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  1. kilcher's Avatar
    Yeah, I've had an Otterbox for about 2 years now. Few days ago I tried going w/ just a bumper. I was so nervous! Less than 24 hours later it was back in the Defender!


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    11-16-2012 08:52 PM
  2. stratblues23's Avatar
    I agree with jerome g. 100%. I just got an iphone 5 Nov. 16, 2012 and purchased the Otterbox Defender case in advance. When I put on the case, it fit perfectly, no sliding around or screen distortion, no watermark type issues, and no touch screen sensitivity issues. The phone works great and the case with built in screen protector works great. No Issues! I keep seeing the same complaints about this case and phone when used together and can't see where these issues keep coming from, because I haven't had the slightest issue with mine. Maybe, it's with older Otterbox Defenders, but it definitely can't be with the latest ones they're putting out. I'm totally happy with my iphone 5 / Otterbox Defender set up. So, I would say, leave the built in screen protector on. It works just fine.
    11-22-2012 12:07 AM
  3. justinkk2005's Avatar
    To me, the iPhone 5 series of defenders have a great screen protector and I'm very picky about my displays. With the 4/4S defenders I always tore out my screen protector, but with the 5, I'm leaving it. It's crystal clear. Touch is great. Only complaint I have is the rainbow look. I've used electronic wipes numerous times and took it in a dust free room (steamy bathroom). Better than before but still there
    11-22-2012 12:17 PM
  4. Jrome.brooks's Avatar
    Naw never remove the case


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    11-22-2012 01:13 PM
  5. billybaldin's Avatar
    I just took my 5 out of the Defender case after having it on 1 week. It looks to me like I can see the beginnings of friction scratches on the phone from the screen protector. I am assuming it's because the protector isn't "on" the screen. It just sits up against it. That was the final factor that convinced me to rip it out. I would like to put the Spigen GLAS.tR glass protector on. Has anyone ever used it with a defender case? Im not sure if it will fit.
    One more thing. In the past I have used the Zagg invisi-shield. I usually just went to the Kiosk and had them put what they had on. I have recently visited their website and found out they have different protectors. Has anyone had any use of any of their products? Is one better than another? I guess what I am looking for is a protector that is going to give me maximum protection but also give me the most natural feel.

    Thank you
    11-26-2012 04:49 AM
  6. LVMHgirl's Avatar
    Took mine off immediately! Was using a Power Support AG screen protector for a while but now use a crystal clear one.
    11-26-2012 06:26 AM
  7. John Yester's Avatar
    Different device but I have a SGP Ultra Fine on mine 4S with a defender with out built in screen protector and it fits just fine.

    I just took my 5 out of the Defender case after having it on 1 week. It looks to me like I can see the beginnings of friction scratches on the phone from the screen protector. I am assuming it's because the protector isn't "on" the screen. It just sits up against it. That was the final factor that convinced me to rip it out. I would like to put the Spigen GLAS.tR glass protector on. Has anyone ever used it with a defender case? Im not sure if it will fit.
    One more thing. In the past I have used the Zagg invisi-shield. I usually just went to the Kiosk and had them put what they had on. I have recently visited their website and found out they have different protectors. Has anyone had any use of any of their products? Is one better than another? I guess what I am looking for is a protector that is going to give me maximum protection but also give me the most natural feel.

    Thank you
    11-26-2012 09:48 AM
  8. mumfoau's Avatar
    So did anyone create some form of gasket to keep debris from getting in through the gap created by removing the built in screen protector?


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    01-12-2013 11:25 AM
  9. Hakim2020's Avatar
    yes, rainbow spots, thats why i logged in to this discussion. I didnt notice it right away, but a few days after placing my new i 5 in the defender
    case, i noticed small spots on the screen when the phone is off. I took the phone apart right away to dry it. I've seen this before when applying stickers to the windshield. little bubbles of air/moister get between the plastic and glass. i hope this isnt harmful to the screen if left ignored.
    Is it?
    02-15-2013 11:55 PM
  10. justinkk2005's Avatar
    Posted this in another thread as well but I think it suits this thread too. Lol

