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OtterBox - Defender Series Case for Apple® iPhone® SE, 5s and 5 - Black-Front_Standard

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Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars with 5171 reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Rugged protection and it does look nice actually

    Posted
    MomOfThreeYoungKids
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    I just bought this case today after buying the commuter case and getting totally frustrated. The commuter case comes with a screen protector kit where you wipe off your screen, then you put this sticker like protector on and then use a card to get out all the air bubbles. Sound good? Well, that was a real nightmare as it was hard to put the screen on correctly, it kept getting dusty, and it was really hard to get the cover on afterwards. So, I returned this and got the Defender series. I really just wanted something simple but got worried that the iPhone wouldn't be protected against falls (I have kids, and I have dropped phones before). The price is steep (though I've seen this listed for cheaper on eBay) but to me this was a pretty good investment. I plan to keep the phone a long time and I do let my kids use the phone to play games. What I like: I like that the screen protector is PART of the hard shell case. Those stick on protectors are a PAIN. I like that it really isn't so bulky. My husband has the Otter Box for an iPhone 4 and it is bulky and ugly. This one actually looks sleeker. The cream/blush is really pretty. I have a black iPhone (but I don't see how the phone color makes a difference when it is totally covered by the case). The hard shell is cream colored and the blush is for the rubber covering. The rubber covering has cut outs for all main openings. These close nicely. So, I feel like I not only got a real safe case, but I didn't compromise on attractiveness. This actually looks cool. What I don't like: I wish it weren't so expensive. There are so many cheap cases out there. However, you get what you pay for and OtterBox does have a cheaper covering which while being $10 less and without a holster (which I don't use) seems like it is in a different class. (Interesting note: The sales guy told me to get the OtterBox commuter because I didn't want to use a holster cover. I returned it anyway and just will not use the holster cover for the Defender one I did end up with at the end of today's shopping experience.) I've yet to see how difficult it may be to clean. However, if this is like the iPad case (which is also quite difficult to open once it is shut), there is a way to gently open it by using a pocket knife to gently push open each closing point (there are about 4, two on each side near the corners). Once you figure that out, it's really not difficult to open. And, its good that it isn't easy to open because you wouldn't want young kids to try to get it out... Hope this helps...

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Solid As A Rock!

    Posted
    ZackAttack
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    For the past 5 years or so, I've exclusively used Otterbox to protect my phones and iPods. I'm not much of a butterfingers, but occasionally I've dropped my gear and have never once felt concerned about potential damage, because Otterbox shells are so robust. Yes, they're a bit costly compared to other protection, but most other products are soft nylon or gel that acts more as a cushion than an absorber. I used this one on my iPhone 5s, and have dropped it at least a couple dozen times in 3 years, without an issue. Generally, all Otterboxes are made of 3 parts. Two hard shells (front and back), that you clasp together around your device (includes a scratch protective window on the front side), then there's the outer sleeve which is kind of like a hard yet flexible rubber, though I'm not sure of the material at the moment. Make sure your device, mainly the screen is quite clean from dust before you put the clasp and front back together. It's not to hard to take the Otterbox apart, but it can be a little tedious, especially if you have really short fingernails like me. Anytime I see anyone I know use their phone or other device without protection, I instinctively suggest they use Otterbox. Absolutely, unequivocally, unabashedly, these are the best.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome Protection for the iPhone 5!!

    Posted
    Evoron8
    • My Best Buy® Member

    This is my first "Otterbox case Defender" I gotta say this case is really made well (not sure why the other guy was having problems) but, based on my removal of the case experience Ive had no rips or tears. The outer rubber shell is really durable its thick great grip on the hands. The inner plastic shell is hard to remove takes time once its off you will notice theres a rear soft foam that protects the back of your iphone 5 which i really like. Also the built in screen protector is cool it doesnt watermark your screen whatsoever. iphone fits snug no extra movement whatsoever perfect fit and protection. I suggest you clean the iphone really good especially the screen and under the screen protector so there is no lint or unwanted debris when you do put the case on. I dont see any reason to keep taking off and on the case do it once leave it in there and forget it till you really need to take it off.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great case so far.

