OtterBox Defender Case for BlackBerry Bold 9780/9700 series - Black

3.0 out of 5 stars 61 customer reviews

Color: Black
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  • Use of all buttons accessible through case
  • Added bump, drop, and shock protection
  • Sleek, slim fit
  • Not tested or recommended for water protection
  • Includes holster style swivel belt clip; backed by 1-year warranty

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Product Description

Offering exceptional protection for BlackBerry Bold 9700 series mobiles phones, this Otterbox Defender series case fully envelops your device while preserving its distinct qualities. An innovative three-layer design protects your smartphone from bumps, drops, scratches and dust while keeping your device pristine. However, the Defender case does not offer protection against water.



The Otterbox Defender case for the BlackBerry 9700.

The hard plastic shell offers protection against impact, while a thin, thermal-formed sheet covers your screen and keys. Next, a strong polycarbonate shell caresses your Bold and gives added protection against drops and bumps. Finally, a silicone skin wraps around it all to absorb shock.

The Defender series case provides the following environmental protection:



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

Features & Specifications

  • Compatible with BlackBerry Bold 9700 smartphones
  • Foam sound-isolating ring over microphone
  • Sound is transmitted through case
  • Acoustic vent on headset speaker
  • Added bump, drop, and shock protection
  • Full use of camera, trackpad, and flash
  • Silicone plugs provide access to all ports
  • Includes holster style swivel belt clip
  • 3 layers of protection:

    • Layer 1: Clear polycarbonate sheet with high performance hard coating that offers chemical and abrasion protection.
    • Layer 2: High-impact polycarbonate skeleton.
    • Layer 3: Premium grade silicone skin to provide added protection against drop, bump and shock

What's in the Box
Defender case, belt clip

Care and Maintenance
The case and silicone can both be cleaned with mild soap and water if necessary. Only the exterior of the screen membrane has been coated to prevent from scratching. To avoid scratching the inside of the screen membranes ensure the membrane is free of dust and dirt. Clean with a lint free soft cloth.

  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 2.7 x 4.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • ASIN: B00322CM04
  • Item model number: RBB2-9700S-20-C5OTR
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 2, 2001
  • Average Customer Review:
    3.0 out of 5 stars 61 customer reviews
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By Charles Morris on January 7, 2010
Color: Black
This case consists of a hard shell that the phone sits in, a flexible,transparent key pad wrap around, and a silicone cover that wraps around the hard shell. In detail: the key pad has side and bottom flaps that wrap around the Blackberry and cover the key pad completely. You can leave it off if desired. Next, the hard shell is a two piece assembly that snaps into place. It and the silicone cover that will surround it has holes and slit sections that fold back to expose MOST jacks, buttons, etc of the Blackberry. They do NOT allow you to use the Desk Charger because the two contacts at the bottom two sides of the Blackberry are covered and have no access port through the case. The upper mute and lock buttons do, however, work through the case. Everything else , microphone, headphone jack, mini USB jack, etc. is accessible. The hard case includes a built in window that covers the screen (it is not a traditional screen protector but rather a piece of glass or plastic that is part of the hard case ). The hard case also has exterior raised areas where the silicone fits over to help lock it in place. Finally the silicone is very flexible and you fit it over the hard shell, fitting over the hard cases' raised areas and aligning a few tabs in the silicone case that fit into the hard shell. The Blackberry is now completely enclosed save for access jacks.

The case is not too bulky for my tastes and should provide reasonable protection from drops, bumps, etc (I haven't had to test that out yet). It does slip into my pocket fairly easily and because of the silicone has some friction that will keep it from sliding around. The case includes a separate holster that you can use with the case if you want.
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Color: Black
Update: October 4, 2010 from a letter I just sent to Otterbox..

Dear Otterbox:

I am writing to let you know of another defect in your Defender case for the Bold 9700 by BlackBerry.

Please do not send a replacement. It will be discarded and not installed.

When I purchased your case, I had previously been using Zagg's Invisible Shield for my devices. I purchased the Defender both from the advertised design and as a result of word of mouth endorsements for Otterbox and your overall reputation.

As much as I liked the hard core techy look of the Defender, there is also some hassle factor - dismantling to do a battery pull, blowing talc "air" on the screen at cleanings to avoid the watermark on the screen, etc.

I could put up with all of this, but not with the numerous defects.

First, there was the holster, then a cracked window, then the tabs on the case breaking from the pressure of the holder clips. The last straw was a repeat of the last, making the holster completely unusable.

I have thrown out the latest broken case and the holster you just sent - along with all of the parts and silicone sleeves I was keeping as spares.

Did it escape your attention when you designed this that cases are not supposed to be intricate systems demanding constant care, repair and other attention - that they should just protect the phone and not be given a second's thought otherwise?

Also, looking over your site and other reviews about the 9700 Defender, it is obvious Otterbox cut corners in its design. For the little money you might have saved, you must have lost it in the warranty claims.
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With three layers of protections, it protects the Blackberry Bold 9700... too well like a Russian gunship or a King Tiger tank. It adds bulk to an otherwise slim Bold 9700 so you can't use the OEM swivel belt-clip pouch. The only part not protected is the trackpad.

The silicone layer provides shock absorber protection & grip but it's a magnet for dust. All the buttons are covered while the micro USB & earphone port has a rubber flap to protect from the elements. You can't dock the Bold 9700 to charge it since the contacts are covered up.

The plastic layer is hard to open to get to the battery and the micro SDHC card. One needs to take their time and be careful so as not to break the delicate plastic tabs. The keyboard bezel makes it hard to press the surrounding edge keys. On the good side, it has a hard clear plastics pieces that protects the screen and the camera/flash. The "diaper" membrane protects the keyboard.

The swivel belt clip is one of the most important feature I'm looking for in case and it has the mini magnet to make the unit go on stand-by. The problem is that this layer of protection is flawed since my armored Bold 9700 popped off & fell to the ground twice already from the belt-clip only in a week's use. Thank god I didn't lose it. The other 2 layers protected the unit from harm though. It held through sprinting up a few flights of stairs though. Latching the Bold 9700 needs getting use to since your shirt or earphone cables tend to get snag in the process.

Audio comes out undistorted and doesn't affect call quality. The protective plastic does not distort the picture & movie quality of the phone's built-in camera.

With all these protections in mind, it doesn't make it waterproof but will help make the unit last longer. Best for those who don't need to take out the battery frequently to reset their Bold 9700 and have a bag to carry it around.
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