★★★★ 87 real customer reviews average rating: 4.2 stars
5 Stars By Kate on 2017-01-06
Better than the LifeProof FRE!
I bought this Otterbox Defender case to replace my LifeProof FRE case (which started falling apart after about 6 months.. Life-proof my ass!). I've had Otterbox Cases before and they've always been incredibly reliable. My iPhone 6 case arrived quickly, in less than two weeks. It isn't nearly as bulky as previous models for phones like the iPhone 4 and iPhone 5, but that doesn't mean that it's sacrificed its ability to protect smartphones.
The Otterbox Defender came in the standard retail packaging, which was additionally vacuum-wrapped in plastic, kind of like a CD fresh off the shelf. It was mailed to me in a brown BTA-MALL box with bubble wrap, safe and sound.
-The Actual Case-
1. The actual case, like I said, isn't nearly as bulky as previous models. It's sleek and comfortable to hold; the only thing that I have to get used to are the raised edges around the screen (which provide an extra level of protection from face-down drops). The colors on this case (jade and teal) are, in my opinion, totally gorgeous. The jade rubber outter portion of the case is pretty tough to remove to initially put the case on your phone, but once it's on, it's on.
2. There's a screen protector built into the case, which is great if you're worried about getting dirt or general filth on the screen. The screen and Touch ID protectors don't seem to hinder the use of either of the iPhone features, which is great. The Otterbox Defender also comes with a black plastic phone holster, which can easily be attatched and detached based on your needs. It's a super handy, complimentary feature that I love.
3. The call and sound quality while the case is on your phone is the same as it would be without the case. I know there've been a few complaints about Otterboxes being so bulky that it obscures call quality, but I haven't experienced such issues.
Overall, I LOVE the Defender case. I'll definitely stick with Otterboxes because, quite frankly, LifeProof cases totally suck.
3 Stars By S.C. on 2016-03-12
New case, same problem
I bought this Otterbox Defender to replace my previous one that was bought in November 2014. My old one was always a problem because the screen protector wasn't flush on the screen and I had to press fairly hard in order to type. I figured that Otterbox would have fixed the problem, over a year later. Nope, this Otterbox Defender has the same exact problem! I don't know why Otterbox can't make an iPhone 6 case that fits right, considering my iPhone 5 Defender was perfect. I have no choice but to return it.
5 Stars By paige on 2017-07-16
yes yes yes
I always drop my phone and I just recently shattered my screen. My boyfriend told me to get an otter box so I said why not. It is a little bulky for my liking but it protects my phone 100 x better than other cases. I wish I read the colors more though I thought it was black and teal but its a dark blueish color and teal but I still love it either way. The only thing I hate about this case is the charger port is so hard to get to, you really have to work at it to plug it in but still 5 stars will buy more colors
5 Stars By Rsteph on 2016-11-03
Top End Phone Protection
I've used the Otterbox Defender case for every iPhone I've owned. Love them. Top notch protection. I don't think you can get much better. It does, though, pretty much completely cover the phone except for the screen and the Apple logo circle on the back and the camera lens. So, you aren't going to be able to "admire" your phone. And, it makes the phone probably 2 to 3 times thicker. On the other hand, your phone is very well protected and all of my phones, after two to three, or more, years. come out of the case looking brand new. It also makes the phone easy to hold on to. This case IS NOT waterproof though. Phone would probably survive a healthy splash on it but might not survive total submersion. This case DOES work with the iPhone6 fingerprint sensor. Case also has a built in screen protector that works very well and does not (at least none of the several I've had) have bubbling beneath it. It is plastic and, over time, will begin to scratch. They come in several different colors and color combinations now. It you're looking for top of the line protection, these are worth a look.
5 Stars By John Walker on 2016-01-26
If you use fingerprint access, read this first1
Otterbox produces great products. I was adamant about having an Otterbox defender for my new iPhone 6, and no other product would do. Imagine my great disappointment when I realized that fingerprint access sucks!
In all fairness, I really don't feel this is an Otterbox problem. Any material that is strong enough to shield & protect the home button, yet thin enough to allow a fingerprint scan, is probably a challenge for any manufacturer.
The problem appears to be too much air between the home button and the silicon cover. If it were a molded material, allowing better and more complete contact, the problem would all but go away. Skin moisture also seems to be an issue, although I do not have dry skin. I found that if I licked my finger/thumb, then wiped it off, the added moisture always did the trick.
I wouldn't normally protect my phone with a password, but it is a requirement if you are storing CC info. The alternative is to enter a six-digit access code. I do want to enter a code or lick my finger EVERY time I want to access my phone!
My remaining option is to purchase an Otterbox Commuter, and use a screen protector.
3 Stars By T Knudsen on 2016-04-03
Three young kids at home and otter box is a must have. My husband and I each have one on our iPhones and one of our two iPads. We had one on the other smaller iPad initially and after much use and hardship, we replaced it with another highly rated cover. We are less happy with it and will be switching back to OtterBox in the future.
Update August 2016: only six months later and my case is broken in two places, both at the bottom. If not for the external soft shell cover, I would be missing a chunk completely. Really disappointed, though I have not contacted OtterBox personally yet. The same thing happened to my husband's phone which he has had for much longer. Our phones still seem very well protected despite the cracked plastic so we have yet to request OtterBox to replace our defective cases, despite their generous warranty. With three young children some hardship is to be expected and I've no doubt the initial purchase has proven worthwhile, however I'm disappointed with how quickly they bested this case.
5 Stars By BTA-MALL Customer on 2017-03-08
Best case ever 💕
Ok well in my opinion I think OtterBox is the best phone case company in America, but don't take my word for it.
This case has protected my iPhone 6s very well. For example my niece has played with my iPhone in this case many times and has, well I think you know what im going to say......... she dropped it…… very hard many times. And I have a very mischievous dog and she has chewed up my case and you guessed it my phone wasn't harmed at all thanks to otterbox. So I called otterbox and they sent me a new one for free. So I would say to buy this case.
3 Stars By Mike Lin on 2016-02-27
Too much protection (yes, there is such a thing)
I bought this mainly for drop protection, but it's more than I needed. I have dropped my phone a couple times without damage. However, there are a few things I don't like about the case:
1) The plastic cover over the screen makes it slightly less sensitive, so my touches don't always register.
2) The bezel is a little beefy. It doesn't really affect typing, but the swipe up to access the control panel is very challenging. (tip: Swipe from left or right of center. It's easier.)
3) The covers over the ports is overkill for me. This isn't a waterproof case anyways, so they covers just get in the way unnecessarily.
4) It's tough to get the case out of the holster with one hand, because it requires a lot of force.
5 Stars By BTA-MALL Customer on 2017-01-24
Good Protection for IPhones
These are the best cases for protecting an IPhone period. Although they are more bulky than other cases, you can drop this without worry that your phone will break. The only downfall I have noticed from the casing is that it comes with a plastic screen protector that doesn't attach to the screen which creates a barrier between your fingers and the screen. This means that you will have to press harder on the screen when typing or pressing buttons.
4 Stars By Brittani Cathey on 2017-03-10
I've always used the Defender series Otterbox cases on my iPhones, and the only problem/complaint that I always have is that the cover over the home button always gets torn or winds up getting worn out long before my case does.
On the plus side, I love everything else about these cases! I am incredibly clumsy & frequently drop my phone, I will never use any other case than the Otterbox Defender!