OtterBox is a leading brand when it comes to reliable protection and accessories for your mobile or tablet, so it will come as no surprise that the top of the line OtterBox Defender series case for iPhone 5 offers phenomenal protection for your expensive handset. If like me you love the outdoors and take part in sports you are going to want to have a good look at this review.


OtterBox supplies a huge line of cases for the iPhone 5 (and other devices), but the Defender Series is the most robust of them all. OtterBox tells us that this case will protect your iPhone from drops, shocks, dust and scratches, this is hardly surprising considering it features 3 layers of protection with a built-in screen protector.


Due to having 3 layers putting the case on and taking it apart can sometimes be a struggle but after a few attempts it should be no trouble at all. One thing that we found to be very important while applying the case is to make sure the built in screen protector is free from dust and fingerprints before applying. Giving it a small wipe before applying case ensures that the screen protector is hardly noticeable.


The inner layer of the case is a hard plastic shell composed of two pieces that you snap together around your iPhone. Fear not as the inside of the plastic is lined with a soft foam that will prevent even the case itself from damaging your goods.


The Defender’s outer layer is made from silicone rubber. This rubber is wrapped and tucked around the plastic inner layer and as mentioned above can be a bit of a chore at first. The rubber layer on the defender is probably the thickest silicone layer we have seen on any case thus far so it will take on any shock absorbing duties you through at it without so much as a whimper.


With the Two layers put together the only parts of your iPhone that don’t feature full protection are the speakers, mic and camera. The sound/vibrate switch, lightning port and headphone jack all feature flaps of rubber that give even these protection. When covered over it will keep them safe from moisture and dust to ensure they are never in danger. Accessing all the ports is easy enough even with big fingers I could change the sound profile from silent to sound with no trouble. On the back you will notice that the Apple logo seems exposed but it is infact protected by the same plastic material used on the screen protector.


As we already had a screen protector on our iPhone 5 we were worried that it may not fuction as well as normal with the built in protector, but to our surprise it fuctioned perfectly. It actually felt like I was just touching the glass on the phone.


The Otterbox Defender may be the most protective case we have reviewed so far. I would say that you are looking at being protected from everything apart from a dip in water. It will protect against a splash or a quick call in the rain but unfortunately it is not fully waterproof. The only other downside to note is the added bulk that it adds to your device, but would you rather a bit of bulk with loads of protection or a thin case that’s not up to the job? That’s something you will have to consider. There is also the added bonus of the belt clip you see above, this makes it really handy for when you are out and about and offers yet another layer of protection.


Overall we are very impressed with this case and I now use it on a daily basis. If you do a quick search on YouTube you will see people throwing their iPhones from roofs with this case on and the results are impressive. So if you want a case that will protect your iPhone to the highest levels then you can purchase one from MyTrendyPhone for £38.80 and it comes in many colours.

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