OtterBox Defender Series Case Review for iPod Touch 4G

Ah, the joy when I got my very first OtterBox case in the mail specific for the iPod Touch 2G. It brought on a new wave of freshness renewing my device’s features and sort of just stood out compared to the many other cases that I owned for my “seemingly old” device. Despite the fact that I don’t use my old iPod anymore, the memory of the OtterBox is still fresh in my mind; you can imagine how glad I was when I got the same exact case for my new iPod Touch 4G just a few days ago.

Since the time when I had my last OtterBox on, to the time where I have my new, Defender one installed on my iPod things have changed – both good and bad at the same time. The packaging was of course nice, but when I opened up the flashy cardboard box bearing the OtterBox logo, I wasn’t too glad because of the difficult installation process I went through.

Before getting to the goods and the bads, I want to talk about the design of the case itself. OtterBox offers a few different series of cases which vary in both looks and in price. Of which, only two are available for the iPod Touch 4G at the moment. The one that I am currently reviewing is the OtterBox Defender which retails, originally, for $39.95. This case is the Prada of all cases, and the top-end product which OB offers. It’s extremely useful against drops and is ultimate way to keep your device safe and lasting for a long time. This is because of the case’s rugged design with a hard polycarbonate shell on the inside, and another silicone covering to lay on top. Along with that, the screen of your iDevice is protected thanks to the plastic plate on top of the screen. The other style that OB currently has available for purchase, is the Commuter Series Case retailing for $34.95, which I will have a review of up very soon.

As mentioned, the case is built for iDevice fanatics such as myself who, at all times, have their devices handy. It has the multiple layers of protection so that the clumsier people, with their “butterfingers”, (sorry for the pun) can enjoy the features of their devices for awhile. Since it has both a polycarbonate shell and a silicone covering, your iPod is pretty much guaranteed protection. However, it isn’t as good as it sounds. It may sound like a no-brainer to buy the case, but the hitches you may encounter are worth considering. I’m not taking away from the claim that the Defender series case will protect your iPod externally. Nope. I am saying that to get to that point, you have to have some patience and the will to give up some of the features that Apple can boast about.

Getting the case on shouldn’t be too difficult, but it was for me and will be for you people that, alike me, have screen protectors/invisible shields installed your iPod. Once you disassemble it from the standard way that it was shipped, the iPod should slide into the two-piece shell and then you should be able to easily stretch the silicone over. Installation would only take five minutes, but the four corners that are the holding-together parts of the polycarbonate wouldn’t all snap shut. I’m pretty sure that the cause is because of the fact that I have an invisible shield, but I am not so sure because my last OtterBox went on spick-and-span when I also had an invisible shield. Weird? Yeah. I did manage to get the case on, but with some obvious force.

As Apple indirectly brags about the slickness of their iPod Touches, that goes away as soon as you have the case on. Your iPod almost doubles in thickness becoming all too much the comparable size of an iPhone. Though it’s something difficult to give up – the beauty of the device – it’s completely worth it with all of the protection that you gain from the case’s multiple layers which are causing the thickness difference. Really, would you rather give up your iPod, or it’s slickness? I know my answer.

The design of the Defender series case also protects your screen to a pretty large degree to make sure that your good looking retina enhanced screen stays that way. However, you are yet giving up another something taken for granted which I see as more important than the last one. This film requires you to push down a little bit harder to get to the touch-screen which takes away the fast typing that you are normally used to. Instead of being able to blast out words in seconds, it takes longer and you won’t be hearing the steady click of your ringer – you’ll be hearing it with a bit more margin in between. Maybe to offer the plastic cover as a separate piece so that you can manually removeit/put it back on.

Another plus to consider before solely deciding on whether to buy or not based off of the cons is that the case not only takes into account your iPod’s external body but even more important your ports. As most other cases do, the case does have silicone covers over your sleep button and volume rockers, but it also goes further. Probably the most important parts of your iPod, other than the body itself, are the ports on the bottom of your iPod. If you crack the screen, you can get a replacement one for less than 50 bucks. If you, however, get a liquid in the bottom headphone jack or the charge & sync port, those are irreplaceable unless you buy a whole new iPod. The case offers little flaps which insert into these ports to insure that they’re not damaged by any hazardous material while not in use. It’s extremely easy to use these ports too.

Even with all of the issues that I encountered while installing the case, and apart from the difficult typing problem, I do consider OtterBox’s Defender Series case to be a major friend. In the past, and I know in the future, it has saved my iPod’s dear life and I owe it all to the case’s rugged design and it’s ability to withstand/absorb the shock of falls. Having only been recently released to the iPod Touch 4G community, the case already has a 5 star rating, which is close to what I’d give it. You know a winner when you see one, and I definitely see one now as I look down at my iPod!

The case is available here on OtterBox’s website for $39.95. You can also get the same thing over at amazon for the significantly lower price of $31 and free shipping. But order off of OtterBox, and you have the option to get different color alternatives which do look pretty sick.