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BEWARE OF COUNTERFEITS
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!