Torn between: Otterbox defender, Griffin Reveal & Lifeproof ?

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capri

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Hi guys,
Happy New Year.
I'm starting the year buy treating myself to the iPhone 4S.
I'm quite careful but my last Nokia phone suffered quite a bit when i dropped it
on the floor a few times w/o any sort of case.
Since the iPhone is quite pricey, i have to use a case with it. No argument here.
Based on my research, my choices are the above. Since i live overseas, i can only rely on pictures on the web, reviews on the web & opinions from people on this great forum.
Perhaps you guys can help me narrow my choice:

Most important criteria as follows:

1.) does not add too much bulk to the phone as i would like to put the phone in my jeans pockets.
2.) protection from dropping !
3.) sensitivity of the screen is important. It needs to retain its sensitivity. Does defender have a screen protector or none ?
4.) cost is not an object. $100 is my budget or less.
5.) am open to other cases other than mentioned above.

Thanks again & best of luck for the New YEar.

Capri
 

Jmbaker429

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Well with everything you said I would definitely check out Lifeproof. I swore by otterbox defender for years. Just made the switch to Lifeproof and will never go back. Check out their website www.lifeproof.com
Also if you have a Facebook find and like their page. Lots of good info.
 

capri

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JM, with lifeproof, only small apprehension i have which i read @ the forums is that you loose some sensitivity on the touch screen which i don't like to sacrifice.
Also with otterbox defender, are you still using the original screen or is it shielded with some sort of plastic ?
 

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Check this out. Also Lifeproof is very thin, offers maximum protection to all the elements, cost is under $100 and has a good warranty. Lots of members in here like the Lifeproof also.
 
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RoofMonkey

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I am another Lifeproofer that converted from Otterbox defender.
Lifeproof is a great case for sure, but it's not one that you change out all the time. You put it in there and leave it. Can't beat the waterproof aspect of it either. :D
 

capri

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looks like this is the way to go but any issues with loosing touch screen sensitivity & echo when using the handsfree speakers ?
 

Jmbaker429

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looks like this is the way to go but any issues with loosing touch screen sensitivity & echo when using the handsfree speakers ?
sensitivity is great no problems. No echo. Sound quality is great. With the otterbox they recommend using a screen protector which I didn't realize takes away from the retina display. Once I switched to Lifeproof (they recommend no screen protector) it was so nice having the retina display back with full clarity. I just wish I would have done it sooner. Also I ordered the belt clip from them. It is extremely durable and heavy duty. I am 100 percent satisfied with the case. If you haven't already done so, check out the website and watch the vids. Also I ordered mine and it came
In within three days. Best Buy has the cases in stock usually but doesn't carry the clips yet, I have heard a select few stores might have the clips but not sure.
 

capri

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Thanks! looks like I'll order one through a friend of mine in FLorida.
Can this be purchased through a local store or it is sold only through Mail order ?
Which local stores in the USA sells them ?
 

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I a Lifeproofer as well from too many cases. Prior to LifeProof, I was a otter box user. Let me tell you this, if you use your headphone jack frequently, then you'll have to keep up with the extra adapter.


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capri

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to clarify, the headphone jack is were you plug in your earphones so you can talk to someone on the phone correct ? its sorts of an extender ?
In other words, the normal headphone jack wont fit in there ?
 

Jmbaker429

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to clarify, the headphone jack is were you plug in your earphones so you can talk to someone on the phone correct ? its sorts of an extender ?
In other words, the normal headphone jack wont fit in there ?
yes the Apple headphone jack will fit in their. Some aftermarket headphones will not and they give you an extender for that. Also there is a jack screw-in cover that seals up the port while not in use. You get one extender and two screw in headphone caps with the case. But can purchase more if you ever loose any of them.
 

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yes the Apple headphone jack will fit in their. Some aftermarket headphones will not and they give you an extender for that. Also there is a jack screw-in cover that seals up the port while not in use. You get one extender and two screw in headphone caps with the case. But can purchase more if you ever loose any of them.
I should have been as clear as this in my response. My apologies for the confusion. Thanks for getting my back!


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