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Review: OtterBox Defender case for iPhone 5 / 5s

Let me just say from the outset, this case is a beast, in every sense of the word. It’s strong, bulky, durable, overly large and somewhat cumbersome. But this doesn’t detract from what this case is designed to do: protect your iPhone from tough external conditions.

Putting the case on your iPhone

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The case comes in two parts (excluding the belt holster, more on that later). an inner polycarbonate shell that fits snug on your phone and a thick silicon outer layer that fits over the inner shell. On attempting to put the inner shell on my iPhone, I spent the first 5 minutes just trying to open the damn thing. I actually needed to read the instructions in this case (no pun intended. Alternatively you can watch the OtterBox Defender YouTube video). Once I realised how it opened up it was dead simple. I was afraid that I was using too much force to open the cases inner shell. As I soon realised, you don’t need to treat this case like a cheap $10 plastic case off eBay. These things are meant to take a punishing.

The OtterBox Defender also comes with a belt holster. Personally, I didn’t use the holster. It just made me feel like a massive idiot. If I was a tradesperson then it might be a bit different.

The case in action

The case itself is great and does exactly what it describes. I found the plastic screen over the top of the touch screen really decreased the touch sensitivity when using the phone. I found I couldn’t touch type nearly as easily and had to ensure I really pressed each key on the keyboard.

Out in the garden I accidentally completely submerged the case in potting mix. With no dirt penetrating the inner shell, it worked as expected. I just took the silicon outer layer off and washed it.

With the lip on the front of the case around the edge of the screen being a good 0.5cm, I found I wasn’t able to do edge-to-edge screen swipes with my left thumb and I had to use the opposite thumb to complete the gesture.

Final thoughts

This case isn’t for everyone. There are a number of alternatives for hard shell iPhone cases that are a little less bulky than the OtterBox Defender. If you’re sitting at a desk like I am five days a week, there’s no real need for it. If you’re out and about or have kids then this case is a must. It ticks all the boxes for meeting its purpose exactly.

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  1. Anand
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    Anand

    To put a case for your iPhone is a good idea because it prevents the case from any external influence. The articles is full of instruction that is needed for the improvement and protection of our mobile.

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