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OtterBox Defender Case for Apple iPhone 3G / 3GS - Black

by Otterbox
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (120 customer reviews)

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  • OtterBox 1942 Accommodates Apple iPhone 3G / 3GS 8 GB
  • Open access to sync/charge and headphone jacks
  • Use of all buttons accessible through case
  • Added bump drop and shock protection
  • Sleek slim fit to Apple device


Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 1.3 x 6.4 cm ; 227 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 454 g
  • Delivery Destinations: Visit the Delivery Destinations Help page to see where this item can be delivered.
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  • Item model number: 77-18509
  • ASIN: B001FVPU9O
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 1 Oct 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (120 customer reviews)


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228 of 231 people found the following review helpful
By David Glasgow TOP 100 REVIEWER
Ive been searching around the internet to find something suitable to protect my new 3G iPHONE should it ever drop, and help prevent it from getting scrapped or marked.

Well this "OtterBox Defender iPhone 3G Impact Case" is just what the doctor ordered, the people who made this thing really put a lot of thought into the construction of this case, simply because its superb to hold in the hands with the feel of decent quality silicon rubber, also something you can not see in the picture is the full case (close up), the case has been perfectly molded so it doesnt look outta place once your new 3G iphone is firmly inside the Otterbox safety Case.

Its just a matter of removing the silicon skin, then opening up the tough plastic safety frame, then gently placing the iphone inside - closing everything up nice and tight; then finally putting back the silicon skin over the top. (the Otterbox even has a clear plastic screen to protect yours) so before you place it inside the Otterbox, make sure you give your 3G iphone a damn good clean with a soft cloth.!

I can safely say that this case is the business, it could easily withstand a 5-6ft drop and live to tell the tale, and never at any time does your grubby hands get a chance to mess-up the real iphone inside... Underneath its 110% protected, to get access to the controls the folks behind the Otterbox Case have thought of eveything. there's thick rubber bits protecting access to all the bays, like charging bay, & headphones bay etc. (which you have eazie access when you want, just flip the rubber back.

All the 3G iphone controls can be easily and safely accessed from outside the Otterbox Case. Volume, On and Off, power-link, PC-link, headphones etc. (once inside you never need to open up again).
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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As good as most of these reviews suggest 3 Sep 2009
Upsides?

I have never been moved to review a product bought through Amazon before, but I received my Otterbox Defender this morning and I must say it is every bit as good as the reviews suggest. My iphone 3Gs fits beautifully into the plastic case which is then put inside the silicone skin, which appears to be much thicker silicone than the standard iphone silicone surround. The silicone fits very well with 2 lugs on either side to prevent accidental removal. I had the same problem as some reviewers with bubbles trapped between the screen and the screen protector but this was easily solved by using a little 'Mr Sheen' to polish the screen and screen protector before fitting the case back on.

The case itself feels lovely to hold, without the constant feeling that your iphone is about to slip through your fingers and every port is covered by a silicone closure which easily opens to reveal the headphone or docking port etc. The home button,volume control and on/off switch all have moulded buttons which work perfectly without the need to remove the case. There are cut-outs for the speaker, microphone and earpiece and also the sensors on the front of your iphone. On the back is a cutout for the camera and a nice touch - a cutout to show off the apple logo on the back of your iphone (this has a plastic screen like the touch screen protector to stop dust getting in via this cutout).

Included in the box is a plastic holster with an ajustable clip to go over a belt or pocket etc. The iphone fits in with the screen facing the back of the holster, which offers further protection if you are outside.

I was initially unsure whether the screen would be as responsive with a screen protector on top, but it works just as it did without it.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Toddler Proof 3 Sep 2009
By Ally
I bought this case to protect my nice shiny iPhone from the death of being chucked on a hard floor and run over by various toys.
I can confirm that since buying the case not a mark has appeared on the case, no matter how much my toddler has tried!