    Posted
    LittleOne89
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    Let me be straight forward. I have NOT dropped my phone yet, as I'm too much of a chicken to try it. But should my phone drop sometime in the future, I feel like I have a pretty strong peace of mind that this case will hold up to the test and save my screen from cracking or my phone from breaking. Very little of the phone itself actually shows under the case, as the case itself is like a box that sort of holds and protects the phone from things like dings and scratches. The only parts of the phone itself that show besides the screen (which has a clear plastic layer covering it) is the home button, the speaker/camera area on the front, the camera on the back, and the apple logo on the back. All of these areas are not flush with the box. They're sunken in, which means the only way they'll get scratched is if something pokes at it specifically. This is not likely. I work in retail and I'm constantly banging my phone against counters and desks, my key ring swings around and hits it almost every time I walk. And yet you can't see a single mark on the case at all. It's texture has a grippy feel to it, which helps it not slip out of my hands. Overall it's a very good case and worth the money. If it does ever drop, I'll come back and update with whether or not any damage to the phone occurred.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Only an OtterBox!

    Posted
    Keepmomhealthy
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    Finally needed to replace my 4+ year old OtterBox that I purchased when I got my iphone5 which I had for 3 years. Then, I used it on my iPhone SE. It was still usable but felt that the rubber was getting thin from wear and the flap that covers the plug hole was ready to fall off. I checked Best Buy and it was on sale! Original price $49.99+tax, I paid $22 total! Love the belt clip, but have replaced it twice over the years. The case is somewhat different than the original. The phone cover is more plastic than rubber and the bottom of the phone is now exposed. The original had covered the bottom front with the inner plastic casing and the home button was covered with the rubber from the outer casing. I feel that the original OtterBox case offered more protection in a drop situation. But I must say that I’m liking the new case as it makes me feel like I have a new phone. I only trust OtterBox and make these types of purchases from Best Buy.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best Insurance policy for your phone

    Posted
    Texasapple
    • My Best Buy Premier Silver Member

    I have always used Otterbox cases plus a few others but this case is great. I have to say this new design they tried for the Iphone 5 is 10x better than the former case for the 4 and 4s, the silicone or rubber they use is way more durable, doesn't stretch over time and feels a lot better in the hand. I really can't find anything bad to say about this even when I try to think of them, maybe that dust manages to get under the protector BUT I've experienced this in every case. I will say the 2 best cases for an Iphone are the Otterbox Defender or the Ballistic case. Both are extremely durable and have dropped them many of time with no problems whatsoever with the cases or phone. You can get the insurance policy for 9.99 with a 200 deductable... or you can buy a 30-60 dollar case and not worry about any of that. It gets my 2 thumbs up.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Defender series does just that and more

    Posted
    Cezar1113

    I've had the Defender series on my iPhone 4, 4s and now the 5. This case will help protect your investment like no other case. I work in landscaping, my phone would not have survived had it not been for the otterbox defender series case, I mean come on this case is dust proof, crush proof, water resistant (not water proof, but they are working on the armor series case which is) and so much more. Some complain that the phone is too light, with this case it makes the phone feel perfect IMO. Getting the rubber case off the shell is a slight pain but its because its a perfect fit, no sliding around, and if you do happen to accidentally rip the rubber- otterbox will replace it for you. This is the BEST CASE PEROID well untill the armor series comes out :)

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Solid all-around case

    Posted
    JWtxD
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    If you've ever used an Otterbox Defender case, you know what to expect. This case is durable and reliable. If you inadvertently drop your phone a lot, this is the case you want in order to avoid any screen or phone damage. The only potential negative is that Defender cases are bulky so they will not likely fit comfortably in tight jeans or slim fit style clothing. Khaki pants work fine with this case, as does dress pants. The plastic screen protector that is built-in is good for keeping the phone screen unblemished but does reduce the phone's touch sensitivity a tiny bit. This case is not waterproof but since most of the phone is covered, I don't have any worries using my phone in mild rain.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A very solid case

