Review: OtterBox Defender Series Case for iPhone 5

OtterBox, undoubtedly one of the most widely-recognized manufacturer of reputable mobile accessories, was among the first to put out a protective solution for the iPhone 5 after the device was announced last month at Apple’s annual fall conference. Amid the four cases that were unveiled, was the popular Defender Series case ($49.95), which we’ll be taking a look at today.

Like the series’ previous iterations of yesteryear, the Defender is catered towards providing an optimal amount of all-around protection for the user’s iPhone. Unfortunately, you’re sacrificing the natural aesthetics that the iPhone boasts in return for guaranteed protection.

As a continuation of the previous models of the Defender Series case, OtterBox has kept the usual two main layers of protection. An inner poly-carbonate shell will house your iPhone, and a outer rubber cover will envelope the plastic. Although it results in quite a bulky product, which leaves much to be desired, you can be certain that minor falls and such won’t at all result in any physical damage to your iPhone.

Protecting the delicate screen of your device is a plastic shield that is built into the inner plastic shell. Albeit it’ll keep the scratches away from your screen, the shield is incredibly grainy and fuzzes up the iPhone’s display. I’ve learned that breaking off the plastic screen and replacing it with an authentic Spigen SGP GLAS.t tempered screen protector is the number one solution.

There are a few wonderful features that you must forfeit when using the Defender Series case, but it’s a small price to pay for the indescribable amount of protection you’ll definitely benefit from. I’ve personally been using the Defender in conjunction with my iPhone 5 for multiple weeks, and I can attest to the case’s steadily-built reputation. Without a doubt, if you’re looking for a rugged case to keep your phone spotless, OtterBox’s $49.95 solution is worth your while.

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