You're probably smart enough never to use your iPad while in the tub or hovering near the pool, so a waterproof case isn’t all that necessary, save for very specific instances. What's more difficult to avoid, however, is dropping the iPad on a hard surface - a very real possibility when you're playing one of those tilt-to-control games. The Otterbox Defender Case lets you armor up for those occasions.
Clad in "three layers of protection," the accessory gives your tablet the ability to survive all manners of drops, bumps and shocks, as well as keep tiny specks of dust from entering its vicinity. All features remain accessible even with the full gear on (without the front shield for the screen, of course) via silicon plugs, so there's no sacrifice for the added durability.
The Otterbox iPad Defender Case measures 9.99 x 7.89 x 0.94 inches and weighs 13.6 oz without the shield (20.7 oz with it). Protective layers consist of a hard polycarbonate shell, silicone protectors and a self-adhesive film for the screen. While a tad on the hefty and bulky side, the added toughness should make the extra size worth it.
It's been designed to accommodate use with the dock accessory. Just remove the snap-off door and you can slip it in with the armored case still in tow. The shield also incorporates a built-in, fold-out stand that you can use to prop the iPad up in horizontal viewing mode.
Priced at $89.95, the Otterbox iPad Defender Case is far from cheap. If you've ever found yourself at risk of dropping your tablet, though, it might be a good investment.