Windows Phone Accessory Review: Otterbox Defender
Otterbox Defender is the Windows Phone Central Deal of the Week
Otterbox offers some very impressive cases for our Windows Phone and the Otterbox Defender doesn't fall short. It is a rugged, highly protective case for your Windows Phone. The Defender has been available for a while for other smartphones. It was recently released for the Nokia Lumia 900 and we took it out for a test drive.
In a nutshell, if you are looking for a case that will protect your Lumia 900 and bulk isn't an issue, the Defender might be what you are looking for. The Defender is essentially a three piece case. There is the belt clip, the rubber outer shell and a hard plastic inner shell. Fitted with the Otterbox Defender, the Lumia 900 will rival the HTC Titan II in size but the Windows Phone will be more capable of taking on drops, bumps and bangs.
The case itself is two pieces. A hard plastic case that separates in half and encloses around the Lumia 900. A thin, clear plastic shield protects the screen of the Windows Phone. The interior of the hard shell case is lined with a thin rubber padding to help protect the Lumia 900.
Once the Lumia 900 is encased in the inner shell, a thick rubber skin wraps around the inner shell to add a significant amount of protection to the Lumia 900. Rubber extensions cover the Lumia's buttons and access to the headphone jack and USB port have rubber covers to protect these areas when not in use.
The Lumia 900's earpiece, front sensors, camera/light, and speaker are exposed. While these areas are exposed, the openings are recessed enough to offer a decent level of protection from scratches, bumps and what nots.
The belt clip is made of sturdy plastic with a solid rotating belt hook. The Defender slides snuggly inside the case with no wiggle room present. The belt clip is on the bulky side and rides the most comfortable when swiveled to the horizontal position. As far as fit and feel is concerned, the Defender turns your Lumia 900 into a small tank. In doing so, it add significant bulk to the phone.
If you feel the HTC Titan II is too large, then you will not like the Otterbox Defender. If you work in an environment where you need the serious protection from drops, bumps and bangs... the Otterbox Defender should be on your short list.
I can see the Otterbox Defender be a good choice for the construction industry, law enforcement, hikers, rock climbers, or other fields where the risk of your Windows Phone getting banged around is high. If you're looking for a slimmer, more pocketable option take a look at the Otterbox Commuter or the CaseMate Pop!.
The Otterbox Defender is currently our WPCentral Accessory Store Deal of the Week and is running $34.95 (regularly $49.95). The case is available in all black and a yellow/gray model. You can find the Otterbox Defender here at the WPCentral Accessory Store.