Check out the Unboxing and Installation of the Otterbox Defender Case for Kindle Fire HD 8.9
I have always been a fan of the Otterbox Defender line of cases ever since my first one on the iPhone 4S and this was before we started working with Otterbox as a partner back when I purchased the cases myself. I had an iPhone 5S Defender case that I also loved, mostly because of protection and horizontal belt clip which was the most important feature to me. The Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 Defender case is at least as good as any other Otterbox case I have ever used.
It is 3 components, a back which you set your Kindle Fire HDX into, then it has the screen front so that it completely encloses the Kindle Fire HDX and then you have the stand/shell case. Now the shell case generally isn’t used while you are actively using the device in your hands, it is more for transporting the device so that the screen is fully protected from any potential objects damaging it and protecting it from drops. This case is amazingly padded and provides ample protection for the tablet should it get knocked off a table and fall to the floor.
In testing the Otterbox Defender Case for the Kindle Fire 8.9 HD one of the things I noticed was that my fingers were more responsive on the screen, sometimes with the raw exposed screen I would have to swipe 2 or 3 times or slow down my swipes (something about my fingers not always tracking) but with the added built in screen protector my fingers were tracking better on the Kindle Fire HD screen, now I didn’t know if this is because it helped having that extra layer cushion my fingers or not but this was a welcome change.
The rubber buttons on the back of the case actually also made it easier to use the power and volume buttons, the volume buttons on the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 were always small and really difficult to press the right volume button for me, the case makes those buttons larger and easier to feel and press. The same with the power button, so this to me was a win/win as well. The camera and speakers are fully exposed and work perfectly as well as the power port is accessible or can seal closed when not being charged.
All in all, the price point is very good too for the case. When I bought my Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 tablet from Amazon I did purchase the leather Origami case with it, hands down the Otterbox Defender case is way better. I didn’t even like the magnetized cover of the Origami case that much or the folding back, now I would have preferred the Defender case have a stand that opens in the back kind of like the Otterbox Surface Pro 3 case has, instead of the stand being in the clam shell cover, but this is minor and just a “preference”. The case is fantastic and highly recommended, for me this is the standard and if you want protection and a case that helps make sure your Kindle Fire is a little more secure, I would HIGHLY recommend you get one of these Otterbox Defender cases, especially if you allow kids to use the tablet and it is more prone to drops or rough hands on the screen.
This product gets the 5 Star Editors Choice award from me!