iPhone 6/6 Plus Case of the Week: The Otterbox Defender

iPhone 6/6 Plus Case of the Week: The Otterbox Defender

It's that time of year again. Right after a new iPhone comes out there is the inevitable deluge of great cases to protect your new investment. This happens with every iPhone release, but perhaps never more markedly than with the introduction of the completely new form factors of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. If ever an iPhone needed a case it is these large and larger models, with their increased real estate, slick, rounded edges and extra weight. Rather than clump a bunch of individual cases together I'll be focusing on one great case each week over the course of the coming months. This week's featured case is Otterbox's Defender.

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iPhone 6/6 Plus Case of the Week: The Otterbox Defender

When I look back over the years since the iPhone first came out in 2007, the one case that I've noticed on more iPhones than any other has always been the Defender. There's a good reason for that too, since the Defender manages to combine extreme protection with a form factor that adds little in the way of bulk to your svelte iPhone 6 (59.90) or 6 Plus (69.90). The Defender is also a highly customizable case with a vast selection of individualized color combinations to choose from.

Good looks aside, the Defender is a beast of a protective case, do not let its slim profile fool you. I have personally, though not intentionally, beat the living daylights out of my Defender-encased iPhone, including dropping it in the toilet (which fortunately was clean both times!) and dropping it repeatedly from heights of over four feet, all with no damage to my phone. I need to make it clear though, the Defender is not considered a waterproof case. Water resistant, yes, but not waterproof. So the fact that the Defender has kept my iPhone safe from more than one dunking, albeit brief ones, is just more testament to its effective protective design.

The Defender employs multiple layers of reinforcement with a thin and shock-absorbing innermost layer, a rigid internal shell, a dense rubber external bumper, a built-in touchscreen protector and a tough as nails iPhone holster. When all is said and done, the Otterbox Defender for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus isn't just one of the nicer looking protective cases available for your iPhone, it's also one of the most durable. With the Defender you don't have to give up style for protection, and you don't need to add excessive bulk to your iPhone to have one of the toughest iPhone cases protecting your valuable investment.

Pros:

  • MIL-STD-810 rated. For more details on the Military Standard ratings, click HERE.

  • Low profile, minimal bulk

  • Colorful variety of customizable cases

Cons:

  • Wish there were protective covering over the front and rear cameras, which would go a long way to making this case more water resistant and resilient.

Verdict:

The Otterbox Defender is a top quality case for your new iPhone 6 or 6 Plus. Its slim construction and easy access to all ports and buttons means that you can simply put your iPhone in the case and leave it there, resting assured that your iPhone is secure from all manner of calamity.

 

iPhone Life rating:

5 out of 5 stars

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As Senior Gear Editor at iPhone Life, Dig reports on the latest and greatest accessories built for the iOS ecosystem. From rugged gear and Bluetooth speakers, to headphones, unique iDevice cases, and iOS remote controlled vehicles, Dig's articles cover a wide range of great gear for the iPhone and iPad. A core gamer for over three decades, Dig also writes iPhone Life's Game Centered column, which focuses on the best iOS games and game related news. Additionally, Dig's company, iDoc Tech Support, offers web design and administration services as well as iPhone and iPad repairs. When not at his work desk, Dig loves spending time with family and enjoying the wonders of nature. You can follow him on Twitter @idoctech