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OtterBox Defender Series Case for iPhone 5 (Discontinued by Manufacturer)( Not for iPhone 5C or 5S) Retail Packaging Boom Purple
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The Defender Series iPhone 5 case is the only case for demanding conditions, heavy use and random accidents. Three layers of protection include a polycarbonate skeleton that cushions the iPhone while the built-in screen protector prevents smudges and scra
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The Otterbox Defender is the only cell phone case that my family and I use. We've had it for the 4S, 5, 5C, 5S and soon to be, several of the 6's.
The Defender is the best cell phone case I have ever had. It really works! It does its job and protects your phone exactly as described in the product description. I have dropped my phone countless times. Once I even dropped it from about 6 feet high on to concrete and nothing at all happened to my phone! Of course the hard plastic of the case broke. That's what it's designed to do though. The best way I can describe it is by comparing it to a bicycle helmet. Helmets are designed to absorb the force from an impact and disperse it away from your head and brain. The important stuff. So if you get into an accident, chances are your helmet will break. Well the same thing applies with the Otterbox. It absorbs the force of an impact and directs it away from the important stuff, the phone! Twice now I've had a major drop and have had the Defender do what it's supposed to do. I had to buy replacements and even though they aren't cheap that's far cheaper than buying a new phone!
One thing I do not like about the Otterbox Defender is the plastic screen cover. Honestly, the first thing I do when I get a new case is pop out that plastic piece and buy a good screen protector to replace it. I tried using it with the 4S and I hated it! It was way too loose and I had to press down too hard on the letters to get them to respond. So now I just pop out the plastic and toss. I'm sure it helps with water protection and dust protection but I don't really have a problem with that.
Another thing that at first was getting the hang of taking the case off the phone. Some cases are easier than others but some of them seem just impossible to get open! Hard enough in fact that I've had to get a screwdriver to try to make it easier. Like I said, I think that eventually you do get the hang of it because I haven't been having this problem lately.
The last small complaint I have about the Defender is in regards to the soft plastic outer shell. After a while, it has a tendency to stretch out and become loose. Especially at the bottom where the charging port is. Maybe this is because that part of the case is being stretched out over and over again because of charging? All I know is it's happened to all of my cases as well as my kids cases.
Bottom line, despite a few issues, the Defender is still my go to cell phone case. I would recommend it to a friend and in fact have on many occasions.
My personal guide to how I rate:
Five Stars = best product I've tried in this field; will enthusiastically recommend to, or buy for, family and friends. Buy this product now!
Four Stars = great product I will buy again if/when needed and will recommend if someone asks for my opinion. Yes, buy this product.
Three Stars = I like this product but will purchase something else if I can find a better option next time easily enough. Look to see if there is anything better if you have a chance before purchasing this item.
Two Stars = item works as intended but will try hard to find a better product in the future. Only buy this product if you can't find anything possibly better.
One star = if this item has a free return policy I sent it back and, if it doesn't, depending on the cost of the item and/or the cost of return shipping I may have sent it back. Do not buy this product!
Edited after having some more experience with this product: My mom still loves this cover after a few months. She has dropped her phone several times outside and in the house. There are no scuffs, and more importantly, her phone is still in perfect working order. This case has kept it dry from being out in the storms and safe from any scratches from rocks, etc when dropped. Plus, at least the color goes with most things as well. This case has held up greatly and shows no signs of slowing down on it's protection at all.
This case is a bit bulky for my taste, but it's an otterbox. You know it will be a bit bigger because of what it is and how much protection it gives. If you want a super rugged case, then Otterbox is a good one to go with. This phone is smaller to begin with, so it won't take up much more room. Otterbox has definitely had their spot in our homes for many years, and I have never been disappointed with any Otterbox shells.