I wonder whether more money is spent on our gadgets or the things we use to hold and protect our gadgets? One of the major players in this arena is Otterbox. They make cases for just about any phone, including iPhones, Blackberrys, Palms as well as iPods.
These are serious cases. They even make waterproof iPod cases as well as their namesake Otterboxes, rugged cases the company describes this way:
“These cases are perfect for protecting your valuables from the elements, whatever they may be. The OtterBox offers watertight protection and storage for pagers, car keys, film, batteries, credit cards, small wallets, cell phones, fishing lures and so much more.”
Not only are they waterproof and crushproof, but they float!
I received the case shown, part of the Defender Series for my Blackberry 8330. The cases I had to compare against are the BodyGlove case I’ve used exclusively and the eHolster I reviewed for our site.
The three part case covers every bit of the Blackberry except the trackball. A thin clear layer covers the screen and keyboard very precisely; when you use the keyboard you can’t tell it is covered. While the photos show some glare on the screen, you don’t see any at all when viewing the screen, it is very clear. A hard plastic frame covers the clear covering and holds it in place. All of this is held together by a rugged rubber covering that fits over and against the plastic frame. The pieces fit together flawlessly.
This photo shows the left side of the case. A flap on the left side of the photo opens to allow access to the charging port and headphone jack. The left ‘hot key’ is covered (in the middle of the photo) but works perfectly when pushed.
The top of the case is shown here. The on-off button is seen on the right-middle next to the speaker opening, which is covered by a white mesh material. The same material covers the ear speaker on the front of the case. I did notice the need to turn up the volume slightly to hear calls at the same level.
This photo shows the back of the case and the clear covering over the camera lens. Although you see some glare on the covering, none is evident in photos or video taken through the covering.
One of the problems I had with the other cases I’ve used was stability of the belt attachment; I did not feel like the device was secure enough when attached to my belt or just to my pants. Not so with this belt clip. It attaches easily and is not coming off without some work. While the holder stays firmly attached on your belt, I had no trouble getting the phone out quickly and easily if it rang.
Overall, this is a great case, both in quality of construction and ease of use. It is far superior to the other cases I have tried. When I need another case for my tech gear, I know the first place I will look is Otterbox!