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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. ord6's Avatar
      ord6 -
      Thank you, looks awesome!
    1. Reload's Avatar
      Reload -
      Like the felt pad on the inside. I used to have a similar case two piece for my old iphone and it would scratch the back. Would love to test drive this case.
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Nice case, thanks for reviewing!
    1. devious_saint's Avatar
      devious_saint -
      I love this case! I currently have one on my 4S and it has done its job so far (other than a couple scratches on the metal antenna band, probably caused by dust). The majority of my family are becoming iPhone owners and it'd be nice to give them one.
    1. SithStrife's Avatar
      SithStrife -
      It's pretty hefty alright but this is useful when going to an adventure (hiking, biking, other stuff...). This would also be great for my baby boy when playing around with my iPhone 4 as he tends to 'drop' things from a dangerous height!
    1. GoDJr's Avatar
      GoDJr -
      Very niceee i likey compared to my otter box defender
    1. Aidenn's Avatar
      Aidenn -
      I definitely need a case for my 4s! Screen protectors just don't cut it!
    1. zrevai's Avatar
      zrevai -
      Nice design, though I do agree about the 2 piece cases having +/- aspects. It looks pretty solid for a two part case, like it won't be able to split apart if dropped because it's a top/bottom design instead of the crappy front/back adjoining cases.
    1. madfalcon108's Avatar
      madfalcon108 -
      Looks like a pretty good case, might consider getting one!
    1. javiert30's Avatar
      javiert30 -
      Tight... Love it
    1. MichaelBrook13's Avatar
      MichaelBrook13 -
      This looks good, always wanted one!
    1. annddrrewww's Avatar
      annddrrewww -
      my friend told me about otter boxes but I've never actually got my hands on one of these to test it out! would love to see it on my new phone!
    1. willflow's Avatar
      willflow -
      my girl needs one of these for sure! nice.

      My girl needs one of these, nice!
    1. mb23's Avatar
      mb23 -
      looks so good--it should be on my 4s--come to papa

      looks good--will look nice on my 4s--come to papa
    1. ArtemisKitty's Avatar
      ArtemisKitty -
      I've always been a huge fan of the Otterbox cases, this would be an awesome upgrade!
    1. 1pop23's Avatar
      1pop23 -
      snazzy looking case
    1. ovey1's Avatar
      ovey1 -
      Would love to try this out I always use the commuter case and would like to see what this feels like.
    1. Sean Zhu's Avatar
      Sean Zhu -
      boy it would be awesome to win this!
    1. TheDirtyDiddler's Avatar
      TheDirtyDiddler -
      I've recently become stricken with Groats disease, and this case is my only hope!
    1. phanb's Avatar
      phanb -
      that case looks heavy duty