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Golla vs. Otterbox Defender in iPhone 4 BJJ Death Match

If you had to go into a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu death match with your precious iPhone 4, which case would you be better off taking with you -- the Golla Stunt Pouch or Otterbox Defender? Soft, plush fabric with the security of a magnetic flap and belt loop, or hard plastic beneath flexible silicone in a easy on, easy off holster? That's the challenge they put to me and my husband, Antony in the debut episode of TiPb's Amazing Case, our hardcore, case vs case tests of strength, durability, and performance.

We figure if either -- or both -- of these cases can survive being slammed to the mats, rolled on and over, pinned and punished, then they can survive pretty much whatever normal, day-to-day use throws at them.

Follow on after the jump for the tale of the tape, and the give-away!

Golla Stunt Case for iPhone 4

Golla Stunt is perfectly named for the stunts we're pulling in TiPb's Amazing Case. It's a side-loader and claims durable fabric and a magnetic flap that'll keep your iPhone 4 secure and scratch-free. The belt loop, while harder to take on and off, also means it'll stay on until it's ripped off. There's also a zippered pocket inside for your credit cards, ID, cash, gym membership, or hospital card (depending how the stunt ends!). And if the dark tones of the Stunt don't knock you out, there are a ton of other colors and styles to choose from.

  • Soft materials
  • Fun and trendy patterns and colors
  • Large belt loop
  • Magnetic closure

Otterbox Defender for iPhone 4

The Otterbox Defender is rugged in the rock-em-sock-em tradition, and promises protection from drops, bumps, dust, and shock. The screen is covered, the casing is covered, even the buttons and ports are covered. The silicone outer skin and the hard plastic shell are a one-two punch of protection, and notched inside its holster, it clips, it swivels, and it secures your iPhone to your belt yet lets you snap it off in an instant when needed.

  • Layer 1: Thermal formed protective clear membrane. Protects keypad against scratching, as well as dust intrusion (layer optional depending on the level of protection desired)
  • Layer 2: Hi-impact polycarbonate shell for an added guard against drops and shocks
  • Layer 3: High quality silicone skin to absorb bump and shock
  • Full access to all keys, ports and functions

Fight! (And give-away!)

Check out the video above to see the results of our Golla Stunt Pouch and Otterbox Defender Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu death-match, then head on over to the TiPb iPhone 4 accessory store, find your favorite Golla bag (they've got tons of styles) and paste the link in the comments below. We'll pick a couple of you and send you Golla bags of your very own. (Make sure you leave a valid email address so we can contact you if you win). US mailing address required.

Are you ready? (Are you ready?) Bring it!

Senior Editor at iMore and a practicing therapist specializing in stress and anxiety. She speaks everywhere from conferences to corporations, co-host of Vector and Isometric podcasts, follow her on Twitter @Georgia_Dow and check out her series at

