OtterBox Defender Series iPhone Case Review

One of the first things new iPhone owners think about is “what case should I buy for my iPhone?”. Well, the first thing that came to my mind was a silicone case. However, silicone cases are bulky, dusty, and they hide the beauty of your iPhone (enter here for a FREE PDO Leather case). That’s why I’m currently using an InvisibleShield, along with many other iPhone in Canada readers!

What about MORE protection? Well, I’ve come across a couple cases from OtterBox that pretty much impressed me big time. The first one we are going to take a look at is the OtterBox Defender iPhone case. It’s water resistant, super slim, the touch screen works great, and all the buttons are accessible (except for the silent switch; more on that later). Let’s take a closer look at this case, shall we? πŸ™‚

OtterBox Defender Series iPhone Case Review – What’s in the Box?

  • OtterBox Defender Series iPhone case
  • Holster with belt clip
  • Instructions
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The Defender case from OtterBox is part of their new line up for the iPhone. It will hold your 8GB or 16GB iPhone snug inside a hard plastic shell, then covered with a high quality silicone cover, giving it superior protection from the elements. Also there is a thin, plastic cover to protect your iPhone screen. The sensitivity still works perfectly (even through my InvisibleShield!). The case engulfs your phone and protects it from sand, dust, dirt, and rain (it’s not fully submersible in water though–that’s when the Armor series comes into play).

How Easy is the Installation?

Installing the iPhone into the case was very easy. The plastic cover comes in two pieces. The phone fits in, then the other cover goes on top and snaps into place. Next up, slide the silicone cover over and voila! The case is very slim and feels solid to the touch. It’s well built and I would feel confident dropping my iPhone inside this case onto the sidewalk from waist high and not even worry. The protection is really that great! You gotta see it to believe it. Watch the following video:

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The Final Verdict?

This case would be perfect for those who are using their iPhone in places of high dust, dirt and debris (think construction, by the pool, beach, etc.). The holster with belt clip is adjustable and clung nicely to my belt. There are covers for the headphone jack and the bottom charge port. Full protection baby! OtterBox cases are definitely the “Mercedes” of iPhone cases out there–they are built like a tank.

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There is a tiny downside and that’s the lack of access to the “silent” switch. However there is a quick fix for this. Just use the volume keys to lower the volume manually to “off”, and if your iPhone has vibrating turned on, it will act as the same thing. It can be a hassle to do this, but honestly this go around takes 5 seconds to fix! =)The OtterBox Defender Series for iPhone is a case that is very high quality and offers full protection for your iPhone. However, for this quality and full protection, there is a cost. The Defender series retails for $49.95, but honestly you do get what you pay for. If you’re looking for just any regular case, then an OtterBox is not for you. However, if you really want to kick it up a notch and protect your iPhone from the elements (wind, rain, dust, drops), then investing in an OtterBox case is something I would strongly and vehemently consider.Special Offer for iPhoneinCanada.ca readers! Use coupon code http://www.otterbox.com/?cid=32900” target=”_blank”>IPHONECANADA for 10% off your order from OtterBox.com! Coupon expires June 30, 2008! Don’t delay! See, there are benefits to keep up with my blog! =)
This case gets the first ever… iPhone in Canada Editor’s Choice Award – Best Protection from a Case!

Here is the rest of the photo gallery…enjoy! Visit OtterBox.com by clicking here.

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Click here to visit the OtterBox website! Protect your iPhone investment…

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  • T

    omg that sign up to my newsletter pop up? waaay annoying. please remove it. i’m signed up to your RSS and i doubt it registers that. plus i think it’d be more appropriate if it looked like a mac window, since the iPhone is by apple.

    as for the case, it looks like it belongs on a construction site. construction workers could use the case to keep sawdust off of their phones and the iLevel app as a level on the job. construction gone high tech.

  • T

    omg that sign up to my newsletter pop up? waaay annoying. please remove it. i’m signed up to your RSS and i doubt it registers that. plus i think it’d be more appropriate if it looked like a mac window, since the iPhone is by apple.

    as for the case, it looks like it belongs on a construction site. construction workers could use the case to keep sawdust off of their phones and the iLevel app as a level on the job. construction gone high tech.

  • This has got to be the worst looking case, construction guys use telus mike phones anyway. Does that company have any other cases available?

