Reviews for OtterBox Defender Series iPhone 5S / 5 Case - Black
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On to my otter box defender
As soon as I put the case on my phone I could feel it was a quality item. The case initially fits into a hardened plastic shell which encompasses a hard plastic screen protector which is then covered by the tough outer rubber layer. The rubber layer gives excellnt grip on the phone as well as good all round protection. The case does add some bulk to the phone but not noticeable and more than made up for by the level of protection you gain. The charging/earphone sockets are both covered by study plastic flaps as is the silent/volume button. The camera lens isn't and can get a little dusty but is easily cleanable and surrounded by the plastic and rubber outer layer to give great protection. Due to my job having me working outside and inside and taking a decent amount of punishment day to day I wanted a case that would give good protection without being too bulky to fit in my jeans pocket and the otter box defender ticks all the boxes. I previously used a griffin survivor which while still a Briliant case is at least 1/3rd size bigger than the defender, also the camera lens is covered on the defender with a rubber flap giving more protection however in my line of work I need my camera sometimes fairly quickly and fiddling around trying to open the flap did at times get frustrating in a hurry! Overall I would highly recommend the otterbox defender. I also previously used an otterbox commuter which while giving good protection in my opinion is blown out the water by the defender with the added layer of protection and built in screen protector!
Good solid all round protection, plastic screen protector makes a big difference for that added protection. Rubber exterior coating gives a good you a good grip on the phone. Charger port/earphone jack and vibrate switch are all well covered with rubber flaps keeping them extra safe and dust free
Unfortunately the case is very bulky, pretty much doubles the size and weight of the phone and can be a very tight squeeze into a jeans pocket etc which is why I personally have since bought another slimmer otter box symmetry which I would also highly recommend
4/5 stars for the otter box defender though!
Tremendous cover and looks like it could stand up to anything.
Must also say fantastic service from Mobile Fun yet again, prompt and fast delivery.
Unfortunately the clip on the holster broke.
I looked at other cases but decided it had to be another Otterbox.
Due to the protection offered the phone was totally as new when put in to its new case.
The Defender consists of three layers - an inner plastic box that the phone sits in, which has a clear plastic screen cover integral to the case - and the touch screen does work through this. Secondly, there is the silicon case that fits round the first case on the back, wrapping round the front to some extent. It also includes covers for most of the ports, and covers up the buttons at the side and the Home button, so this layer keeps dust and lint out. What they call the third layer is an extremely ugly and bulky case that fits around the corners and edges of the case and includes a belt clip which also acts (rather cleverly) as a stand.
So: The Good - It feels very solid and robust, and I hope will offer good protection. It is quite bulky, which rather goes against the selling point of the iPhone 5, but it is a trade-off between bulk and protection and I think that it looks fine - as long as you leave off the really ugly outer belt clip!
The Bad - getting the thing apart in the first place is a nightmare!
The Ugly - The outer clip is bulky, ugly, and stops the phone from sliding into pockets easily. I have decided to leave this off.
A friend of mine has had a protective case for his ipad from Otterbox and I had recently made a couple of purchases from Mobilefun which I was mega pleased with so thought I would check the cases on the site.
They had the Otterbox Defender case in and I thought the price was right so purchased the case.
I have no regrets about purchasing this case, and didn't think about going elsewhere as I have so far always had a great experience purchasing through Mobilefun.
I would recommend both the case and Mobilefun to any of my friends..
Yes it adds bulk and is quite tricky to fit but the protection you get should outweigh this slight inconvenience
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