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 Otterbox Defender
 
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PricePrice:
iPhone 6: $59.95 USD
iPhone 6+: $69.95 USD
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ProsPros:
– Offers decent access to your iPhone 6
– Offers better protection than the Otterbox Symmetry and Commuter
– Feels well-built (*see potential problems)
ConsCons:
– Dust/Debris protection isn’t great
– Buttons on iPhone 6 are hard to get at
– Slightly more complicated to install than other cases
– Adds quite a bit of bulk to the iPhone 6
Potential ProblemsPotential Problems:
– Rubber covering may stretch over time. We’ve seen this happen on our iPad mini and iPhone 5/5S cases
– No seals/membranes around the camera areas mean that dust/debris can be trapped between the case and iPhone resulting in a little bit of damage
Design Rating
DESIGN

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Weight/BulkWeight/Bulk (3/5):
– Otterbox Defender will more than double the thickness of your iPhone 6
InstallEase of Installation (3.5/5):
– Taking the case apart is a hassle. We recommend that you don’t cut your finger nails before trying to uninstall the case
– Comes in three parts
Build QualityBuild Quality (5/5):
– The materials of the Defender do feel top notch
– The rubbered shell reduces the chance that the case is going to slip out of your hand – Screen protector doesn’t get scratched up from general usage
– The case feels well built BUT Defenders are known to stretch out over time
Protection Rating
PROTECTION

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Shock ProtectionShock Protection (2.5/5):
– Otterbox doesn’t explicitly state that what the drop rating is on this case whereas everybody else does
– We are assuming a 6.6 ft drop rating
Water/Dust ProtectionWater/Dust Protection (1.5/5):
– The Otterbox Defender is not waterproof
– Doesn’t protect the sound ports/headphone jack from dust
– Doesn’t prevent dust from entering camera cutouts on the front/back of the case
– Lightning port is fully protected
Screen ProtectionScreen Protection (4/5):
– Thick plastic screen protector
– Substantial edge (1/4 inch) provides decent clearance for the iPhone touchscreen
Functionality Rating
FUNCTIONALITY

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iPhone FunctionalityiPhone Functionality (4/5):
– Power and volume buttons are difficult to get to
– Easy access to hardware ports
– Sound is not effected by the Otterbox Defender
– Touch ID membrane works
– No noticeable iPhone signal loss
Screen UsabilityScreen Usability (3.5/5):
– A small gap between the screen protector and touchscreen
– Reduces the sensitivity of the screen a little bit
– Plastic edge around the Touch ID sensor may get in the way of accessing your control panel
Screen ViewabilityScreen Viewability (5/5):
– Screen protector doesn’t sit flush on the screen which results in a increase in glare and multiple reflections
– Small dots are noticeable on the screen protector if you look hard enough
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