Being “super users” of iPhone and Android smartphones (due to the many app video demos and app video reviews we conduct daily), we entrust all of our smartphone devices to one brand of rugged case, Otterbox Defender Series cases. The main reason for this is that these cases are well constructed, look good, and will protect the iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy Nexus from a drop — typically in my case from around 3.5 feet. I really love the sleek design and thinness of both my tech devices, however, I have dropped an iPhone shattering the screen and it cost me $200 to get it fixed, and that iPhone eventually was returned for a new one. Had I had an Otterbox Defender Series case on that iPhone, it would not have suffered so traumatically from a 3.5 foot drop onto the pavement because the cases are specifically designed for this type of protection. They are built with a 2-piece resin plastic shell, then wrapped tightly in rubber, and if you choose to keep it there, there is even a protective screen cover for scratch resistance of the display screen.
The new iPhone 5 Otterbox Defender Series case is by far the best iPhone case Otterbox has ever made. While the inside resin plastic case has largely remained the same, the outer rubber membrane has been completely redesigned and it now fits much tighter, does not move around as much, and keeps the inside pieces solidly together. Previous versions of this same case line developed squeaks after use and the rubber would at times stretch from taking it on and off — never quite remaining nearly as snug as the first time it came out of the box. This newer design features a harder rubber, so hard that I had to read the instructions to get it off from the inner case (for the first time) because I did not want to break it (clearly shows my confusion in the video). The case has a huge cutout for the amped up iPhone 5 camera and they made a smart flip-down volume control flap, instead of the previous versions that had the counter intuitive flip-up flap, rendering your view of the volume switch much easier with the new flap.
Another reason I love Otterbox cases is that they work better for gaming on an iPhone. The larger case gives me more stability while playing any game on my iPhone, especially the larger iPhone 5. The new Otterbox iPhone 5 Defender Series case costs $49.95, which is really a good deal; there are also specialty cases you can get with designs for $59.95. If you are looking for a rugged case that will protect your iPhone 5 or any iPhone — this is a no brainer choice. For more App News & Rumors. Crazy Mike
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Otterbox iPhone 5 Defender Series Case Description
The Defender Series iPhone 5 case is the only case for demanding conditions, heavy use and random accidents. Three layers of protection include a polycarbonate skeleton that cushions the iPhone while the built-in screen protector prevents smudges and scratches. The outer layer wraps around the solid inner shell like an epidermis, creating a practically indestructible iPhone 5 case. A belt-clip holster is included and doubles as a media viewing stand. The Defender Series case for the iPhone 5 will protect your investment from drops, dust and other accidents. Why do you think we named it the Defender Series? Not completely convinced this is the case for you? Check out some of our other iPhone 5 cases.
Apple iPhone 5
NOT COMPATIBLE with the iPhone 4 or 4S
Rubber plugs cover the main openings of the iPhone 5, including the charging port, headphone jack and volume controls
Full access to all the features and functions of the case, including all buttons, microphone and camera
Three layers of protection include a built-in screen protector, polycarbonate inner shell and rubber outer slipcover
Redesigned holster has a slimmer profile and the belt clip has a smooth rotating motion. You can face the screen outward for quick access or face it inward for maximum protection.
A two-piece plastic inner-shell snaps together around the iPhone 5 to cushion it from mishaps such as drops or bumps
A plastic screen protector is built in to the inner-shell to prevent scratches and smudges while still maintaining the sensitivity of the touchscreen
The rubber outer layer wraps around the inner-shell and absorbs impact from drops and bumps
Weight & Dimensions
Weight (with holster): 4 oz / 114 g
Dimensions (with holster): 5.42 in. x 3.15 in. x 1.36 in. / 137.67 mm x 79.88 x 34.47 mm
Dimensions (without holster): 5.32 in x 2.75 in x 0.64 in / 135.12 mm x 69.9 mm x 16.18 mm
The Defender Series iPhone 5 case provides added protection against drop, bump and shock but is NOT protective against water.