Now that Jason’s graduated elementary school, we bought him a new phone. Well, technically, we didn’t buy it, since I was due for a free upgrade in our plan, so I just gave it to him. But the point is, he now has an iPhone 4S just like Allie and myself. Ryan actually has one too (it’s Allie’s old one), except we don’t have it activated; he just uses it as a really cool iTouch for now.
Before I gave Jason his graduation present, though, I wanted to make sure we had a really good case for it. No way am I trusting The Dropsie King with an unprotected iPhone. So I started looking into cases, and then remember hearing some really sweet things about Otterbox.
So I did what any fast-thinking blogger would do these days… I contacted Otterbox to see if they had any cases for me to review. Not only were they quick to reply (and super nice in the process) but they provided me with four different Otterbox cases to test drive on all of our phones! I’ve had them on for a little over a week now and we’re all real happy with them!
Allie and I both received a case from the Commuter Series line. I really like these because they’re sturdy and protective without being super bulky at all. Each case comes with a screen protector, a Silicone inner layer and a Polycarbonate outer layer for extra protection.
I’ll show you the basic way these Otterbox cases work. Forgive the poor lighting in here. Trust me, the colors are SO much more fun and vibrant in person.
After applying the screen protector to my phone (a few air bubbles remained, but after 24 hours or so, I was able to flatten them all out.), I placed my phone in the electric blue Silicone layer.
The Silicone layer is a nice, flexible rubbery layer that easily slips on to your iPhone. It has all the right buttons and openings to let you still use all the features of your iPhone. There’s even a nice protective covering over the slot on the bottom where you connect your iPhone to a charger. Same with the small covering on the top where you plug in your headphones. These covers help keep out dust, while still giving you pretty easy access to the functionality.
Finally, I slipped the iPhone into the Polycarbonate outer layer. This one’s a firm, hard plastic, so you know if (make that, when) you drop your phone, it’ll be protected!
From the back, you can see the large opening for the camera and, of course, the big honkin’ Apple logo. you can also see the way the two different protective layers mesh together in a cool colorful pattern. You can also see the two side buttons for volume, as well as the switch above it to go from sound to vibrate settings.
Here’s a quick shot of the bottom of my case, with the protective covering over the charging port. That little blue plastic cover snaps shut nicely. I just had it open here for the photo so you can see inside.
Here’s a quick vid from the Otterbox crew showing off this super slim protector of the universe!
As for the boys, they each got a slick Defender Series case. This one also consists of three key pieces but it’s a bit more armor-like than the Commuter Series, which is good, because with the kids, it’s all about super-duper protection, and not how easy it is to carry around.
The Defender Series is kind of the reverse of the Commuter, in that you surround your iPhone with a hard Polycarbonate layer, and then wrap that in a rubbery Silicone layer. What I love most is that you don’t need to put a thin screen protector on the phone, because it’s built in to the Screen Protector Layer. Here’s a look at Ryan’s phone and bright orange case.
I put the phone in the Screen protector layer, which fits in easily with a little notch at the bottom.
Then you put the Polycarbonate layer on the back and it snaps closed. Finally, I easily wrapped the Silicone Layer around the whole shebang and we have one cool-looking iPhone case!
And here’s a quick shot of Jason loving his black and blue Defender case!
There are loads more types of cases for all types of phones tablets, including some water-proof kinds.
I just love the way my phone looks and feels, and knowing it’s an Otterbox gives me that added security I need just about every morning when I somehow accidentally drop my phone on the floor. Yeah, these things should totally come with a warning: “Do not attempt to use or even hold a cell phone prior to having your first cup of coffee.”
Now, remember how I said how insanely nice and helpful the fine folks over at Otterbox were? Well, they’re not just nice to me, they’re nice to YOU too! Yep, they want to offer up a gorgeous Otterbox case from their new Symmetry Series to one of my lucky readers! It’s the same great Otterbox protection for your phone, only now with some super stylish looks!
- Sleek, stylish, pocket-friendly design
- Wraparound colors and graphics add seamless style
- Dual-material construction absorbs shock and withstands drops
- Raised beveled edge keeps your touchscreen safe
- Easy installation protects and stylizes your phone in a flash
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