Ten Drops Onto Concrete Can't Break An OtterBox PlayBook: Video Review

Posted: May 17 2011, 5:33pm CDT | by , in Peripheral

Ten Drops Onto Concrete Can't Break an OtterBox PlayBook: Video Review

I tried to kill it, and couldn't.

A large part of my job focuses around trying to break new gadgets that come into my possession. I am unforgiving with review units, which is why the Defender case for the PlayBook interested me so much. I want to be able to take my tablet anywhere I go and trust that it won't be shattered or cracked by bumps along the way. Of course, before it earned a place in my bag the Defender would have to win my trust.

The first test was simple: My friend Jeremy and I would toss the cased tablet back and forth which each other for a few minutes. We took no pains to avoid dropping it and we didn't worry about how high up it flew either. The resulting game was extremely entertaining, as well as nerve-racking. Each time my PlayBook hit the ground, I winced- certain my 7" tablet was done for.

The PlayBook took a righteous pounding, but survived to amuse me for another day. When I picked the tablet back up and woke it from 'sleep', everything was fine. The apps I'd been running were not adversely effected.

My next test would be the cincher. I would hold my PlayBook at a variety of heights, from my head (6'2") to my waist, and drop it in as many creative ways as I could come up with. Straight onto concrete. Again, this test was conducted with my heart firmly in my throat. The PlayBook had survived a game of catch. But repeated impacts to concrete were sure to overwhelm even the stout OtterBox case.

Nope. Once again the Defender kept my tablet alive without the slightest upset. The display guard popped off pretty much every time, but it was certainly enough to protect it from the bulk of an impact. And the plastic display cover ensured my PlayBook's screen never experienced so much as a scratch.



  • +Super tough
  • +Looks good.
  • +Really just...ridiculously tough.


  • +Kind of Bulky.


$70 is a small price to pay for nigh-invulnerability.


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