It's a little fiddly to get on and off, but in a way that's pretty reassuring on the protection it is giving you.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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I do a lot of mountain biking, so bought this primarily for the shock protection it affords. It does this brilliantly, however there are some significant design flaws:
- The Otterbox protective film screen partly sticks to the iPhone screen, leaving a blotchy appearance. Despite using a dry microfibre cloth on both surfaces, is looks almost as if there are patches of moisture between them (there aren't).
- The apertures for both the recharge and headphone sockets are significantly restricted by the case. If you use a non-Apple charger or a 3.5mm headphone jack with a larger body, you may find they are obstructed. I had to buy another Apple mains charger, at rip-off prices, to get round this.
- The downside of the case and cover protecting the edge of the screen is that in portrait orientation, unless you have very petite fingers, accessing letter keys for SMS etc at the edges of the screen is difficult. For example I keep hitting the 'o' key instead of the 'p'.

If you don't mind these trade-offs in function, this is a good piece of kit.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great protection, not so great looks. 29 Aug 2009
By C Dubya
I bought the Otterbox Defender case after dropping my original iPhone and completely smashing the screen. After paying £140 to have my iPhone repaired I decided I needed to invest in a case. I bought the Otterbox a few months back and so far it's been great. Anyone looking for the absolute maximum protection for their iPhone should definitely consider this case. The case feels extremely sturdy and substantial, when handling my original iPhone outside I was constantly wary of dropping it (rightly so!), with the Otterbox I don't even think about it anymore. Naturally I still treat the thing with care (there is an iPhone in there after all), but I no longer have to worry about 'what if...' when using my iPhone outdoors. I've dropped it a couple of times now, once under a running tap and both times it has been fine. I've actually dropped it on purpose a few times to demonstrate to my iPhone owning friends how sturdy the case is. Aside from purposely slamming the phone against a wall of bashing it with a hammer I can't see how someone could damage an iPhone when inside of this case.

It terms of functionality the phone works exactly the same inside the case as it does outside of it. The touch screen works flawlessly and all of the buttons can be accessed perfectly easily (with the possible exception of the mute switch which can be a little difficult to use, especially if you have big fingers like myself)

There are some drawbacks however. Firstly, the case really does ruin the aesthetic appeal of the iPhone. It will make your iPhone look fat, so much so that my previously mentioned iPhone owning friends refer to my handset as the 'iTank'. =( It's by no means horrible but compared to the naked iPhone it's not nearly as nice.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
Must be good as phone still works after falling off car roof at speed. Lost the phone but now I get loads of dodgy texts from interesting web sites thanks to who ever picked it up.
Published 7 days ago by stephen brinklow
1.0 out of 5 stars One star
I do not know if this is the reason, but its the only thing that changed. My son had an iPhone 3gs, brand new, and when we used this case it left an oily residue looking patch on... Read more
Published 12 days ago by PageSlave
5.0 out of 5 stars A definite buy
Great case. offers great protection to the phone. easy to reach screen and most buttons.

mute button can be hard to reach at times and after 5+ months of use there is... Read more
Published 4 months ago by bernie lavin
3.0 out of 5 stars Protects it
I used this for a few months as I always dropped my phone. The problem with this case is that it makes the iphone ugly and bulky. Read more
Published 6 months ago by antd
4.0 out of 5 stars Otter box Case for apple iphone
Great case for protecting your phone, a lot of thought was put in to this case, dropped it a few times and it was not damaged
Published 7 months ago by stormtrooper
5.0 out of 5 stars Bombproof
It has virtually made my iPhone into a new 'phone. I now carry it with a renewed feeling of confidence with this very robust protection.
Published 8 months ago by Dusty
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth the effort
Great feel on this thing, solid,secure and good looking IMO.

I have only given it 4 stars because of the now well known design issue of an oily looking patch building up... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Dave
5.0 out of 5 stars great
Does what it says on the tin! Works great had it ages now. My phone has taken a true battering with this case, arrived in good time. Packaging was fine. Good price. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Ad-R
5.0 out of 5 stars Just the job
Very good. Protects my son's phone perfectly and the screen stays clean. quite bulky but my son likes it and is perfect for when it is in his schoolbag.
Published 12 months ago by Helssuomi
5.0 out of 5 stars Must have
This box is the box!
Strong and pratical, with extras (the clip) to be used acording to the use we make of our phone.
With a good price and delivered rapidly! Read more
Published 12 months ago by pedro miguel ascensão santos
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