The Otterbox series of cases have been around for a while now and are the go to case for those who work in harsh environments or are just plain clumsy. My girlfriend is in the latter category and so I threw one of these cases on to get an idea on just how good the protection is.
Let’s start with how the case looks and there’s no getting away from the fact it pretty much doubles the thickness of the iPhone 5. You’re not going to find a case that offers this level of protection and is still thin however.
We tested the pink version so that it would get the maximum amount of usage. The case comes in 4 parts (5 if you include the iPhone. They are a front plate, back plate, silicon cover and a belt clip. Putting them together and taking them off takes a little bit of effort. You won’t be doing this in less than 30 seconds.
Once assembled the case looks quite nice on, it does completely change the look of the phone though. The front plate has a membrane that covers the screen and we had no issues with touch screen responsiveness with this on. Others we showed the case too had no idea the screen was covered.
Looking round the case you’ll see that the volume buttons and mute switch are completely covered. There is a rubber flap across the mute switch that feels secure but isn’t overly difficult to pull out when needed.
The bottom of the case has the microphone and speaker ports left open, whilst the Headphone jack and Lightning connection are again covered by flaps.
The home button is flush with the bottom of the case and still gives good tactlie feedback, again there was no issue pressing this or any of the buttons on this case for that matter
Here at the top you can see the sleep/wake button and the cutout for the earpiece, proximity sensor and Facetime camera. There is no covering over these.
The back has a circular window for the Apple logo. I wasn’t sure about this at first but in usage it turned out to be perfectly positioned for resting my finger when making a call or scrolling through tweets etc. The camera cutout is fairly deep but there was no issues using the flash thanks to the black lining.
On either side of the case are notches that allow the case to be clipped securely in to the supplied belt clip. I could not get the iPhone to fall out of the holster no matter how hard I jumped or shook the phone. The notch on either side means you can mount the phone with the screen facing inwards, which is handy if you don’t want people reading your messages when the phone is on your hip. The belt clip rotates through 180 degrees so can be mounted horizontally or vertically
Overally I was pleasantly surprised by this case, It feels good in the hand despite its bulkiness and works really well. In the last week it’s been dropped on concrete and numerous times onto a tiled floor. The belt clip came in handy when listening to music etc around the house and it’s nice not to have the paranoia that you are always a moment away from breaking your phone.
At time of writing this case is £39.95 and comes in a range of colours. I’d highly recommend this case for anyone who needs the best protection for their phone.
Thanks to Mobile Fun for supplying this case, they do a range of iPhone 5 covers including this one.