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RUBBER CASING FAR TOO LOOSE AFTER 1 MONTH!!
on 26 October 2012
My problem with this case is in the title of the review. This case consists of an inner plastic case which clips together over the phone and an outer rubber case. The outer rubber case fits snugly around the corners. After one month of use the outer rubber corners were very very loose against the inner case, to the point where the whole rubber outer case would almost fall off. If it did that after a month then imagine how much looser its going to get after a year. Considering most phone contracts are for two years now,and this case costs more than most, this is an utter rip off.
Have a look at the commuter case by otter box. It was released AFTER the defender case and features a similar two layer system, except the rubber part is INSIDE and the hard plastic is OUTSIDE. Is it a coincidence that they change this specific design flaw which plagued my defender case in the model they release on a later date?
No. Quite obviously the commuter case was made as an improvement on the defender, even so they are marketing the defender as having slightly better protection to get rid of all that useless stock they have, and the worst part is, they are selling it at a higher price point to make you believe it is superior.
Well I'll tell you its definitely not. The commuters design makes much more sense - impact absorbing rubber INSIDE and hard plastic HOLDING IT ALL TOGETHER on the OUTSIDE.
Looking at the design of the defender: Relying on rubber to fit tightly around the hard plastic inner was a bad design choice, because rubber is an easily malleable material and will eventually lose its elasticity after lots of handling. Hard plastic on the outside however will stay the same shape however much you handle it, whilst the rubber inside will protect from impact. Other companies have also adopted this rubber inner, plastic outer system.
I honestly and logically think the otter box commuter will last you much much longer than the defender. I am still waiting for my refund.