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!

Leanna Lofte

App and Photography Editor at iMore. Mother, wife, and math instructor. Follow her on Twitter @llofte and send her apps to consider for review at iosapps@imore.com

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iwantmore says:

i want a black impact series !!! thank you !!

Digimelt says:

I would like the Gunmetal Reflex!

J Moore says:

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 :/

Yankees368#IM says:

oh, I almost got the reflex the other day. I would love that one.

mgmiller68 says:

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! :)

Analog Spirit says:

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.

yonkastone says:

I would ABSOLUTELY LOVE the Gunmetal Gret Defender!

Wes says:

Commuter series in black

phylbaker says:

I would love a black otter box for the iphone

Lance says:

Black Impact Series for the win!

Turt99 says:

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.

cl1ck4207 says:

I would love to have the gunmetal grey defender series that would just be awesome thanks

bld4781 says:

I would love to win the defender

tacogy3 says:

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

Simon says:

I'd love the defender!

iTroldahl says:

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

Luke Pennington says:

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!

KLieu says:

Hoping to win the Gunmetal Reflex Series in black :)

Nicole says:

I would love to win the Defender case.

Munale says:

Ummm black impact please!

Marlin says:

I'd love the defender case :)

sjm614 says:

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

Mike Bair says:

thanks for the awesome review! I would love a Green Defender Series!

Chris Gregory says:

Ive seen the Defender series and believe they are the best protection around.

peggedin says:

Gunmetal reflex series please!!!!

Ali khan says:

Defender as its the most rugged ever !!!

Curtis says:

Gunmetal Reflex Series for me, please!!

asggold says:

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.

Raiden38 says:

Definitly the Gunmetal Reflex Series!!!! Really Nice!

villainx says:

Defender!
Cool company and nice products too.

dispatcher307 says:

I'd take any, but I like the Gunmetal Reflex Series

Bob King says:

I go ahead a take that Defender series case off your hands....

Daina Glapion says:

I would like the Reflex Series any color but grey. Already have it.

BhamBB says:

I want the GunMetal Grey Defender! It's the Egg McMuffin of phone cases!!

Pochoco says:

Will like to win the gray & black reflex series, great vid.

davec3275 says:

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

Michael Sweeper says:

I would really enjoy the Gunmetal Reflex series

elduquay says:

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!

Gaston says:

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

beggari says:

The Reflex would be a perfect fit for me!

Ben Ragunton says:

I would personally like the black impact series...

Glenn#IM says:

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.

Click says:

I would love to win the reflex!! :)

JeevesVic says:

That gunmetal defender would look awesome on my duty belt!

Robbie78 says:

I would love an olive drab reflex case for my 4s. It look awesome and reminds me of our military.

bnpdp says:

Any of them would be nice. First choice is black impact.

Jen says:

They are all awesome but the reflex just pops in those colors.

Jay says:

I would love a Reflex!

zurch says:

I'd love the green defender. Thanks!

vayda says:

The gray and black Reflex looks great!

Doug says:

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

Todd says:

I'd love the gunmetal Defender!

DikaiaKnight says:

I'd love to win the Commuter!

Jeff Young says:

Id love the reflex case. I already have a defender case and love it! Otterbox is great!

Kendall says:

I would love the green Defender!

Ken says:

I'd use the black impact series.
Thanks iMore and Otterbox.

Gavin says:

I would love the Commuter or Reflex for my iPhone 4s! Thanks

Gavin says:

Please delete, spell check put the wrong email address. Thanks

Gavin Hall says:

I would love the Commuter or Reflex for my iPhone 4s! Thanks

David Stolow says:

Black impact series (IP4 GSM)

chong says:

the gunmetal reflex series would be awesome.

bjschultz says:

I think I would really like the commuter series. But the reflex would be a good choice too.

John says:

Just ordered a iPhone today so that Defender would be awesome to have.

dpolletta says:

The defender case would be awesome!

Rob Eppers says:

The green defender would be a great free gift!!!

Andrew C. says:

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

Azariah says:

The Gunmetal Reflex series

Brian says:

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!!

derk says:

The Black impact series case would be cool.

Jimmy Reekes says:

Defender Series for me please

chaffee04 says:

Reflex all the way!! Need it for my 4s when I upgrade in Feb!!

Luke says:

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 ;)

Morgan says:

I would like the relfex. Then my white ipad2 and white 4s will match up case and all.

dloveprod says:

The black impact series.

Tytanious says:

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!

dvs1j says:

I would love to get the reflex gunmetal. Please guys....

Brian says:

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!!

Ginbill says:

I'd like the Gunmetal Grey / Envy Green Defender Series!

Sergio9955 says:

Definitely the Otterbox Defender to give me added protection for my clumsy self.

drezzy_ says:

The Gunmetal Grey / Envy Green Defender Series. I need the protection lol.

Enzo83 says:

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!!

ripcity00 says:

I'd like the reflex series. Thanks!

Chris says:

Gunmetal Reflex all the way!

Sketso says:

Hit me with the reflex in gunmetal!

