Construction and Features
The Defender for iPhone is a hard plastic case with a rubber outer cover to help cushion your phone from impacts. But the level of protection actually goes much deeper than that; as OtterBox has thrown in a protective screen [including one for the Apple Logo and the Camera], micro- mesh coverings for the ear piece and speakers, and protective rubber covers for the headphones jack, mute switch, and the iPhone adapter plug.
A word on the screen protector; I found that it bubbles after you press it for the first time. This makes reading in bright light difficult and is not something you can get around. I tried all of the methods used to smooth out regular screen protectors but none worked. There is also a small issue with the mute switch; with the current design it is difficult to access. I found that to switch back and forth I had to use my pinky fingernail to flip the switch.
The included belt clip has a few nice features as well. Although designed to hold the phone in a vertical position the clip can swivel 360 degrees to allow you to angle the phone for comfort. You can also hold the clip open by pinching it until you hear it click. It will remain in this position until you release it.
Despite all of this, the belt clip is a little bit of a disappointment. Although it is rugged and very sturdy OtterBox put the belt clip at the top. This makes carrying your iPhone in a horizontal position very ungainly as the phone sticks out quite a bit from your belt. The extra weight of the iPhone in the defender also means that the phone will eventually droop back to the vertical position. The belt clip itself is also uncomfortable if you are wearing it on your belt without a shirt between you and it. I found that it presses into your side and can even pinch it if you are not careful. OtterBox needs to put some more thought and work into this part of the Defender.
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