OtterBox Defender: iPhone Protection
Looking at OtterBoxes for iPhone Impact Protection
Two new iphones for people who aren’t known for their carefulness with tech devices required some research. It came down to one question--would it be the LifeProof LifeJacket or the OtterBox Defender protective iPhone case that would suit our needs?
Case Options for iPhones
As I was making my prototype Dark Chocolate iPhone Case a report about two guys whose small plane dropped them into Gulf waters grabbed my attention. To see the pilot using his protected iPad in the water as he waited on rescuers was fascinating.
“How is that possible?” morphed into “How cool is that?” so quickly I barely noticed the switch. Turns out that the men were treading water for about an hour or so when the pilot remembered he had his iPad in its LifeProof LifeJacket. (See videos below.)
Using his iPad to record the event for history gave us a look at the importance of using a good case for our devices. There he was, having a ball with his friend (my version). There is no reason to be bored anywhere at anytime anymore!
This introduction to the fantastic LifeProof products was a huge help to my search for the best iPhone case for our new devices. After wading through the info, it came down to the LifeProof brand or the OtterBox brand for us.
What iPhone Case is Best for Average Me?
With all of the technology now available in clothing, gear, and devices, many people are venturing into adventure with gusto. What wasn’t possible (aka smart) in the past is now not only possible, but also smart--even grandmothers are going out on a limb.
OtterBox is Wins the Day:Click thumbnail to view full-size
Alaskan glaciers in winter's wind, exotic vacations that demand survival training, extended hiking trips in Europe and Africa--it’s all sounding pretty standard these days. I, however, am old school average. Those are not the kind of activities I am likely to be involved in with the time I have left to me.
If I ever get into another small plane and it starts going down I might turn my phone on, but the next thing will be a heart attack and I will be unable to actually use the phone at the time no matter the outcome.
Comparing the LifeProof with the Otterbox took a little time, but it was worth it. Average me will do very well without a LifeJacket unless grandchildren talk me into something that is at this point unforeseen.
Review the OtterBox Defender for iPhones
My Favorite OtterBox Features
The iphones are great, and our phone carrier made my husband a super deal, but they are slippery as glass, pun intended! A small hard shell for the back and sides' protection was a good first move. It helped me hold on to the thing in my initial stages of learning to use it.
On several occasions, though, I wondered not if but when I was going to drop it. Though iPhones are lightweight, they are heavy enough that a firm grip is important. Without a case/cover I could not get to the point of feeling like I really had control of it in my hand.
Though some reviews called both cases we were looking at bulky, I needed a useable case that would give me a firm grip. Other reviews indicated that the LifeJacket’s protection made the phones a little difficult to use.
I could understand that since the nature of their design required perfectly sealed coverage. Of course it would be harder to use, but that wouldn’t matter if you needed to use it in extreme circumstances. Simply put, you would be glad it was so well protected if it saved your life.
Good at Dropping Your Phone?Click thumbnail to view full-size
More reading helped us make an educated decision to go with OtterBoxes. Even though ours are not the waterproof style, by comparison they are going to do a super job of meeting our uncomplicated needs.
The first thing I noticed was that holding my iPhone was a great experience once it was inside its new case. I was able to grip it better for using the camera and other features, and I was also more relaxed about my good possibility of dropping it.
To my surprise, I found that the volume buttons were easier to find and use when I was not looking at them. The OtterBox is definitely designed to be user friendly!
In one review we read that the flaps for opening the power port and the other features were difficult to operate, but that is not the case for my husband or myself with our cases. Accessing this cover's ports is no problem.
I haven’t dropped mine yet, but my record tells me it won’t be long. If my husband drops his it will be from a moving vehicle, a tall building’s roof top, a bridge, or something of that sort. We’re ready, though--OtterBox has us covered.
Had you heard of OtterBox protection before reading this hub?
LifeProof Proves Its Power:
Technology Etiquette in the Classroom
Short of a disaster that takes down wireless networks, there's no turning back. Technology advancements will continue to evolve. Learning to address issues with tech devices and to use them to effectively educate ourselves and others is not a choice. Staying tuned to input from those who study the ins and outs is the only way to keep up!
About that iPad Pilot:
Cool Take Off, but Another Crash is Filmed (all are okay now, but this is not for the squeamish):
Amazing Protection for Phones:
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