1. iLive an iLife's Avatar
    itechyou: Have you ever had a problem with the port covers ripping off? I looked at one of these today (they were at Walmart like hilol said) and the port covers just seemed so thin and chintzy to me. I feel like they could easily rip off taking the phone out of my pocket.

    Does anyone have any recommendations for another "rugged" case? I have a defender, but my silicone is warped/stretched out. Not sure if there are any other options out there other than OB, LP and Griffin.
    07-10-2012 10:07 PM
  2. Brickman's Avatar
    ...Does anyone have any recommendations for another "rugged" case? I have a defender, but my silicone is warped/stretched out. Not sure if there are any other options out there other than OB, LP and Griffin.

    You can look at the Ballistic HC It pretty big with the Silicon on but you can take the Silicon off and still have very good protection. That what my son does. He likes the OBD but uses the Ballistic mostly because w/o the silicon he can slip it in and out of his pocket easily.
    07-11-2012 08:04 AM
  3. ThePinkChameleon's Avatar
    I have a defender, but my silicone is warped/stretched out. Not sure if there are any other options out there other than OB, LP and Griffin.
    iLive, suggestion: for your OB, call OB customer service & explain to them the issue(s) with your defender - their CS is awesome & should send you a replacement with no problems. A while back(maybe in Feb?), i had to request a replacement because the white silicone outter on one of mine was starting to yellow - they sent me a replacement & i didn't have to return the 'defective' one, although i did offer to It took about 2 weeks to receive the replacement, so in that time, you could weigh out your options of what you'd like to get for another rugged style case
    iLive an iLife likes this.
    07-11-2012 08:24 AM
  4. iLive an iLife's Avatar
    Pink, that's exactly what I did. I just got off the phone with Otterbox and they are sending out a replacement for me. The girl I spoke with was really nice and said I should have it next week. I think I'll probably just stick with this - the devil you know is better than the one you don't! If I can save a few bones, I might as well. :roll eyes:
    07-11-2012 02:50 PM
  5. ThePinkChameleon's Avatar
    iLive, thats good to hear - OB does have great cust serv when it comes to warranty issues and honestly, out of all my cases i use, the defender is indeed one of my faves with specks cs right there with'em!!

    I'm acutally going to hold off on the griffin survivor myself because i really want the new Studio series defender in the 'celestial' print - its so pretty and girly
    07-11-2012 04:45 PM
  6. Brickman's Avatar
    I am NOT so patiently waiting on the new Armor Series from OtterBox. It's their new "protect you from everything" case. It's their answer to LifeProof.
    07-11-2012 05:33 PM
  7. ThePinkChameleon's Avatar
    I am NOT so patiently waiting on the new Armor Series from OtterBox. It's their new "protect you from everything" case. It's their answer to LifeProof.
    it appears to seal like a LP, BUT the Armor case has a 10 ft./30 minute limit, where as the LP has no time limit but can go no deeper than 6.6 ft.

    they sure are taking longer than expected to release this case too...last email i rec'd it was sup'd to be ready by June 24th.
    07-11-2012 05:38 PM
  8. Brickman's Avatar
    The boys and I do a lot of outdoor stuff. Camping, Fishing, Football, Baseball, etc. I mainly want case that is waterproof, drop proof,and Dustproof. How deep in water it can go does not bother me too much. If I am 10ft underwater for more ethan 10 mins., I promise you my phone is the last worry I will have!!

    We were looking at the LP but when we heard OB was coming out with this case, we decided to wait and see. I actually G+ OtterBox they other day and asked about the delay and they said they were going to have an announcement this week. We will see. :roll eyes:

    Another reason I am hesitant about any case right now is that my contract is up this November and the iP5 should be out then. I don't want spend $80+ on a case and it not fit the new phone. That would stink! I'll just keep my Defender on for now and wait and see what happens.
    07-11-2012 05:51 PM
  9. iLive an iLife's Avatar
    iLive, thats good to hear - OB does have great cust serv when it comes to warranty issues and honestly, out of all my cases i use, the defender is indeed one of my faves with specks cs right there with'em!!

