The Chronicle of the Horse
MagazineNewsHorse SportsHorse CareCOTH StoreVoicesThe Chronicle UntackedDirectoriesMarketplaceDates & Results
 
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 20 of 24
  1. #1
    Join Date
    Nov. 13, 2004
    Location
    City of delusion in the state of total denial
    Posts
    8,568

    Default LifeProof or Otterbox?

    I have an Otterbox Defender. It has served me well. Last November I got bucked off and landed on my phone and the Otterbox cracked. One thing led to another and now I should probably replace it because a phone case held together with duct tape is a little tacky.

    Opinions on the Defender vs. the LifeProof for an iPhone 4? Or put another way, is there any reason I should spring for a new LifeProof rather than replacing the plastic portion of my Otterbox?
    "I'm not always sarcastic. Sometimes I'm asleep."
    - Harry Dresden

    Horse Isle 2: Legend of the Esrohs LifeCycle Breeding and competition MMORPG



  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct. 14, 2003
    Location
    Florida
    Posts
    1,459

    Default

    Quick summary of differences IME:

    Otterbox (Defender): Cons: bulkier, not truly waterproof, bottom rubber flap over the charging slot always tears off. Pros: can use non-OEM chargers, screen protector is closer to actual screen, rubber outer is non-slip so stays put (on the dashboard, or, ahem, on top of the car) better.

    LifeProof: Cons: slippery case, may not have room for non-OEM chargers, screen protector has a bit of a gap so requires you to press harder. Pros: truly waterproof, slimmer design, doesn't have rubber that deforms and tears.

    Both seem to be great at impact protection. My iPhone came with Otterbox Defender via work, as did my husband's. He wasn't as careful about the charger flap, the rubber covering bit the dust, I got him a LifeProof to replace. He had long since killed the OEM car charger, and the aftermarket charger (much less $$$) did not fit with the LifeProof. So, since he mostly relies on the car charger, he took off the LifeProof and his phone is naked for the moment. My phone takes much more abuse, but aside from having to cut off the charger flap, my Otterbox is still alive and keeping the phone alive too. I will probably replace it, if ever needed, with a LifeProof, since I still use my OEM wall charger most of the time. I should probably just swap with DH, come to think of it....



  3. #3
    Join Date
    Nov. 13, 2004
    Location
    City of delusion in the state of total denial
    Posts
    8,568

    Default

    Thanks, that is exactly what I needed! The "slippery case" of the LifeProof rules it out for me- the grippy silicone on my Defender has saved it a few times. I've never had a problem with any of the flaps.

    Off to order a replacement Otterbox case. Wish the plastic case came in green, but it's not like you see much of it!
    "I'm not always sarcastic. Sometimes I'm asleep."
    - Harry Dresden

    Horse Isle 2: Legend of the Esrohs LifeCycle Breeding and competition MMORPG



  4. #4
    Join Date
    Mar. 17, 2003
    Location
    North Texas, US
    Posts
    2,182

    Default

    I've had both. I really liked the slimmer profile of the lifeproof, but I dropped the phone out of my hand and the corner of the case broke. WTH. So I'm back to the defender.

    However, Otterbox is coming out with it's own lifeproof-type case. So I'm hopefully I'll like it.
    www.debracysporthorses.com
    Home of Sea Accounts xx
    AHS/HV, ATA, GOV, RPSI, JC, AQHA, APHA, APtHA
    "LIKE" www.facebook.com/SeaAccounts



  5. #5
    Join Date
    Feb. 15, 2007
    Location
    Midwest
    Posts
    736

    Default

    I've only had the Otterbox, however I've dropped my iPhone too many times to count now and since the whole thing (case and phone) is still in perfect condition, I'd be loathe to try anything else.
    “Riding a horse is not a gentle hobby, to be picked up and laid down like a game of Solitaire. It is a grand passion.” ~Emerson



