OtterBox Defender Series Case for Apple iPhone 6: Keep your iPhone safe from accidental drops and bumps with this durable case. A 3-layer shell cushions your phone from falls, while a built-in screen protector guards against scratches and scrapes.
Need to break it in?
Posted by: DrPepper16 from: Evansville, IN on
The Defender Series case I had for my iPhone 4 was the best thing on earth. No problems at all. Protected my phone from 5 or 6 drops.
This case should do the same for the iPhone 6.
The problem with this case is the clear screen protector and film covering the home button. There is at least a 1/2 mm gap between the protector and the phone and maybe 1 mm gap at the edges of the screen. I don't like the feel of that at all.
Took the phone out of the case to show a couple of people and when I put the phone back in the film covering the home button had numerous air bubbles. That makes reading your fingerprint harder and you have to try again and again and again...
I hope normal use will break the screen protector in. Looks like it is easy to pull the film off over the home button, which will happen in 15 minutes if I keep getting numerous try again messages. If the screen protector doesn't break in with use and close the gap, I'll be shopping for a new case.
I like everything else about it. Maybe Otterbox didn't get a production model or I got a case that was a little off.
43 out of 48 found this review helpful.
Decent Launch Day Case
Posted by: Mazderati from: Hartford, CT on
Launch day 2012 i bought an otterbox for my new iphone 5, fit like a glove. Felt a little excessively bulky but was durable and lasted me just fine.
Launch day 2014, i pick up my otterbox for iphone 6 and i have to admit i am a little disappointed. The overall case looks great and it feels like they cut down on the bulk without cutting down on the protection. However, holding the case in your hand you realize there are a two issues:
1. The buttons are very hard to push through the case.
2. The screen protector (particularly near the home button) isn't entirely flush to the screen.
Others have mentioned that the cover over the home button causes issue with the fingerprint recognition. I have not had a single problem, i did however setup the fingerprint scan with the case on, not sure if thats the solution.
Overall i am disappointed in the execution of this product, mostly because i know they could/should have done better.
I still think its a good case, perhaps not worth the $50 price tag.
24 out of 24 found this review helpful.
Case permanently damaged glass on my new iPhone
Posted by: Aaron from: on
I purchased my case from a major retailer in December before I even upgraded my phone. When I installed it, I immediately noticed that this case did not perform as seamless as the many previous Otterbox cases I have owned. The screen protector did not sit flush against the glass making it hard to use. No big deal. I reached out to Otterbox and they offered to replace the case under warranty. When I removed the case from my phone, I noticed that the case left a white hazy permanent mark on the phone of my brand new iPhone 6 screen. Yes, permanent, it will not come off. After doing a quick search online, I learned that I wasn't the only one with the issue and that Otterbox was not assuming responsibility for their negligence. I feel lucky that my phone is not as damaged as bad as some of the other folks affected by it. I reached out to Otterbox and all they kept repeating - "we will replace the case but we will not do anything to fix the fact that our product permanently damaged your phone because it is not our product". They kept hiding behind their "Limited Warranty". As a loyal customer, I am very unsettled and appalled with the fact that what I thought was a reputable company is not standing behind their unintended mistake with integrity. I will never buy anything from this vendor again. Phone cases (especially the ones that tote to be the most protection) are supposed to protect you phone, not damage it. After this, I would definitely not recommend this product or this company to anyone.
19 out of 19 found this review helpful.
Product seems rushed, will be returning.
Posted by: AMC06 from: on
I bought this knowing Otterbox has a decent history of putting out a good product, but I'm very disappointed. The screen hovers over the touchscreen making it very annoying to do anything that involves touching the screen. The case is so thick that when you pull up the rubber doors to use the silent/ring switch on the side I can barely hit the switch with my big fingers. The headphone jack and cable plugins are difficult to remove because again the thick case makes it hard to remove cables without pulling on the soft cord, rather than the hard-plastic end of cables. Lastly the power and volume buttons are very stiff and difficult to use as easily as other cases allow you to use them. I will be returning my case for the pretty major price of $50 and sampling some other cases. I want a case that complements the phone, not degrades it to a clunky waste of space in my pocket.
