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After 4 months: does what it says, but some flaws
on December 23, 2013
Before purchasing an OtterBox for my iPhone 5, I made sure to read a lot of the reviews, good and bad. What eventually came to bother me about some of the 4-5 star reviews was that it seemed like they didn't take the time to see if the case held up over the course of time, which is why I waited as long as I did. If you have read other reviews, you've probably heard these things before, but I wanted to let people know from someone who has let time tell the tale rather than raving about it the second it was outta the box.
When I first got my case, it was hard to open the hard plastic portion and I had to watch a YouTube video to convince myself it was actually possible. It has continued to stay that tight, which is both frustrating and reassuring. The soft part of the case was tight-fitting upon arrival as well, but over time (and after a few falls), it has gotten a little loose in the back. Thankfully, it's still well-fitting around the edges, as that's far more important.
For the first month, I was convinced that the "oil slick" on the screen mentioned in other reviews only existed on a few faulty cases because it wasn't happening for me. Unfortunately, about a month in, it started up and I haven't been able to fully get rid of it. Opening it up and wiping the screen of both the phone and the case with screen cleansing wipes (and allowing them time to fully dry) helps for a few days, but then it's back and given how hard it is to open the hard plastic case, I tend to do it only when it gets terribly noticeable.
I also didn't believe that the buttons would become more difficult to use, given how they felt when it first arrived. By month three, they became more difficult to use.
The OtterBox is bulky - approximately tripling the size front to back - but it's supposed to be. This case is made to take being dropped or thrown and every time it gets roughed up or when I see my friend's cracked screen, it reminds me exactly why I put up with thickness of the case.
Overall, it's not a terrible case and it has held up well for me, but please don't expect a miracle case that is completely without flaws.