the one that’s already on my device. (I use this one for my note: MiniGuard Screen Protector (Matte, Anti-Glare)). It’s really easy to take out, it’s just stuck on with some tacky glue. And if you’re careful with the glue stuff, it actually pretty easy to put back on if you change your mind. Another perk of doing this is that you don’t have to buy a whole new otter box every time your screen gets super scratched. Just switch out the screen protector. So, there’s my two cents worth of improvement. (‘Nother disclaimer: Neither I, nor Otterbox, nor amazon take any responsibility if you mess up your case doing this. It’s just a suggested option on my part.)
So all in all, despite all it’s little flaws, I still give this case 5/5 stars. It’s a great case and it will protect your expensive electronics. It’s well worth the money, and it will almost undoubtedly extend the life expectancy of your device.
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