OtterBox: A Smartphone Case Company that Finally Gets it Right
Smartphones and tablets are cool, useful and, sadly, fragile. I remember the first time I dropped my brand-new iPhone about an hour after I purchased it. This was the original model and it had a nice big dent in metal backing the upper left hand corner. It was at that point that I fully embraced the absolute necessity of a protective case.
The problem with smartphone and other mobile device cases are that they are hit-or miss. The prices vary about as much as the quality. And in my experience, even some expensive cases cannot handle the daily beatings that mobile devices undergo on a daily basis. Some cases fit nicely but don't offer the protection I need. Other cases are tanks but ultimately are too bulky and heavy. It seems that smartphone case companies just cannot come up with that right mixture of aesthetics and durability that I and many others are looking for.
All of that changed however, when I was introduced to OtterBox.
OtterBox is a small company based in Fort Collins, Colorado that specializes in cases that are "dedicated to all the klutzy, spontaneous, chaotic, graceless individuals who have broken a device or valuable due to their active lifestyle". Quite simply, these guys make really good mobile device cases for such brands as Apple, Dell, HTC, and BlackBerry. They're not cheap but in this case, you get what you pay for.
I was given the opportunity to try out the two different OtterBox case models for my new 4th generation iPod Touch. The first case I tried out was the Defender series. This case is the most protective and rugged of the two. When I looked at the case while still in the package, I wasn't sure if I would like it. The case has a rubberized exterior which I personally don't like because I typically put my mobile devices in a front pocket. A rubber case tends to catch on the pocket and makes it difficult to slip in and out.Continued on the next page