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OtterBox Defender Black Solid Case For iPhone 5 / 5s 77-21908
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4 out of 5 eggs A little bulky, but good quality case, great protection 02/15/2013

This review is from: OtterBox Defender Black Solid Case For iPhone 5 / 5s 77-21908

Pros: I am very clumsy - I dropped my old phone so many times that the back cracked in the middle and I started losing data and configuration settings. So I decided to buy this Otterbox case for my new phone to protect it from dropping. This case feels great in my hand, it's the right size and shape, and the rubber outer shell has a subtle grippy texture. I haven't come close to dropping it even once. Very sturdy case, fits snuggly around the phone, good quality materials and construction, great protection, great feel. There's no screen protector over the camera lens and flash, which I like because it doesn't interfere with the quality of the picture or video. The buttons still function perfectly with the rubber covering them. The rubber flap covers over the ports are a nice touch, although they're very stiff (mentioned in the Cons section). Overall I'm really happy with this case. Good purchase, well worth the money at New Egg's sale price.

Cons: The case does add some weight and bulk to the phone, although it's an acceptable amount for me for the level of protection it provides. I hated the screen protector. As another reviewer said, it's a magnet for finger prints, which makes the LCD look a little cloudy. The screen protector's thickness also decreases the touch screen's sensitivity. I busted the screen protector out of the case, threw it away, and replaced it with a film screen protector directly on the touch screen. Big improvement on screen sensitivity and picture quality. The case still provides enough thickness around the edge of the screen that it should be okay if I drop it, unless the screen hits a rock or something. The grippy texture on the back of the case tends to pick up a little bit of lint and pet hair - not a lot, and it's easy to wipe it off. Not having a screen protector over the camera lens and flash is a pro for me, but might be a con for others. The flap cover over the headphone jack pushes on the cable, affecting the quality of the sound. My right ear bud went silent causing loss of stereo sound. Annoying, but easily fixed by pushing the cable back down into the jack. You really have to be sure that the cable is seated tightly in the port. I've only had this case for a week though - maybe the flap cover will loosen up over time. I have no use for the belt clip and would have preferred not to pay for it as part of the overall price of the case. I rated this case at 4 eggs instead of 5 due to these flaws, but none of these issues are a deal breaker for me - I still really love this case.

Other Thoughts: Do not buy this case from your cell carrier's store! My carrier, who shall go nameless, is charging $50. New Egg's price is a steal by comparison. I wasn't sure about this case at first because of the bulk, but I quickly got over that and the case has really grown on me. If you want something less bulky, I would suggest going with the Otterbox Commuter case - it's less heavy duty than the Defender, smaller and lighter weight, yet still adds a good deal of protection. If you're not clumsy like I am, the Commuter should be adequate. The Defender case comes in two parts - the inner polycarbonate piece, and the outer rubber piece. These can be taken apart and swapped out with different colors. I plan to take the inner part of a black case and snap it into the outer part of a purple case.


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