Thinking of getting first Otterbox

btitus

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I have always shied away from the Otterbox because of the bulkiness but with the 5 being thinner I feel like the Otterbox Defender would be thinner this time. Anyone have any advice or testimonials?


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I've had a defender for two years on my iPhone 4, before updating to the 5. I loved it. Even though it was bulkier, it protected the phone so well.

However, I did have problems with dust getting trapped between the otterbox and the screen of the phone which required me to remove it and clean. That was a hinderance, but nothing too bad.

Got the commuter series for the iPhone 5, since the phone is more durable itself this time around. I'll let you know how it goes tomorrow when it arrives.
 

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I'm planning to go over to BestBuy today to pick one up. Do you think they would let me try a couple on for size to see which one I like?:rolleyes:
 

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I'd get the Commuter since the defender makes the 5 the size of an iPad
 

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I would personally wait for the lifeproof. Had one on my 4s with zero issues and it was not as bulky. But both are great cases.
I agree, you get less bulky and more protection, even thou I don't have one I'm really thinking of getting it.
The otterbox on my fiancée 4S was replaced twice and the plastic on the outside still lost color and got very loose. A waste of $50 bucks.
 

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I agree the otterbox is way to bulky........check out www.lifeproof.com
Had one on my 4S.......little more expensive but looks much better same protection without the bulk..........
 

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otterbox defenders on (4) ipads (orig, 2, 2, & 3)
otterbox defenders on (2) ip3gs
otterbox defender on (1) droid x
otterbox commuter on (1) droid incredible

yes they add a little bulk but protection is excellent under heavy use.

btw...just ordered (1) defender, & (1) commuter for new iph5's...
 

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I would personally wait for the lifeproof. Had one on my 4s with zero issues and it was not as bulky. But both are great cases.
LifeProof is the way to go. It's thin, it offers great protection, no dust or water can get in, and it's shock resistant. Had my 4S in one since iDay 2011 and it looks brand new without a single blemish or scratch.
 
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I've had the Otterbox Defender for several years. It is great, even though it's bulky. It does its job and protects the whole iPhone. I don't mind the bulkiness as long as it protects the iPhone.
 

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Can someone post some pics of their iPhone5 in an OtterBox case please?


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Can someone post some pics of their iPhone5 in an OtterBox case please?


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It's basically the same as the iPhone 4, except bigger to fit the iPhone 5, and different cutouts to use the headphone jack which is now on the bottom, and to adjust to the smaller charge port. I loved my iPhone 4 otterbox case and it lasted me several years with only normal wear. As far as the bulkiness goes, if you do purchase one, just get used to it. And know that it's keeping your awesome phone protected.

I don't have a photo of my iPhone 5 in otterbox case yet. I'll be receiving the case possibly tomorrow.

But the iPhone 4 otterbox case you can look at photos. It's basically the same, but the iPhone 5 case will come with a back piece to connect it to the case and attach the phone to your pants - which is an awesome feature.
 

btitus

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It's basically the same as the iPhone 4, except bigger to fit the iPhone 5, and different cutouts to use the headphone jack which is now on the bottom, and to adjust to the smaller charge port. I loved my iPhone 4 otterbox case and it lasted me several years with only normal wear. As far as the bulkiness goes, if you do purchase one, just get used to it. And know that it's keeping your awesome phone protected.

I don't have a photo of my iPhone 5 in otterbox case yet. I'll be receiving the case possibly tomorrow.

But the iPhone 4 otterbox case you can look at photos. It's basically the same, but the iPhone 5 case will come with a back piece to connect it to the case and attach the phone to your pants - which is an awesome feature.
Oh ok. I was imagining that the overall profile would be slimmer since the 5 is slimmer.


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What do you people do for work that they need these cases? I'm a Remodeling Contractor and have had my iPhone 4 in a Incase slider for 2 years with no damage at all. I end up with nails, screws, nuts and bolts. Keys and dust and dirt in my pockets with my phone. Not judging, just wondering.
 
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What do you people do for work that they need these cases? I'm a Remodeling Contractor and have had my iPhone 4 in a Incase slider for 2 years with no damage at all. I end up with nails, screws, nuts and bolts. Keys and dust and dirt. Not judging, just wondering.
I'm a college student, no work yet. But the Otterbox case is worth it. $50 at the most, and it'll last you for a few years unless you get a new iPhone and it's different, like the iPhone 5.
 

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your welcome .I have pretty big hands but its comfortable for me actually more comfortable than without a case. Im just amazed at the weight of it.

I work outside a lot so i like it being protected. When they come out I'll probably get a otterbox armor or a lifeproof but i went ahead and picked up a defender because i didn't want it unprotected