iPad Case Review: DNDistribution2011 iPad and iPad 2 Waterproof Case
Reviewed by Tong Zhang
Editor's Ratings (1-5): 3.5
What's Hot: Fits both iPad and iPad 2, waterproof, shock resistant.
What's Not: Not form fitting, no port and button access.
With more and more tablets getting into the hands of field workers, military ground troops and other professions, it's odd that there aren't as many cases that protect the tablets from harsh environments. DNDistribution2011 makes two cases for the iPad and iPad 2 that protect the tablets from water, dust, rain and more. Of the two versions, the more rugged version passes military standard (MIL810F) and is much bulkier and more shock resistant. The less bulky waterproof case however is for those who are looking for a waterproof case that isn't hugely thick and easy to take the tablet out or put it in. The thinner waterproof case is also a lot more affordable than the military grade version.
The DNDistribution2011 Waterproof iPad and iPad 2 Case is a hard plastic case that fits both iPad versions and meets IPX7 waterproof standard. That means you can put the tablet in this case under 3 feet of water and won't get your tablet wet. Deeper than that, there is no guarantee that the pressure from water won't seep through the case. The DNDistribution2011 Waterproof case has a strong ABS hard shell that can help absorb a good amount of shock should you drop your iPad or iPad 2. The hard shell opens like a book, and the front and back pieces connect via strong hinges and shut with four heavy-duty pull snaps. Inside the hard shell, the case has a frame for the tablet to sit in, though this frame isn't form fitted exactly for either iPad models, it fits better for the original iPad. For the skinnier iPad 2, the case includes 4 corner tabs to elevate the tablet in the deeper frame, but these tabs aren't anchored down. This means you need to fiddle with it for a while before putting them all in the perfect locations to line up the iPad 2 in the frame. The tablet frame has water seal material surrounding the tablet, and when you close the hard shell, the water seal edges will shut the water out perfectly. The closure snaps are wide, and feel strong and sturdy.
The case protects the front and back of the iPad 2 with plastic films, and you can use the touch screen through the film. While both film covers are transparent, the front film has ATBC mix which makes it clearer and more flexible. The back film is stiffer which is fine for protecting the back of the iPad from being scratched. The DNDistribution Waterproof case comes in two colors, white and black.
The DNDistribution Waterproof case is essentially a carrying case for users who take their tablets to environments where they will be exposed to rain, water, dirt and dust. While it can protect the tablet from the element, it doesn't offer easy access to ports and buttons, unlike DNDistribution2011's more rugged version of the case that actually offers access to the audio jack and control buttons. The display is easy to use while in the case, and the Home button and both cameras are functional under the clear plastic films.
If you work in the field or take your tablet out for boating or to the beach, the DNDistribution2011 Waterproof case can certain protect your iPad or iPad 2 from rain, water, sand or dirt. It's waterproof up to 3 feet and provides pretty good shock protection thanks to the strong ABS frame. The film protection for the display isn't as strong as their rugged case, but can certain protect against scratches. You have access to the touch screen, the Home button and both front and rear cameras while your tablet is in the case. The case is harder to use for iPad 2 users as you need to use the little plastic tab pieces to position the thinner iPad 2 in the tablet frame. You also lose the button and port access while the tablet is sitting in the case.