1. hydrogen3's Avatar
    OtterBox claims that the Defender protects your iPhone against drops, shocks, dust, and scratches with its three layers of protection and built-in screen protector. I'm analyzing my Defender 4S case I just Don't see how. Maybe I'm missing something?

    1st Observation: The Silcone will absorb shock and should be between your iphone and the plastic shell not the other way around.

    I'll update as I continue to analyze..
    Last edited by hydrogen3; 04-11-2013 at 12:02 PM.
    04-11-2013 11:43 AM
  2. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    OtterBox claims that the Defender protects your iPhone against drops, shocks, dust, and scratches with its three layers of protection and built-in screen protector. I'm analyzing my Defender 4S case I just Don't see how. Maybe I'm missing something?

    1st Observation: The Silcone will absorb shock and should be between your iphone and the plastic shell not the other way around.

    I'll update as I continue to analyze..
    You maybe right and thus the reason for this particular line in their limited warranty:

    "...the limited warranty does not, under any circumstances, cover the replacement or cost of any electronic device or personal property inside or outside of the OtterBox product."
    http://forums.imore.com/e?link=http%...token=u1KFHQt8

    To be fair, I did NOT read the entire warranty...
    04-11-2013 12:14 PM
  3. Alli's Avatar
    My husband buys a Defender with every new device. He has dropped his phone more than once whilst climbing the mast of Naval destroyers. They definitely do provide protection.
    04-11-2013 05:02 PM
  4. taz323's Avatar
    I've had and have the defender case on all of my phones and must say never a scratch. Maybe I'm lucky, but I won't chance it.
    04-11-2013 05:23 PM
  5. jerome g's Avatar
    OtterBox claims that the Defender protects your iPhone against drops, shocks, dust, and scratches with its three layers of protection and built-in screen protector. I'm analyzing my Defender 4S case I just Don't see how. Maybe I'm missing something?

    1st Observation: The Silcone will absorb shock and should be between your iphone and the plastic shell not the other way around.

    I'll update as I continue to analyze..
    Lifeproof claims this and doesn't then have silicone
    04-11-2013 06:22 PM
  6. GingerSnapsBack's Avatar
    Lifeproof claims this and doesn't then have silicone
    I wouldn't trust LP against drops. I've dropped my while it was in my OB defender. Not a scratch or a crack one.
    05-07-2013 03:53 PM
  7. jerome g's Avatar
    There are some nice videos on YouTube regarding drops for both cases.
    05-07-2013 07:00 PM
  8. metllicamilitia's Avatar
    Lifeproof claims this and doesn't then have silicone
    I wouldn't trust LP against drops. I've dropped my while it was in my OB defender. Not a scratch or a crack one.
    LifeProof only claims to protect from 6 foot drops, or 2 meters for those who use the metric system. Otterbox Defender is a lot more protective from drops, but LifeProof provides better overall protection. Mainly water protection, I have gotten to try the Otterbox Armor, Incipio Atlas or Seidio Obex though to see which of those 4 works best for those overall protections. But nothing beats a Defender from major drops.


    Blazin' tappity tap tap 2 you!
    05-07-2013 07:04 PM
  9. jerome g's Avatar
    LifeProof only claims to protect from 6 foot drops, or 2 meters for those who use the metric system. Otterbox Defender is a lot more protective from drops, but LifeProof provides better overall protection. Mainly water protection, I have gotten to try the Otterbox Armor, Incipio Atlas or Seidio Obex though to see which of those 4 works best for those overall protections. But nothing beats a Defender from major drops.


