BULKY PRO­TEC­TION

Otterbox De­fender for iPhone 6

HWM (Singapore) - - TEST - by Tar­inTeo

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.

TESTED & RATED

7.5 /10

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