    Posted
    PulltownFalcon
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    I purchased my iPhone 5S a couple of years ago and have no intention of replacing it until it needs to be replaced. I spent a good amount of money on LIFEPROOF case and was disappointed in it. Had a hard time getting the phone of off my belt when I used the clip. Actually ended up putting the phone (in the holder) in my pants pocket. The clip broke, and used just the case for almost a year or a little more. Decided it was time to purchase another case and had heard positive comments about the Otterbox. Definitely in the month or so that I have had this case, I like this a lot better. I wear the phone on my belt and less in my pocket these days. You can carry the phone facing outwards (nice when I do lay it on the desk, I can see who is calling me) and also have it so the back faces outward (which is nice when I am speaking to a group of students and do not want them to see the face of the phone when a text, tweet, or phone call comes in).

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great case a little hard to put on phone

    Posted
    MarcusJ37
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    • My Best Buy® Elite Member

    This is a great case! Nice and hard you can drop your phone on the ground and it will be safe. The price is good for the protection you get. The only problem I have with the case is it's hard to put on phone when you first open and take the case out of the package. When you open the package the take the case out you have take the plastic cover off the top of the case. To install you have to pull the outside rubber off the inner hard plastic. Then you have to break the top and bottom hard plastic apart. Then put your phone inside the top and bottom hard pieces. Lastly put the outer rubber back on the hard top and bottom pieces and your done. I didn't see instructions for putting on the case on your phone in the package contents. I had a Sprint store employee selling these cases to help me and i watched him put on case. You can check the case companies website for installing if you don't believe me.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Tuff case for Delicate phone

    Posted
    Thegasteck
    • My Best Buy Premier Silver Member

    I have used this case since I purchased the phone. It has already saved the phone from many simple drops and one or two really rough drops onto concrete. While it does add bulk to a fairly compact phone I do feel you get what you pay for, good protection. I do have my doubts about the durability of the little flaps that cover the charging and headphone ports as these get alot of use but even if these break off the drop protection would not be compromised. Even with the openings on the case for the camera, earpiece and speakers, the phone still stays fairly clean & scratch free. This case does not fully seal the phone from all dust & dirt but it does a fairly good job at this. Its weak point for dirt or water is at these openings or if you drop it face down onto a rock. I have only taken it out of the case once to clean behind the face cover and noted that the rest of the phone still looked as it did when I purchased it. If you want a fuly sealed case then look at the LifeProof case.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing case

    Posted
    Roni1792
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    Forget about insurance claims and forget about cracked screens,with this case your investment is well protected from fall, drops slips and slides whatever you want to call it, to fix a cracked screen on everage it cost anywhere from 60 to 100 dollars, why wouldnt you buy this case to protect it? It costs less than that, and sometimes people crack their screens mutiple times on the year, it also protects the phone from scratches and this is only the screen im talking about, the whole entire phone is protected, from dents and all other cosmetic damages, if you want waterproofing I recommend you get the preserver series from otterbox as well, i have multiple cases from otterbox and trust me ever since otterbox i havenot had a damaged phone, plus if you phone is protected it has higher resell value, I am a bouncer and A loss prevention agent so My days can really get crazy, this case has multiple layers of protection.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    PERFECT!!!!

    Posted
    Reviewer888
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    OtterBox Defender is the perfect protection for my iPhone. It provides front screen protection with a durable clear plastic face, rear protection case, and a rubber edge protection that juts out from the front face so that if phone falls, the rubber absorbs the impact while the clear plastic protects the delicate screen. The case also comes with a durable swivvel belt clip which I find a must for easy carry access. The OtterBox is strong yet not so bulky. It actually looks like it's part of the phone which is pretty cool. This is my second one I received as a gift. The first one is now my backup - not bad!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    You really otter get this critter

    Posted
    Claritarose
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    At this time Apple® iPhone® SE, 5s and 5 is getting a little long in the tooth. However, it still works and I need to stretch my budget. I kept my phone in my pocket and this is the second one that the screen started to detach. I rushed down to the store with cash in hand and willing to do anything to keep the phone going; I even considered super glue. After they calmed me down the OtterBox - Defender Series Case for Apple® iPhone® SE, 5s and 5 – Black was offered as a solution. Sure, enough the phone went into the OtterBox in pieces and now works as new. It snapped in very easily. The OtterBox holds my phone together and now I keep it on my belt. I was a fool not to get this a long time ago as it is very convenient and actually easier to use.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Love the Otterbox Defender series