    Blazin' tappity tap tap 2 you!
    I agree with you, though just based on how the cases feel, I have the lifeproof and defender for the iphone 5.
    I haven't tested either intensively, just some minor drops here and there, but there are plenty of videos on YouTube with drops from much higher than 6.6 feet. I don't think I am usually in a situation where a drop would be from higher than that. I don't think the defender claims protection from any height but it does seem more sturdy in a sense. I am on the side of the OP that it may seem more logical to have the silicone on the inside.
    05-07-2013 09:02 PM
  10. John Yester's Avatar
    Interesting topic. As I mentioned in a few other threads. The Armor case which is more heavy duty then the defender has silicone in side and I dropped a 4S from about 4 feet and the phone shattered inside the case.
    05-07-2013 09:08 PM
  11. jerome g's Avatar
    Interesting topic. As I mentioned in a few other threads. The Armor case which is more heavy duty then the defender has silicone in side and I dropped a 4S from about 4 feet and the phone shattered inside the case.
    Wow, that is ridiculous ! Goes to show you that is it lands on the wrong angle you are screwed. I mean they make this Gorilla glass/2 seem indestructible, but that is far from the truth as you witnessed first hand with you phone enclosed in a tank.
    I think Corning should provide some sort of warranty to back up their product
    05-07-2013 11:21 PM
  12. John Yester's Avatar
    05-08-2013 12:02 AM
  13. bbsadaj's Avatar
    John, hope you get your phone back in shape. That probably won't be shown in the next Armor Series commercial.
    05-08-2013 06:50 AM
  14. Rockdog97's Avatar
    John, I dont recall but is the Armour screen protector plastic or glass?
    05-10-2013 03:41 PM
  15. John Yester's Avatar
    05-10-2013 08:02 PM
  16. tharley46's Avatar
    Advertised as glass


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    05-10-2013 08:43 PM
  17. Rockdog97's Avatar
    Thick plastic
    Is the defender screen protector plastic or glass?

    I just can't decide between the life proof or the defender..
    05-10-2013 11:32 PM
  18. tharley46's Avatar
    Defender is plastic


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    05-11-2013 04:53 AM
  19. John Yester's Avatar
    Ya defender is a the same but a bit thinner screen cover. I take them out anyways
    05-11-2013 11:27 AM
  20. GingerSnapsBack's Avatar
    IMO go with the defender. More protection. The LP is fine around water and I do use it when I jump with my horse as part of what I jump over is a water puddle but other than that and pool time during the summer, I stick with either a Ballistics HC or a Defender case.

    I'm on my phone right now and can't look but I recall a YouTube vid or a commercial of some NHL player slap shotting a phone in a particular case and the phone lived. I'm not that daring but if I can remember tomorrow I'll look up which case it was.
    05-13-2013 07:17 PM
  21. Rockdog97's Avatar
    IMO go with the defender. More protection. The LP is fine around water and I do use it when I jump with my horse as part of what I jump over is a water puddle but other than that and pool time during the summer, I stick with either a Ballistics HC or a Defender case.

    I'm on my phone right now and can't look but I recall a YouTube vid or a commercial of some NHL player slap shotting a phone in a particular case and the phone lived. I'm not that daring but if I can remember tomorrow I'll look up which case it was.
    My only consternation with the Defender is the claims and reports that the silicon casing gets worn out easily and deforms or loosens up. I like the slim profile of the LP but I also use a Mophie Juice Pack for my 4s, so being able to take the case on and off easily is something to consider as well - which I think the LP is pretty tough to get on/off.

    My potential issue with the LP is the reported sloppy screen cover and how it doesn't lay flat against the screen, causing potential sensitivity issues.

    I like the Armor case, but it's a bit too bulky for me.

    Decisions, decisions....
    05-14-2013 06:02 PM
  22. jerome g's Avatar
    My only consternation with the Defender is the claims and reports that the silicon casing gets worn out easily and deforms or loosens up. I like the slim profile of the LP but I also use a Mophie Juice Pack for my 4s, so being able to take the case on and off easily is something to consider as well - which I think the LP is pretty tough to get on/off.

    My potential issue with the LP is the reported sloppy screen cover and how it doesn't lay flat against the screen, causing potential sensitivity issues.

    I like the Armor case, but it's a bit too bulky for me.

    Decisions, decisions....
    The lifeproof is not hard to take off at all, my only issue with the case is the proximity sensor malfunction, I am constantly putting the phone on mute with my cheek. I like to hold the phone very close to my face/mouth so people can hear me better as there is a slight degradation of sound with the case on. Otherwise it would be the perfect case.
    I have the defender also and the silicone does stretch ever so slightly, but not nearly as much as with the 4s version. When I first got the case the silicone was so tough to get off, but now it has loosened and much easier to get off but by no means "saggy".
    I love the defender also- no sound issues, screen protector works great also. It is just a little to bulky and cut outs are rather large to let dust in.
    Also nice that is comes with a holster, which I use.
    The other case I have my eye on is the Ballistic every1
    05-14-2013 06:52 PM

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