Review: OtterBox Impact Case for iPhone 3G

The OtterBox Impact Series Case for the iPhone 3G is available here at the TiPb iPhone store for only $12.95, in either black or white. It is a case that encloses your iPhone 3G in a soft rubber skin, extra rubber padding on the back and all four corners. Can a skin case for only $12.95 really stand up to the rigors of everyday use that may subject your sleek iPhone 3G to bumps, bruises and scrapes? Read on for the full review!

Case Design

The OtterBox Impact case offers a slim, form-fitting Silicone layer of protection for your iPhone 3G while still providing impact-absorbing features. The back of the case and the corners are impact-absorbing and dissipate impact away from your iPhone 3G. Additionally, the sides of the case are textured for a more secure grip. All ports, buttons, and functions are accessible through the thin Silicone layer, including an opening for the headphone jack, the mute switch, and even a cutout on the back of the case to display the shiny Apple logo proudly. Having the option of purchasing the case in black or white is also nice - if you have a white iPhone, then switch things up with the black case, and vice versa.

Performance

One of my main concerns about skin cases is that, historically, I've had poor luck with them. Why? Usually they stretch a bit over time and start slipping around my smartphone like a cheap oversized suit. I'm very encouraged by the OtterBox case design because although the Silicone is thin and flexible, it wraps completely around each end of the iPhone and resists unwanted stretching and shifting.

The feel and grip of the case is comfortable, particularly with the textured sides. The screen is fully accessible, as well as all of the functions, ports and buttons. The additional thickness of the Silicone along the back and corners provide additional impact from impacts and scratching. The case has a stylish look and the open round window on the back for the Apple logo is a nice touch.

 

Conclusion

The OtterBox Impact Series Case for the iPhone 3G is hard to beat for the price. The Silicone skin is protective and comfortably grippy, all ports and controls are accessible, and you have a choice of black or white, depending on your taste. The case is stylish and seems to resist the stretching and slipping that can occur over time with other skin cases. I'm happy to report that there are many positives and nothing negative to report. Especially for the price of $12.95, I can give this case a big thumbs up.

##Pros

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  • Available in both black and white
  • Textured sides add "grippiness"
  • Case wraps securely around both ends of phone
  • Good accessibility to ports and buttons
  • Only $12.95
  • Cons

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  • Most skin cases can stretch out over time, and it's uncertain if this one will do the same given enough wear and tear
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    kyle says:

    This is not the best Otterbox case. Otterbox makes an AMAZING iPhone case that is virtually indestructible. Look at the $30-$35 dollar Otterbox cases. That's where it's at. Otterbox rules.

    Sp1derz says:

    I have never used otter box but from the review it seems they make quality. I personally own a Incipio black silicone case that paired with with a glare resistant screen protector and a universal leather case provides (IMO) the best protection. The leather case comes in handy for blunt force to the face of the iphone. I have never used cases and screen protectors but thanks to no insurance through AT@T, this is my insurance. Im gonna buy this case and see if the shock absorbers on the corners will be too big to slip in my universal case. If it fits. I found my new case. If not. Incipio is the way to go 4 me. Ps. My incipio has not warped and i take it off every few days to clean the pocket lint off of the phone. I have had the phone since oct 31, 2008. No noticable loosening of the silicone. Still fits like a glove

    Mike Powell says:

    My Impact case has developed a bad case of stretching lengthwise after about 3 months. When you hold it upright, the phone slips downward just enough so that the earpiece speaker is completely covered, and the camera lens on the back is about 1/2 covered.

    Threeandthree says:

    Agreed. This case is wonderful, but mine has also stretched out significantly over the course of 3 months. If I want to use the camera, I have to pull the case back out of the way or the lens is partially covered.

    Stefanie says:

    yep, mine has streched as well. i like the thickness of it which is why i won't get the defender case. so i'm on the hunt for some type of rubber case that will do the job.

    Zulema says:

    but mine fits snugly.second, It does not feel cheap. The paltsic is not very thick but it doesnt need to be thick to protect, it is only there to hold the shape of the silicone. It is the perfect balance of protection and bulkiness.. I had a defender series for my 3gs and that thing felt like a brick.. this one feels just right, not to mention its a lot cheaper than the defender. If youre gonna be rock climbing or working at construction site, then theres no reson why you would want the defender over this case. The screen protector is pretty cool, i dont really see the point of it because the case sits in such way that your screen will not get scratched. i still put mine on and cant even tell its there.. I would highly recomend this case, and no i dont work for otterbox, im just a regular guy that really liked this product and i dont think the reviews on it are very accurate. Thanks!

    Big Jake says:

    I like the OtterBox except the screen has bubbled after one month of use. Any suggestions to fix it?

    Harry snatch says:

    This case sucks might as well have no case

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