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Otterbox Defender Reviews Summary and Buyer's Guide

Last updated July 4, 2019

3.65
based on 23,119 reviews


We have checked many thousands of reviews and found 14 reasons to buy the Defender - and 2 reasons NOT to buy it.

Check all the pros and cons here.


80% of the reviewers give the Otterbox Defender a good or excellent rating!

Excellent (69%)
Good (11%)
Average (6%)
Poor (4%)
Bad (8%)



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Reviews Summary


Here's what the reviewers think about the Otterbox Defender:

Reviewers like these things about the Otterbox Defender

  • Many users love how the triple-layer construction guards their device from serious drops, dirt, scrapes and bumps.
  • Others find the included holster smart, as it can be used as a belt clip or hands-free kickstand.
  • Some reviewers love the presence of the built-in screen film stops display scratches.
  • A lot of users recommend it for its unparalleled protection factor and cool looks.
  • Many reviewers agree that these cases do an amazing job at protecting the phones.
  • A lot of reviewers find the anti slip grip a really nice feature.
  • Some users said it feels good in their hands and feels durable too.
  • One user said it makes phone practically invincible, looks great, and feels extremely good in the hands.
  • A lot of users are pleased with how it provides amazing protection against drops and dust.
  • One thing that many users like about it is that it does not affect button functions at all and allows perfect reading of the thumb print technology.
  • A lot of owners love how easy it is to install and does not seem to interfere with induction charging.
  • Some reviewers find it very easy to disassemble and clean.
  • A lot of users agree that it's well made, looks very sturdy and lightweight.
  • Many users are happy with how the finger print scanner works flawlessly.

Reviewers don't like these things

  • Some users find it thick and bulky.
  • Others complained about how the outter rubberish part tends to stretch and not fit the plastic part after a while.



Specs


Crowdsourced specs across all Otterbox Defender models and sizes:

Weight iconWeight0.3 oz (0.1 kg)
Length iconLength6 in (15 cm)
Width3 in (8 cm)
Height3.5 in (9 cm)





Popular Models


Otterbox Defender Iphone 6

22% choose the Otterbox Defender Iphone 6

22 %
Colors and combinations:

Black




Otterbox Defender Iphone 7

21% choose the Otterbox Defender Iphone 7

21 %
Colors and combinations:

Black
Blue
Purple




Otterbox Defender Iphone 8

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15% choose the Otterbox Defender Iphone 8

15 %
Colors and combinations:

Black




Otterbox Defender Iphone 7 Plus

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12% choose the Otterbox Defender Iphone 7 Plus

12 %
Colors and combinations:

Black
Blue




Otterbox Defender Series

11% choose the Otterbox Defender Series

11 %


Specs
Weight iconWeight0.3 oz (0.1 kg)
Length iconLength6 in (15 cm)
Width3 in (8 cm)
Height3.5 in (9 cm)


Otterbox Defender Iphone X

9% choose the Otterbox Defender Iphone X

9 %
Colors and combinations:

Black




Otterbox Defender Iphone 8 Plus

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9% choose the Otterbox Defender Iphone 8 Plus

9 %
Colors and combinations:

Black
Blue






Otterbox Defender iphone 6 vs Defender iphone 7


The two most popular Otterbox Defender models are the Defender iphone 6 and the Defender iphone 7, so let's compare them:

The Defender iphone 6
Otterbox Defender Iphone 6

The Defender iphone 7
Otterbox Defender Iphone 7

Popularity and Prices

In total, 43% of the people interested in the Otterbox Defender bags choose one of these two models. The most popular choice is the Defender iphone 6 which is choosen by 22% (1 times as many as the 21% that choose the Defender iphone 7).

Defender iphone 6Defender iphone 7
Most popular

Features and Colors

Both models are available in black. Only the Defender iphone 7 is available in blue and purple.




Rankings


vs Otterbox Bags

The Otterbox Defender ranks #3 compared with the other Otterbox bags.

1Otterbox Strada
3.93
Otterbox Strada
2Otterbox Commuter
3.86
Otterbox Commuter
3Otterbox Defender
3.65
Otterbox Defender
4Otterbox Symmetry
3.43
Otterbox Symmetry
5Otterbox Reflex
3.40
Otterbox Reflex

vs All Bags

The Otterbox Defender ranks #2066 compared with all the bags we have checked.

2064Skip Hop Chelsea
3.65
Skip Hop Chelsea
2065Otterbox Defender
3.65
Otterbox Defender
2066Kavu Pack Attack
3.65
Kavu Pack Attack
2067American Flyer Fleur de Lis
3.65
American Flyer Fleur de Lis
20683V Gear Paratus
3.65
3V Gear Paratus



Vs Other Bags


Crowdsourced comparisons of the Otterbox Defender vs 13 other, similar bags.

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Otterbox Defender vs Exos Commuter


Otterbox Defender
Otterbox Defender

3.65
BEST
Based on 23,119 reviews
Capacity:
Weight: 0.3 oz
Price: $

  • The Defender is rated better than the Commuter.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 24,673 reviews of the two bags.

