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OtterBox Defender Series Case for iPhone 5 (Discontinued by Manufacturer)- Retail Packaging - Black

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  • Shock-absorbing and impact-deflecting materials completely cover your device along with a built-in screen protector that guards against damage to your touch screen
  • Multi-layer case made to withstands drops, bumps, dust and shock
  • Rugged, protective case made for demanding conditions, heavy use and random accidents
  • Not compatible with Apple iPhone 5C
  • Please note: Will Not Work with Touch ID Finger Scanner on iPhone 5S
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Product Features

Color: Black
  • Size (LWH): 7.4 inches, 4.4 inches, 1.7 inches
  • Weight: 6.4 ounces
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Product Description

Color: Black

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 scratches. The outer layer wraps around the solid inner shell like an epidermis, creating a practically indestructible iPhone 5 case. A belt-clip holster is included and doubles as a media viewing stand. The Defender Series case for the iPhone 5 will protect your investment from drops, dust and other accidents. Why do you think we named it the Defender Series? If you're looking for a slightly sleeker case that's still protective against your butterfingers

Product Information

Color:Black
Product Dimensions 7.4 x 4.4 x 1.7 inches
Item Weight 6.4 ounces
Shipping Weight 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
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ASIN B00974L60S
Item model number 77-21908
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4.4 out of 5 stars 2,872 customer reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #2,365 in Cell Phones & Accessories (See Top 100 in Cell Phones & Accessories)
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By Gabriel Marcial on September 24, 2012
Color: Black
Review Update (5/28)

I recently switched to another case after over 7 months of hard use. Three reasons: 1) aesthetics, 2) the headphone jack, and 3)the screen protector. I've left my original review intact after the break.

Summary: While this case is no longer the best protection available for the iPhone 5, it's a great value as a solid no-frills case. This case is still compelling at its new price point despite how long its been on the market. See my original review below for more detail.

Additional Thoughts: The headphone jack issue and screen protector feel ultimately had me searching for a new case. Many of the newer cases, including some from Otter Box, are much more feature-rich and offer even better protection than this case at higher price points.

Updated Aesthetics: The utilitarian look and feel of the case turns out to have at least one major benefit: you can beat this case up without guilt. I had several major drops and bumps with this case. The result? Zero damage to the iPhone and negligible visible damage to the Otter Box rubber bumper. My newer case, while nicer to look at, doesn't tolerate wear and tear nearly as well.

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Original Review (9/24)

Summary: If you're looking for the best protection for your iPhone 5 right now, this is the case you're looking for. The fit on the iPhone 5 is superb, and the peace of mind it will bring you is worth the cost of entry if protection is the utmost priority. The case makes some compromises to afford you that protection, which could be a dealbreaker if you're not totally onboard with a bulkier case. I'll detail those below.

Installation: Installation is a breeze if you've ever used an OtterBox case before (I hadn't).
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I got my iPhone 5 today (through carrier sources) though it's yet to be activated and the first thing I did naturally was put the Otterbox Defender case on it. I had the Defender for my 3GS and it protected my phone all these years. Didn't have the iPhone 4/4S so I can't compare it to that. Quick impressions so far:

PROTECTION - Protection wise, the iPhone 5 Defender is at par with the 3GS. Industrial grade protection with complete coverage. Same concept and overall design, though the silicone feels slightly thicker and more solid in the 5. The silicone has a matte finish compared to the smooth finish in the 3GS, which hopefully should help avoid dust and lint - this was the only drawback with the 3GS case, it needed cleaning frequently.

BUTTONS/PORTS - Power and volume buttons are covered with silicone shaped like the buttons themselves. No problem pressing either of these buttons with the silicone. The headphone jack, charging port, and silent button have silicone plugs that can be pulled out to expose the jacks. (TIP - to open the plugs, insert nail and push the top silicone part higher to get behind the plug to pull it out. Hope this makes sense. The headphone plug is tiny and it can take some time getting used to opening it). The charging port plug, when opened, keeps snapping back into the case, which means it has to be held open with one hand to insert the charger. Insignificant issue, and I'm hoping that with use, this piece will loosen up a bit so that it stays open if needed. Opening at the back for the Apple logo is covered with a transparent plastic film. The front camera/speaker, the back camera/flash, and the two speakers at the bottom are left open and are the only exposed parts of the phone.
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I have owned and used an Otterbox case for my iPhone 4 and my iPad 2 and now, finally, for my iPhone 5.

These cases are great and offer a lot of protection. With that being said, you have to anticipate this case making your phone a little bit bulkier. I personally tend to love the added "bulk" that this case adds to my phone because I have very large hands and long fingers. This case gives my phone the extra bulk needed to allow me to grip it and text without letting my hands get fatigued or painful.

As with all of their other products, this case is extremely well-made and fits the phone perfectly. If you've never owned an Otterbox before then perhaps you should check out some pictures before deciding if this case is right for you. If you've ever owned an Otterbox... Then you know exactly how great these things are.

Here's a funny side story:

I once left my iPhone 4 (inside of its Otterbox, of course) on the of the roof of my car after the gym and drove away. While going 50 m.p.h I heard a huge "thud" on the side of my door and had no clue as to what it was. Long story short, I realized that my phone had basically fallen off of the roof, slammed into my door and hit the pavement and was completely fine. The case and the phone didn't even have a dent.
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Maybe I just don't understand OtterBox and there different types. I bought this Defender in Black at my local store and a Purple one through Amazon for my wife. Yes the one at the store was $20 more but it was OtterBox and the Defender so would could be different-well the plastic on my wife's was cheap and very soft plastic (cheap) that did not fit perfect on the phone. Where as the one I got from the store was a hard plastic that was rigid and protective. So I thought because it is Purple the plastic is a different type so I ordered her this Black one (like mine) to be safe. While when I got it, it was the exact same type of cheap plastic as the purple one. So I returned it for a refund and have since written OtterBox as to why there are so many different types of plastics used out there-even if it is suppose to be the same make and model. Buyer beware that you never know which OtterBox plastic you are going to get. My recommendation is go to the store (even thought it cost more) and feel and see what you like. If you don't care then buy it on Amazon it is far cheaper. Good Luck
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