    I'm acutally going to hold off on the griffin survivor myself because i really want the new Studio series defender in the 'celestial' print - its so pretty and girly
    Their customer service is outstanding. I was so shocked and surprised by how quick and friendly they are. I absolutely love Amazon and that's the main reason - their customer service can't be beat. After my experience today, I might have to throw Life Proof to the curb and go with an Armor case when the time comes.

    PS - When I was looking up the phone number for OtterBox on their site, I saw all those new defenders. Definitely girly, but a nice addition to their lineup nevertheless.
    07-11-2012 06:16 PM
  10. ThePinkChameleon's Avatar
    The boys and I do a lot of outdoor stuff. Camping, Fishing, Football, Baseball, etc. I mainly want case that is waterproof, drop proof,and Dustproof. How deep in water it can go does not bother me too much. If I am 10ft underwater for more ethan 10 mins., I promise you my phone is the last worry I will have!!

    We were looking at the LP but when we heard OB was coming out with this case, we decided to wait and see. I actually G+ OtterBox they other day and asked about the delay and they said they were going to have an announcement this week. We will see. :roll eyes:

    Another reason I am hesitant about any case right now is that my contract is up this November and the iP5 should be out then. I don't want spend $80+ on a case and it not fit the new phone. That would stink! I'll just keep my Defender on for now and wait and see what happens.
    OK, i just wanted to point out the depth/time limit out to you just in case its something that could have effected you using the case or not. As far as your contract, if its going to be up soon, and the iP5 drops soon, then yes, i would hold off as well instead of spending the $80 in this phone now

    Their customer service is outstanding. I was so shocked and surprised by how quick and friendly they are. I absolutely love Amazon and that's the main reason - their customer service can't be beat. After my experience today, I might have to throw Life Proof to the curb and go with an Armor case when the time comes.

    PS - When I was looking up the phone number for OtterBox on their site, I saw all those new defenders. Definitely girly, but a nice addition to their lineup nevertheless.
    i've been waiting for the Armor to come out as well because i'd like to take a look at it too

    (and YES, all those new defenders are DEFINATELY a great addition to the line - us girls...well me at least, like to have girly colors, but adding a frilly print to it is a plus indeed )
    07-11-2012 07:01 PM
  11. iLive an iLife's Avatar
    So I've been getting A LOT of emails from OtterBox. I think I've received 8 or 9 in the last 24. I had several "incident" number (all of them were different). Apparently when I called in yesterday, the rep made a mistake and somehow my warranty replacement order was multiplied. I called today to straighten it out. I had 4 cases in their system to be sent out (2 black and 2 glacier). That was the vibe I was getting since all the numbers were different. I'm glad I caught them before they were sent out. I appreciate them sending out the replacement as it is - didn't want to take advantage of their policy. That's how people ruin a good thing!
    ThePinkChameleon likes this.
    07-12-2012 01:14 PM
  12. ThePinkChameleon's Avatar
    So I've been getting A LOT of emails from OtterBox. I think I've received 8 or 9 in the last 24. I had several "incident" number (all of them were different). Apparently when I called in yesterday, the rep made a mistake and somehow my warranty replacement order was multiplied. I called today to straighten it out. I had 4 cases in their system to be sent out (2 black and 2 glacier). That was the vibe I was getting since all the numbers were different. I'm glad I caught them before they were sent out. I appreciate them sending out the replacement as it is - didn't want to take advantage of their policy. That's how people ruin a good thing!
    OMG not just 1 replacement but 4 !! LOL. I'm glad to hear that you called in (as i wouldve too) to straighten that mess out so that you receive the 1 replacement that is actually due to you

    some people would've unfortunately seen an opportunity to take advantage, and either give them away to friends, or sell them to make a few bucks - and your right, thats how a good thing can be ruined!!

    07-12-2012 02:01 PM
  13. GingerSnapsBack's Avatar
    You can look at the Ballistic HC It pretty big with the Silicon on but you can take the Silicon off and still have very good protection. That what my son does. He likes the OBD but uses the Ballistic mostly because w/o the silicon he can slip it in and out of his pocket easily.

