Hunt for an iPad2 Case

I have been searching for a new case since the day I bought the iPad2 Otterbox Defender case. Don’t get me wrong here, Otterbox makes a great case, I used it on my phone before I got the Lifeproof case, and they make great dry boxes, but lately their product seems to be going down hill. I was not a fan of their iPhone 4 case, way disappointed compared to the iPhone3/3G case. MUCH less durable, I can’t count the amount of times they replace my iPhone 4 defender case. Finally, one day I stumbled upon the Lifeproof case and my life was complete! I didn’t care much for the price tag, but was getting tired of the broken Otterbox cases, so I switched and am SO glad I did!

As for the iPad2 case, I like it but it has turned out to be a disappointment too. It feels cheap and also keeps breaking. I am not destructive with my stuff, especially something that pricy, but the little abuse it does take, this case can’t seem to hold up. Since this case has aggravated me more lately, I started shopping around for a new one. When looking at Best Buy one day I came across the Survivor case (seen below). It looked like an extremely durable case and seemed to have good reviews so I picked one up this evening and decided to try to out. My iPad spent a total of one minute, maybe two, in the case before I removed it and packed it back up to be returned. This case was a major disappointment!

This case is designed to be very durable, I like that! In fact, that is the reason behind me buying it, I love the durability of it, but that’s where my liking stops. Once in the case, there was a sort of gap between the screen on this case and the screen of my iPad because I had to push really hard to operate the touch screen and could feel the gap between the two. I would like to also mention that EVERY port on here is covered! So, if you want to use the camera, you have to open that by pulling back the rubber protector. You want to use the mic? Well you have to uncover that too. You want to use the speaker? Yep, you have to uncover that too. So, basically if anyone tried to facetime me or message me on here, I would not be able to hear it because the sound does not magically come through the thick rubber cover that goes over the speakers. Not a fan of any of this. And last, the weight, it adds a lot of it! Doesn’t seem like it would when you are holding just the case, but that rubber stuff is thick, meaning it’s heavy.

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Since I can’t seem to find a case I like, it’s back to shopping around for me. I had thought about trying a case with a keyboard built in, but that’s one more thing I’d have to keep charged. I guess it’s back to the Otterbox case for now until Lifeproof finally comes out with their iPad case! Hurry up guys!

Why So Serious?

Today I actually had a day off, amazing right? Which would explain why I’m  not posting anything till now, I spent my day being completely lazy! Which apparently also means I’m completely tired because I feel exhausted for some reason! Since I ended up with the day off that meant I got to enjoy a little Xbox, and by a little bit I mean maybe 30 minutes, that’s what happens when I avoid my medicine for the day. See, some people believe ADHD is a “bullshit excuse for laziness.” Not true, I am far from lazy and there are more than enough people to back that up. I simply can not keep my focus, no matter what. It could be something I completely enjoy, like playing Xbox, but if I’m not under control for the day, I can’t stay with one thing. There are some days where I am able to control my ADHD better than others, but the majority of the time I just let it go and bounce from thing to thing.

Today while playing Xbox, I got on Modern Warfare 3, naturally, to kill some people which ended quickly for two reasons. One, my ADHD and zero focus on it, I played all of one round before I got bored. And two, because people take the game WAY to seriously!! Has anyone else noticed this? It’s a game people! It’s to have fun! I got cussed out and told how stupid I am multiple times because the other team shot and killed me…let me mention here that I was the last person on my team to die, meaning these people cussing me out for “causing us to lose” had already been killed PRIOR to my death! Upon mentioning this to them, they left the game and I guess found another group to play. I just don’t get it. It’s a game! Not a competition! And there is not need to tell me how bad of a player I am if you’ve died before me, especially multiple times.

Tonight I’m off to find a new case for my iPad2. I really, really, REALLY want the Lifeproof case, but there is no date yet on when it’s going to come out and I just don’t think I can wait. I am still totally in love with my Lifeproof iPhone case! I decided to take a relaxing bath this morning and took my phone with me to watch some Netflix. And of course only I would manage to drop my phone in the water, but this case saved it yet again! : ) I watched a movie that was new to me today, called Alabama Moon. In my opinion, very good movie! I really enjoyed the story line a lot. My older man came across it on Netflix and told me to watch it. He sure knows what kind of movies I like! If you haven’t seen it and you like what you read on IMDB, then perhaps you too should watch it. You will not be disappointed.