  6. #6
    Join Date
    Feb. 4, 2012
    Location
    Midwest
    Posts
    341

    Default

    I've had both (for an iPhone 4S) and I prefer the Otterbox. Grasshopper had great pros and cons for both. I loved the slimmer design of the Lifeproof case, but agree that the screen laying flatter with the Otterbox and the issue with the chargers were two big "pros" with me. The big part of my decision, though, was the holster for each. Both cases made the phone too big to fit in the pockets of my breeches (those pockets are always TINY) so I find a holster necessary for my phone so I can keep it on me when I'm at the barn/riding (I always want my phone on me when I'm there just in case of emergencies). The Lifeproof holster broke after a few months, maybe four? I've never had trouble with the Otterbox holsters. Worst part about the case durability I've found is the little tabs which was previously mentioned and I figure I can handle that if the actual case and holster work!



  7. #7
    Join Date
    May. 28, 2006
    Location
    Florida
    Posts
    3,155

    Default

    OP, just wanted you to know that I read the title as "proof of litterbox"....



  8. #8
    Join Date
    Sep. 5, 2005
    Location
    Mass.
    Posts
    6,661

    Default

    I have a Lifeproof and it's not even remotely "slippery." It has grippy rubber all the way around the sides and a textured back. Also, it is waterPROOF, not "water resistent" like the Otterbox. I love my Lifeproof!
    I realize that I'm generalizing here, but as is often the case when I generalize, I don't care. ~ Dave Barry



  9. #9
    Join Date
    Nov. 13, 2004
    Location
    City of delusion in the state of total denial
    Posts
    8,568

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by talkofthetown View Post
    OP, just wanted you to know that I read the title as "proof of litterbox"....
    I think you need another cup of coffee. Grab me one too, will ya?
    "I'm not always sarcastic. Sometimes I'm asleep."
    - Harry Dresden

    Horse Isle 2: Legend of the Esrohs LifeCycle Breeding and competition MMORPG



  10. #10
    Join Date
    Feb. 12, 2002
    Location
    CA
    Posts
    707

    Default

    I have a Lifeproof and it's not even remotely "slippery." It has grippy rubber all the way around the sides and a textured back. Also, it is waterPROOF, not "water resistent" like the Otterbox. I love my Lifeproof!
    Me too.



  11. #11
    Join Date
    Feb. 24, 1999
    Location
    MD
    Posts
    3,438

    Default

    I have a Defender (recently acquired after my Commuter broke when I dropped my phone at work) and my mom has a LifeProof. Last week I was out visiting her and wound up carrying around both our phones together. After using them both, I prefer my Defender.

    The LifeProof is slimmer but longer and like mentioned above, slipperier. It's all plastic. The way the bottom plug cover is, it is hard to get some chargers in it. Hers also has a really annoying air bubble in the screen that she can't fix because she doesn't know how to remove the case. The upside for her with the LifeProof is that it's waterproof (to an extent) and she spends a lot of time on the beach. I do like the slimness of it, but the size made it a bit harder to put in my pocket (though it slid in easier, I find the grippies on the Defender get caught on my pants sometimes)

    The Defender on the other hand is thickier & a bit heavier, but it has the grippy rubbery back. I have a weird texture thing and really like the smooth rubber feels so I very much like that part of the Defender. I don't like that the little flaps protecting the various ports are a bit hard to get back into place completely, but the ports are more universally accessible than the LifeProof ones seem to be.



  12. #12
    Join Date
    May. 28, 2006
    Location
    Florida
    Posts
    3,155

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Renn/aissance View Post
    I think you need another cup of coffee. Grab me one too, will ya?
    You have no no idea!



  13. #13
    Join Date
    Sep. 6, 2012
    Location
    Moved South from North Pole
    Posts
    752

    Default

    Lifeproof. We know someone in a dangerous job, and her life proof case has protected her iPhone every time.



  14. #14
    Join Date
    Mar. 26, 2007
    Location
    SE PA
    Posts
    1,525

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Guin View Post
    I have a Lifeproof and it's not even remotely "slippery." It has grippy rubber all the way around the sides and a textured back. Also, it is waterPROOF, not "water resistent" like the Otterbox. I love my Lifeproof!
    yes, this. I've dropped it several times, flat and on its corners, and it's just fine. The grippy rubber around the edges makes it easy to hold, but the smooth back means that it's easy to get out of my pocket, unlike a case that's grippy all over.
    RIP Victor... I'll miss you, you big galumph.



