OtterBox Preserver (three up 001)

Accessory maker OtterBox makes a compelling range of protective case, sleeves and rugged cases for smartphones and just yesterday they announced a new Preserver series for the iPhone 5, as well as the new iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s, the latter featuring full Touch ID support. The two-piece highly protective cases with snap assembly is bound to add discernible bulk and weight to your device.

In exchange, you’ll get full protection from dust and water. The company says the case can withstand drops from up to 2 meters, or about 6.6 feet, as well as protect your device when fully submerged up to 2 meters deep for as much as 30 minutes…

The Preserver series has foam cushions inside to protect and hold the device in place inside the case and includes an adjustable lanyard for carrying and tethering. The built-in screen protector protects the display from scratches without inhibiting touch performance.

The Preserver series appears to be born out of Otterbox’s acquisition of the waterproof case maker LifeProof earlier this year.

A media release quotes OtterBox CEO Brian Thomas who argues that everyone should think about water-protecting their pricey smartphones as about “70 percent of the Earth’s surface is covered in water, and technology is almost as pervasive”.

We take our smartphones with us everywhere, and OtterBox is dedicated to making these activities as worry-free as possible. The Preserver Series is dependable, seriously waterproof protection that you can trust.

According to the official specs, the case features a solid plastic frame lined with device-cradling foam and overmolded bumpers to absorb and deflect shock away from the device inside.

I’m loving this ad.


Tying with FishTrack on a Preserve-themed fish fight contest is a clever move, OtterBox!

What’s unclear is how exactly the case protects the iPhone 5s without interfering with Touch ID functionality as covering the Home button would render the capacitive touch sensor useless. The company insists that the case provides access to the Touch ID security feature while keeping the iPhone 5S protected from water and dust.

OtterBox Preserver (all devices)

If the above press shot is an indication, the built-in screen protector on the iPhone 5s variant (third from the left) doesn’t appear to cover the Touch ID sensor, opening questions concerning the case’s water-proof features.

Based on its LifeProof acquisition, OtterBox may have tapped its waterproofing technology featured on the Lifeproof Nuud cases.

The $89.95 Preserver Series is currently available for the iPhone 5 in four different colors (Pistachio, Carbon, Primrose and Glacier) to match your personal tastes, but you can sign up to be notified when the the iPhone 5s/5c versions are available.

If you ask me, they should make the Preserver available for the iPhone 4/4s, too.

A version for Samsung’s Galaxy S4 is in the works as well.

  • Bob

    Those cases should be illegal.

    • iPhone Gruru


      • Bob

        Because they’re bulky and unnecessary. It’s good for people who have Cerebral Palsy or Parkinsons as it will prevent the phone breaking if it falls to the ground. Or people in a warzone. But for the average person these cases are way too bulky and thick.

      • Nate McKelvie

        I agree otters are too thick for my own personal needs, but I can tell you I run a wireless store on pier 39 and people from all around the world LOVE THE OTTERBOX and love the life proof, and this is obviously based on the lifeproof case that otter recently bought out. And this case appears to be thinner than the defender and MUCH less bulky than their previous attempt at waterproof, the Armor series!

      • iPhone Gruru

        I recommend a case company called Rokform dot com

      • Nate McKelvie

        Yeah those are cool too, but I prefer the most basic case myself

      • burlow

        this isn’t for the average person.

      • vick moore

        You all sound like a bunch of pansies working desk jobs. The real men of the country working, contractors, use these cases. Not pansies like you all

    • vick moore

      Go back to your desk jobs. Oh, don’t forget your nail appointment on Friday! Its Girls day out xD

  • blastingbigairs

    This is a case I will likely buy. The Otterbox Defender even saved my wife’s iPhone 4S from a quick drop in a full sink of dishes. Bravo to Otterbox!

  • chumawumba

    What a thick piece of shit

    • Troy Smith

      in stead of posting ur wine get another case and shutup

  • Tobias9413

    I’m guessing there’s a thin layer of plastic on top of the screen and sensor for the 5S which allows the sensor to work but might be a bit laggy

  • Shane Sepeda

    Lifeproof case was shit. Buddy of mine had it and it started breaking and plastic peeling off. Worst “case” scenario.

    • batty boy killer

      ur boyfriend probably bought a fake life proof from eBay.

      • Nate McKelvie

        Hahaha so many people come into my store and see the lifeproof or Otterbox cases for their real price and then show me their case which is an obvious knock off and say “I got this on eBay for $15” I’m like “yeah I can get the counterfeit lifeproofs for $4.99

      • Nate McKelvie

        But I don’t sell fakes, and this what real cases cost

    • illK†Δ

      That’s what happens when you drop it.

  • Scott

    Ive used Otterbox since they first came out and must say that i have been saved many 100’s of dollars because of the protection they provide. They may be bulky but they do keep your phone from breaking and i’d much rather have a little extra weight in my pocket because of the case rather then a lighter wallet if i ever have to replace my phone.

  • xSeriouSx

    The beauty of iOS 6 (http://bit ly/1i0vgFb) stands out in the third image…just saying.

  • Jamis bicycles

    Whats the size of this case? When is someone doing a review vs Lifeproof Nuud