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Review: OtterBox 2000 Series

We’ve reviewed cases in all shapes and sizes. Nothing that I’ve seen comes anywhere close to what OtterBox brings to the table with its cases. An OtterBox case is the kind of thing that you see in the movies that is used to house the super-secret multibillion-dollar thingamajig.

For the details on what an OtterBox case gives you, click through for the review.

Design

The OtterBox 2000 Series case is designed to be as rugged as possible. If you’re looking for something lightweight and stylish, you’re at the wrong review. Featuring a lifetime guarantee, and waterproof-tested to 100 feet; there just aren’t that many cases that offer this level of protection for your phone. The interior of the case has a fairly thin layer of foam that protects your device from scratches that straight plastic might cause.

One thing about OtterBox is that it doesn't offer a lot of customized cases for Windows Phones. Hopefully, with the push that Microsoft is making for the current generations of Windows Phones, OtterBox will start building some cases that are intended for our devices from start to finish. The 2000 Series gives you internal dimensions of 5.757" x 3.140" x 0.979" compared to the dimensions of my Tilt II at 4.54" x 2.33" x .65". Obviously there is some rattle room in there, but with a little bit of effort you could add some foam and really make this an almost indestructible case for your phone.

Build Quality

The OtterBox 2000 is built with two solid pieces of plastic, which open in a clamshell motion. The hinge is awfully sturdy, and is almost the entire length of the case. Opening and closing the case does require a little bit of effort, due to the fact that there is a rubber O-ring around the entire seam to preserve the integrity of the waterproofing.

The case is closed shut with two large clips, which really do an amazing job of securing the case and preventing it from being accidentally opened.

Conclusion

It’s not a perfect fit for the Tilt 2 by any stretch of the imagination; but on sheer ruggedness, it’s hard to argue against the product that OtterBox has built. If you need a case to protect your device against the most extreme conditions, look no further than OtterBox.

Obviously, this isn't going to be something you're going to strap on your belt to use on a daily basis; but in certain circumstances, this case would be amazing. Hiking, boating, skiing, or any number of other outdoor activities are perfect examples of where this case could be indispensable.

The OtterBox 2000 sells for $17.95 directly from OtterBox and comes in Black, Blue, Yellow, or Clear.

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Review: OtterBox 2000 Series

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The dimensions that I'm finding for the Omnia II is somewhere around 2.4 x 4.6 x 0.5. This is very similar to the Touch Pro2, so I would expect that there would be some wiggle room.

I use a Pelican case, which is similar and has a clear (transparent) cover on the top side so you can see if the indicator lights are on.

One thing that does need to be mentioned is that these cases FLOAT. If you dunk a canoe, your Touch Pro2 will be safely bobbing away on the surface when you return. Also handy for hiking in heavy rain (for example, running Latitude to tell your loved ones where you are on that long distance hike).

This looks like a great product. Nice review, Tim, thanks. I didn't notice it mentioned in your write up, but is it possible to attach this case to a belt, or whatever, for those outdoor adventures?

There are loops on either end, but they're in the middle of the case as far as the depth. You could maybe get a web belt or something in there, but I don't think it would be very practical.

A lanyard or a small carabiner would probably be your best options.

When i go canoeing, and adventuring what i usually do is put my phone in a plastic bag.

This way i can still use it, since the resistive touch works through the plastic. And the phone does not get wett.

if you are overly paranoid you can glue or tape the bag closed, but usually as long as the bag is big enough and there is no air in it, there is no need.

I think if I'm going around with a $400.00+ phone a plastic bag is a terrible idea. Might have function but i would never take the risk. This is the next addition for my iPhone 4. And for an Omnia 2? I wouldn't mind if it got wet so I could get rid of it and go DROID or Apple. I made the mistake of a Windows operating phone once. Great Review!