Otterbox-Too Weighty for Ipad 1????

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    Hi All, Just purchased an Ipad 1 for my toddler (and I) to use. Definitely want to protect it but as you know it is tough to find a kid/parent friendly case for the 1st gen Ipad. Seriously considering the Otterbox. However, the Ipad 1 is more bulky than its successors. After a while started to feel heavy in my hand. Concerned that the Otterbox will make this even more of a problem than it is right now with no case. Also, if it's a problem for me imagine my toddler! Considering going in the total opposite direction with Iballz combined with Ghost Armor. These also look a bit cumbersome and impractical. Any opinions or suggestions. Would greatly appreciate since time is of the essence with Christmas approaching. Thanks!!!
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    Have you considered the iPad mini? Its smaller size would make it easier for a small child to hold. Even with a case it weighs much less than a full size iPad and case.
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    Thanks but I already bought the Ipad 1.
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    IMO, a mini would have been a much wiser choice. This is why it is best to do your research prior to purchase. Can you return the 1?
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    Even with the additional weight, I would consider a case. One of my son's friends uses my iPad at the weekend. He refuses to touch it until I've put it back in it's case. Kids don't find the iPad comfortable to hold, because they're afraid of dropping it. The case makes it much more grippy.

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    You could consider a case or stand that will hold the iPad at a comfortable angle to use.
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    Thanks Kevin. I'll keep that in mind.
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    Thanks but the decision to purchase the 1 was both a monetary and practical one, as I paid $100. Also, if I spend upwards of $300 for a mini it will be for my use not my toddler's.
    Would pass it down to them after a few years.:)
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    Google something like "kid iPad case" and you'll find lots of recs from parents, like this:

    http://noahsdad.com/best-ipad-case-kids-toddlers-babies/

    I suggest you consider two cases -- one for you, one for the kid. What is most comfortable and serviceable for a toddler probably is impractical for an adult.
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    If there is an iPad case that has some kind of tether attached to it, that would be ideal. It would prevent the iPad from being dropped from the table to the floor, for example.
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    It's generally not a good idea to mix cords and such with things for young children, because of strangulation risks.
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    Sorry, I missed that bit. Thanks for the safety reminder.
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    Do you know anything about the iballz case...tether with 4 balls attached. Looks pretty silly but many people swear by it based on the reviews.
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    I didn't even know one could buy a iPad 1 still, used I assume? At any rate you will certainly get $100 use out of it. I tried a few cases on my iPod 4, which is well known for it's easiest of all breakable screen. The otter box was a bit too bulky for me, but maybe I should have kept it for grand kids defense.
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    I just looked at their website. It looks like it provides excellent protection against corner impacts.
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    I have an Otterbox Defender for my iPad 1 and I love it. It comes with a stand that you can snap on to the screen when you´re done and a film to protect the screen. I just use a small shoulder strap bag to carry it around. Doesn´t really add much bulk or weight to it and it definitely will protect it from impact or scratches. You can get an Otterbox cheaper through eBay or maybe Amazon.
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    Same here iPad 1 with Black Otterbox Defender. Great protection against bumps, drops, scratches and anything a toddler might throw at it. Two layers of protection plus a removable cover/stand. But this kind of protection does come with added weight, but then again your baby won't be carrying it around. I bought mine in amazon a few months ago for $20, but right now it's listed for $70. You might want to wait after X-mas to buy it cheaper.

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    I just got and iPad 1. Was looking at otter boxes but they r pretty high. I can get a discount on one but Is there a case that can protect as well as an otter box that is cheaper?
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    UPDATE: To all who may be just viewing this post. My DG loves her ipad 1. Ultimately, I ended up buying the iballz harness which has worked out great. It's lightweight and provides drop protection for the back case and front screen. Plus my DG uses the elastic bands to carry it around and hold it in place. It's the only reason her ipad 1 still survives to this day :). Thanks for all the input.
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