Monday, October 7, 2013

BAD Gear: Otterbox Defender for iPhone 5 and iPad 2

I recently acquired two iPhone 5 and desperately needed to wrap them with some sort of protection. I asked the right people, I've consulted the web forums, and ultimately I chose to go with the Otterbox Defender. I've previously had Otterbox for my Blackberries as well as for my iPad 2.

 It was only recently that I made aware that Otterbox now offers lifetime warranty (contrary to what their website states). I took them up on their offer, as my iPad's case was getting beat up, and the stand no longer stood. A few quick emails, and photo submissions of the cover, and voila - a week later new case for the iPad. The previous case, was from December 2011, and I took it with me since then to work all throughout Europe, Africa, and travelling through Mexico and the United States (the desert parts). 

So I purchased two iPhone Defender boxes. They came out to about $67 cdn each. The pricing might be steep, but as with all things great - it comes with lifetime warranty and a good reputation for building quality cases. It also comes with belt clip holster, which also conveniently fits into a MOLLE space on the battle belt. Good to know.

The Defender features the following:
  • Triple Layering (Silicone Outer Layer, Polycarb Inner Layer, and Built in Screen Protector)
  • Its guaranteed to protect against Dust, Drop, Scratch and Shock. It does not provide water ingress protection. (I don't plan on swimming with it - If you need Crush and Waterproof go to the Otterbox Armor case)
  • Port covers to protect against Dust ingress protection
I quite like the material used. The closest comparison I can make of the silicon layer is that of the Magpuls. Its grippy yet strong and flexible. The inner case is molded and contoured perfectly for the iPhone and the cutouts for the ports are accessible. The inner polycarb, I liken to the Magpul Magazines.
To access the ports, you lift up the silicone tabs to reveal them. The Silicone is also cut to expose the divots located on the polycarb liner that the holster uses to latch and clip. The silicone outer shell is like a jacket or sleeve that you need to stretch and slip over the inner polycarb case. This is different than the other Otterbox offerings where the polycarb is the outer shell with the silicone as the inner liner. Personally I like the silicone grip on the outside as its non slip. 

Upon taking the case apart, you can see the built-in screen protector. This is different that the other cases that require a film to be stuck on. I find that it is still very usable and sensitive to notive motions. 

Now, the question Bad Ass Dad will ask, "Is it kid-proof." I will say with a resounding yes. If you liken your kids to being in a war environment, then hells yeah. My iPad and Blackberry's have been dropped, thrown, spat on, spilt on - and as long as the mess is wiped up quickly, the water ingress will be nil. I've had sticky fingers, sticky substances, and sticky something else all over my stuff, and shit still works.

For those of you who need true waterproof capabilities, don't forkout for the Armour series, instead, get Freezer Ziplocks. Plus they will float.

Overall, I am very satisfied with this purchase. I recommend this to anybody who is looking for a case that provides excellent protection from everyday life. I've used Otterboxes throughout my work and they've taken beatings, literally. So I trust that this will be no different for the iPhones boxes. 


Full Disclosure: Unless noted, Bad Ass Dad has not been compensated in any means to review this gear. It is all his own, procured through pro-channels, retail, or issuance.