  • This has got to be the worst looking case, construction guys use telus mike phones anyway. Does that company have any other cases available?

  • Dusty

    Now thats the case I NEED! :):) LOL

  • Dusty

    Now thats the case I NEED! :):) LOL

  • Amanda

    It’s also guaranteed for life!! Too bad they didn’t have more colour selection, just black, or black/yellow

  • Amanda

    It’s also guaranteed for life!! Too bad they didn’t have more colour selection, just black, or black/yellow

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  • C Prince

    ok, so i tried other cases for my Iphone and finally broke down and bought this one. I am glad I did. Who CARES about the colors? It looks futuristic on my Iphone and people are always stopping me to ask me about the case. And did i mention i dropped my Iphone with this case on? I did !! and it was just fine. I lOVE the Otterbox. It is worth every penny. They also have coupons for discount. You just have to find them on the web.

  • ok, so i tried other cases for my Iphone and finally broke down and bought this one. I am glad I did. Who CARES about the colors? It looks futuristic on my Iphone and people are always stopping me to ask me about the case. And did i mention i dropped my Iphone with this case on? I did !! and it was just fine. I lOVE the Otterbox. It is worth every penny. They also have coupons for discount. You just have to find them on the web.

  • Frankie

    These are the best phone covers you can ever buy and you can buy them in different colors – blk/blk blk/yel pink and all white they come in the defender series which is for the dust and accidental dropping and water resistant and they also have a waterproof series… awesome!! I have seen them in action and they really work πŸ™‚

  • Frankie

    These are the best phone covers you can ever buy and you can buy them in different colors – blk/blk blk/yel pink and all white they come in the defender series which is for the dust and accidental dropping and water resistant and they also have a waterproof series… awesome!! I have seen them in action and they really work πŸ™‚

  • Paul

    Having a look to see whats available but decided I prefer my handmade leather pouch from ikonicedge in new zealand.

  • Paul

    Having a look to see whats available but decided I prefer my handmade leather pouch from ikonicedge in new zealand.

  • Vitamin13

    I love my Otterbox Defender series case. I has fully protected my investment. I had to purchase a screen cover to get rid of the oil slicking effect on the front.

    My biggest concern with the defender series case is now my iphone can not dock into anything such as a home theater or ihome clock radio and such. The case of the defender makes the overall dimensions of the iphone too big to dock.

    I am eagerly awaiting an extension cord to be made available so I can plug my iphone into my other devices without having to remove my phone from the otterbox protective case. If anyone knows of an extension cord available for the iphone, I would love the suggestion.

    Much appreciated

  • nbrunner

    Thanks to your review I decided to buy the Defender for my new iphone. It is all and that you say and more. I'm really happy with it. Keep up the great work!

  • Doo

    Thank you for the review! I have used an Otterbox defender case on my iPhone 1g for over a year now and it has provided great protection. The silicone case has started to get worn and the flap that protects the sync port at the bottom tore. I contacted Otterbox about purchasing a replacement silicone and Natasha sent me a replacement case free of charge! So Thanks Very Much Otterbox and I intend to get an Otterbox case once I replace my current iPhone with a newer model!!

  • You're welcome! Now that is what you call great customer service!

  • juliacs13

    how do you remove the case?

  • Andy

    Cheapest price I've seen for this case, $27.42 shipped (24.99+ 2.43 ship)
    Also pretty funny, worth clicking just for kicks

    http://www.expressbuy123.com/

    http://www.expressbuy123.com/serv…one/Detail

    They also have it without the sock for the same price:
    http://www.expressbuy123.com/serv…ase/Detail

  • dj wills

    yea i have to remove my iphone from the case to dock it and after a while the silicone stretches as well ….do you know of any places that may have replacement silicone for it?

  • Email OtterBox support.

  • dj wills

    yea i have to remove my iphone from the case to dock it and after a while the silicone stretches as well ….do you know of any places that may have replacement silicone for it?

  • Email OtterBox support.

  • Otterbox defender is really made to defend something . Design is great and the color of the case is quite attractive. This case is generally made for the people who prefer moreover protection from dust.

  • Whorwhomi

    Fantastic Product. Great costumer service. Replaced my silicone free of charge.

  • Mmccoy

    Just bought the case. How do you remove it..

  • Geddesb

    I my self hate them dropped it out of my hand two and a half feet down onto the floor and my screen totally smashed

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