Found my December!

Anyone have anything important to say?? Cause I sure don’t! I’ve spent a lot of time lately reading (not much going on at work) and came across an article on age gap relationships I’d like to share. It was a pretty good read. I showed it to my man and we read it together. It has a lot of information that we can use when informing my mother of our relationship…which is going to happen soon… : – / I told my man, “I’ll be hiding out in Mexico, good luck with my mom, and call me when it’s safe to come home.” He laughed and told me that was a good try, but not how we’re going to do it. I thought it was a good idea…I just hope she’s ok with it. She’s very materialistic and depends on what people think about it, I just have this feeling that she isn’t going to like the fact that her daughter is in an age gap relationship, I know she’ll worry about what her friends think.

As for life with our relationship, things couldn’t be better! I found the perfect gift for him for Valentine’s Day. We have decided to celebrate this year because we both ended up with the day off. We just plan on spending a quiet evening at home, he’s cooking me dinner, promised to rub my feet and back…can we say awesome! : ) I know he’ll probably get me roses and some other stuff because that’s just the kind of man he is. I tell him all the time that I don’t need anything for my birthday, Christmas, Valentine’s day…that I just never need/want stuff, but he insists on getting me something any way. Can’t stop a determined man. But I sure do love him for it! He’s my totally awesome man! And I can’t wait to start a family with him!

The other day there was finally a release to jailbreak the iPad 2! It’s about time! And I was so excited that I spent 6 whole hours, ADHD and all, just to figure out the “bug” I was having that kept causing mine not to work! But with the help of a few people, I finally got it fixed and jailbroken! I haven’t done much with the jailbreak, actually, besides downloading cydia and winterboard…I haven’t done anything else. I’ve done more on my iPhone when it comes to the jailbreak software than I have with the iPad. Not saying there isn’t anything cool out there, I just…I don’t know…just haven’t found anything I like and want to do to it. Guess it’s time for a google search to decide what/if I want to add anything. Now that I have jailbroken my phone and added some pretty sweet features and stuff, I’m not sure I want to upgrade to the newer phone, I’d have to start all over again and if something breaks on the phone then it’s a pain in the ass to remove the jailbreak app and put things back to normal again. I guess we’ll just have to see how worth it the next iPhone is.

Now, for anyone with an iPhone out there, I’d like to take a minute to HIGHLY recommend the LifeProof Case! A must have and totally worth the price! My phone has gone swimming many times and this case has held up no problem! It’s great! It’s been through all kinds of abuse to, dropped off firetrucks, bounced out the back of the ambulance, accidentally kicked across the ER…phone and case are still doing great! : ) The only disadvantage I have found to this case is that if it does fall in the water it is going to sink to the bottom like a rock! I really hope LifeProof comes up with some sort of adapter that connects or snaps onto this case to help it float. The case is NOT recommended to be removed on a daily basis, so it would be great if they made something that just fit over the case as it is, that has the ability to keep the phone at or near the water surface. However, they do have some cool accessories on their page that you can buy to help keep the phone attached to you, maybe this will keep it from accidentally sinking to the bottom.

I can’t wait for the LifeProof case to be released for the iPad because I am less than pleased with the OtterBox Defender case. Within a week of having it, the case already cracked along the stand (still usable but kind of annoying). Then not long after that the, the “clips” that hold the stand on, those broke off too. So basically I have a “stand” that is suppose to attach and create a “lid” for the screen…now it just sits against the case. I’m completely disappointed by the quality of OtterBox these past couple months, no longer a product I highly recommend, now it’s just a product I casually recommend to people, tell them they can make their own opinion.

My opinion…LifeProof all the way! You guys did a great job in creating a case that can be used on a daily basis! It is an excellent thing for someone in my field considering we never know what kind of calls we will end up running and what we will be doing there. Hell, I could end up in a lake an never have a chance to remove things from my pockets. Thank you LifeProof for creating something that keeps me from taking the extra time to empty my pockets before saving a life.