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Well, this iPhone battery case was a surprise
Otterbox Resurgence Review – One of the best built Otterbox cases ever
Today we’re going to review the Otterbox Resurgence. Right off the bat, this is one of the best built Otterbox cases I’ve seen to date.
This is battery case that will double the life of your iPhone 6. There a lot of nice things about the Resurgence in terms of the functionality of your iPhone in this case and it really seems like Otterbox paid a bit more attention to the design of this iPhone batter case. The power management on the case allows you to charge and sync your iPhone at the same which is nice and has a neat power-loss feature that stops the case from charging after the iPhone reaches 100%.
For our Otterbox Resurgence review for the iPhone 6, we’ve given this battery case a score of 4.1 Eh’s out of 5. The size and the lack of protection is what lowers the score of this decent battery case. If you’re looking for something that’s a little tougher, check out our LifeProof Fre Power review.
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(out of 5)
$99.95 USD (iPhone 6)
LifeProof Fre Power
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- Feels solid/well-built
- Double iPhone battery life
- No screen protector
- Hard to take off
|Potential Problems||Potential Problems:|
- The case is difficult to take apart
- Will weigh down your iPhone
|Install||Ease of Installation (4.5/5):|
- Hard to take apart
|Build Quality||Build Quality (5/5):|
- Feels solid
- Back of the case isn't slippery
|Shock Protection||Shock Protection (2/5):|
- We feel safe dropping it from 3 ft
|Water/Dust Protection||Water/Dust Protection (3/5):|
- Not waterproof
- Fits together well
|Screen Protection||Screen Protection (4/5):|
- Decent edges keep iPhone off a flat surface
|iPhone Functionality||iPhone Functionality (5/5):|
- Buttons are tougher to use but aren't "mushy"
- Uses micro-USB cable to charge
- In our usage, provides more than 2x the battery life of your iPhone
|Screen Usability||Screen Usability (5/5):|
- No issues in terms of screen usability
|Screen Viewability||Screen View-ability (5/5):|
- No issues in terms of view-ability
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Design – Fits well together and feels great as well
In terms of design this is a big case but that is expected since it has a spare battery. It will double the thickness of your iPhone and add about 1/2 inch to the length of the iPhone but that isn’t too noticeable unless you use your iPhone with one-hand a lot.
The build quality of this Resurgence is top notch. At the beginning of this review, we said this is one of the best built Otterbox cases that we’ve seen because it fits so damn well. The texture on the back of the case is nice and its not slippery like the Commuter and Symmetry. Our only gripe is that laying the Resurgence facedown will let your iPhone slide around easily which was a problem on the previous case we reviewed, the Seidio Tetra.
In terms of installation, the case is easy to put together but pretty tough to take apart. Make sure you’ve got a couple of fingernails to go through if you plan on taking this case apart. With that being said, we wouldn’t be too annoyed with the uninstallation process as the tight bumper means that your iPhone is going to stay protected which we’ll cover next.
Protection – Otterbox Certified Drop Protection…whatever that means
In terms of protection, this case is “drop-rated” but with Otterbox cases, you never know how high you can drop it from. Most case manufacturers will have a specific height that the case should protect your iPhone but Otterbox has their own self-certification and the words “Military Spec” on their website. We dropped our Resurgence from about 3 ft and the case stayed together which was all we were expecting from this battery case.
In terms of screen protection, the edges of the case are high enough to keep it off a flat surface and the case fits well together that dust and debris shouldn’t be a problem. Otterbox doesn’t include a screen protector with the Resurgence.
With all things considered, this is a good case for office life. If you’re looking for something tougher that has a battery in it, check out our review for the LifeProof Fre Power. Check back later as we’ll do a comparison of this case against Mophie’s new waterproof battery case!
Functionality – Take your iPhone further
Accessing your iPhone is pretty awesome in this case. The mute switch is quite unique and works incredibly well. Instead of having a flimsy, tiny toggle, Otterbox went with a switch that you easily slide back and forth. Getting to the headphone jack can be done without an extension cord and the buttons are a smidge tougher than other cases but still quite usable.
Charging the case is done using a micro-usb cable and the Resurgence will allow you to charge and sync your iPhone without having to take it out of the case. This is a common feature now but some of the earlier Mophie cases didn’t have that ability.
The auto-shut off on the Resurgence is a newer feature as it shuts off charging once your iPhone gets to a 100% charge rather than trying to keep it topped off at 100%. This auto-off means that you’ll get a bit more out of this case in the long term. To charge your iPhone, all you have to do is press the power button on the back and wait for the magic to happen!
The 2600 mAh battery on the Otterbox Resurgence will definitely provide 2X’s the battery life on your iPhone and from our usage, we think its a little higher than 2X’s. We were surprised that Otterbox didn’t bake this into their marketing fluff as being able to exaggerate numbers is something they like to do (i.e the drop certification with 24+ tests and 238+ hours of testing.
Again, we gave this case a score of 4.1 Eh’s out of 5. If you’re looking for a decent battery case for life in an office environment, consider getting the Otterbox Resurgence. It will keep you going all day and offer a little bit of protection for your iPhone during accidental drops.