KeyMaestro says:

Id be game for the Gunmetal Reflex! Thanks for the post and vid!

Ctheo3 says:

I would absolutely love the Reflex case! My 4s could use a new suit.

Ariel Agustin says:

I like to have the Reflex case.

Psyko825 says:

Id love the gunmetal reflex

Lauren Morrison says:

I would love to represent Breast Cancer Awareness with the Victory Commuter Series!

MousePad says:

I'd love the Gunmetal Reflex. :)

Nancy J Wilson says:

Oh mr gosh! I would love the Envy Green Defender. Thanks for asking.

Chris says:

I would like the Defender.

hewsdaddy says:

a gunmetal grey defender would brighten up my life

Jennifer says:

I would LOVE the defender series...had one but it doesn't fit my new iPhone 4S!

Rich says:

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

TosaDeac says:

Reflex looks up my alley...but I'd take any of them!

John says:

Commuter is awesome, but I'm dying to try the reflex, I would love to win one of them!

mvilla says:

Reflex please! Impact would work too. ;)

logantx says:

reflex series please!!!

Jada says:

Oh, I like the pink reflex series. Easy to slide on and off, a color I don't have.

Mercer says:

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.

iamfudge says:

Inwoukd love the green defender series case. Working with preschoolers is tough on my phone.

twinmomma416 says:

OOhhh a Defender. I really would love a Defender!

John McComas says:

Anyone would be great.I work outside.Enough said!!!

peaklevel1 says:

I need the Defender for my iphone ive dropped it several times.. I wanna be a winner.. Thank you!

David E says:

Gunmetal Reflex Series please :D

SteveC says:

Black impact for me!!!!! :-)

xxDruMMer BoYxx says:

I'd love the reflex. Too much bulk on the others for my use.... Thanks iMore.

jlb21 says:

Would love to win the grey/green defender series for my VZW iPhone 4.

parpart33 says:

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.

Philip says:

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.

iPh0neme says:

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!!

GMTZII#CB says:

Gun Metal Defenderwill be nice

Taichou says:

1) Gunmetal
2) less awkward nerdy guy
3) MORE LEANNA

zuniboy says:

Gunmetal Reflex please :)

tnations says:

The Commuter Series has always been my favorite.

dmarjhund3 says:

The defender series will do nicely. Give me one and it will be cherished forever.

MorpheousNeo says:

http://tinyurl.com/Otterbox-Pick-ME
I really need the Defender iPad2... as I already dropped it once!
Thanks!

Vickie Schwartz says:

I've heard great things about the otter box!! I'm keeping my fingers crossed!! I have both an iPhone and iPad! Thanks for the info

ame says:

Nice! Commuter or Reflex would be rad, esp a Teal/Navy!

Alli says:

As much as I love gunmetal, the Commuter has always been my favorite Otterbox.

Fishous says:

The Gunmetal Grey Defender would be awesome!

Joshua says:

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!

Kyle says:

I'd love to put the Gunmetal Reflex Series on my iPhone 4!

JonB74 says:

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.

cchs227 says:

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

bill15 says:

just got my first iphone the 4s and need a case would like the defender in black & gray

Evan says:

Defender series Please! Thank You!

David says:

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!

cchs227 says:

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

jrephoto_op says:

Gunmetal grey defender is my choice

Jay Mobile says:

Defender series for me plz

Gerry says:

Gunmetal Reflex Series

jcb18 says:

The Reflex Series looks pretty amazing!

JefFR says:

Gunmetal reflex series

Cyrano says:

I would love the commuter.

thebrownswin says:

Would love to have the impact series to protect the phone of the occasional oops that can happen.

hollabak009 says:

Gunmetal Reflex Series Please!!!

danib62 says:

I'd love an iPhone 4S Commuter Case!

Gsarfin says:

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

Hattie Petty says:

OMG PLEASE PLEASE pull name I would LOVE to have the Otterbox Defender. Please pull my name.

Nick says:

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

nathers says:

Would love a Black Impact series!

Ryan Moser says:

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.
Cheers!

keith says:

I would take any! But particularly like the reflex and commuter cases!

James Chat says:

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

Troy Robertson says:

I want green/gun metal commuter series please!

Mmm'hmmm says:

Must. Have. Reflex. Case.
Please.

Tony the Tiger says:

I'd like the Defender series case please.

abalboa3 says:

One Defender please, thanks.

tigo30 says:

Gunmetal reflex Please!

Jrres says:

I would love the gray reflex series, thank you

Darrell Talastas says:

I need a black reflex! Please help me keep my girlfriend from dropping my phone!

Joshua Smith says:

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!

James says:

I would love The Reflex because every time I used it I would hear that Duran Duran song.

Michael says:

Gray and Black Reflex series please!

MooPenguin32 says:

Black impact series please. Otterbox rocks!

Dudeguypal says:

I would love a gunmetal black reflex please

wrxnfx says:

Gunmetal Reflex sounds good for me!

ricbon says:

i would love to win reflex gunmetal please!!

