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Protects great but has serious drawbacks
on March 1, 2011
I have the Survivor case for my Verizon iPhone and have been using it for a couple of weeks. Here is what I found:
The good: It will protect your phone, no doubt. My phone has fallen from waist height several times and spent an hour in a half inch puddle on a rainy night in a parking lot without showing any ill effects. 4.5 stars for protection (being water resistant rather than water proof is the missing half a star)
The bad: The camera flap. Ugh. My iPhone having friends scoffed when I said I didn't plan on using the camera function of the phone much. The camera on my Blackberry was awful, and I just got along without it using point and shoots when I needed. They told me the camera is pretty decent on the iPhone, and I will want to use it. I didn't believe them and bought the Survivor case knowing full well that using the camera would be a pain. Well, I like the camera and would like to use it more, BUT the flap covers the lens and flash and is somewhat challenging to open. More important, it is moderately challenging to keep open and prevent from blurring the bottom right corner of my photos. If you want to snap a photo of a building or a landscape, there won't be any issues, but I'll use my SLR for that anyway. Trying to get your camera out to snap a photo of the famed Chupacabra before it runs into the underbrush? Yeah, not so much. Even if you manage to get a shot of the thing, the rush it took to prepare the phone will make a quality photo nearly impossible. Not interested in hunting mythical beasts? Your kid doing the cutest thing ever will be equally impossible to get. The hard case doesn't have a screen to protect the lens, so cutting off the flap will result in a serious access point for dust and water to get to the phone itself. I would not recommend doing this. Either accept the flap or get a new case. 3 stars for access (the other flaps are pretty good)
The ugly: The reason I know the case protects the phone (see above) is because it falls out of the belt clip on a regular basis. The clip is truly terrible and should not be considered as something you will use if you buy this case. Adding in the fact that the case makes the phone too large for most pockets and the silicone case makes it extremely difficult to remove the large piece of equipment from any pocket in which it does fit, should make one very wary of the lack of a functional belt clip. Something this big needs to be worn on the belt, not put in a pocket. If you carry a purse, this is obviously less of an issue. 1 star for carrying convenience (the one star is because the clip doubles as a stand)
The annoying and worth considering: A drawback to the protection offered by the raised (1/8 or so) edge around the screen is that the edges of the touch screen can be hard to use. Dust also collects in the corners and is hard to remove. The silicone cover collects dust too and is generally unappealing to look at.
Here's to making informed purchases.