22 of 31 people found the following review helpful
Works as advertised,
This review is from: OtterBox Defender Series Case for iPhone 5 (Discontinued by Manufacturer) (Not for iPhone 5C) Retail Packaging - Black (Wireless Phone Accessory)
For starters, I have mine on my iPhone 5 and am actually using it right this moment. I purchased both about 3 hours ago at my local VZW store and have been (of course) playing with it ever since.
Overall it's solid and sturdy. I travel weekly so felt like I needed something like this. The iPhone is slippery as heck - in fact I took it out of the otterbox to show my wife and proceeded to drop it in less than a minute - so I definitely need a case. I definitely feel like this is going to hold up for the long haul.
It's not at all difficult to assemble, snap front and back together, then rubber part goes around it - takes maybe a minute to install. Because the otterbox includes a clear cover, make sure your screen is completely clean/fingerprint free before installing or it will be trapped under the clear front of the otterbox.
It definitely adds bulk to the phone though. I'm coming from a Motorola Photon 4g (4.3" screen) which I never felt like needed a case (after a year of use, it looks like new) due to the matte/rubberized backing. With the Otterbox, my iphone is the same width as my photon, thicker and taller. So that does make me a little sad.
I do wish it could be just slightly smaller though while maintaining the rigidity. I did buy applecare+ though, so maybe I'll go to one of the slimmer silicone cases in the future, who knows.
Frustrating to see the iPhone 4s version of this is significantly less, but that's the price of being bleeding edge, right?!