For more than a decade, Apple users have entrusted their precious devices to OtterBox. The company has established itself within the smartphone community as the go-to source for ultimate protection. One of the first to market with extremely high protective capability, it seems other case makers are still trying to play catchup.
iPhone 6 launched last week and so did OtterBox’ protective series. Making sure iPhone owners do not leave their new devices open for damage, OtterBox debuted four complete protective case solutions and two screen protectors. Inside, we take a deeper look at the line up.
Below is a list and description of each item. We have not had the ability to personally test these cases. Consequently, their inclusion on our site is merely for informational purposes. This post is neither a review, personal endorsement, or sponsored advertisement. The language and descriptions are based on the content on the OtterBox product pages.
The OtterBox standard, DEFENDER Series is a multi-layered case which prevents drops, shock, and dust. A high-impact polycarbonate shell includes an integrated screen protector. Inside, the inner memory foam cradles iPhone 6 while the exterior is built to take the elements. With the case, OtterBox ships a holster clip doubling as a stand. DEFENDER Series is available for both iPhone 6 and 6 Plus starting at $50. With a wide range of custom-colored slipcovers, shells, and holsters, there is most likely an option for everyone.
Marketed much more heavily to female shoppers, the SYMMETRY Series case is offered as a combination in style and protection. A uni-body design, SYMMETRY is one of the slimmest protective cases in its class, according to OtterBox. A pocketable design offers wraparound colors and graphics making it a style conscious purchase. Dual-material construction still absorbs shocks and withstands drops while a raised edge protects the screen. In nine different colors and patterns, SYMMETRY is available for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, starts at $40, and may be preferred for customers with more than protection on their mind.
The COMMUTER is a balanced between the SYMMETRY and DEFENDER cases. COMMUTER utilizes a more stylized approach but with bulkier protection than the SYMMETRY. Unlike DEFENDER’s built-in screen cover, COMMUTER comes with a stick-on screen protector. Port and plug covers keep the daily soil from building up in hard to reach places. A two-pieced design also means added shock absorption from a harder shell combined with a flexible interior. COMMUTER is available for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus starting at $35 and in a variety of color combinations.
For iPhone 6 users specifically, COMMUTER also comes in a wallet version. The only noticeable difference is the sliding back tray large enough for a few cards and a single folded bill. Wallet editions begin at $45.
Alpha Glass is only available for iPhone 6 at the moment. OtterBox boasts pristine image quality, reactive touch pass through, anti-shatter/scratch capability, and a precise installation with the included hardware. A privacy glass option is also available. Alpha Glass is coming soon, but does not have a release date.
Similarly, CLEARLY Protected is also not currently available. It will protect against scratches and clearly adheres to the screen with a dry installation. The main difference from Alpha Glass is CLEARLY Protected’s polyurethane build material. CLEARLY Protected will be available in Vibrant, Privacy, 360, and Clean for both iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.