Back again having tried the OtterBox defender for my Note 2.
Before I bought this I already dropped my phone, in a basic case, and cracked the screen. Not interested in fixing the small crack I decided to try out the most robust looking case on the internet- the OtterBox Defender.
Upon opening the box I found that there were 3 main components. There was a main rear hard plastic section that has a padded inner. You place your phone in here and it sits snug and secure. Then there is a rubber outer cover that you sit the aforementioned section into as extra protection. To top it all off there is a plastic clear front that protects the screen of your phone.
Having placed my phone in it I found that I could operate all of the usual buttons/ functions as normal and was even able to plug in my headphones and listen to the radio.
In summary there is a 2 piece inner shell that fits snugly on your phone. There is the clear cover that I mentioned which protects your screen but also allows you to still use the touch screen function, though I felt it wasn’t quite as responsive as without.
As part of my test and with full confidence in the cover I dropped my phone from head height, onto my wooden deck. There was not a moment where I felt afraid. The cover worked a treat and the soft but strong outer rubber shell absorbed all of the impact, with a bit of a bounce.
The cover also came with a belt holster which, to be honest, is quite bulky and unattractive. I don’t think carrying your phone on your belt has really caught on and so I don’t think you would be using the belt clip anyway.
One thing to mention is that after a few months of being in my pocket and regular use the clear screen protector became rather aged and weathered with scratches and marks all over the clear plastic. There is no easy way to fix this unless you can find a replacement front, or you take more care than I did. Not ideal once you have bought a premium OtterBox Defender phone cover.
That said I carried my phone in my vest pocket for many months and it faced numerous knocks and scrapes that many other covers would have succumbed to.
Overall a good rugged and very protective cover. Thumbs up from the Sheriff for the OtterBox Defender.