OtterBox iPhone 3G Defender Case Review


If you’re an active person that works outdoors, or you’re always in an environment that poses a risk to your iPhone, getting some sort of hard case is a must. In the past we’ve reviewed the OtterBox Defender series case for the first gen iPhone, but today we’re going to review the iPhone 3G model.

OtterBox cases are hands down the strongest iPhone cases out there. Just check out my video review of the Armor case and the OtterBox 3000 (being run over by my CAR!).

What’s Included In the Box?

– OtterBox Defender case (silicone/polycarbonate skeleton)
– ClipStand holster
– case weighs 54g
– dimensions: 4.87″ x 2.77″ x .8″

Features of the OtterBox iPhone 3G Defender Case
– First, a clear layer that protects your Touch Screen
– Second, a hi-impact Polycarbonate skeleton
– Lastly, a Silicone skin to absorb bump and shock



Are You in Need of An OtterBox?

What I like about the OtterBox iPhone 3G Defender case is that it protects every single aspect of your iPhone 3G. This 3G version is very similar to the original first gen Defender. There’s not much I can say except that you can expect to have a fully protected iPhone 3G, yet still maintain all the functions of your phone.


There are trade offs for using a full body case with your iPhone. For starters, there is the bulk factor which will make your phone heavier. Secondly, the sexiness of the iPhone 3G design is hidden within the plastic/silicone housing. But trust me, once a hard case saves your precious iPhone from a drop, you’ll be thanking yourself for using one.


I would feel very confident dropping this Defender case from one meter off the ground onto hard pavement. The hi-impact polycarbonate skeleton works very well with the silicone shell. They co-exist perfectly so the case and phone stay together should it ever fall apart!


What I didn’t like about the Defender case was that with my full body invisibleSHIELD (use coupon code “iphoneinca” for 20% off any order) applied, it didn’t fit properly into the case. The case just closed, but it took a lot of work to get it right. Obviously, this is not the fault of OtterBox, as the case is made to very precise specifications for an extremely tight fit OEM fit.

How Much Does it Cost?

The OtterBox Defender case is one of the strongest cases out there for your iPhone 3G. It’ll do the job to protect your iPhone if you need it. It retails for $49.95US, but if you use coupon code “amip08” you will save 10% off!

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  • Dusty

    Looks like a great case and tough!

  • Paf

    Are you kidding? This iPhone looks like a submarine!

  • Don

    What I didn’t like about this case is that there was a weird pattern wherever the screen film and the screen touched. Initially it looked fine but wherever you touched the screen it would stick and look goofy. Otherwise a very well designed case. Also if you have any other holders such as a ram mount or a dock you have to take the phone out and it’s not a quick or easy thing to do. The case does not promise watertightness but I assume it might sac you if you were to drop your phone in a puddle and only allow water in slowly, however I’d highly recommend removing the phone ASAP to make sure there is no moisture inside the case as that would make the case a deathtrap for your phone.

  • Fear.Of.The.Dark

    If you put a non glare screen protector behind the otterbox screen protector this “oil slick” will be eliminated

  • Matt

    I used to use one of those… Initially, it was great due to the fact that I work in a high dust environment (Carpentry). But as time goes one, there are a few things that has cost the eventual demise of my iPhone accessories. First thing, the silicon tabs breaks off way too easily. First the side one for silencing your phone snap off, than the headphone jack tab came soon after. Therefore, the dust seal is totally void and dust can just go into the case and stay there. Total GG. Second thing that I found is that the screen get scratched quite quickly. (Yes, I do have rough hands but not that rough) And the “screen protector” is not replaceable and once it’s scratched, that’s it. Third, the Silicon shell itself, sticks to everything. If you were to just carrying it by hands then it will be all good. You will never lose it or have it slipped out of your hand, EVER. But if you where like me and like to keep it in your pocket and out of sight of potential people stealing your phone, it totally suck because every time you where to get that phone out of your pocket… everything, I mean EVERYTHING, comes out with your phone.

    I don’t know… I protects my iphone in a big big way. But if things don’t work out and thing start snapping off… it becomes your worse nightmare.

  • Dusty

    So… Its worth the protection. When ur like me, u need a submarine protection. I dont care about looks lol

  • Dusty

    Thanks Matt for the info.

  • dashparr

    I’ve also saw a video where you can lightly spray baby powder on the inside of the otterbox screen to get rid of the “oil slick”.

  • Sheerluck Holmes

    I had a Case-mate leather case and holster…the phone slipped into a leather surround which was removable from a poly-resin plastic grip clip and heavy duty plastic belt clip.
    Great product ! However these cases are only as strong as their weakest part…and the belt clip’s small plastic hinges failed…twice ! So I’m now searching for something that’s heavy duty and gives full functionality…any other options other than the Otter than iPhonians can recommend?

  • So far, very happy with the product. I can confirm the baby powder trick works to remove the oil slick.

  • Paul

    A friend has this one and he says it is good for protection but I reckon it looks clumsy.. I like clean aesthetics and therefore will stick to my slim new zealand handmade leather

  • Dusty

    Recommend a iPhone case? Share ur opinions over at the forums…

  • nice post, thanks!

  • nice post, thanks!

  • GeeEm

    I had my iPhone with the Defender case for a month and it 'popped' out of the belt clip without my noticing. I never found it. So, basically, whoever picked it up got themselves a free iPhone. I had to buy another iPhone and I put it in a $3.99 discount store case and I have not had a problem since. Buyer Beware!!