A look inside iPhone and iPad case maker OtterBox

Giveaway: Watch the video then leave a comment letting us know which of the Otterbox cases you'd love to win!

Last month, I had the pleasure of visiting the OtterBox headquarters in Fort Collins, CO and talk with Jordan about the history of the OtterBox name, the design and testing process, and get a closer look and description for each case series for the iPhone and iPad.

In addition to the interview, Jordan also passed on one of each case series to give away to our readers! Specifically, we have the following:

For a chance to win, just let us know which of these cases you would like to win in the comments below!

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Leanna Lofte

Former app and photography editor at iMore, Leanna has since moved on to other endeavors. Mother, wife, mathamagician, even though she no longer writes for iMore you can still follow her on Twitter @llofte.

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A look inside iPhone and iPad case maker OtterBox



I would take any of those cases, even the pink one! lol. Considering my iPhone was stolen and of course my otter box went with it :/

I'd love to win the Defender case for my GSM iPhone 4, as it would give me some great protection from shock/drops while I hike in the great outdoors! :)

I can vouch for the Defender; I once fell while hiking and used it to break my fall (had just taken some photos and had it in my hand, and fell on it onto some rocks). Neither the case nor my iPhone 4 were harmed. Best case I've ever had, and well worth every penny. Just remember that it doesn't protect from water or other liquids, as it's not waterproof. It does do a decent job of keeping sand and fine dust out, tho I wouldn't recommend dropping it in the sand either. It also bears mentioning that you will not be able to use the Defender case with most iPhone docks, as the added bulk of the case makes it too big to fit into the dock. But the protection it provides is worth it.

Otterbox cases are great, sometimes they can be a little bulky but if you are looking for protection your going to have to struggle to find a better option. Personally I would be interested in the Commuter and Reflex cases since they are a little less bulky, and being a programmer my phone sits safely on my desk most of the time.

I would take any case as I really need one for my new 4S. But if I have to choose, I would like the Commuter series case

Either the gunmetal reflex or the green/gunmeal defender. I do a lot outddors and either would be perfect protection for my iPhone 4.

I would like the Defender Series case, because I'm ginger so my phone needs protected when I run away from the angry
Mob. Pitchforks and all!

Black impact for my iPhone 4. I am an android switcher and would love a new case for my new iPhone! : )

Please sign me up for the Gunmetal Reflex Series. I have had some of the other cases previously and they are too big but I would still like to have that type of protection.

I would like the Gunmetal Grey / Envy Green Defender Series. My wife has this case in black, and simply loves it.

Great piece on Otterbox. I've been eyeing the Commuter case...I've been an iSkin user for 3 years, but it's time to branch out me thinks!
Thanks Leanna!

I've been interested in the Gunmetal Reflex case for a while, just haven't jumped yet. Would love to win it!

I do not need one, but had to commet. I have a defender series. I work outdoors, and dropped the iPhone 4s on the sidewalk. No damage. Yes they are bulky, and not as slim as other cases, but by far an excellent case. The screen protector is built into the case, and never had a problem with the phone not responding. Good luck to all that enter. Oh yea, seems like the port covers have improved from earlier models.

I have had every one of otterboxs series in the past for other phones. I have never had one of there new reflex series and I would absolutely love to win it for my iPhone 4. Thank you for giving all of us the opportunity to win one of these amazing cases

Cant go bad with a Black reflex. Thanks
Love the baby having a blast in the background of the interview .. Haha

Id live to win the Defender case. I am very active biking hiking fishing etc and I fear Apple's 'generosity' with helping me out may not live to see another broken iPhone!!

I love otterbox. Great products. I have also had to deal with their support before about an older nano case we had that had some trouble. Support was easy to deal with and offered to replace the case. Made me a fan for sure.
I am thinking of getting one of those reflex cases, winning one would be great ;)

I've been on the waiting list for 4 weeks for a GunMetal Reflex case! I dropped my LifeProof case once and it broke and I have wanted to switch to Otterbox. Oh please pick me, then I could get off this awful waiting list. Thanks!

Id live to win the Defender case. I am very active biking hiking fishing etc and I fear Apple’s ‘generosity’ with helping me out may not live to see another broken iPhone!!

Gunmetal reflex series please!!!!! Been looking to get an Otterbox case. Will wait to see if I win or not before I make a purchase. But Leanna--that lil girl of yours is too cute!! lol. I mostly heard her in the background having so much fun. Adorable...then saw her running around in the back. bahaha. Cute. I just had to say that---not to 'win my chance', but thought it'd be nice to let u know. Thanks for these giveaways, iMore!!