  15. #15
    Join Date
    May. 6, 2010
    Posts
    90

    Default Replace your otterbox!

    I love my otterbox and it has served me well. After enduring being dropped, chewed and stepped on, the outer sleeve started to rip. I found a simple form on their website that lets you send in pictures of the damage and they'll send you a free replacement case, no questions asked.



  16. #16
    Join Date
    Feb. 24, 1999
    Location
    MD
    Posts
    3,438

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by rumblepony View Post
    I love my otterbox and it has served me well. After enduring being dropped, chewed and stepped on, the outer sleeve started to rip. I found a simple form on their website that lets you send in pictures of the damage and they'll send you a free replacement case, no questions asked.
    Dang! I wish I'd have known that before I replaced my broken Otterbox.



  17. #17
    Join Date
    Aug. 26, 2012
    Posts
    160

    Default

    I started with the Otterbox; loved it with my IPhone 3. But the charger flap ripped off within 6 months of getting my iPhone 4. So I replaced it with Lifeproof. I like the slimmer size and that it's waterproof. It has held up well to my bumbling. But, I can only use certain chargers with it and the charger door damages the charger chord. And, again because the case is 'deep', I cannot use plug in earbuds. Bluetooth works fine but sometimes I need earbuds.



  18. #18
    Join Date
    Nov. 13, 2004
    Location
    City of delusion in the state of total denial
    Posts
    8,568

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by rumblepony View Post
    I love my otterbox and it has served me well. After enduring being dropped, chewed and stepped on, the outer sleeve started to rip. I found a simple form on their website that lets you send in pictures of the damage and they'll send you a free replacement case, no questions asked.
    I thought that applied only to items in warranty. Mine is 2 years old, so definitely out! I'll look again. Thanks for the tip!
    "I'm not always sarcastic. Sometimes I'm asleep."
    - Harry Dresden

    Horse Isle 2: Legend of the Esrohs LifeCycle Breeding and competition MMORPG



  19. #19
    Join Date
    Jul. 14, 2000
    Location
    NM
    Posts
    1,529

    Default

    Definitely check out their website for a free exchange. My outer cover stretched out a bit and they replace the whole box for free (not sure but I might have paid for shipping).



  20. #20
    Join Date
    Feb. 13, 2005
    Location
    Columbus, OH
    Posts
    6,827

    Default

    I love how everyone's talking about this issue as if the only choices are Otterbox and Lifeproof. If you truly need "waterproof" then Lifeproof is the runaway best choice, but if you're looking for shock protection and some water resistance, there are other options.

    There's also the Griffin Survivor (http://www.griffintechnology.com/survivor), which you can see being abused in multiple ways here, including being run over with a car:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nmamCkqoQDc

    And the Ballistic Hard Core, which has a water resistant mesh over the speakers. It's not waterproof like the Lifeproof, but IMO it's a step up in water resistance from the Otterbox Defender.
    http://www.goballisticcase.com/produ...hc-series-case

    (For the record, my iPhone 5 lives in an Otterbox Defender, but that's because I bought the iPhone 5 when it was brand new on the market and the hardcore case options were much more limited.)
    ________________________
    Resident COTH saddle nerd. (CYA: Not a pro, just a long-time enthusiast!)
    http://twitter.com/jenlmichaels



Similar Threads

  1. Otterbox?
    By Guin in forum Off Topic
    Replies: 51
    Last Post: Jul. 7, 2012, 02:26 AM
  2. iPhone Users- Otterbox Commuter vs Defender series?
    By Milocalwinnings in forum Off Topic
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: Dec. 31, 2011, 10:34 PM
  3. armband or leg case for iPhone in Otterbox
    By LMH in forum Off Course
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: Nov. 3, 2011, 08:51 PM
  4. Replies: 14
    Last Post: Oct. 19, 2011, 08:21 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •