Otterbox iphone 7 review: defender, commuter, symmetry

otterbox case defenderWhat’s up guys Mike here with a look at the OtterBox Defender case for the iphone 7 4.7 inch model.

So the otterbox Defender Series is a very well known case for rugged protection extreme rugged protection for any device and they’re very popular pricing various.

SaleBestseller No. 1
OtterBox COMMUTER SERIES Case for iPhone 8 & iPhone 7 (NOT Plus) - Frustration Free Packaging - BLACK
  • Compatible with iPhone 8 & iPhone 7 (NOT Plus)
  • DOES NOT come with a screen protector
  • Thin, lightweight 2-piece case provides protection against drops, bumps and shock (port covers block entry of dust and debris).
SaleBestseller No. 2
OtterBox COMMUTER SERIES Case for iPhone 8 & iPhone 7 (NOT Plus) - Frustration Free Packaging - AQUA MINT WAY (AQUA MINT/MOUNTAIN RANGE GREEN)
  • Compatible with iPhone 8 & iPhone 7 (NOT Plus)
  • DOES NOT come with a screen protector
  • Thin, lightweight 2-piece case provides protection against drops, bumps and shock (port covers block entry of dust and debris).
SaleBestseller No. 3
OtterBox DEFENDER SERIES Case for iPhone 8 & iPhone 7 (NOT Plus) - Frustration Free Packaging - BLACK
  • Compatible with iPhone 8 & iPhone 7 (NOT Plus)
  • Triple-layer defense: inner shell, outer cover and touchscreen protector
  • Belt-clip holster included that doubles as a kickstand for hand-free media viewing.
SaleBestseller No. 4
OtterBox SYMMETRY SERIES Case for iPhone 8 & iPhone 7 (NOT Plus) - Retail Packaging - DATE NIGHT (BLACK/WHITE POLKA DOT GRAPHIC)
  • Compatible with iPhone 8 & iPhone 7 (NOT Plus)
  • Thin, sleek, stylish, pocket-friendly design, with wraparound colors and graphics add seamless style.
  • Dual-material construction absorbs shock and withstands drops, plus raised beveled edge keeps your touchscreen safe.
SaleBestseller No. 5
OtterBox SYMMETRY CLEAR SERIES Case for iPhone 7 (ONLY) - Retail Packaging - CLEAR (CLEAR/CLEAR)
  • Compatible with iPhone 8 & iPhone 7 (NOT Plus)
  • Clear, thin, sleek, stylish, pocket-friendly design, with wraparound colors and graphics add seamless style
  • Dual-material construction absorbs shock and withstands drops, plus raised beveled edge keeps your touchscreen safe

I’ll post a link in the description below so you can pick one up otterbox of course there’s also lots of color variations that you can pick otterbox from but I’m going with a classic black here.

So the otterbox defender provides three layers of protection and a built in screen shield so you have a hard inner shell a softer outer shell and a holster so this provides some dust and water protection along with extreme impact and shock protection and of course if you’re worried about bending your new iPhone 7 this is perhaps otterbox is the best case to look at to avoid that all right so let’s go ahead and crack into our very familiar OtterBox packaging here.