    +1 on the Ballistics. I have two and love using them. Still can't dock the iPhone without the CableJive thingie, but at least when you take the cases off repeatedly, the silicone doesn't stretch out. My only complaint is the camera lens cover gets grimy quickly and it's a PITA to clean properly. My photos look grainy if I don't keep the lens cover clean.
    Last edited by NobodyListenstoLaura; 07-12-2012 at 02:36 PM.
    07-12-2012 02:34 PM
  14. ThePinkChameleon's Avatar
    SO i caved in on Sunday & bought a Griffin Survivor in pink/white. Here's my take on it:

    First off, i got my griffin from Amazon in the 'warehouse deals' section of Amazon & it was labeled as "used - like new condition" but in original packagin - I paid ONLY $17 for it plus $5 in shipping = $22.33 to be exact. When i opened everything up, NOTHING was missing or damaged and there was not one mark on the case - its brand new!! I ordered it Sunday & i got it Tues.

    So, as far as the case goes - the shell of it has a screen protector built in like the ob BUT in addition - there is also screen protection over the ear piece - it does NOT interfere with hearing callers & the proximity sensor works fine too. Every thing is covered with little door tabs, including the camera. The tab also covers over the headphone hole, but it does not seem to interfere with the little hole (voice thingy) next to it - i used my phone on speaker earlier and the caller heard me just fine. Overall, i really love the way the silicone outter sits on the shell - it doesnt peel back or stretch out, like the ob def's can.

    Now, the ONLY 2 things i noticed with this case: 1) it seems a teeny bit bigger than the ob defender but i didn't compare them, and the outter case is definately meatier too. 2) on the face of the phone, where you would type in portrait mode - the way the shell sits up taller than the ob does it can get in the way a bit when texting, typing an email etc. I've been using my phone a decent amount this morn till now & its hasnt really gotten to me.

    Overall this case seals more than an OB does & even though its not waterproof, I really think i MIGHT have finally found "the" case....imagine that?!?! LOL!





    Last edited by Pink; 07-18-2012 at 03:06 PM.
    07-18-2012 02:57 PM
  15. Brickman's Avatar
    ........ I really think i MIGHT have finally found "the" case....imagine that?!?! LOL!
    I don't believe that for a second Pink! LOL!

    Nice mini review though. Good to know.
    ThePinkChameleon likes this.
    07-18-2012 10:46 PM
  16. ThePinkChameleon's Avatar
    I don't believe that for a second Pink! LOL!

    Nice mini review though. Good to know.
    LOL, hey it's worth a shot to be optimistic that this case could be the last one
    07-19-2012 07:40 AM
  17. iLive an iLife's Avatar
    Hahaha Pink, we ALL know that you can't be cured!! If you love your cases, that's what makes you you!

    My OB Defender is coming today. Really looking forward to using that again this weekend. I'm going to be out and about a lot and could really use the added protection.


    Sent from my iPhone 4S using Tapatalk
    07-19-2012 01:56 PM
  18. ThePinkChameleon's Avatar
    Hahaha Pink, we ALL know that you can't be cured!! If you love your cases, that's what makes you you!

    My OB Defender is coming today. Really looking forward to using that again this weekend. I'm going to be out and about a lot and could really use the added protection.


    Sent from my iPhone 4S using Tapatalk
    LOL, well...yea :o i do love my cases thats for sure but i can honestly say, out of all of my cases i have right now, this one has become my top fave
    07-19-2012 04:01 PM
  19. iLive an iLife's Avatar
    The case seemed really nice! I tried it out at a Walmart. What I didn't like was that I have to take both layers off to dock my phone. With the OB Defender, I can take the silicone off and dock my phone (I can't believe Walmart also so my iHome plus they let me try them together) - with the Survivor it's both the plastic and silicone layers.

    I got my new OB Defender replacement today. I decided to mix it up and use my old white plastic shell with the new black silicone. Looks nice!
    07-19-2012 10:56 PM
  20. ThePinkChameleon's Avatar
    The case seemed really nice! I tried it out at a Walmart. What I didn't like was that I have to take both layers off to dock my phone. With the OB Defender, I can take the silicone off and dock my phone (I can't believe Walmart also so my iHome plus they let me try them together) - with the Survivor it's both the plastic and silicone layers.

