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This is What the Otterbox Should've Been
on March 20, 2013
I've tried four cases for my iPhone 5, the Tough Xtreme, the Otterbox Defender, a Body Glove, and some other...can't remember. ALL were disappointing in some way...except for the Case Mate Tough Xtreme. This thing is EXACTLY what I wanted. It's what the Otterbox Defender tries to be, but fails.
The Xtreme is less bulky, yet the phone is very well protected. The screen protector doesn't have a clicky gap between it and the phone's screen. The screen protectors that stick directly to the screen are never right. You can't get 'em on straight. They always have bubbles underneath, and the edge always peels up somewhere on the screen. The Xtreme's screen protector is perfect, totally invisible, and has no effect on the feel.
The material is not sticky, but also grips a table top quite well. It's not going to slide around easily.
It has beveled corners that feel good in the hand, even when holding it for a long time, as in reading a Kindle book. The buttons are easy to push, very much unlike the Otterbox which had a VERY hard to press home button. My teenage daughter simply could not press that button hard enough to make it register the push.
The Xtreme easily slips into a pocket without sticking to the cloth, and its belt clip works well, though I tend to be a bit wary of those things when the phone is not totally encapsulated.
Only thing that bugs me just a little is the presence of little doors that cover the charging port, mute button, and headphone plug. They're a pain to use, as they are on any case I've seen that has 'em, and I may snip them off. They do protect from dirt and dust, but that's not an issue for me. Their absence would not compromise drop protection at all.
This is the one if you're looking for big time protection while minimizing bulk and compromised function.