Otterbox Defender for iPhone 4
I like it! When I first got an iPhone 4 I was offered warranty coverage for almost any issue. I refused the offer as it cost about 240 bucks for the two year contract, So far so good. I have yet to drop it in a toilet or on a street. One of my big worries is scratching or cracking the touch screen to a point that it is unusable. The Otterbox Defender does not help with the water issue but it covers most everything else pretty well. Of course the Defender will fit both AT&T and Verizon iPhone 4 phones.
The Defender features, as provided by Otterbox, are impressive:
Coating on outside of touch screen membrane resists finger prints
Fine interior texturing of touch screen membrane eliminates static, bubbles and "oil slick" appearance
Inner felt liner cushions your device
Textured silicone exterior for improved grip
Included holster holds device face in or face out
Completely re-designed holster for stronger hold on device
Holster doubles as a stand for hands-free media viewing
Case accommodates most 3rd party chargers
The many layers that make the Defender a valid choice
I have used the Otterbox Defender for over a month now and have found all the above are true. All iPhone buttons and connectors match perfectly with the case provided coverings. The feel when holding it is solid with some ridges that make it hard to fumble. The Touch screen cover fits perfectly over the view area. I did find it necessary to clean both the iPhone screen and the included Defender screen prior to placing the iPhone in the case. If not, you will have some smears/finger marks between them that makes for a dark, messy view screen. There is that occasional time that I need to tap more than once to get a response from the phone. The protection is well worth the occasional extra poke.
The Defender includes a Belt clip holster for the phone. It seems to be pretty solid and clicks over a belt easily but I worry about the possibility of the phone popping out of the holster. I know it is protected but I worry. So I carry the iPhone in my pocket safely surround by the case. I have yet to scratch the protective screen. The Defender is a good choice if you are looking for protection from most shocks.
The Defender retail price on the Otterbox site for $49.95. It can be found elsewhere at or around $30.00.
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