    I got my new OB Defender replacement today. I decided to mix it up and use my old white plastic shell with the new black silicone. Looks nice!
    aaahhhh rockin the ol'trooper look defender style !! Nice iLive!! And yes as for the survivor, the way the plastic shell is built where you would dock, it is extended longer than the OB def shell indeed. But now with the OB def, you should be able to dock without removing the silicone - I was able to with mine....

    BTW today is day 3 still using my survivor case
    07-20-2012 12:47 PM
  21. iLive an iLife's Avatar
    Ever since I got that white/black CandyShell, I've really liked that color combo. The Defender looks nice together!

    I never tried docking the iPhone with the silicone on, I'm going to give that a whirl tonight! Glad I checked the forums before bed!!

    Pink - I'm thinking you may have found a cure!! I've been itching for a new case, but I'm going to hold off. The couple that I have look good and are still doing their job!
    07-21-2012 12:08 AM
  22. ThePinkChameleon's Avatar
    Ever since I got that white/black CandyShell, I've really liked that color combo. The Defender looks nice together!

    I never tried docking the iPhone with the silicone on, I'm going to give that a whirl tonight! Glad I checked the forums before bed!!

    Pink - I'm thinking you may have found a cure!! I've been itching for a new case, but I'm going to hold off. The couple that I have look good and are still doing their job!
    iLive, glad to hear your enjoying the black/white combo I've gotta tell ya, i've had my griffin case on since i got it in the mail a few days ago i think i'll be setting a record for myself of the longest i've used one case LOL I really am digging this case i may have a bunch of cases up for sale soon
    07-22-2012 08:45 AM
  23. iLive an iLife's Avatar
    Well Pink, it's official. My Dad is going to take my iPhone 4S and I'm going to be upgrading to the new iPhone whenever that comes out (I've started squirreling away money for it - this new freelance work has really been helping!). I think I'm going to make him buy a Survivor case (especially after you, and everyone else, raved about it). He is extremely tough on electronics and, let's face it, if the iPhone isn't in something protective, it'll shatter. I think the survivor will be perfect for him!
    07-25-2012 10:30 PM
  24. jobosumm's Avatar
    I tried out the griffin survivor case - and returned it after 4 days. My biggest problem with it was that flap over the camera. The "notch" that is suppose to keep the flap open while taking pictures was a big pain in the a$$ - it either took several tries to get to stay - or would come out during the picture. Several times i went to take a quick candid shot only to realize the flap was closed and then Struggled to open it and by that time the candid shot was lost. :/
    Also on my gripe list was typing on the keyboard. The lip around the screen made it difficult to type the outer keys.

    As far as protection - i wasn't worried about dropping it and i liked the feel of the case.

    I am waiting on the otterbox armour to be released as well! Or i will be grabbing the studio series in celestial.

    Mophie is still my #1 pick of case
    07-25-2012 11:45 PM
  25. ThePinkChameleon's Avatar
    Well Pink, it's official. My Dad is going to take my iPhone 4S and I'm going to be upgrading to the new iPhone whenever that comes out (I've started squirreling away money for it - this new freelance work has really been helping!). I think I'm going to make him buy a Survivor case (especially after you, and everyone else, raved about it). He is extremely tough on electronics and, let's face it, if the iPhone isn't in something protective, it'll shatter. I think the survivor will be perfect for him!
    good for you to get the newest iphone when it is released!! Thanks Dad lol.

    As for the Survivor case, i do LOVE it, but as pointed out in Jobosumm's post, the lip edge around the front of the screen does sit higher than the OB defender does - for her it was troublesome, but for me on the other hand - it doesnt bother me really. So, i'd say try out the case for your Dad when he gets your 4S and see how it is for him.

    Now, as for the camera flap on the back, another thing that does not trouble me because i don't use my camera that much. Again, for Jo it was troublesome and i understand, she uses her camera alot I have also read that people completely cut that flap off - i didn't on mine, but i dont see how it would compromise the case in general - the only thing i see is that the camera wouldnt be fully covered, BUT its not on a OB defender either.

    Either way, can't hurt to try it out - your Dad may really like it, or not. Either way, it'll be returnable
    07-26-2012 08:46 AM
60 123
LINK TO POST COPIED TO CLIPBOARD