    I came up with a solution to the otterbox scratching the front glass problem without using a screen protector under the otterbox screen protector and without having to tear out the otterbox one. Take a cheap eBay screen protector and mark the top of it down to the edge of the actual display and cut straight across and install it. Do the same for the bottom half. Only leave the actual screen part exposed. The otterbox screen protector will sit right down completely flush on the screen and your glass will be protected from that ring around the speaker/FaceTime camera and nicks from the case. You can't even tell they're there. I tried installing a screen protector under the otterbox one and it killed touch sensitivity. Tearing it out makes the case flimsy on the sides. This works really well.
    02-16-2013 12:44 AM
  11. Summerfield 61's Avatar
    Does Otter make a replacement screen protector for the Defender Case? Mine is scratched and faded some. The original has some flaps to tie it into the plastic face plate that seems to help limit dust penetration. I have an iPhone 5.
    03-04-2013 03:21 PM
  12. ortahan123's Avatar
    Look men i had the same problem
    Di not
    I reapet do not
    Remove otterbox defender
    It might stcratch your screen protector
    So yeah you have to pay every month like 3$ for a new one
    Belove me its worth it!!!
    06-12-2013 01:52 AM
  13. cjanefab's Avatar
    Thank you for this. After reading your post and comments, I've removed the plastic shield. I had already installed a Zagg shied and loved it, but I wanted more protection. Before doing this, I was really starting to hate my Otterbox because of the air bubbles/oil-slick look under the OB plastic shield. I repeatedly tried the whole rubbing alcohol/baby powder/lens cleaner deal, no joy. Removing the OB shield and having a Zagg shield works best for me.
    08-22-2013 12:36 AM
  14. Mattias Pedersen's Avatar
    if You do take it off is the screen sticky or not, i have the defender for a iPad mini and some dust has gotten inside, just wondering if its a good idea to clean the inside of the screen protector?
    09-02-2013 02:01 PM
  15. berry_addict's Avatar
    I have the Otterbox Defender on my iPhone5, and it's full on ! Since it is on, no issues at all, very responsive. I really like to keep it on, cause from time to time I feel like going commando with the phone, but realize that I might drop the phone cause it's too small.
    09-02-2013 04:30 PM
  16. mikeyjayjay's Avatar
    I have iPhone 5S with defender case and my reason for wanting to remove outer screen protector is dust that gets in under protector causing me to have to take unit apart to clean weekly. Not a $ issue with me I like the defender case but without the protector. Just the pro's & con's of the owning the case 😀
    02-06-2014 09:43 AM
  17. John Yester's Avatar
    Every Otterbox I have owned. I take out the built in one... But I also love how I can use my own protector with the case on and no issues.
    Last edited by John Yester; 02-07-2014 at 09:59 AM.
    02-06-2014 10:13 AM
  18. mbar9607's Avatar
    I'm with Yester...
    02-06-2014 09:34 PM
  19. Davidson's Avatar
    Took mine out. Don't regret it.
    Put ur own on you'll be happy.


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    02-07-2014 02:39 AM
  20. Danny8200's Avatar
    I had a Defender a while back. I noticed moisture would get in between the SP and the screen causing a sort of rainbow effect on the screen.


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    02-08-2014 12:18 PM
  21. cjohnson421's Avatar
    I have a Note 3 and was undecided about removing screen protector. Read the posts here and decided to REMOVE it. Took a while to get the glue out and happy with the end result. Back to my bright screen and quick touch sensitivity. Using the Verizon tempered glass protector and works great.

    A few things to add..

    There will be glue residue along the edges and not easy to remove it with cleaner or cloth.. Using Goo Gone will help to remove it, you dont want that sticky stuff on your phone.

    I think the decision comes down to this..
    If you are in a work environment that is dusty or wet sometimes then LEAVE it on. If you are either home or in your car, or office environment and don't have lots of risk with day to day elements, then remove it to get better clarity and touch sensitivity. Just have to weigh out whats more important,.

    Not clear if screen can be easily re-applied, might be difficult to get glue to stay within the small edge and not smear into screen.
    07-01-2014 03:44 PM
  22. richxps's Avatar
    I have the preserver and feel safe, it's weird I would use the apple leather case which I love but the stress level of damaging the phone from a drop makes me nuts , now with the preserver I do not worry at all now which is the way it should be.
    Question though Otterbox is a top brand case why are they not in apple stores ?
    07-01-2014 05:27 PM
  23. Shawn Schrader's Avatar
    had two of these i had a puregear screen guard from verizon put on my phone, took the screen guards off these and i cannot get the glue off ! im gonna sell the two i have see if i can get few bucks back to paranoid that if ill ruin my phone if i use them. my advice would be to leave built in on or if you want protection of defender buy one of the knock off defenders on ebay etc, i went with the commuter.
    07-08-2014 11:38 PM
  24. Ledsteplin's Avatar
    had two of these i had a puregear screen guard from verizon put on my phone, took the screen guards off these and i cannot get the glue off ! im gonna sell the two i have see if i can get few bucks back to paranoid that if ill ruin my phone if i use them. my advice would be to leave built in on or if you want protection of defender buy one of the knock off defenders on ebay etc, i went with the commuter.
    Why buy a knock off Defender? Mine works great. And prices have come down for them. I've had no issues with the built in screen protector. And Otter has the best customer service ever. Or did I not understand you?


    Sent from from my iPhone 5
    07-09-2014 12:32 AM
  25. Shawn Schrader's Avatar
    knock off because some if you look closely dont have the built in screen shield. thats all i know they have good customer support never said they didnt.
    07-09-2014 11:30 PM
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