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Otterbox is a pretty well known case maker for many different types of phones. Their cases are designed with protection in mind. They’ve been kind enough to send me their...
01-05-2012, 10:53 PM #1[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. They’ve 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.
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 I’m quite happy to see. All you need to do to dock your iPhone is simply slide the bottom part of the case off and you’re 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 I’d like to push the buttons. The coverings don’t give the nice tactile click sensation that we’re 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 won’t fit.
As I’ve 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 it’s having a slim case that doesn’t 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 wouldn’t 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.
The Reflex case for the iPhone 4/4S can be purchased directly from Otterbox’s 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.
All in all, the Reflex is a good all around case. If you like slim cases, this isn’t 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. It’s a good looking case made with quality materials. I’d 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, I’m 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.
Last edited by Cyprian Peters; 01-09-2012 at 07:50 AM.
01-09-2012, 01:21 PM #2
01-09-2012, 01:22 PM #3
Looks like a pretty nice case, but I'll stick with my Otterbox Commuter.
Not really related to this case, but I think Otterbox needs to completely revamp their iPhone 4/4S defender design. I got it for my wife and it's a huge let-down after their 3G/3GS defender. We're looking for a replacement - leaning towards the Griffin Survivor or something like that.
01-09-2012, 01:24 PM #4
I'm normally not a huge fan of Otterbox cases, but this one looks very nice!
01-09-2012, 01:24 PM #5
01-09-2012, 01:26 PM #6
Cyprian Peters? I don't recognize your name, are you new to the MMi writers?
On to the case, it might be the close up pictures but the quality of the plastic looks a little cheap to me. Of course it may just be illusion and be very nice plastic
01-09-2012, 01:29 PM #7
It would be nice to have this waiting at home when I go pick up my 4s upgrade in the next couple of weeks!
01-09-2012, 01:35 PM #8
This case is AWESOME!!! Looks like one of those vault opening doors from video games! Nice!!!
01-09-2012, 01:36 PM #9
Much better looking than previous Ottherbox cases imo, would love one.
01-09-2012, 01:37 PM #10
wonder if they added weight to the bottom so it falls bottom first
01-09-2012, 01:37 PM #11
01-09-2012, 01:37 PM #12
I think I otter box everyone in the comments to prove I deserve this case.
01-09-2012, 01:37 PM #13
I'll take it!
01-09-2012, 01:38 PM #14
Case looks really good, I'm happy to put up with a bit of extra volume for better protection. It struck me the other day that if I'm protecting a €600 piece of kit it's crazy to buy a cheep and useless case so I'd probably pay for this one. But if I could win one that would be even better! I love Modmyi it's my main source of inews as it's crucial to stay up to date if you are jailbroken. iclarified is great as well but they don't have an ipad app!
01-09-2012, 01:38 PM #15
count me in
01-09-2012, 01:39 PM #16
Love the case!
01-09-2012, 01:40 PM #17Nice Case
Pretty cool case for the clumsy folks, and its in black. Win Win! I'll Take one!
01-09-2012, 01:40 PM #18
01-09-2012, 01:41 PM #19
Never tried a two part case. Would love this for one of my accident prone teenage sons (on his second iPhone after it loast a fight with an xbox controller ... )
01-09-2012, 01:44 PM #20
Definitely a nice bargain case.