Defender for iPhone full review

There are many cases appearing for Apple's iPhone, but none more resilient than those offered by Otterbox, which is famous for its ultra-rugged phone, iPod and PDA cases.

For the iPhone Otterbox offers two cases, with macho names to boot: Armor and Defender. Each is packaged in a box that suggests potential users are rough-country runners, soldiers in combat, ER doctors, surfers and construction workers – an intrepid version of the Village People, perhaps.

Unlike the Armor case - which is built like a tank, completely obscures the stylish design and doubles the weight of your fancy Apple mobile - the OtterBox Defender is more sleek and only semi-rugged. (It is available in jet black or black with fancy yellow bits.)

But like the bomb-proof Armor it provides complete user interaction with the iPhone's volume controls, camera, and touch-screen functions (via a protective membrane) – and additionally includes access to the dock connector. (The Silence switch is not usable through the case.)

Its protection is built up in three layers: the iPhone sits in a hard plastic case, which is then covered in a silicone jacket for better grip and drop protection. A further hard plastic holster includes a robust if rather bulky swivel belt clip.

The Defender is water-resistant but not fully waterproof, so does protect against light rain and spray but not a dunk in the ocean.

Or try this: Otterbox Armor iPhone case

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