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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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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:
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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Worst case I ever used! Absolutely refused to stay together, would entirely just fall off my belt on a DAILY basis. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Bill Rigg
The plastic snap on clips on the carrying case break. The holding points that snap the plastic carrying case to the cell phone crack and/or chip off. Read morePublished on December 9, 2013 by James R. Jones
Great product. However, Otterbox never fixed their design and the plastic clip on the holster that holds the phone in place breaks after a while. I had two replaced from Otterbox. Read morePublished on August 27, 2013 by sci-fi fan
Always authentic, just the right fit too. I would definitely recommend this product to others and i do online shopping for others as well.Published on April 18, 2013 by XXXXXJigga
thercasing is perfect, but the holster is useless, the casing does not fit in it, don't know how otterbox made a holster that doesn't fit in the perfect casing,Published on April 4, 2013 by michel ramsaran
hi well I've used otter for years now and still love the 3layer case for the 978o. when it comes to the hoster now thats a diff. Read morePublished on August 6, 2012 by DreStine
Great case. Typical OtterBox quality. Belt clip is very secure. Rubber gathers dirt when dropped but is perfect for holding on to: definitely a worthwhile tradeoff. Read morePublished on February 24, 2012 by Wetcoast