Danls92 Reviews: Otterbox Defender for iPhone 4 Please Register or Log in to view images (Note: To anybody who actually remembers my old reviews, the format is different now. Enjoy) Sit back, relax, take a load off. I'm going to paint you a picture. Now this is not just any picture, it is in fact a very special picture. It is a picture made of words. A word picture, if you will. The year was 2009. It was an auspicious day in history. Not only were there a full 9 hours and 55 minutes of daylight in Saint Louis, Missouri, but there was some sort of inauguration thing going on too. Obviously though, both of those facts pale in light of an event so amazingly important that only 973 people viewed it. This day of course, is the day when I reviewed the Otterbox Defender for the iPod Touch, 1st generation. Despite the 49,753,234 seconds that have passed since that review, little has changed in the world of electronics. Yes, we now have one more thing to append "-gate" to, and yes the iPad is no longer simply a glimmer in ole' Jobsy's eye but electronics are still delicate and gravity is still out to get us all. Luckily for us, we have Otterbox on our side. Have you ever lamented that your iPhone was not covered in a "hi-impact polycarbonate shell"*, and a "durable silicon skin"*? Does the fact that you don't have a "clear protective membrane"* make you nervous every time you attempt to use a sausage to change the track you're listening to? Otterbox has you covered. I personally am a function over form man. I admire the iPhone's svelte design, even with its failings. To be honest, the antenna issues don't even bother me. What does are the two pristine sheets of super glass on either side, just waiting to be shattered into a pile of ultra scratch-resistant dust. A bumper, or invisible shield type product will afford you some protection, but is some really enough?** This case will be just as polarizing as any other Defender series model. Some will love it for it's full-phone protection, others will hate it for the same reason. My father uses it because he stores important business data in it, and even the period of time it would take him to return his phone on warranty would be an inconvenience. I use it because I'm coordinationally impaired, and my dog has a sweet tooth for... well... everything. As you've come to expect with Otterbox, the build quality is top notch and while the case is not waterproof, it will protect against many other things. In fact, the case might be almost too strong, strong enough to make a formidable weapon***. Use your newfound power responsibly should you buy this case. I won't lie, this thing adds some bulk. If you wear pants with tighter pockets a lot, or you want to be able to pass your phone off as just an exceptionally thick and metallic playing card to teachers you would be best served elsewhere. That said, the added size does make the iPhone sit in your hand a bit more comfortably, and the 59 grams of additional weight doesn't impair you in the slightest. To conclude, if you're serious about protecting your investment in Apple's newest and shiniest, do yourself a favor and get an Otterbox. If you would rather show off your status symbol, a bumper of some sort or other clear case is your best bet (also, Otterbox offers other, less protectively large cases; expect reviews eventually). DISCLOSURE: Otterbox provided a review unit of the Defender model to me at no cost to myself courtesy of PR Support Specialist extraordinaire, Jordan Vater. *The phrasing comes from Otterbox promotional material. The love is from my heart. **Recent studies have been inconclusive. ***This is a lie. Neither I nor Otterbox condones the usage of an Otterbox-ed iPhone as a weapon, or vigilante justice for that matter. Puppies are just fine though.