Otterbox Defender for iPhone 6
Smartphones are getting slimmer with each generation and if the iPhone 6’s bend-gate saga has taught us anything, it’s that investing in a proper case isn’t just a fashion statement, but a must-have requirement. If you lead a rough and tumble lifestyle, the Otterbox Defender is probably the first thing that pops into mind.
This triple-layer case comes in a two-piece inner shell comprising of a plastic hard case at the back and a snap-on plastic front that holds both together. This doubles as a screen protector, which saves you the trouble of getting one separately. However, be warned that the built-in screen protector does reduce screen sensitivity somewhat, requiring more pressure to register taps. As the film covers the Home button, Touch ID sensitivity is affected too. Also, the screen has neither anti-glare nor privacy options; you can choose to install your own, but that’ll just reduce sensitivity even more.
Application of the inner shell can be a hassle as the clips are very tight and not easy to separate; I actually chipped my nails trying to pry it loose. I would have preferred if Otterbox designed it with a sliding lock mechanism, but thankfully, it’s a one off inconvenience (unless you change cases often).
Once the inner shell is secured, the final layer of protection comes in the form of a silicone outer slipcover. This significantly adds to the iPhone 6’s presence and actually made an Apple representative think I was using an iPhone 6 Plus instead. Still, this is the price you pay for ultimate protection. Besides providing added grip and friction that prevents your phone from slipping off tables, it also offers excellent shock absorption if your phone does fall. I’ve (accidentally) dropped my phone during the course of this review—once even hitting a metal railing—to nary a dent or scratch.
Because of its silicone cover and front screen, you can wipe off accidental splashes, but the case itself isn’t designed to offer water-resistance. It is also sealed from dust, but the slipcover itself has a tendency to collect dirt around the edges and can get stained. My Deep Water Blue case looked pretty seasoned after two weeks of use; something to take note off if you plan on getting a lighter color combination.
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