I'd love the Gunmetal Reflex! It's the case I've decided to get based on the awesome reviews...Thanks!

I would love the defender in the green and grey. It would really bring me up to date since I'm still using a wore out iPhone 4 defender case on my iPhone 4S. This case is a must have in my construction profession. Thank you.

Would love to win the gunmetal reflex series for my 4S. Have been rocking naked iPhones since the 3G era, but stare at these cases longer and longer whenever I'm out and about.

The Defender case please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please.

Hello peeps at iMore, and Leanna!!
Great video and awesome product! I would like the Reflex Series please. Also, Lila did a guest appearance and I know she was giving her two cents of what OtterBox means to her.
Keep up the great job!!

Good interview and answered a lot of my questions about the reflex case. So with that said I would like a shot to win the reflex case!

I would go for the Reflex. I have a Defender on my iphone, but would like something a bit thinner to fit in jeans pocket.

Preferably a Otterbox Defender would suit my new iPhone!
But, hey! Any type of case would be wonderful from my most-used bookmarked website!

I would love one for my iPad2 I'm terrified to use it without a case and a otterbox sounds like the safety blanket I'm looking for!

The Otterbox Defender (Gun Metal) looks incredible! Wow, and look! TiPb is giving it away. How much more does life have to offer?!

I'd take any of them for my currently naked iPhone 4s. Commuter or defender in any color would be my preference!

I would love to win the Grey and Black Reflex for myself but wouldn't mine the Pink and White Commuterfor my wife. It would make a great Valentines Day gift too :D

Hey Leanne!
Great interview, it was nice seeing all of the cases in action. It was also great hearing about OtterBox as a company.
The grey case would look great on my 4S.

Gunmetal Reflex would be great for my first iPhone, considering all the great things I have heard about Otterbox.

Ive always thought of Otterbox as a stellar product line. from my iPhone 3, to 3gs, and mi 4g, ive been loyal to the Otterbox family. Most recently I purchased a Black and white Defender, a replacement that is. it seems something hasvchanged with the rubber design. After a month of use, the rubber was so 'stretched' it would hardly stay on the plastic. i hate that ive had to jump to a griffin Protector, i hate the design. The new defender looks great! i would love to try it and have my faith restored in something ive loved for years!

I would love the defender series for my iPhone4s!
Either way, love the video. Was curious about Otterbox. Seems every iPhone on Long Island, NY has a defender case. Would love one when I am out on the soccer field with my boys.

Id like to enter for the Gunmetal Grey Defender. As a paramedic, I am really tough on my iPhone 4s! Thanks for the offer!

Since Leanna's choice of case is the reflex (per her favorite accessory article) I will have to go with the gunmetal reflex...please, please. Thank you.

I would love the Gunmetal Reflex! I wore out my defender series while working at work in the kitchen. I would love the reflex as a replacement before its too late, Thanks!

I'd love one of the Gunmetal Reflex Series cases. I don't want a super bulky case for my 4S but some protection would be great. :)

The Otterbox Gunmetal Grey / Envy Green Defender Series would be a great case for my new iPhone 4S! I didn't think the color combination worked but the video allayed those doubts. I hope you guys pick me!

I like the toddler that zoomed past in the back @7:34. I want the green defender series! Hopefully I win it, if not then I think I may just go buy it!

I would like any of them except the pink one. I have apink Deffender for my 3GS and catch a lot of flack over that. My original bumper case for my 4 is cracking and on its last leg. Timing is good.
Thank you,

Would love a defender series for the 4S. Being an EMT I use my iPhone for lots of different things and situations and would love to have the protection that the defender series offers.

I would like the Defender in Green/Grey! My wife has a Commuter in Purple and I need a great Ottrbox case! Please pick me!

I would love to win the gunmetal reflex series cases for the iPhone 4S. I just got a brand new iPhone 4s for Christmas while on leave from the Marine Corps. I could really use the extra protection that OtterBox cases provide. Thanks iMore

I like the Defender series. Had it on my BlackBerry before making the switch and it was a great case.
BTW, loved seeing Dave chase the next generation of iMore reporters.

We love you Leanna!

i just got the iphone 4s and my att iphone 4 att defender doesn't fit it. i would like the Gunmetal Grey / Envy Green Defender Series... thank you