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OtterBox Defender Case for iPhone 3G, 3GS (Black)[Retail Packaging]

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  • Clear Polycarbonate Sheet Prevents Screen Scratches, Bumps & Cracks
  • Tough Polycarbonate Skeleton Offers Crushproof Protection
  • Silicone Skin Absorbs Bumps & Shock
  • All Functions Remain Fully Usable
  • Includes Holster-Style Belt
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Product Description

Size: One Size | Color: black

Product Description

The Otterbox For Apple Iphone 3G Defender Series Case Is Stylish And Slim In Design/ While Still Offering Unparalleled Protection Against Harmful Drops/ Bumps/ Shocks/ Scratches/ Dings And Dust.

Protect your technology investment when your budget is already tight with the ruggedized OtterBox Defender case for iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS. The Defender series offers a fully interactive case that enables complete usability of the iPhone's touchscreen and access to all buttons. And you can sync and charge your iPhone right through the case. This Defender case also comes with an OtterBox ClipStand holster-style swivel belt clip.

The OtterBox Defender for iPhone 3G/3GS
in black.

With the included swivel belt clip.
Ideal for frequent travelers and business professionals as well as everyday users who want added protection, OtterBox Defender cases provide three layers of bump, scratch and drop protection:
  • Layer 1: Thermal formed protective clear membrane to safeguard screen and keyboard against scratching as well as dust and dirt.
  • Layer 2: Hi-impact polycarbonate shell.
  • Layer 3: Silicone skin absorbs bump and shock and includes innovative retaining features to hold it in place.


  • Accommodates Apple iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS models
  • Open access to sync/charge and headphone jacks
  • Use of all buttons accessible through case
  • Added bump, drop, and shock protection
  • Sleek, slim fit to Apple device
  • Open access to speakers, microphone and camera
  • Includes holster style swivel belt
  • Sound transmits through case

Environmental Protection

  • Drop and Shock: Protection against drop, bump and shock
  • Water Protection: Not tested or recommended for water protection
  • Dust Protection: Dust does not enter in a sufficient quantity to interfere with satisfactory operation of equipment

Product Details

Size: One Size | Color: black
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 5.8 x 2.8 inches ; 8 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • ASIN: B001FVPU9O
  • California residents: Click here for Proposition 65 warning.
  • Item model number: 77-18509
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,657 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,303 in Cell Phones & Accessories (See Top 100 in Cell Phones & Accessories)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here

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242 of 254 people found the following review helpful By brother bomb on May 31, 2009
Size: One SizeColor: black Verified Purchase
I am not usually one to leave review comments... but I certainly read a BUNCH of reviews on cases for my iPhone 3G. THANK YOU to all those who wrote reviews and helped me pick the Otterbox Defender case! This case is awesome. VERY durable, all functions are accessible... and yes, the oil slicking effect is sometimes present, but easily fixed.

The ONLY issue I had when I installed the case was that immediately after I installed the case, almost 95% of all people I talked to said they heard an echo every time they spoke (you know, when you say something and a second later you hear it in your ear piece... ANNOYING!).

I was bummed because the case is built like a tank and already saved my phone from a 6' drop onto the asphalt in the rain. Though, I decided to remove the felt pieces that cover the mic and ear pieces since they are only there to prevent possible drops of water hitting those phone components directly. Once I removed those pieces, not one person complains of hearing the echo anymore! Strange, but it worked... so I wanted to pass it on.

The echo was the ONLY issue I had with this case... it's the best case I could find and WELL worth the money. I recommend it to everyone I see with an iPhone now :-)
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67 of 68 people found the following review helpful By Danielle R. Favreau on October 22, 2009
Size: One SizeColor: black Verified Purchase
I purchased the OtterBox Defender Case for my 3GS, then purchased one for my friend's 3GS after having such exceptional experience with it.