Both bags are available in these colors:
Black

Only the Defender is available in these colors:
Blue
Purple
Grey




Otterbox Defender vs Griffin Survivor


Otterbox Defender
Otterbox Defender

3.65
BEST
Based on 23,119 reviews
Capacity:
Weight: 0.3 oz
Price: $


Griffin Survivor
Griffin Survivor

3.28

Based on 226 reviews

Capacity:
Weight: 0.1-0.45 oz
Price: $

  • The Defender is rated slightly better than the Survivor.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 23,345 reviews of the two bags.
  • The weight of the biggest Defender is 50% lighter than the biggest Survivor (0.3 oz vs 0.45 oz).

Both bags are available in these colors:
Black
Blue
Grey

Only the Defender is available in these colors:
Purple




Otterbox Defender vs High Sierra Symmetry


Otterbox Defender
Otterbox Defender

3.65
BEST
Based on 23,119 reviews
Capacity:
Weight: 0.3 oz
Price: $


High Sierra Symmetry
High Sierra Symmetry

3.20

Based on 8 reviews

Capacity:
Weight: 1.5-1.8 oz
Price: $

  • The Defender is rated slightly better than the Symmetry.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 23,127 reviews of the two bags.
  • The weight of the biggest Defender is 500% lighter than the biggest Symmetry (0.3 oz vs 1.8 oz).

Both bags are available in these colors:
Black
Blue

Only the Defender is available in these colors:
Purple
Grey

Only the Symmetry is available in these colors:
Red
Orange




Otterbox Defender vs Hynes Eagle Urban Commuter


Otterbox Defender
Otterbox Defender

3.65
BEST
Based on 23,119 reviews
Capacity:
Weight: 0.3 oz
Price: $

  • The Defender is rated quite a lot better than the Urban Commuter.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 23,119 reviews of the two bags.

Only the Defender is available in these colors:
Black
Blue
Purple
Grey




Otterbox Defender vs Lifeproof Fre


Otterbox Defender
Otterbox Defender

3.65
BEST
Based on 23,119 reviews
Capacity:
Weight: 0.3 oz
Price: $


Lifeproof Fre
Lifeproof Fre

2.84

Based on 9,581 reviews

Capacity:
Weight: 0.1 oz
Price: $

  • The Defender is rated better than the Fre.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 32,700 reviews of the two bags.
  • The weight of the biggest Defender is 200% heavier than the biggest Fre (0.3 oz vs 0.1 oz).

Both bags are available in these colors:
Black
Blue
Grey

Only the Defender is available in these colors:
Purple




Otterbox Defender vs Ortlieb Commuter


Otterbox Defender
Otterbox Defender

3.65

Based on 23,119 reviews
Capacity:
Weight: 0.3 oz
Price: $


Ortlieb Commuter
Ortlieb Commuter

4.18
BEST
Based on 6 reviews

Capacity:
Weight: 1.6 oz
Price: $$$

  • The Defender is rated somewhat worse than the Commuter.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 23,125 reviews of the two bags.
  • The weight of the biggest Defender is 433% lighter than the biggest Commuter (0.3 oz vs 1.6 oz).

Both bags are available in these colors:
Black
Blue

Only the Defender is available in these colors:
Purple
Grey

Only the Commuter is available in these colors:
Brown




Otterbox Defender vs Otterbox Commuter


Otterbox Defender
Otterbox Defender

3.65

Based on 23,119 reviews
Capacity:
Weight: 0.3 oz
Price: $


Otterbox Commuter
Otterbox Commuter

3.86
BEST
Based on 26,823 reviews

Capacity:
Weight: 0.1 oz
Price: $

  • The Defender is rated a little bit worse than the Commuter.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 49,942 reviews of the two bags.
  • The weight of the biggest Defender is 200% heavier than the biggest Commuter (0.3 oz vs 0.1 oz).

Both bags are available in these colors:
Black
Blue
Purple

Only the Defender is available in these colors:
Grey




Otterbox Defender vs Otterbox Reflex


Otterbox Defender
Otterbox Defender

3.65
BEST
Based on 23,119 reviews
Capacity:
Weight: 0.3 oz
Price: $


Otterbox Reflex
Otterbox Reflex

3.40

Based on 980 reviews

Capacity:
Weight:
Price: $

  • The Defender is rated a little bit better than the Reflex.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 24,099 reviews of the two bags.

Both bags are available in these colors:
Black

Only the Defender is available in these colors:
Blue
Purple
Grey




Otterbox Defender vs Otterbox Strada


Otterbox Defender
Otterbox Defender

3.65

Based on 23,119 reviews
Capacity:
Weight: 0.3 oz
Price: $


Otterbox Strada
Otterbox Strada

3.93
BEST
Based on 2,934 reviews

Capacity:
Weight: 0-0.2 oz
Price: $

  • The Defender is rated a bit worse than the Strada.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 26,053 reviews of the two bags.
  • The weight of the biggest Defender is 50% heavier than the biggest Strada (0.3 oz vs 0.2 oz).

