Otterbox Defender Case Review (iPhone 5)

If you’re looking for a case for your iPhone 5 that not only looks good, but provides great protection to your phone, perhaps you should check out the Otterbox Defender case, which can help you to keep your phone protected and looking good at the same time!

The Defender case is composed of three parts, all of which help to protect your phone, keeping it free of scratches, dents, dust and dirt, and even a small amount of moisture, such as perhaps a spilled drink or water dripping on it from a pool, even though it is not a “water proof” case.

The case’s make-up consists of a hard inner plastic layer, followed by a rubber covering, as well as a screen protector that is built into the plastic inner layer. All of these parts help to keep your phone free of any dents, scratches, and even any dust, dirt, and potentially water (though it’s not water proof!).

In addition, the rubber layer also covers the buttons and ports that are on the phone, including the charger and headphone ports, as well as the volume buttons, “Home” button, and the “Lock” button.

When you want to charge your phone or insert some headphones, all you have to do is peel back the rubber flaps that cover these ports and insert the charger or accessory that you’d like to use. However, the flaps have to be held open, or else they will flip back over the hole that they cover, which isn’t a big deal, as it only takes a few seconds to connect a charger or other accessory.

Because of the plastic and rubber layers that make up the case, it is a bit on the thicker side for an iPhone case, adding a decent amount of bulk to the phone, but not so much that the phone is considered unwieldy. Instead, the case makes the phone feel pretty solid and even provides some extra grip, as the external rubber covering is pretty easy to hold on to and prevents the phone from slipping out of your hand.

The case isn’t marketed to protect the phone from spills or water, as it leaves the speakers, microphone, and camera uncovered, but if a few drops of water do happen to get onto the case, or if there is a small spill that reachs the case, it will help to protect the phone from getting damage, so long as water hasn’t spilled into the phone’s speakers, etc.

Also included with the case is a belt-clip, which has been included with the previous versions of the Defender case, which is quite sturdy and allows you to put your phone into the clip with the screen facing either in or out, as well as having the phone either right-side up, or upside down, depending on your preference.

Another nice feature of the belt-clip is that is also functions as a stand, allowing users to push the actual clip part up, which will lock it into place, creating a stand that can be useful for watching videos, TV shows, or movies, video chatting with family and friends, listening to music, etc.

The Otterbox Defender is actually what I have been using on my iPhone 5 for a majority of the time since I got it earlier this year. I also had an Otterbox Defender for both my iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4, though I didn’t use the case as much with my previous phones and I do now.

With the Defender for the iPhone 5, I feel as though the case doesn’t add as much bulk as it did with the other models of the phone, which helps when keeping the phone in your pocket. Due to the rubber covering, though, sometimes it can get hung up on your pocket on the way out, but it isn’t anything that should cause too much trouble at all.

Actually, most of the time, I don’t even use the belt-clip, but rather just keep the phone in my pocket, and I usually don’t have any issues with comfort or taking the phone out of my pocket. (Sometimes you’ll feel the phone in your pocket, but this is something that should be expected, due to the size of the phone with the case.)

If you would like more information about the Otterbox Defender case, you can check out the official Otterbox website, where you can learn more about the case, as well as other cases offered by Otterbox. The case can be purchased from the Otterbox website for $49.95 to $59.95, and comes in a variety of colors and designs.

I purchased my case at Walmart when I upgraded to the iPhone 5, and like knowing that my phone is protected while in the Otterbox Defender, and I believe the price was also around the $4o to $45 range, which is a pretty good deal for the protection and peace of mind you’re getting by using this case with your phone!

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