iPhone 3G / 3GS Otterbox Defender case in Review – Pretty in pink

I’m a keen walker and camper, but I also love my iPhone, so finding a case which promised to fully protect my device is a must have. I mean, that is what an iDevice case is supposed to do, right? Well sure, there are fashionable, earthy ones like the Skydda TradDuo, but when you want to beat the bushes, it’s time for rubber. The Otterbox Defender case comes in four colours: black, white, yellow and pink, catering for all audiences.

At first glance, I was confused about how to match the case and my iPhone. Luckily, the instructions are clear and easy to follow and soon my iPhone was in its new home. Once everything is tucked neatly into place, the device is completely encased. However, the functions are all still accessible due to cool flaps built into the design which you can open to get to your charger and headphone sockets, etc. The case fits really well, and even comes with a matching belt clip holster, so if you have no pockets, you can clip it on to your belt or waistband.

As promised, the Defender is very hard-wearing, and perfectly adequate to protect your device from bumps, scratches or drops. It doesn’t say it’s waterproof, and I certainly won’t try running mine under a tap any time soon, but I felt perfectly happy checking my map App whilst it was spotting with rain, or even a light shower. All the connections and the screen are covered, so the odd spot of water shouldn’t do any harm.

Due to the nature of its design, however, the Otterbox does add some extra bulk to your phone, but not a great deal, and it simply makes it feel more robust and easier to handle. If you don’t want to use the belt clip, your iDevice housed in the Otterbox is still plenty slim enough to pop into the average pocket, so no worries there.

I have had a couple of comments from people who’ve spotted the Otterbox – so despite the fact it’s there to do a job, it’s clearly still attractive and eye-catching to people! It’s not really what you’d call a stylish or fashionable case, but it still looks good, and more importantly, does what its job.

On the whole, I am pleased with the Otterbox, but I’d only really use it in a situation where I feel my device needs that extra protection, i.e. walking, camping and generally spending a lot of time outdoors. There are a few reasons for this. One, the case attracts a lot of dust and lint, when I pulled it out of my pocket, it was covered! Secondly, if you are using it outdoors or anywhere the temperature may fluctuate, you’ll find the screen may steam up. Naturally, this makes it difficult to see and use. Thirdly, when the case is fitted it can be quite difficult to press buttons which are positioned right in the corners of the screen – and I imagine people with big fingers will find this even more difficult. Finally, though the method is simple, it takes practice to remove the Defender. I found myself getting paranoid that I’d break the plastic casing, but once I got the knack I had no more problems.

In summary, I’d say that if you’re looking for something robust and trustworthy for outdoor pursuits, then the Otterbox is it. It’s fabulous quality, does the job and is well priced. If, however, your iPhone doesn’t like the wild outdoors, there are other, sleeker options.

App Summary
Title: iPhone 3G/3GS Otterbox Defender Case Developer: Otterbox
Reviewed Ver: Defender Series Pink Category: iPhone case
Price: $49.95 Device iPhone 3G/3GS
  • Not too bulky
  • Reasonably priced
  • Comes in a variety of colours
  • Robust
  • Good quality
  • Attracts dust and lint
  • Can steam up and make screen difficult to see
  • Makes corners of the screen difficult to tap
  • Tricky to fit and remove

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