OtterBox. The name has nothing to do with how amazing these cases are, and if you do follow smartphone accessories you’ll know that the OtterBox brand has a really good reputation when it comes to protection. This is the Trojan brand of all smartphone cases, and you know Trojan’s got good reputation too.
So we were lucky enough to get our hands on this beautiful OtterBox Defender Series iPhone 3G/3GS case and what do we have to say about this? Well, one word says it all. Wow… So watch this little short test video we’ve done for you readers:
Amazing eh? I could end my review right here. But let’s get down to details. The Defender Series case will include 3 layer protection. 1st later is the plastic layer that covers the whole phone, this includes the headset which is covered with a filter to prevent dirt entering while still allowing sound. The camera hole as well as the Apple logo and the LCD screen have been cut out and replaced with what OtterBox calls a “fully interactive membrane” which simply means your screen will still be a touchscreen.
Now after that layer is a rubberized silicone layer. Putting this on protects against shock and cracking the OtterBox’s plastic casing as well as the iPhone too. This goes over the plastic casing which now covers up the Home button, volume rocker, sleep/power button, headphone jack, charging port and vibrate switch.
Now as you could see in the video. The “fully interactive membrane” aka the plastic see through screen sticks to your iPhone’s LCD screen making a what people call watermark. Some have found this annoying, especially me. Now I’ve read many ways to solve by using baby powder, another screen protector and whatnot. How I solved this was taking a tissie paper and messing around with the iPhone screen so that it leaves some dust. This stops the LCD from sticking to the see through plastic casing. It’s either living with a bit of dust or having big air bubbles/watermarks, your choice.
So who would I suggest this case for? Well mostly people who work in construction and need heavy duty phones but don’t want to switch to those iDEN Telus Mike phones or Sprint/Nextel phones. Why I suggest it for them? Well because it’s thick. I’m not going to lie, it adds a lot of bulk, and someone that doesn’t need the thickness, you probably wouldn’t want that much bulk. So in conclusion. This case is one of the best in the market, no doubt. It’ll protect your phone from scratches, bumps, and drops. At a price tag of $49.95, it’s another small investment that could save your iPhone’s life.