OtterBox Defender for iPhone 4s
Anyone try one of the new OtterBox Defender cases for the 4s? I have and ended up returning it and thought I'd share my experience. I had the iPhone 4 for a short time and purchased an OtterBox Defender for iPhone 4 and absolutely adored it. Well shortly after getting my 4s, I decided to get a new OtterBox Defender so it would properly fit the phone and OtterBox claims the iPhone 4 case WILL NOT fit the 4s. I will get right to the point - I was very disappointed with the new case. The built in screen protector was loose and every time I typed on the phone the screen would gently cave in and move to the point where it drove me nuts. I also didn't like how much larger they made the cut off around the proximity sensor and camera opening. Anyway, I just wanted to share my short-lived experience with the new Defender case. Perhaps I received a defective one. If anyone else can post their experience on the new Defender Series for the 4s that would be great. Thanks
- 11-09-2011, 10:46 PM #2
- 11-18-2011, 12:51 PM #3
I love my 4S Defender case. I love that the silicone sleeve thing is made so much more durable than the ones on the BB series. It's tougher and though the port flaps can be a bit difficult to get in the ports, I'd much rather have them that tight than have them flapping around like they were on my Storm2 case. The silicone on my S2 case stretched at the top near the cutout for the earpiece and on the 4S case, I doubt that happens.
Love the belt clip and how the phone can be clipped either screen in or screen out.
I've not had a problem with my screen protector that's built in to the case. Fits great. Overall, I'm extremely pleased with OB and their 4S defender case. Now I wish they'd just get some different colrs like what are in the 4 line.
- 11-18-2011, 03:05 PM #4iPhone Nanite
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I love my 4S Defender on my white iPhone 4. I feel so comfortable letting my kids play games on my phone and not worrying that they'll drop it or whatever. It fits perfectly fine and my screen protector is fine also. I have heard of people using a box cutter to remove their screen protector and just using an invisi-shield... maybe that would be your solution?? I will never switch.
- 11-19-2011, 03:22 PM #5
I have the iPhone 4S and the OtterBox Defender case (Glacier) - I love it!! The screen protector is perfect and I think the silicone outer shell is great!!
I'm currently enrolled in a Master's program. One of the women in my class has the iPhone 4 with the old OtterBox Defender. I looked at her's in class last week and was surprised how flimsy it was, compared to mine.
To the OP: Before deciding on my Defender case, I originally ordered a Commuter. When it showed up, the 2 pieces of the case weren't cut properly (the grooves in the silicone where the hard plastic was suppose to "clip in" didn't line up). I think you may have gotten a defective case like me. Maybe give it another try?
- 11-19-2011, 05:54 PM #6
I know a lot of people seem to like the Defender case, but I don't hear a lot said about the belt holster/clip.
Do any of you that have the Defender case and use the holster/clip think that it is flimsy or that the phone could fall out if hit from the side? Aslo, can you buy repalcement ones?
I really like the looks of the Defender case, but my life/job style requires that I use a belt clip.
- 11-19-2011, 06:37 PM #7
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- 11-19-2011, 10:11 PM #10
The holster is identical to the one for the 4...it holds the phone secure, but it depends on where exactly you wear the holster as to how secure it may feel for you. I use mine in my pocket (holster clipped onto my right pocket), but it's really more suited to being clipped onto your belt. I can't do that myself cuz I'm a bigger guy with a gut in the way, so it flops around hanging on my pocket. For protection at work where I really need it, the ballistic hc is where it's at (more protective and better holster for me)...but for off time when not as much protection is needed I prefer the defender.
- 11-20-2011, 12:31 AM #11
I love the defender case for my 4S! Not a big fan of the large cutouts but the amount of protection I receive is worth it in the long run. I don't have problems with the built in screen protector and I use my clip only sometimes and when I do I have no problems with it.
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- 11-20-2011, 08:17 AM #12
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- 11-21-2011, 09:38 AM #16
I have the glacier case for my 4S and love it .... The only mod I'm making is I'm installing Steinheil screen protectors on both sides and removing the standard ken that comes built into the case, just takes away from the gorgeous retina display IMO
Otherwise it's working great even the screen protector in it now is nice tight and secure
- 11-21-2011, 09:50 AM #17
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- 11-26-2011, 01:12 PM #19
If you are having issues with it I recommend email their customer service. The support is awesome. The screen became loose on mine and eventually came off. They got me a replacement (BNIB) that seems to fit my white 4s just fine. I noticed on the package is says "universal" iphone 4. Maybe its the newer version because I don't remember that on my original packaging
- 11-27-2011, 08:42 AM #20
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- 11-29-2011, 07:34 PM #22
I really like my Defender case. I have it in grey and pink and it fits really well. I have no issues with the screen protector being loose at all. Just seems like a very well made case. Adds a ton of bulk to the phone, obviously, but I think it makes it feel more solid and substantial. It's also great for typing in landscape mode, gives me something to hold on to.
- 11-30-2011, 10:35 PM #23
I love the Defenders as well. I am not using one at the moment because I usually carry mine in my back pocket and it's easier to slip in and out with a Speck Candyshell on it, but the Defenders are great. And you can't beat their customer service. I just wish they would offer a customization option, where you could select your own colors for the hard plastic and the silicone. That would be really cool.
- 11-30-2011, 11:11 PM #24
- 12-01-2011, 07:11 AM #25