    Posted
    JoesCat
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    I've been using Otterbox Defender on my iPhones for some time now. Of course I started shopping them when I plan on a future iPhone 5 purchase (up from a 4). I found this one at Best Buy on sale, so snatched it up at a great price. These cases are tough! Although I'm easy on my phones (not dropping them and such), I've more often dropped the holster portion. It's very tough plastic; where many other plastics would crack or shatter, the Defender seems impervious to such damage. Even after 100's of times removing / replacing the phone into the holster, it still holds tight. Sure it's more expensive than other cases, but the durability and protection of the phone render the price worthwhile. The built in screen protection does not impede the touch sensitivity enough to be a negative, especially since I've used one very early on.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great case for extra protection

    Posted
    Hombreuno
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    Upgraded to 5S from an iPhone 4 which also had the OtterBox Defender case. These cases fit very well and with great protection, yes I have dropped my phone a few times by mistake without a scratch. Grey and white color goes well with the Silver (white face) 5S. I would say this is an improvement over the previous Defender as there now no plastic cover over the camera lens which was easily scratched on the 4 version. The home key is also uncovered although the raised rim of the cover does get in the way for the fingerprint recognition. Always enjoyed the flexibility of the holster being able to hold the phone from either end or either side. Firm snap in place has held the phone safely even when running. Would recommend this cover to any one active or who just wants to get the protection for their most prized possession.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome! and for the price

    Posted
    Mark
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    To answer the display sides... The way the sides of the case wrap around to the front of the sides of the display makes it (IMO) a little difficult to use the sides of the display, as in the letter/symbols/numbers on the keyboard closest to the sides of display can be tough to tap. But that is minor for the most part. As for DURABILITY! It has proven it is well made and does just that "protects". Case in point: I am a construction worker and of course accidents do happen. Climbing a exterior fire escape it came off my belt and fell 20 feet, and of course it had to hit everything on the way down (thought to myself "well thats gonna cost me"). Got to the phone and NOT even a scratch on it, I do mean the case and phone.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Didn't think I needed it but...

    Posted
    KyleCaravalho
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    I got this case as a gift for my iPhone SE from Best Buy about a week ago. I had wanted a lighter and smaller case, but this is what I got. I was going to get another case the was slimmer from Walmart or something, but then it happened. We unexpectedly had to move very heavy objects at work on pallets. First, my phone fell out of the holster and I wasn't worried. Then, someone else dropped probably 150lbs of books on a pallet right onto the phone and I though it was gone. I picked the phone up, brushed it off and it was perfect, not even case damage. Long story short, even if you don't think you need a case like this, you never know what may happen. Would totally recommend this case to literally anyone, it WILL protect your phone.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great iphone case Great price

    Posted
    Miguelangel71
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    I picked up this OtterBox for under $19 (on sale). I had one before (the commuter model) and it was a heavy duty case. This one is even stronger. It’s a bit bulky but you can tell this thing will survive drops, which is what will happen with your phone everyday all day if you have kids or have an on-the-go life. I recommend purchasing this model over any other model. You might not think it’s cutesy at first, but will be kissing it after it keeps your phone ringing despite that onto the concrete fall. It has a screen protector and it brings a detachable belt clip. Which actually acts as an extra layer of protection. It’s an awesome case if you care about protecting your phone.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The Otter Box case is awesome

    Posted
    Knifemaker
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    I went to purchase an Otter Box case for my Mother In Laws IPhone SE. someone stole her phone so we replaced it. My family uses the Otter Box cases because they are excellent at protecting the phones from most impacts. I have dropped, sat on and kicked by accident my phone while in its OB case and I not once has it failed me. My family all use this product because it works! I was looking online and Best Buy literally was the Best Buy around for this case. I checked my local store and they had one left. The normal price was $49.00 and it was discounted to $18.99... I could not pass it up. I would have purchased it anyway but the price was a great incentive. Thank you Best Buy!

    I would recommend this to a friend