8 out of 8 found this review helpful.
But from Otterbox for original product
Posted by: Kaffeene from: on
Let me start by stating I shop at Best buy all the time and recommend them most times. For Otterbox products, not so much. I purchased this case for my wife from Best Buy, even after reading reviews about the screen protector not sitting flush on the actual device. I had purchased the same case (different color) directly from Otterbox and did not experience that issue. So I bought a pink one from Otterbox for my wife and we no longer have that issue with the screen not making contact. Also the finger reader works 99% of the time with the case from Otterbox. Buttons are still hard to press but the are responsive. The case protects very well and is one of the best cases you can get for your phone. I would recommend buying this case...from Otterbox.
5 out of 5 found this review helpful.
Posted by: bonedoc101 from: on
I have been a longtime user of Otterbox cases and have always been pleased with the quality, functionality and protection they offered. This case is flawed because the screen protector does not lay flat against the screen leaving a gap which makes it difficult and annoying to use the screen. I bought 2 of these and both have the same problem. I was willing to pay the high price for what I thought was a good product because of past experience, but they dropped the ball on this one.
5 out of 5 found this review helpful.
The case for keeping your iPhone safe
Posted by: Camera11 from: on
I've always used Defender OtterBoxes for my iPhones and they do what they were made for: they keep the phone from any dings, dents and damage. The latest one for the iPhone 6 has some great upgrades and a few challenges. With a thinner phone the rubber is less flexible (much more rigid) which means more pressure must be exerted to adjust the volume and turn off the phone. I'm hoping in time the rubber will loosen up. The port to charge the phone has a large rubber cover that is difficult to open. It also is difficult to get the lightning cord in the correct charger position. On the plus side this OtterBox has easy access to the menu items that you pull up from the bottom of the iPhone screen. It also has a larger opening for the microphone so sound volume is better. The finger unlock is easily acessible. It is very very durable and I feel comfortable in knowing that my phone will not be damaged or bent. I think this is the best case out there for the new iPhone 6.
4 out of 4 found this review helpful.
Posted by: horselover3411 from: Phoenixville, PA on
This case is perfect for my iPhone. It has my favorite color and has already saved my phone a few times. The case actually makes it easier to hold the phone. I love the thinness of the phone but it does make a little hard to hold.
4 out of 4 found this review helpful.
Read this for a genuine review
Posted by: MrReview from: on
There are two downfalls with this case:
1. Yes, the buttons are hard to depress on both sides of the case. Not necessarily a deal breaker, but can be an annoyance. My previous iPhone 5 Defender case had the same problem with the power button and after 6 months my power button quit working. Was it the case or faulty phone? I do not know, but with phone insurance it did not prevent me from trying the new 6 Defender.
2. The protective screen over the phone is NOT flush. It does require more positive finger pressure to ensure your inputs are read on the screen. Again, deal breaker? Not necessarily. It can be an annoyance, but you have to remember why you chose a full protection case vs just a bumper case.
Otherwise, like all defenders of the past, this case will protect from falls and scrapes. The film protecting the home button does bubble a bit due to its thinness to allow the finger print reader to work, should not be a deal breaker. The case is just as hard to remove as past generations, duh, it's a rugged full protection case. However the case is as slim as a full protection case can be and you can be confident when you throw it in a duffle bag, cram it into your pocket or are covered in dirt and grime that your $299 + investment is safe.
Overall if your looking for a full protection case this is still a top contender and with the info above I'd recommend it to anyone in need of good protection. Worst case scenario you buy it from somewhere like Best Buy, try it for a week and then take it back for a no-questions-asked refund. The choice is yours.
My demographic: Male, 28 years old, pilot in the military.
3 out of 3 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Shanebre from: on
The case is a lttle bulky, also the button covers are not hard as they should be making it a little difficult pushing buttons. The screen protector is not sensitive, does not always recognize my taps. Of all the otterbox cases I have had, this is the poorest in terms of build quality.