This wasn't the product that I was expecting, but read thoroughly before deciding for yourself. I have the commuter currently (I think that's what it's called)- that's just the basic rubber outer part covered by the plastic piece. It leaves the screen open. This one that I purchased completly encloses the phone. It's a lot bulkier, weighs more, and I was getting complaints from the people that I was talking to that I sounded far away. But it also protects your phone a lot more than the commuter series that I currently have. It really depends on what you are looking for. For me, I would prefer the lighter one. I'm willing to sacrifice the protection and have the lighter, less bulky cover. If you drop your phone a lot, have a high risk of submerging it in water, or work in conditions where your phone is vulnerable to getting smashed, this would be the cover for you.
This is the heaviest phone case I've ever seen. Sometimes when you're having a conversation on the phone, the person on the other end hears your voice like an echo. The cover makes the phone keypad and the buttons on the side of the phone very hard to press. When you are finished with a call, the cover doesn't allow you to see the contact and phone information so you can't end the call, the other person has to actually end the call. I only used it for 1 week so I don't know how waterproof it is but I hope it has that going for it because everything else about it is terrible.
The button for the ring/silent switch does not work at all. Inside of the case, the plastic of the case doesn't actually reach the phone's ring/silent switch rendering it useless. I need to be able to toggle between ringing and silent and this case prevents me from doing so unless I take the phone out of the case. Also, the case is extremely bulky. I understand that is needed for some of the case's features to work, but it more than doubles the size of the phone making it awkward to carry in one's pocket.
It protects your phone from wind and dust...and sound. You can barely hear through the membrane over the ear piece, and people can barely hear you thanks to the membrane over the mic. If you use a Bluetooth headset this isn't that big a problem...if it dies, you're pretty well screwed.Likewise, the screen protector also seems to protect your screen from being touched - it hovers mere millimeters from the screen so swiping is not an issue, but actually touching radio buttons on a website or typing can be - one of my co-workers placed a business card or two behind his phone in the case to alleviate the problem, but from where I sit we shouldn't have to do that. NOT water-proof.
After two years with a Lifeproof case on my Iphone 4, it was time for a new case. I wasn't really looking to spend the money I did on the Lifeproof, and the Otterbox happened to show up on Groupon at the time I was ready to purchase a new case. The case was a bit bulky, but not that big of an issue. I liked the strap for it also. I took it to a pool party and not long after, my phone shut off and wouldn't turn back on. I pulled the case off, and water had somehow seeped into the case through the bottom where the flap for the charging port is. Let it dry for a half hour and it finally turned back on, but now the sound randomly turns on and off...
I liked my Otterbox Commuter case (everyone that I know that owns one does) but I wore it out. Found this great deal on the Otterbox Defender for my iPhone 4S and decided to upgrade because reviews were good. The problem is people often (almost always) can't hear a word I am saying when the case is on. I decided not to return it because of cost and time it was just easier for me to purchase a pair of Bluetooth headphones. I used them with iphone and I think it will be okay. The case is heavier and thicker and I do think it will protect my phone which is important to me. I do not know anyone else that owns this case so I can't ask them if they have the same problem.
This will keep your iPhone safe, but there's a tradeoff for it. It's harder to hear when talking with someone on your iphone. Your ringtones aren't quite as loud and you can't hear your music very well through the iPhone speakers like you're used to. The case is so dust proof and water resistant that it covers these sounds up pretty good. In order to hear messages and music you have to have the charger cord cover open. If it's closed in the water seal mode, you'll have a hard time hearing your music and messages. But the case will protect your investment, which is why I bought mine. I work in a strenuous environment for humans and iphones, so this was the best option.
I have to continually remove the phone from the case to end a call. The screen will not recall when in the case. When it is not in the case, I do not have the same problem. I am a contractor, & as such, I was thrilled with the low price for such a protective case, but it is not very convenient if I have to take it out of the case every time to disconnect a call. Also, I can hear an incoming call, but with the screen blacked out, I cannot tell who is calling nor can I switch over the calls. If you have any suggestions on how this is supposed to work, please email me back, otherwise, perhaps the phone case is a big dud!
I had to remove the mesh cover over the microphone area because people couldn't hear me when I was talking. It may be water tight, but it was not functional. I almost returned it, but after tweaking it, it seems to work just fine. Also be aware that you will not hear your ringer or any other notifications as well as you did in the past. The cover dampens that too. I am glad to have it though. I work in construction and I was always afraid that I was going to break my phone. I had a different model of otter box and this one, as far as safety is concerned, is by far the best product.
just love the case. will surely recommend it to a friend.