  • Golla Ray Slim in Black:
    Part# A6827
    Mnf# G704
  • the red one, for my niece :)
  • Ok if I'm doing this right, I choose:
  • black one
    Georgia looks lovely, BTW
  • Golla Gavin Phone Wallet looks like JUST what I've been looking for!! Even has a real cool style:
  • I would really like the Golla Stunt Pouch
  • this one seems cool, the side loader seem to be dying off with these cases
  • Purple
    Part# A6809
    Mnf# G735
    In Stock
  • Stunt pouch is cool!
  • Thank you!
  • Cool!
  • Purple
    i would give this to my wife. she getting a new iphone and i pray that nothing happens to it, she is pretty rough with her phones and really needs a good tough case. thanks!
  • I like this one, need it.
    Wife would love the magnetic closure.
    Oh yeah....I want one...I <3 TiPb!!!!
  • Got to be sheek when I am doing my stunt on my bike with the sweet pegs , lucky .
  • I want the wallet
  • Another great TiPb giveaway!
    Looks great for throwing on a backpack and hitting the trail.
    This one looks nice.
  • BTW, you should put a Nutshell case into this match. Any company with website called tuff-as-nuts with a testimonial from a motorcycle rider who slid across asphalt while his case protected a very important piece of anatomy deserves a shot at the champ! BTW, you guys do the best giveaways :)
  • I'll take the Gavin pouch. Thank you very much Tipb.
    Georgia looks great I must say. I'm assuming she's not part of the giveaway. :)
  • I prefer this one:
  • I would like to have a Golla bag...all look awesome, but I would chose the Golla Gavin Phone wallet
    Thanks for the opportunity to win a Golla Case/bag!!!!
    Was planning on buying this anyways!!!!
  • This one would be sweet to have for me :)
  • I would love to have the Golla Cut Wallet in Black,
  • Sweet!
    very nice.
    Always gotta love black
  • Everything looks great!
  • Thes bags look awesome.
    If these cases can survive Georgia & Antony they'll still be here after the sun goes nova!
  • Great video! Yay giveaways are awesome! If I win I'd like this case:
  • Forget the cases. Im impressed with the talent she has. Good arm bars
  • Unavailable? S'Ok - I can wait. Thanks!
    Hasty me!
  • My husband used the Defender case on his last iphone because of work. His new phone doesn't need that but he does need something like the Golla bag with his new job!
  • Always looking for great cases!!
  • Nice moves!
  • Thanks!
    Always looking forward to your news... Specially the ones from Puerto Rico ;) Hey we are part of the US and this story made apple restore our orders!
    Take care
    Yeah, the Link smart bag is the one for me. Cool!
    Thanks for the chance to win something!
  • please help me leave me wallet at home!
  • I like horizontal cases for my phones, like this one:
  • is the best looking sideloader available for men!
  • I love me some golla
    This one is by far my favorite. Lovin the give aways tipb!
    i really want the otterbox tho
  • This video is great, especially what happened between 2:00 -2:03. Looks like the guy was totally unprepared for that. This seems very nice to me, thanks.
  • I hate to troll, if that's what this is. But seriously....
  • Another vote for the Golla Gavin. I like the horizontal layout and the interesting design on the front.
  • This one seems real cool!
  • I'm really liking the style on this top-loader.
    Good luck to everyone!
  • Golla makes some nice cases.
  • Go-lla
  • I'm glad there is a quality case that doesn't scratch your iPhone itself.
  • Took a while to get through traffic, hopefully worth the wait :)
  • I like this Golla case!
  • Terrible comparison, not very funny. Already have an OtterBox on it's way to me, so I'll have this one:
  • Hey, Georgia was awesome and if I win I want this case.
    She rocks all the videos!!! She hilarious!!!!
  • Looks Great!
    I could always use a good new case!
  • This one!
  • Great vid ...
    Very cool!
    I like this one. Thanks for the chane to win something, and also thanks for all of the great information you provide me with. :]
  • Like the vid. I totally disagree with Anthony and anyone else. The Otterbox case is a great looking case. So what, it's a little bulky. But it's still thinner than the previous one made for 3G. Otterbox is a very stylish case that was very well done.
    It kind of reminds me of a black kevlar jacket and might match a couple of black shirts I own!
    Thanks TiPb!
  • Hmmmm... why are you wrestling in bathrobes? A little strange, no? :-)
    Anyway, I'll take whatever. As long as Georgia can personally deliver. In that bathrobe. Sorry Rene.
  • A great video! Awesome job, very entertaining....
    Hope I win =] this will look good with my shiny iPhone 4 =]
  • Wow great video guys!!
  • Hope iWin!
  • I like this one: This will work perfect with my full body invisishield. This will be great to take my iphone with me on my runs without being too preoccupied with getting sweat on the phone or dropping it! I can cary a key and ID with me too.
  • I need this one !! I already cracked the screen on my first iPhone 4. Paying $600.00 for a new one sucked !!!!
    My current case is just not that comfortable.
    nice case!
  • Here's My Phone... I'm Currently Using an Otterbox, which is cool sometimes... but def not as comfy.
  • =] w00t!
  • My fav of the lot:
    Quality stuff it looks like from these guys.
  • If I win, I'll take the Defender by OtterBox! It served me well with my 3GS, it'll do it again.
  • Love the Podcasts and the site. Hook it up =
  • Awesome video, girls kick a$$! I want a pretty blue Golla bag:
    This is my fave iPhone site, you guys rock!
  • These are different from what I normally carry, and look really nice.
    Thats pretty awesome
  • Until I can get an Otterbox....
  • This is perfect for when I'm on the run on campus, won't have to worry about my iPhone falling out my pocket. Ideal!
  • I want one of these!!!
  • If I read right, you're only giving away the Golla pouches, so I want this one! Stylish! :)
  • Hope to win this one.
  • Pretty awesome pouch!
  • Nice give away.
  • Nice give away
  • You guys rock.
  • Nice!
  • --- When you gave away bumpers I was at work :-( pick me please?
    This looks awesome! I want one! You guys are the bestest =)
  • Would love to win this very cool iPhone 4 bag.
  • Was this shot on your iPhone 4? Cool vid, music was LOL! just watched karate kid last week!!
    Thanks TIPB!
  • That would look awesome on my dear iPhone! Maybe even better than the bumper.
  • I'm here every day, you're the first with news and you're giving away Golla's to boot. I know why I keep coming back. thanks TiPb
  • Love it. Great video Georgia and Rene and Anthony! Entertaining and awesome :D
    I want the stunt case thanks
  • I'm currently US military in Iraq, (with a US Postal address) and scrounging for iPhone 4 protection.
    I'd have to go with Stunt Pouch:
  • I think this one would be the most comfortable to wear around:
  • I do disaster relief work and need a good case with a belt loop. This looks like a good solution.
  • I've been trying to win some iPhone 4 cases here on TiPb but so far no luck. I hope I win this one. :)
  • I would love to see a full review of the otterbox case.
  • Georgia how long have you been training?
  • I have to say that for the last few of hours i have been hooked by the amazing articles on this site. Keep up the wonderful work.
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