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With the iPhone 4’s release, a lot of success was drowned out by the problem over the antenna’s weak spot. This weakness, known as the “death grip,” caused the i4’s signal to drop to the point that the actual call was dropped. Steve Jobs addressed this problem at a press conference by releasing a new software update, and giving away free cases. However, if you want something a little more durable, and of a much higher quality, you should take a look at the Otterbox Defender for the iPhone 4.
Otterbox makes cases for a slew of devices, but really came into their own with the iPhone 3G and iPad cases. Nevertheless, this new defender is quite frankly the best case I’ve ever had. The Defender is a hard shell case encased in a layer of soft silicone. It also has a built in screen protector which perfectly contours the iPhone 4’s touch screen.
The case’s overlapping layers give the iPhone 4 a good amount of protection. It is incredibly sturdy and like the iPad version, you have to look to break the case in order to penetrate its defenses. The case is easily installed and feels great in the hands. I also like the sleek design.
There are also several flaps which allow you to get to the headphone jack and the vibrate switch when you need to, and keeps it protected when not in use. The few uncovered areas include holes for the cameras, microphone, speakers, and Apple logo. They are what could be considered the weak points of the case, but they are set so far back it would take a near intentional drop for it to be a factor.
Also included is the clip holster, which snaps easily in and out to create the perfect holster. The belt clip also rotates 360 degrees to suit your style, but it is best warn horizontally.
The best feature of the Otterbox defender is its ability to completely remedy the death grip problem. After thoroughly testing it, and holding the iPhone on its weak spot, I’ve been unable to get any calls dropped. There is also no trade-off in signal strength with the thickness of the case.
Overall, I have to say this is the best case Otterbox has ever produced, as well as the best protective case I’ve ever had on any device. There are no chinks in this baby’s armor whatsoever. It’s stylish, rugged, practical, and useful. I thought the case might be a good one, but I never thought it would be great. Sure the price tag is steep at $50, but nowhere else can you get this much protection, with a built in screen protector, and a belt holster.
The only way to improve this case would be to give it wireless charging capabilities like the Powermat. The Powermat however, has nothing on the Otterbox in terms of protection or features. I strongly recommend the Otterbox Defender for the iPhone 4.
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