Installation of the OtterBox Defender is simple. First, after removing it from the packaging, you must remove the silicon outer cover. This allows you to open the inner plastic case and remove the cardboard iPhone mock-up. You then,after making sure your screen is absolutely clean, insert your phone and snap the plastic shell closed. Make sure you snap all three locking devices closed or the next step might get a little tricky. Next, you figure out which way the silicon sleeve goes and slide it over the plastic shell. Make sure that the silicon hooks into place throughout the case or you’ll notice yourself snagging it on things.
|Three layers of protection for your phone. When snapped in the clip, the defender case securely protects the entire phone, including the screen.|
|Front of iPhone 3G with Defender case installed.||Rear of iPhone 3G with Defender case installed.|
After we installed the OtterBox Defender Case on our iPhone, the first thing we noticed was that there was bubbles in the screen. Despite our best efforts, we couldn’t get this to go away. In the end, we had to remove the case entirely, and apply talcum powder between the screen and the screen protector. If you have this issue with your Defender, THIS IS THE SOLUTION. Be careful that you do not apply too much or the screen may appear hazy. What we did was apply a little to a soft tissue and run the tissue on the screen. What this does is provide a little spacing between the two otherwise smooth surfaces that naturally want to stick together.
After the above mentioned dilemma was fixed, the OtterBox Defender was by far the best case I have ever come across for the iPhone. There are rubber grommet type flaps, that help to prevent liquid from getting into the openings of the phone when exposed to a wet or moist environment. Also, there are small mesh screens that cover the earpiece, microphone, and speaker of the phone, allowing you to send and receive sounds clearly and unobstructed, as well as protect them from damage.
Throughout a few weeks of testing, the phone endured many drops to concrete, carpet, and any other surface that you might encounter in an average active lifestyle. The iPhone fared so well that I actually noticed myself dropping it more than I ever have. I began leaving the phone on my lap in the car and getting out, while I watch it fall on the ground. I now just shrug my shoulders and pick it back up as though I know that it is alright. Although it was an accident, I even dropped the iPhone into a puddle running through a parking lot one rainy day. As I felt the phone slip from my hand my heart dropped. I watched it fall into a puddle about 6″ deep, splash, and submerged. I thought that the phone was a goner. Began to think about all the iPhone’s I had already gone through and how I had no upgrades left on my AT&T account. As I slowly picked up the phone I realized that the phone was completely unharmed and finished the run to my car. After I got inside, I pulled the case apart and to my amazement there was not only no water in the phone itself, but the water had not even gotten into the case. The phone had been sitting in the Water for about 5-8 seconds, completely submerged and the only thing protecting it was the OtterBox.