Just about any smartphone case will protect against everyday bumps and scratches. but what about more serious hazards? That’s where the Otterbox Defender Series case comes in. Otterbox has a strong reputation for creating rugged, durable cases for mobile devices and has become synonymous with superior protection for your electronics in tough conditions.
The Defender Series case has several layers of protection for your iPhone 6/6s. At its core, your phone will be seated in a hard polycarbonate plastic shell that envelops the entire phone and features a raised lip around the screen to keep the display off surfaces when placed face down. This shell has a built-in screen protector that prevents scratches and smudges on your glass display while preserving all its touch capabilities including 3D Touch with the iPhone 6s. There’s a thin protective film over the fingerprint sensor that still allows it to read your prints. The entire shell slips into a thick rubber skin that wraps around the phone’s sides and back to absorb shock from drops, particularly at the corners, keeping your phone crack and damage free. The outer skin also closes out dust and dirt from your ports and buttons, though they remain accessible through rubber doors. The case fits neatly and securely into the included belt clip holster that swivels for portrait or landscape orientation and provides quick access to your phone while on the go.
Let’s be clear, this phone case is built like a tank and inevitably looks and feels a bit militaristic. The utilitarian design and bulk of the case contrasts sharply with the slim, svelte style of the iPhone. The case is twice the iPhone’s thickness and adds 2.5 ounces to its weight. However, the Defender Series has an extensive line of colors and styles to choose from so it doesn’t have to look so drab. You can customize the case by choosing a distinctive pattern from their Graphics Collection, a camouflaged scene from the Realtree Collection, or your favorite team logo from the NFL Collection.
For this level of protection from a phone case, plan on spending around $50. While there are certainly more visually appealing cases out there at a lower cost, when protecting your phone is paramount, the Otterbox Defender is a worthwhile investment for that peace of mind.