FEATURES – BlackBerry PlayBook Ballistic Tough Jacket Series Case
° Advanced three layer protection
° Layer 1 – Inner silicone layer absorbs shock
° Layer 2 – Impact resistant hard plastic protects the BlackBerry PlayBook
° Layer 3 – Shock Absorbent polymer layer
° Thicker Ballistic Corners for drop protection
° Removable cover that can also be used on the back as a kickstand
° Lay-on-table feature (screen never touches the surface of the table when laid flat)
Day 1. Unboxing — As I expected, Ballistic packaged the Tough Jacket Case in yet another attractive box. Bright-colorful display. The back shows the multi-layer protection & popular Ballistic Corners. Again I’m reminded of the SG Series for Bold 99xx.
Pull your Tough Jacket Case out to reveal 3 pieces: 1 inner silicone layer. 1 impact resistant hard plastic shell. 1 removable cover – doubles as a stand.
Installation & Removal — Ah, my favorite.. Okay this is my least favorite part of the accessory reviews. Thankfully Ballistic has been doing this long enough to know that people will likely want to remove their case at one point or another. For this case however installation is a bit easier. After your PlayBook is nice and clean just ease your tablet into the inner silicone layer. Once secure grab the impact resistant hard outer piece and work your silicone covered tablet into the plastic piece. It’s best to place to top half in first since this is where your button are. Makes it simple when your placing the concave area in last. All four sides to the tablet will then lock into place. You may have to press some in from the front side of the PlayBook.
Removal is a little trickier. Although it’s nowhere near as difficult as some BlackBerry smartphone cases can be. The best way I’ve found to remove the case is by starting with either the left or right side of the plastic outer shell. Begin to push one of these areas out while focusing on the bottom. Get those 2 sides off and the rest is a breeze.
Days 2 – 9 Living w/ the Ballistic Tough Jacket — Rocking the Tough Jacket is like having your tablet locked in Fort Knox. After a few days with the case on I had noticed the case did make my PlayBook a bit heavy. Nothing I couldn’t handle. However I do often share our PlayBooks with our kids. The first day my son Oliver used my PlayBook with the Tough Jacket he managed to drop it twice. Fortunately this case adds some incredible protection. Protection in layers no less. I didn’t have it in me to test-drop the PlayBook. But my little guys make mistakes, and thankfully they did so with this case on.
So I know my tablet is mighty safe. Other things I’m loving about this case.. The stand can either be removed, it can be placed on a table until you need it, or you can just leave it on your PlayBook to add protection and have a carry-on stand to use whenever you need it.
Another great selling point has to be the ability to charge my PlayBook while the kickstand holds it in front of me. This is only possible with RIM’s Rapid Charger, and not the standard PlayBook Charger. It may sound like a small treat, but to me it’s pretty huge.
Protection — Now here’s a case that keeps your device safe. I fell in love with Ballistic on my BlackBerry Bold. Now I’m given the same protection over a much larger device. The Ballistic Corners bring a great deal of protection to any device. After a couple drops with this case on my PlayBook is unharmed. Sure the tablet is heavier with this case on but it feels good in my hands, I’m able to charge the case while I have it stood in front of me.
Verdict — Now I have the 2 Ballistic cases and I can finally say I know what it’s like to own their products. Built Tough & Designed to Survive Life mean something to me. Do I recommend the Tough Jacket? Yes. And now at just $34.99, of course. The Tough Jacket Series Case is available in 2 color schemes: black/black & black/red. Grab your own at the link below or head over to Ballistic directly at http://www.goballisticcase.com.
— Price has been slashed in half. From $69.99 down to just $34.99.
— Ballistic Corners bring incredible protection to all area’s of your tablet.
— Comes packaged with a stand. Stand doubled as an extra piece of protection for carry-alongs.
— The case is rather heavy. Not recommended for small hands like children.