Bayu pramana says:

Commuter will be awesome! Thank you

stuckmehere says:

I would love the gunmetal gray reflex case from Otter Box thanks.

Rob says:

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.

zsukm007 says:

The Commuter would be cool!

demaster21 says:

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

Wesley Harris says:

I loved learning about the Otterbox because I had heard a lot of good comments about it. I would like to win the Defender.

Greg says:

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.

DRTigerlilly says:

I'll take the Victory Commuter please and thank you :) for the iPhone 4s

Chef jason says:

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!

dmt316 says:

defender series!! my wife has one and I'm kinda jealous :(

mrdavis55 says:

Just got my first iPhone last week! I can haz commuter?

Ryan_C says:

I want the gunmetal reflex series

Kristy_Lyn says:

Victory- commuter series! Please and Thank you :)

John H says:

Defender, I am always dropping my iPhone.

csmcallen says:

Gunmetal Reflex would be awesome!!!

Bcloutier says:

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. :)

dev2nsu says:

I would love the reflex series for my iPad 2. I always wanted a nice case for my iPad. Good luck!

babyblues197669 says:

i would love to win the Commuter Series. second choice would be the Gunmetal Reflex Series! those are both pretty nice!

Sky_eye says:

Victory Commuter Series in Black.

MuhammadM says:

Gunmetal Grey / Envy Green Defender Series

Robert says:

I would love to see how awesome the Defender is!!!!

Danny ASLAN says:

I would like the gunmetal reflex

Shane says:

How about a Gunmetal Reflex for me?

Manish Bhatia says:

Need the iPad case as will be using it in outdoor harsh environment. Dust, sun, etc.

bfordm63 says:

Defender cases rock! Love the grey/green!

CW says:

I like the reflex series.

jquinto says:

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!

Ken says:

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!

Gian Carlo Fernando says:

I like/need the Gunmetal Reflex Series please. Thanks iMore!

daveandjen1999 says:

I'd take the Gunmetal reflex series. Just think it looks the best!

jdcorbitt3 says:

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,
John

Santo debella says:

I would like the defender in black for iPhone 3GS

bgwebbjr says:

I'd love to win the Defender for my 4S

Andy Gill says:

Have you SEEN my iPhone lately? It deserves a Defender case.

DrDrew2 says:

Reflex case. Love the Otterbox!

nagasaki69 says:

GunMetal Reflex Series!!! Leanna your the Best!

Jeff says:

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.

Knot says:

I would like to have the Reflex to add to my Commuter Otterbox.

Josh says:

The gun metal defender please!!

Greg says:

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!

iPhoneRN says:

I would adore the gun metal/envy green defender series. Extra protection with awesome colors.

MarineCorpsVet says:

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

timmyb48 says:

I could really use the DEFENDER SERIES, Im ruff on my iPhone and this would be great! Thanks

Becky says:

I'd love to win the Defender case!

hewsdaddy says:

just checking - i won right?

RevJar says:

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.

Patrick says:

I'd LOVE to win the Defender!!!

F.mendoza says:

GUNMETAL DEFEENNDERRRR TUH-NUH-NUHHH!
KEEPIN' MY IPHONE FROM TUH-TOTAL DEESTRUUCCTEEEOON, UNLESS IT'S
ALREADY BROKEN LIKE IT ALREADDYYY IIII-IIHHH-HIIS! Clearly I need this.
We love you Leanna!

thommie343 says:

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

Gino says:

I want a black impact series !!! MERCI

Shimi says:

I would love the gunmetal reflex. Thanks!!

Michal says:

I like the green defender series one, thanks.

Mark says:

The pink one for my daughter. But any of them would be fine! Nicely done!

jeroenb42 says:

I would love to get the Gunmetal Reflex Series.

Karl Bring says:

Otterbox makes great stuff! Sign me up for the Defender case.

dominic says:

Gunmetal Reflex pleasee!!

zymr says:

i would love a Reflex case for my iphone, i have it on my ipad and it rocks!!!!!

javierE186 says:

I agree with Digimelt, Gunmetal Reflex Please xD!!!!!!

sfmccallie says:

Gunmetal gray defender series for ipad2 please!

MrCornfed says:

Black Impact Series for me!

Jess says:

I would love the "Gunmetal Reflex Series"!

Michal says:

I would love the gray relex. Thanks

thegotoguyy says:

I'd go with a black reflex case, it's subtle and slim yet doesn't sacrifice protection

Mark L says:

Gunmetal Reflex for me

Jordan says:

Would love a gun metal reflex case :)

toreroguysd says:

Commuter series please, though I'm not choosy when it comes to Otterbox :-)

netwitt says:

Would love a gunmetal grey defender to protect my 4s :)

Cheyenne says:

I would like the pink and white commuter series.

Josh says:

The gunmetal reflex please

Mike says:

I too would love a reflex case - looks like the clear favourite on here!

Nicholas says:

I would love the defender or commuter.
PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!

KJowers says:

gunmetal grey/envy green

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