So you got a new iPhone or iPod touch... now protect it!

 You probably want to keep it looking new and who can blame you.  It's like a new car, and you're dreading your first ding or scratch.  I know, I've been there and I'm a perpetual phone dropper!

Regular readers of my columns know that I use a lot of different cases, depending on the occasion.  For formal events, I might put my iPhone in a slim case and slip it in my suitcoat.  But for travel, I use an OtterBox and have done so since the days of my first generation iPhone.

On a recent cruise to the Caribbean, I used an OtterBox Defender for my iPhone 3G.  It's not quite waterproof, but plenty rugged.  OtterBox used to make a waterproof model for the original iPhone, but few folks were willing to risk swimming with it!  The Defender provides the coverage most folks need and now it comes in a variety of colors besides basic black, including white, yellow, and pink, with and without black accents.  I think the white with black accents model looks like standard issue for a Star Wars Stormtrooper!

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OtterBox even has a contest where you upload a photo showing your OtterBox in some unique location and you can win prizes!  Check out my photos and those of others at!

Enjoy your new iPhone and keep it protected!

Key West, FL


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Todd Bernhard

Todd Bernhard is a bestselling (6+ million downloads) award-winning (AARP,,, Digital Hollywood, and Verizon) developer and founder of NoTie.NET, an app developer specializing in Talking Ringtone apps including AutoRingtone. And his profile photo is of the last known sighting of Mr. Bernhard wearing a tie, circa 2007!

An iPhone is almost always attached to his hip or in his pocket, but over the years, Mr. Bernhard has owned an Apple Newton, a Motorola Marco, an HP 95LX, a Compaq iPaq, a Palm Treo, and a Nokia e62. In addition to writing for iPhone Life, Mr. Bernhard has written for its sister publications, PocketPC Magazine and The HP Palmtop Paper.