08-08-2009, 10:34 PM
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There are several features about this case I really like.
1. The silicone wrap around the polycarbonate case is about 2.5mm thick. The texture of the wrap increases friction and reduces the possibility of having the case slip out of your hands. Also, since the wrap is so thick, it will never wear out from abrasion, and if it ever experiences damage (although I'm not sure what could damage it, short of a razor blade) then it can be replaced. Also, the silicone wrap acts as a third level of defense against dropping the blackberry. If you drop the Innocase, there's nothing to prevent the two halves of the hard case from coming apart - and once apart, your Blackberry is completely unprotected. With the Defender, the silicone wrap not only cushions drops and blows, but it also prevents both halves of the hard case from ever coming apart! A brilliant idea from Otterbox.
2. The silicone wrap has raised buttons that allow you to access all the side/top buttons of the blackberry without allowing dust intrusion into the phone. It also forces you to click the buttons with a purposeful inward motion as opposed to sideways motion, which prevents accidental button pushing - yet the extra force is practically negligible. It's hard to describe, but the extra bit of security makes it virtually impossible to press the buttons accidentally.
3. The silicone flap completely covers the headphone and charging port, yet can be flipped open with ease. There's plenty of room under the flap to fit the charger plug and headphone, which doesn't force you to modify the plugs or case like other hard cases.
4. The polycarbonate hard case has raised bits which act as additional anti-slip guards. On the center of the case, the Otterbox company logo as well as the words "Patents Pending" are molded rather smartly - which aids in grip. The hard case also integrates with the holster to provide a very positive "click-in" sound as well as smooth entry of the phone into the holster. This, in combination with a set of raised bumps on the inside of the holster, provides a very strong grip on the phone which prevents accidental release from the holster - yet the phone is fairly easy to remove from the holster when necessary.
5. Audio quality is very good, and since the microphone is left uncovered, there's no reduction in voice quality. The external speaker is also as loud as the original, without any noticeable reduction in sound volume.
6. Screen visibility is crystal clear without any reduction in brightness or clarity.
7. Typing through the protector film is accurate and the polycarbonate hard case does not block access to any of the buttons.
There are two weaknesses with the case:
1. Pressing the keys through the protector film feels a bit like typing through saran wrap. It's difficult to describe, but there's a different sort of texture from what you're used to, and it takes a few days of getting used to. Once I got accustomed to it, however, it became completely transparent with respect to typing on the phone.
2. The protector film will reduce the sharpness and quality of photos taken with your built-in camera. This is where Otterbox could have theoretically placed a small mineral-crystal optically clear protector where the camera port goes, but that sadly is not the case. If you are someone who needs the camera on your blackberry to make sharp photos, you will have to either manually cut out the plastic film from around the camera lens (a simple paper hole-punch is all it takes), or simply live with blurry photos in exchange for the dust-proof advantages of the case.
So in the end, I love this case. The beefy holster keeps the phone out of my pocket and on my belt, where it's easier to access. It makes me confident about wearing my blackberry on my waist and not worry about things slamming against the blackberry or my blackberry accidentally striking a hard object. The phone is completely protected against drops, abrasion and abuse. Dust, dirt, and general crap won't grunge up my phone, and at the end of the day, I can plug it into my home charger to get it ready for a new day, without having to do anything but flip open the port cover.
It's well worth the money for anyone who is tough on their phones, or is just plain clumsy - like me.
Last edited by sonoronos : 08-08-2009 at 11:12 PM.