Both bags are available in these colors:
Black
Blue
Grey

Only the Defender is available in these colors:
Purple

Only the Strada is available in these colors:
Brown




Otterbox Defender vs Otterbox Symmetry


Otterbox Defender
Otterbox Defender

3.65
BEST
Based on 23,119 reviews
Capacity:
Weight: 0.3 oz
Price: $


Otterbox Symmetry
Otterbox Symmetry

3.43

Based on 22,671 reviews

Capacity:
Weight: 0.1-0.2 oz
Price: $

  • The Defender is rated a little bit better than the Symmetry.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 45,790 reviews of the two bags.
  • The weight of the biggest Defender is 50% heavier than the biggest Symmetry (0.3 oz vs 0.2 oz).

Both bags are available in these colors:
Black
Blue
Purple
Grey

Only the Symmetry is available in these colors:
Pink
Green

These phone cases are great for showing off your smartphone with style. The Defender's sleek design resembles a flattened speaker box and bring s great durability to those who seek it out. The Symmetry won't have the same longevity as the Otterbox but it will definitely give you a sense of style.

Sometimes, a phone case doesn't need to have the greatest utility to be worth buying. Often, all you want is something you can show off and use to accessorize your particular sense of style.


Otterbox Defender vs Speck CandyShell


Otterbox Defender
Otterbox Defender

3.65

Based on 23,119 reviews
Capacity:
Weight: 0.3 oz
Price: $


Speck CandyShell
Speck CandyShell

3.95
BEST
Based on 16,741 reviews

Capacity:
Weight: 0.15-0.2 oz
Price: $

  • The Defender is rated a bit worse than the CandyShell.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 39,860 reviews of the two bags.
  • The weight of the biggest Defender is 50% heavier than the biggest CandyShell (0.3 oz vs 0.2 oz).

Both bags are available in these colors:
Black
Blue
Purple
Grey

Only the CandyShell is available in these colors:
White
Pink
Red




Otterbox Defender vs Trident Kraken


Otterbox Defender
Otterbox Defender

3.65
BEST
Based on 23,119 reviews
Capacity:
Weight: 0.3 oz
Price: $


Trident Kraken
Trident Kraken

3.17

Based on 1,746 reviews

Capacity:
Weight: 0.4-0.6 oz
Price: $

  • The Defender is rated somewhat better than the Kraken.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 24,865 reviews of the two bags.
  • The weight of the biggest Defender is 100% lighter than the biggest Kraken (0.3 oz vs 0.6 oz).

Both bags are available in these colors:
Black
Blue

Only the Defender is available in these colors:
Purple
Grey

Only the Kraken is available in these colors:
Green
Pink
White
Red




Otterbox Defender vs Vertx Commuter


Otterbox Defender
Otterbox Defender

3.65

Based on 23,119 reviews
Capacity:
Weight: 0.3 oz
Price: $


Vertx Commuter
Vertx Commuter

4.33
BEST
Based on 139 reviews

Capacity:
Weight: 3 oz
Price: $$$

  • The Defender is rated worse than the Commuter.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 23,258 reviews of the two bags.
  • The weight of the biggest Defender is 900% lighter than the biggest Commuter (0.3 oz vs 3 oz).

Both bags are available in these colors:
Black

Only the Defender is available in these colors:
Blue
Purple
Grey







Selected Reviews


Mac Sources

Overall, the Otterbox Defender for the iPhone 7 Plus is an excellent choice for people with an active lifestyle or professions that put your phone at risk for damage. The Otterbox is one of those cases that if I were to drop my phone I wouldn’t gasp and cringe in fear because I know it’s thoroughly protected.

Posted 19 December 2016 by Amy-Lee Chamberlain - Read full review

Mac Sources

Overall, the S7 Edge Otterbox Defender is a very solid choice for protecting your investment. I can accept a minor inconvenience to protect my phone. However, if your main concern is texting or social media, this may be too frustrating. I’m eager to see if the screen problem is corrected, but until then I will keep my new S7 Edge safe in its new Defender series case.

Posted 1 August 2016 by Jeremiah Parker - Read full review

The Gadgeteer

The case’s rugged design make it attractive and it looks very nice on the phone. It can stand up to almost anything, except water. The case is not waterproof, so don’t try to go swimming with your phone.

Posted 21 April 2011 by James Goforth - Read full review

Cult of Mac

If you’re like me, and use your iPhone running and on a bicycle on a regular basis, it may be worth it to you. However, for the average user, this is not a case you’ll want on your phone every day and is something that you’ll just break out for special occasions. If you want something that’s very sturdy and still easy to use every day, the OtterBox Commuter or Impact may be a better choice.

Posted 13 August 2010 by Bryan J. Ball - Read full review

Cult of Mac

The Defender is available in four colors for the iPhone 3G/3GS. It costs$49.95. The price may seem steep, but when you consider that it may save your iPhone, it’s a small price to pay.

Posted 1 April 2010 by Traci Dauphin - Read full review

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Last updated on July 04, 2019