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Otter Box Black / Yellow Defender Case for Apple iPhone 3G/3GS (1942-05.5)

  • Protects screen
  • Clip holster included
  • High impact protection

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OtterBox 1942 accommodates Apple iPhone 3G 8 GB and 16 GB, both black and white models. Open access to sync/charge and headphone jacks. Use of all buttons accessible through case. Added bump, drop, and shock protection. Open access to speakers, microphone and camera. Sound transmits through case.

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Compatible Phone Manufacturer
Apple iPhone 3G/3GS



First, a clear layer that protects your Touch Screen

Second, a hi-impact Polycarbonate skeleton

Lastly, a Silicone skin to absorb bump and shock

ClipStand holster included with the case
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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  • Dennis W.
  • 3/18/2011 11:29:28 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Very Durable since owning this case I have accidentally dropped my phone while walking onto concrete and it was unharmed

Cons: Very very difficult to take off

Other Thoughts: The belt clip is very handy

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  • Kenneth C.
  • 4/16/2010 2:59:12 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsTake it or Leave it with your 3GS

Pros: Definitely protects the iPhone. Looks good. Good quality body surround.

Cons: Attached screen protector is cheap plastic. No coating, no anti-glare. It makes the iPhone nearly impossible to see when you're in the sun. Plus, you've got to put up with the oil slicking effect. If you opt for the "baby powder" method of getting rid of the oil slicks, the screen will look perfect when indoors or on a cloudy day, but in the sun, you'll see all the bits of baby powder. Definitely not worth it.

Other Thoughts: If you've got a 3GS, you're used to the oleophobic screen, which is REALLY nice and a huge upgrade from the 2 previous iPhone screens (I've had all 3). The attached screen protector on the Otter Box Defender is a far cry from the 3GS screen. I know it's there to protect the iPhone screen, but it's a magnet for glare, finger prints, smudges, etc. It also makes it a bit difficult to scroll or select items on the edge of the iPhone. I might remove the screen and buy my own anti-glare screen. Overall, I would not buy again, until Otter Box put a nicer, anti-glare screen on the Defender. I don't know why they don't.

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  • Jonathon B.
  • 3/26/2010 6:13:56 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsExcellent case, screen issues.

Pros: Great tough case. I wanted to protect my investment and this was the right case to do it. Tough plastic shell and sleek rubber cover.

Cons: Only con was the screen cover. You get a little either moister or static that creates bubbles on the screen.

If you use a very small amount of baby powder or foot powder between the screen and cover you can stop this problem.

Other Thoughts: Would buy again no problem.

Get baby powder to fix the screen.

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  • Richard R.
  • 2/19/2010 11:45:08 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsAmazing case, a few drawbacks

Pros: Pelican case-like protection. Throw it against a wall to freak your friends out, safe in the knowledge that this case is unbreakable. Rubberized outer layer makes it stick better to tables and smooth surfaces, less likely to slide off. Screen protector is great, you won't even notice it's there, and it's built into the case.

Cons: Because it has the extra hefty protection, the entire shells come out of the phone a few extra millimeters. What this means is that you cannot put this phone/case combo into normal iphone docks, it just won't fit. In addition, the bottom charge port opening is designed to let the APPLE power cable through, this port opening is too narrow for a lot of cheap, third party knockoff power adapters. Trust me, this is a big deal and you should be aware of that.

Other Thoughts: I ended up removing the rubber covers for headphone jack and charger cable, just sliced them off as I got tired of pulling them back all the time. I also removed the paper covering the speakers on the bottom, as this made the volume a lot louder. I didn't buy it for water proofing, I got it because if I drop my iphone 3GS I want to know that it's not going to be shattered, and this case makes it bulletproof.

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