He is a paramedic / fireman and unintentionally abuses his phones because they sit on his hip and he moves around a lot against huge pieces of metal. The night I brought the OtterBox case to him at the station he was getting out of the back of their new (very high up) ambulance and the iPhone fell from the holster (he had it horizontal and it caught on the door on his way out). It fell over 6' onto a concrete floor and was absolutely perfect.

Though I hadn't dropped my phone in the case up to that point when I saw the fall his phone took I knew I picked the right case. I haven't experienced any of the issues with tunneling or echo, but I tend to use the headphones or my Jawbone for calls. The only negative I've found, and it isn't really a negative but you must use OEM cables that have rounded edges because generic square edged cables will not fit into the charging area of the case.

*** For the Oil Slick Issue ***

- You'll need a can of air, a lint free cloth (face cloth or sock), a screen protector (optional), and some baby powder.
- Take your OtterBox case out of the packaging and put around a teaspoon worth of baby powder (or talc) onto the inside of the window of the hard part of the case, this seems very odd but trust me it works.
- Swish the baby powder around until it coats the entire window of the front of the case. It should look dusted white.
- Dump off the excess.
- Use the can of air to blow out as much as you can.
- Finally, use the cloth to wipe everything clean.
- When you're done it will look like you didn't do anything.
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83 of 89 people found the following review helpful By Takieya on September 25, 2008
Size: One SizeColor: black
I bought the OtterBox 3G Defender for my iPhone through their website, but I thought I'd mention how happy I am with it here. I've heard a lot of complaints about the oil slicking effect under the membrane, but that problem was very easily solved, and hasn't reoccurred since I placed my phone in the case for the final time.

Calls are clear through it, and clear on the other end. I've heard a few people mention a tunnelling effect, but that doesn't seem present. All my calls have been just as clear as they were in my last phone case.

The OtterBox case is really protective, and of all the cases I've looked at so far, the sturdiest case for the iPhone 3G that I've seen. I highly recommend it to anyone who's looking for a solid case for his or her phone. Well worth the money!
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221 of 250 people found the following review helpful By D. Nix on September 9, 2008
Size: One SizeColor: black
This is a fine case that will protect your iPhone better than most other cases.

-Very durable. I would feel very safe using it for outdoor activities like biking, running, hiking, skiing (but it's not waterproof), camping, etc.
-You can use all buttons on the phone.
-Durable belt clip has an extra feature that makes it easy to attach to your belt.

-Very, very difficult to detach the case from the belt holster.
-The rubber/silicone outer cover often gets bunched up when you attach it to the belt holster.
-Most importantly, the built in screen protector gets splotchy and greasy easily, almost as if there's condensation or liquid between the screen protector and the iPhone's screen. The only way to remove it is to take the phone out of the case and clean it off which is a nuisance.

Conclusion: It doesn't make a very good "everyday" case. I only recommend purchasing it if you're an avid outdoorsman. For everyday use, find another case.
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47 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Opinionated User on May 11, 2009
Size: One SizeColor: black
I made this review after reading the (very few) negative reviews of this product. The negative reviews were so off the mark, it irritated me. You buy this case if you want the best protection available. I cook for a living, so this case is suspect to all sorts of grease, grime, dirt, water splashes, impacts, you name it. The case is dust proof, water resistant, and you can still use all the phone functions. You shouldn't go swimming with this case, but you should be fine if you happen to fall in the water briefly.

If you want protection, you get this case. I spent at least 12 hours researching cases to protect my investment, and this is the best available. Even my AT&T rep backed this up. Yeah its bulky, but not extremely so. And its not SUPER stylish, but I like the way it looks, and the way I carry it, in my pocket screen facing my leg, I think a blow would possibly break my femur before it broke this case. I may exaggerate a little, but I have (accidentally) tested this case harder than I wanted too, and I can't even tell I did so.

Long story short, if you want the most pretty, flashy case, don't get this. But if you want the most bullet-proof case on the market, BUY IT!!!

P.S. I'm not getting paid for this, but I wish I was!! Just a normal guy wondering why his superb product got even one 3 star review.
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