SaleBestseller No. 1Bestseller No. 1
OtterBox DEFENDER SERIES Case for iPhone 7 (ONLY) - Retail Packaging - MARATHONER (COWABUNGA BLUE/GUNMETAL GREY)
  • Compatible with iPhone 8 & iPhone 7 (NOT Plus)
  • Robust, 3-layer protective case, with a built-in screen protector, withstands scratches, drops, bumps and shock.
  • Belt-clip holster included that doubles as a kickstand for hand-free media viewing.
SaleBestseller No. 2Bestseller No. 2
OtterBox COMMUTER SERIES Case for iPhone 8 & iPhone 7 (NOT Plus) - Frustration Free Packaging - ROSMARINE WAY (ROSMARINE/PIPELINE PINK)
  • Compatible with iPhone 8 & iPhone 7 (NOT Plus)
  • DOES NOT come with a screen protector
  • Thin, lightweight 2-piece case provides protection against drops, bumps and shock (port covers block entry of dust and debris).
SaleBestseller No. 3Bestseller No. 3
OtterBox COMMUTER SERIES Case for iPhone 8 Plus & iPhone 7 Plus (ONLY) - Frustration Free Packaging - BLACK
  • Compatible with iPhone 8 Plus & iPhone 7 Plus (ONLY)
  • DOES NOT come with a screen protector
  • Thin, lightweight 2-piece case provides protection against drops, bumps and shock (port covers block entry of dust and debris).
SaleBestseller No. 4Bestseller No. 4
OtterBox COMMUTER SERIES Case for iPhone 8 & iPhone 7 (NOT Plus) - Frustration Free Packaging - BESPOKE WAY (BLAZER BLUE/STORMY SEAS BLUE)
  • Compatible with iPhone 8 & iPhone 7 (NOT Plus)
  • DOES NOT come with a screen protector
  • Thin, lightweight 2-piece case provides protection against drops, bumps and shock (port covers block entry of dust and debris).
SaleBestseller No. 5Bestseller No. 5
OtterBox DEFENDER SERIES Case for iPhone 8 Plus & iPhone 7 Plus (ONLY) - Frustration Free Packaging - BOREALIS (TEMPEST BLUE/AQUA MINT)
  • Compatible with iPhone 8 Plus & iPhone 7 Plus (ONLY)
  • Robust, 3-layer protective case, with a built-in screen protector, withstands scratches, drops, bumps and shock.
  • Belt-clip holster included that doubles as a kickstand for hand-free media viewing.
SaleBestseller No. 6Bestseller No. 6
OtterBox DEFENDER SERIES Case for iPhone 7 (ONLY) - Retail Packaging - BLACK
  • Compatible with iPhone 8 & iPhone 7 (NOT Plus)
  • Robust, 3-layer protective case, with a built-in screen protector, withstands scratches, drops, bumps and shock.
  • Belt-clip holster included that doubles as a kickstand for hand-free media viewing.
SaleBestseller No. 7Bestseller No. 7
OtterBox DEFENDER SERIES Case for iPhone 8 & iPhone 7 (NOT Plus) - Frustration Free Packaging - BESPOKE WAY (BLAZER BLUE/STORMY SEAS BLUE)
  • Compatible with iPhone 8 & iPhone 7 (NOT Plus)
  • Triple-layer defense: inner shell, outer cover and touchscreen protector
  • Belt-clip holster included that doubles as a kickstand for hand-free media viewing.
SaleBestseller No. 8Bestseller No. 8
OtterBox DEFENDER SERIES Case for iPhone 8 & iPhone 7 (NOT Plus) - Frustration Free Packaging - VINYASA (ROSMARINE/PLUM HAZE)
  • Compatible with iPhone 8 & iPhone 7 (NOT Plus)
  • Triple-layer defense: inner shell, outer cover and touchscreen protector
  • Belt-clip holster included that doubles as a kickstand for hand-free media viewing.
SaleBestseller No. 9Bestseller No. 9
OtterBox DEFENDER SERIES Case for iPhone 8 Plus & iPhone 7 Plus (ONLY) - Retail Packaging - VINYASA (ROSMARINE/PLUM HAZE)
  • Compatible with iPhone 8 Plus & iPhone 7 Plus (ONLY)
  • Robust, 3-layer protective case, with a built-in screen protector, withstands scratches, drops, bumps and shock.
  • Belt-clip holster included that doubles as a kickstand for hand-free media viewing.
SaleBestseller No. 10Bestseller No. 10
OtterBox SYMMETRY CLEAR SERIES Case for iPhone 8 & iPhone 7 (NOT Plus) - Frustration Free Packaging - CLEAR (CLEAR/CLEAR)
  • Compatible with iPhone 8 & iPhone 7 (NOT Plus)
  • Clear, thin, sleek, stylish, pocket-friendly design, with wraparound colors and graphics add seamless style
  • Dual-material construction absorbs shock and withstands drops, plus raised beveled edge keeps your touchscreen safe

So on the inside otterbox we’ll find our case fully assembled complete with the holster on the back we’ll set that aside for just a moment here we also have some installation instructions included.

otterbox caseThe first order  of business is to pull off the holster otterbox here which just snaps on so there is the case with a rubber liner surrounding the hardshell case so you can see we have a built-in screen protector.

