Looking for a bullet proof Otterbox iPhone4 Case?

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Okay, well maybe Otterbox does not manufacture bullet proof cases just yet but they have perfected the creation of an environmentally resistant case along with a built in crash tested crumple zone case.  Otterbox is at the forefront of cell phone protection.  They have extended beyond iPhones to include cases for other cell phone manufacturers and tablet computers.

The Otterbox product line currently consists of 4 different models that span the protection spectrum. They include the following:

The Defender Series (maximum environmental protection from the elements)

“The Defender series is rugged, essential smartphone protection.  This case is made of a clear protective membrane, high impact polycarbonate shell and durable silicone.  It provides added protection against scratches, dust, drops, bumps and shock.”

While this case is not waterproof it has all of the ports covered in silicone allowing for a significant barrier of penetration by moisture, dirt and grime. It is also the only case in the lineup that has a screen protector built into the case.


The Commuter Series (less protection but easier to slide in and out of the pocket)

“The Commuter series is a slim and tough protective case made of a durable silicone mid-layter and a one-piece, custom molded polycarbonate shell.  Its smooth finish allows it to slide easily in and aout of pockets. This case provides added protection against scratches, bumps and shock.”

With this case Otterbox was able to overcome a drawback with the Defender case in that all of that silicone protection made it very difficult to get in and out of pockets.  Not only does the Commuter have an easy entry and exit from the pocket, it is still able to provide general protection against everyday use.


The Reflex Series (maximum protection)

“The Otterbox Reflex Series is ready to respond to any situation – users can dock or even drop without worry.  The case is compact and lightweight yet inside incorporates revolutionary, rule-defying technology. Surrounding each device with a cushion of air, the Relfex Series flexes upon impact and rebounds to its original form. Focused on protecting the occupant, just like the crumple zone of a car, this case not only takes a hit but recoils and springs back, ready to protect again and again. Find the maximum Otterbox protection in the smallest, most slim fitting form.”

One of the added advantages of the Reflex is that it is a two piece case that easily slides apart to allow for quick docking with charging devices and music players.


Impact Series (High grip and texturing)

“The Impact Series is our simplest protective solution made of compression molded silicone with innovative inner coring that absorbs impact.  The silicone shields from lint and has texturing that provides a non-stick grippy-ness factor.  This simple case is substantial, high quality silicone that delivers reliable protection from bumps and dings.”

The Impact is designed for those of us who have a habit of cell phones slipping out of our hands and taking a five foot free fall to the concrete sidewalk.  This case sticks to your hands like glue preventing accidental falls.

Otterbox is busy at work designing more innovate cases so stay tuned for upcoming models and designs.



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Stella Mirwald is a writer who specializes in consumer product reviews including iPhone 4 cases. You can check out her latest website at Otterbox iPhone4 Case, where she provides unbiased reviews and buying advice for a range of Otterbox cases, including the

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This article was published on 2012/04/08