Top positive review
Top class case for your iPhone 5
on 12 September 2016
This review is for the OtterBox Defender Case for iPhone 5 - Black
I bought this for the Iphone 5, when my work issued me the iPhone last year, but only gave me a rubber slip on protector.
I am a gas engineer to trade, so I get into all sorts of environments and some tricky spaces.
I like to have it on a belt for my ease and security, rather than loose in the pocket.. so easily damaged or lost that way.
Please note that the pictures are for the blue one, not this black one. I will explain as to why.
I did break the catch on the belt holder, but I take responsibility for that, as I caught a wall when working, It took a really good whack, more than usual. Never had one fail before or after. Due to this I bought another case... Company colours are blue, so I got a blue one second time around. Hence the pictures.
I have had "otterbox defenders" since they came out for the iPhone 3G, and have kept with the defender ever since. I have tried other "rugged" cases, but always found the belt clip a bit delicate for my liking.
The defender is built from an inner 2 piece shell of plastic(front and back), which has a thin felt pad inside the back piece to protect the rear of the phone from scratches. The outer protection is a silicon rubber sleeve, which fits perfectly to the case when assembled and is held in place by the design and a couple of holes which fit over 2 lugs on the inner case. It has built in covers to protect the mute switch, the headphone port, and though it does cover the docking/charging port partially, it does not fully cover the port as the last case did. There is a clear plastic cover on the back to show the Apple logo, but it does not have any plastic over the front camera or rear camera/flash(the last case did, but caused a "whiteout" when taking a picture with the flash due to reflection).
It has a built in screen protector, that I find does NOT stick to the screen and cause "watermarks"(as the iPhone4 case did). The screen protector is quality material, and does not detract from the interaction using the touch screen.
Though it is not fully waterproofed or dust proofed due to the lack of camera(s) protectors and docking port cover, it does a good job of looking after your expensive phone. I have dropped it numerous times, and it even spent a couple of hours in the snow when I never clipped it into the holder properly.
I can say that in my experience the phone stays in perfect condition, even after a year or more. No scratches anywhere on the phone and it still looks brand new.
The belt holder is a robust plastic, with 2 "cups" at the side for the phone to slip into, and a clip to secure the other side. It is held very securely, but easy to remove with one hand. There is a 360 rotatable belt clip on the rear with a strong spring, and a catch to hold the clip open if you wish to use the holster for viewing a video etc in landscape mode. (I personally epoxied the clip in the upright position, as I like a fixed non rotating holster).
Would I recommend to friends and family... yes
Would I buy again ... yes. Always the Otterbox defender... I now have the iPhone 6s one as well :-)
Thanks for reading, and I hope some information was useful.
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