How to use otterbox defender case

First thing I need to do to install the phone is pull off this rubber seal around that hard case otterbox. Now sometimes it’s kind of hard to pull off because it’s wrapped around so tightly especially when it’s brand new.

What I do is use a little sort of jar opener here to get a grip on it and that allows me to get started here and then I can pull it off alright.

There is the internal hardshell case you can see there’s a little protector here for the Apple logo the built-in screen protector and you can pry this open by opening up these little clasps along the side here there’s one on this side and there’s one on the other side let’s see which one is easier to open here there you go.

First impressions of the OtterBox Defender

So there’s the front plate with a built-in screen protector and the back plate also has this sort of cushion along the back which stabilizes the phone helps to seal it up and provide some impact protection.

Otterbox iphone 7 and 6So it doesn’t constantly bang against the internal hard otterbox shell case now if you look at the screen protector you can see it’s been modified for the touch ID feature here.

There’s a little window here that’s curved to the shape of the home button so it allows the touch ID feature to work through the screen protector all ready to install it’s pretty simple just our phone into the back of the case snap on the front of the case and then we can put on the rubber sleeve which wraps around that case provides a lot of protection otterbox here of course. We just want to make sure that everything seals in tightly here along the sides and make sure all the flaps covering the ports and buttons are secure.

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There we go we have a fully protected iPhone 7 with otterbox. Now much bulkier with this case and then you can add your holster here like so now you can change the direction of this holster clip any way you want it’s a pretty stiff mechanism here.

Wherever you set it it’s pretty secure now the holster interfaces with this clip along the side of the case here so you have one here and you have another one on the other side so you can reverse it in any direction you want like so of course you can also flip the case around and put this screen toward the back of the holster to provide extra protection alright.

Otterbox iphone 7Let’s go take a look at our case here so we do have touch ID as you can see here it does work through this button but doesn’t work as effectively. I find that it’s not as reliable with this case on and I think that’s to be expected with all these layers protecting it but it does work now if you look along the left-hand side you’ll find your volume keys which are pretty difficult to press they’re pretty spongy here and you have to really press to operate them now we also have a flap here for operating that mute switch which is pretty recessed in here.

For example it’s hard to really get my thumb in there to operate it but I think I can do so with my finger pretty well and on the right side you’ll find your covered sleep/wake button which is just as difficult to operate as the vine controls now toward the top they’ve left plenty of room for the earpiece the front-facing camera and all the sensors now toward the bottom you’ll find the speaker and the microphones are completely free and you can see just how thick this case is by how recessed those speaker and microphones are now we do have flaps covering the headphone jack as well as the Lightning port here.

So again though stay sealed up now there is plenty of room for the headphone jack unless you have an l-shaped connector in that case you may have more trouble now toward the back we’ll find our Apple logo which is protected behind a shield and then we have our camera module which is completely open here you can see our camera module the microphone as well as the LED flash and this ample bezel surrounding it now that bezel does not cause any glare to the flash I did some testing and there is no concern there all right.

So let’s go and take a look at our device with a built-in screen shield otterbox. Now the screen shield is pretty thick here you can see touch ID doesn’t always work with it cover on the home button the screen shield feels pretty nice here.

Now this plastic sore does change kind of the fuel of the device when you’re interacting with it but otherwise it’s fairly responsive I really have no complaints here but seems to be less responsive when you’re inputting more delicately like when you’re typing or that sort of thing but generally speaking is pretty tight against the glass so you don’t feel that typing as if the screen shield is loose or anything like that the thing. I have a problem with or the thing that makes it the phone a little more uncomfortable to use is these very large bezels are surrounding the display of course provides a lot of protection here but also makes the screen feel pretty cramped.

So when you’re interacting with the otterbox display there is actually quite a bit of bezel here right against the display which gets in the way ultimately the defender does deliver on its promise of providing the ultimate protection for extreme circumstances of course that comes with a thicker bulkier case than on some weight a screen shield that doesn’t feed some of the performance of a touchscreen otterbox and a home button with a protector on it that can interfere with the performance of touch ID but otherwise does a pretty good job the other issue here is just how cramped the screen feels with that large bezel around it especially the home button which feels pretty recessed but in the end this case provides the ultimate reassurance that your phone will survive whatever you’re doing so that’s going to do for me in this video hope you enjoyed it and I’ll see you again in the next one.