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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
on January 31, 2013
I adore my OtterBox defender case. I previously had one for the iPhone 4s which was nice but obviously bulky. When I upgraded to the 5 I decided to go with something slimmer - a speck case - but I was so nervous about harming my new device. After three weeks I knew I had to go back to the company I trusted for optimal protection, and I was so happy to find that the defender for the iPhone 5 is much slimmer and appealing than the old 4s versions. I still get the protection I require without sacrificing aesthetics. I love the way my phone looks and feels. I actually prefer how the phone fits in my hand when it's in this case than when it's bare. It still fits and slides into my pocket just fine, and it just seems so much sturdier. I've had several drops in the few weeks I've had it and there has been no damage to the phone whatsoever. I even dropped it while on the elliptical - it fell and bounced on the edge of one of the foot pieces, flying across the gym! No problem! I did remove the build in screen protector in favor of the Zagg shield. Together it's just perfect.

But a cautionary tale -- I came on Amazon and purchased a case from a third party seller - "cellphonegeeks" out of Idaho but I think they operate under many different profiles - and was extremely pleased to find that I could pay less than half of what retail stores and OtterBox itself charges for the cases. What a deal, I thought. Wrong. I received an obviously counterfeit product that was undeniably fake and of such poor quality. I have posted images comparing the fraud to the authentic product I ended up purchasing from a big box retailer. Luckily I was able to have a refund of the product and I'm now living happily with a real OtterBox. My suggestion is to buy straight from Amazon itself or wait for the item to go on sale at one of the major retailers. I purchased mine from Radio Shack for about five dollars less than MSRP. It's worth it to pay the real price!
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
on January 2, 2014
We have iPhone 5s and bought these cases cheap. You can't use the thumbprint recognition with it but everything else works great. The case is solid and fits perfectly over the iphone 5 or 5s. I trimmed the bottom flaps that covered the headphone and power cords with scissors. They just got in the way and I bought the cases for accidental drops not sandstorm coverage.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on May 8, 2013
I really like the case though my original that I got was defective.. I was able to get the plastic insides replaced through otterbox. And it works great. My original had bubbles from the screen protector that wouldn't go away. I guess the seal wasn't made right. But the replacement I got from Otterbox worked great. I love otterbox!!
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21 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on February 26, 2013
I finally broke down and bought my Wife an iphone 5 but knowing how hard she is on phones I wanted to protect it. She has a funny sense of humor and after browsing the Otterbox site she found this case, which wasn't available at the time. Otterbox emailed me when it was available and I looked on their site to find the sku number, searched for it on Amazon, and found it! My wife loves the way it looks, and I love the Otterbox protection. I cut off the bit of rubber that protects the charging port and ear phone port on my cases ( HTC EVO and a Samsung Galaxy Note 2,) but only had to cut out the charging port on hers. I will include a picture of the back of the case as it is the main selling point in my Wife's eyes, but wasn't included on the product page by the seller. I chose 2 day shipping because they aren't an Amazon Prime seller, and you just get used to super fast service of Prime. It came quickly and was the one we wanted.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on August 4, 2013
OtterBox has been our go to case for a number of years. They have greatly improved the iphone case with the iPhone5 defender.
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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on April 7, 2013
The only issue is that it might be a little heavy for some people. It doesn't bother me because I was looking for something to "bulk up" my phone because it was SOOOO light.
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89 of 125 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon September 17, 2012
This is an early review as I just received my Glacier Defender 5. It's slimmer than the Defender for the iPhone 4. Obviously taller. The hard plastic shell has six points of click clousure rather then the three before. The rubber silicone skin seems tougher and firmer. The packaging is modern plastic rather than cardboard recyclable. Just on first handling it's much nicer than the previous gen, not diminishing the 4 series. I've dropped my iPhone and not a scratch or damage. It just protects it like nobodies business.

I'll add more when I get my iPhone 5 and can fully test. This is so far, very impressive.

Edit: I uploaded some pictures and also did a YouTube video unboxing, search "iPhone 5 Otterbox Defender"
Amazon removed my link.
Edit: I added more photos. 9/18/12

Edit: 9/22/12
My iPhone 5 arrived yesterday. I assembled the Defender around it. It fits like a glove. The screen is crystal clear and touch is as responsive as on the glass itself. The underlying image is beautiful and clear, no distortion to my eyes. Based on the crazy lightness of the iPhone 5 the Defended 5 is fairly light to hold. I heard the 5 was lighter but when I compared it to my 4, WOW.

Grip is good, I feel some "sharpness" on some grips that I never noticed on the 4. Nothing bad, just different. Two things I do notice are the bottom flaps. I have a headphone set with a medium large jack. It barely fits, it actually forces the Defender apart just a bit when I click it in. I'm also concerned that Apple's Lightning to Old Dock Connector adapter will either not fit or be VERY tight. I don't have one so I'll let the first reviewer who buys one comment. Just concerned.

I also notice when wearing it on my belt it is easier to get to my pocket than the 4 was. It is trimmer by a good bit. This is really good for me as it was alway a fight to get my keys out with the Defender over my pocket.

Overall I'm very happy and will report if things change. I'm sticking with five stars.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on March 15, 2014
The case looks and feels great!! Definitely not for iPhone 5c. Have to look for another case, however, I wish it did come for the 5c. I really loved this case. It just didn't fit for the volume buttons on my iPhone. :-(
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28 of 39 people found the following review helpful
on October 27, 2012
Just got my first iPhone, the 5, switching from Blackberry. I had to have a "holster" with whatever case I got, because I clip my phone on my pants pocket or belt. The Otterbox Defender appeared to be pretty bulky, but strong as well. My wife also got an iP 5 and just got a simple case with stickon screen protector which is nice but, no holster. But she, of course just carries her phone in her purse.

Read some reviews of the Defender, and was a bit concerned where one of them, or more perhaps, mentioned some dissatisfaction with the integral screen protector (it's part of the inner "clamshell" case before you put on the synthetic exterior protector). As luck would have it, on a Saturday night after I ordered my iPhone 5 from Verizon a guy was at the house for a dinner party and, he had a new iPhone 5 with Otterbox Defender. My concern about the screen protector was handled. The one on his was indistinguishable from one that could have been applied by "adhesive" method or whatever. In other words, directly applied to the screen. I ordered the Defender from Amazon the next day, with overnight shipping so it would be here the day after my iP5. Price, with overnight shipping was about one dollar more than what I would have paid at the local Verizon store before tax.

Got the phone, got the Defender, and installed the phone into it in about two minutes. Screen protector flush with the screen and don't even notice it.

The Defender is beefy, and yes, with it installed the whole assembly is substantially bigger than the phone itself. But, I don't care, it still is nice. Looks great actually. My wife only needed a slim case because she keeps her phone in her purse. Not so me, I needed the clip in holster and the protection.

Pleased as all get out with the Defender, not to mention the iPhone 5. I recommend it highly unless you are concerned about the size. Just watch the video and decide about that.

Great product, great price from Amazon anyway. Get it.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on July 21, 2013
Everything is great on my case but the pink camo design faded on me after 3 months. Now is almost all white. :(
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