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  • [GIVEAWAY] Otterbox Reflex Case


    Otterbox is a pretty well known case maker for many different types of phones. Their cases are designed with protection in mind. Theyíve been kind enough to send me their lineup of cases (Reflex, Commuter, and Defender) for the iPhone 4/4S. This review of the Reflex case will be the first of 3.



    Design


    As you can see from the picture the Reflex is a 2-piece case. In my opinion 2-piece cases have their advantages and disadvantages. Putting them on and taking them off from the phone is typically pretty easy and that holds true for the Reflex. The Reflex fits the iPhone like a glove and both pieces lock into each other easily when sliding them on.

    I am typically leery of slide-on cases as they have a tendency to scratch the iPhone with repeated putting on/taking off. Otterbox has solved this problem by putting a felt pad on the inside of each piece, which is something Iím quite happy to see. All you need to do to dock your iPhone is simply slide the bottom part of the case off and youíre set.



    The Reflex has several openings so you can still connect things to your iPhone. The bottom is left open to allow the cable connection to sync, charge, etc. There is also an opening in the rear for the camera and flash so pictures can still be taken with the case on. There is also an opening for the vibrate switch which allows access. The volume buttons and sleep button are covered with a rubbery material that protects them but still lets you push them. I do have to say though that it requires more effort than Iíd like to push the buttons. The coverings donít give the nice tactile click sensation that weíre all used to.

    There is also an opening for the headphones. Unfortunately, because Reflex case is pretty thick (remember, it is designed with protection in mind), some aftermarket headphones work with it. The stock Apple headphones that come with your iPhone will work but if you try to use anything with a 90 degree bend right above the jack, it wonít fit.



    Durability

    As Iíve mentioned, Otterbox cases are designed with protection in mind. As far as cases go, the Reflex is a pretty hefty case. There is typically a tradeoff that you have to make, whether itís having a slim case that doesnít offer much protection and vice versa. The Relex does add some size and bulk to your iPhone, noticeably so if you carry your iPhone around in your pocket but I wouldnít be too worried if I dropped my iPhone with this case on it. The case feels very sturdy and should stand up to some abuse. It looks and feels like a well made case.



    Price

    The Reflex case for the iPhone 4/4S can be purchased directly from Otterboxís website. Right now, depending on the color, the Reflex is going for between $29.95 and $34.95. Otterbox even throws in a free screen protector and cleaning cloth with the case. The price comes in around what you would expect for an iPhone case.

    Conclusion

    All in all, the Reflex is a good all around case. If you like slim cases, this isnít the case for you. It does add bulk to your iPhone but for those of you who are accident prone, that might be just what you need. Itís a good looking case made with quality materials. Iíd like the buttons to be able to be pressed a little bit easier and be able to use my aftermarket headphones with the case on but apart from those two things, Iím pretty happy with this case.

    And as always, I'm sure there's a few of you out there that would love to get your hands on one of these cases! Leave a comment and we'll ship one out to one lucky member in the next few days.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: [Giveaway] Otterbox Reflex Case started by Cyprian Peters View original post
    Comments 134 Comments
    1. hispasat's Avatar
      hispasat -
      I liked the presentation!
    1. boomerneil's Avatar
      boomerneil -
      Man i have had to upgrade from the 3GS to the 4 to the 4S because i keep dropping them. With this case i'm sure i could keep my 4S for a couple years!
    1. Doc20010's Avatar
      Doc20010 -
      ok
    1. g_pwn's Avatar
      g_pwn -
      MEEE please and thank you!
    1. Herculeis's Avatar
      Herculeis -
      Might be time to try an Otterbox...
    1. waroftyr's Avatar
      waroftyr -
      Nice review
    1. robhard24's Avatar
      robhard24 -
      Nice case, my birthday is January 24th. Thought I'd just throw that out there.
    1. pcpaul's Avatar
      pcpaul -
      My daughters iPhone 4 is scratched to high heaven because of a slide on case so its great to see such a simple idea utilised at long last
      Grats to Otterbox
    1. rcm's Avatar
      rcm -
      Looks great, always prefer this type of case.
    1. andydudes's Avatar
      andydudes -
      i want one !
    1. babyydaveyy's Avatar
      babyydaveyy -
      I just bought an auxiliary adapter for my after market headphones so I could use them with my case But this otterbox case definitely offers more protection than mine!
    1. Damnskippy's Avatar
      Damnskippy -
      Count me in!
    1. wolverinemarky's Avatar
      wolverinemarky -
      Quote Originally Posted by busta` View Post
      good review! i'm curious to see what you think about the commuter.
      pretty sweet case never consider this style of case before
    1. chrislouter's Avatar
      chrislouter -
      Too bad you probably won't ship to the Netherlands, cause I'm in need of a good 4S case....
    1. The Guz's Avatar
      The Guz -
      This is indeed a nice case. The lay on the table design is a nice feature as well from keeping the screen from being damaged when placed on a table. The crumple zone areas seem to be a nice design made to this case. Looks like a nice case and not as bulky as the defender.
    1. chrislouter's Avatar
      chrislouter -
      Too bad you probably won't ship to the Netherlands cause I'm in need of a good 4S case.
    1. jose060789's Avatar
      jose060789 -
      Nice case & review, I hope I win it =)
    1. joliano24's Avatar
      joliano24 -
      Looks good, I have diffrenet one and make my phone so huge , this one make it looks nicer as a design and the way I hold in my hand .
      That will be really nice peace
    1. rocketApe's Avatar
      rocketApe -
      Oops, already posted
    1. artmorales951's Avatar
      artmorales951 -
      Good looking