The HTC 8X is an amazing handset, the form factor, the build quality and the design are all on par with some of the greatest handsets on the market however what really lets the device down is something which HTC have not manufactured themselves, the Corning Gorilla Glass 2.
If you follow me on Twitter then you would have probably seen that I’ve been having some discussions with HTC and Corning about this issue and infact I was affected by it so much so that HTC have kindly agreed to take my badly scratched 8X in and replace the screen for me.
Now with all that in mind, and like I said I love the handset, I had to think of a way to stop it happening again without going down the screen protector route.
I decided that the answer to my problems would be something I have never tried before, the Otterbox Defender.
Price & Where From
$49.95 from Otterbox – HTC Windows Phone 8X case – Defender Series by OtterBox.com
In The Box
- Otterbox Defender Case
- Silicone plug covers protect the charging port, headphone jack and volume controls from dust and debris
- Get full access to all the device features through the case, including buttons, microphone and camera
- Three layers include a polycarbonate inner layer, built-in screen protector and silicone outer layer
- Two-piece polycarbonate inner layer snaps together around the device
- Screen shield is built into the polycarbonate shell to prevent scratches and smudges
- Outer silicone layer wraps around the inner shell and absorbs impact from drops and bumps
The Defender Series HTC Windows Phone 8X case provides added protection against drop, bump and shock but is NOT protective against water.
When I got the Otterbox Defender I was shocked at just how chunky it looked, for such a thin handset there surely was no need for this bulk? Well there wasn’t and it was noobbness showing through that made me think it was so chunky. The case itself comes with a holster which in turn makes it look chunkier than it really is.
After removing the case from the holster I was rather impressed. Like I said earlier, the defender series and infact Otterbox as a manufacturer is something I have never tried before so this was all new to me.
The case (minus holster) comes in 3 parts (as seen below), the top half, bottom half and the rubber holder which fits snuggly round the two halves when put together.
If you have never used the Otterbox Defender series then the first thing you should know is how to take it all apart, this is a complex process for a newbie like I was but a simple process for a second time user. I have taken a video of me doing this and it can be seen below (ignore the a4 paper and terrible stability).
- Screen Protector Film
After fitting the phone into the case I can honestly say that whilst these cases add a certain unwanted bulk to the device, the Otterbox Defender comes second to none. I would rather have bulk over an ill fitter screen protector or scratches on a device which costs over £300 any day.