OtterBox Defender Series 77-18984 Case for HTC Evo 3D (Black)
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- Three layers of protection
- Compatible with HTC Evo 3D
- Complete interaction of the devices functions
- Tough built-in kickstand for media viewing
- 6 months warranty provided by the manufacturer from date of purchase
- Includes a ratcheting belt clip holster
Protect your HTC Evo 3D with the toughest case around. The OtterBox Defender Series for HTC Evo 3D offers unrivaled protection against drop, scratches and dust. This rugged case boasts built-in touch screen protection, a top-quality polycarbonate mid-layer and durable silicone to top it all off. An innovative three layer design protects your Evo 3D from bumps, drops, scratches and dust while keeping your phone fresh as new.
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When I first read about the Otterbox case line I was disappointed to see that they were not yet available. Being an avid SCUBA diver I was familiar with the Otterbox name and knew first hand of the quality products they put out (no I don't work for the company). I put myself on the waiting list and watched as they released the lineup finally ending with the Defender case I had wanted from the beginning. I ordered it the day it came out and received it days later.
It's tough. Plain and simple, this thing will take a beating. If your hard on your phones or have kids that play with your phone, this is a big plus. The case is made up of a two piece hard shell unit that acts as sandwich over the phone. This has an integrated front non-glare looking cover to protect the screen. It also has a similar clear cover over the back camera and flash. So far I have not noticed this affecting photos in any manner. Nothing covers the speaker to distort the sound. Beyond that is the rubber cover that cradles the hard shell plastic. If you drop this thing I don't see how your phone will be damaged unless it somehow falls directly on the screen. If that happens I don't know of any case that will help you. The rubber wrapper has flaps that cover the major ports, sound, HDMI and charge ports. It has its own integrated stand as the stock EVO stand is not accessible. It has integrated buttons for wake and volume control. A simple hole allows access to the phones microphone. A cutout provides access to the earpiece and front view camera. The cradle itself is something I am getting used to. It will hold your phone in a landscape format so it is easy to pop in and out. My old case had the catch at the top of the phone. The catch is not spring loaded but rather tension holds the phone in place by clipping to the integrated detent on the hard shell portion of the case.
It's big. The EVO is already a beast in size and this will add to it. If you're not a fan of the phone size already then you may want to shy away from this particular case as it will only frustrate you. Another thing that I will have to get used to is the time it takes to put in and out of the case. I have one of the sprint car mounts made specifically for the EVO and it will only hold the phone itself, no case allowed. This may improve for me with time perhaps, but now it adds a few minutes to the start and end of my drive to prep the phone for the mount. Only time will tell if removing it regularly will have any effect on the case. Personally I doubt it will. The rubber wrapper takes some work to get just right but once it's in place its fine. Mind you putting the phone in the case takes just minutes but people who may have some experience with the two piece shell cases or the simple silicone covers from other manufactures my not like this. Last thing is it's pricey. At $50.00 plus this is a bit much.
Personally I am happy with the case, it will protect my EVO just fine for as long as I own it.
The cameras are protected really well, again, with a huge depth difference and a plastic cover that fits on top of them. It looks like it'll interfere with photo taking, but I've taken about 100 photos with the case on and couldn't notice, so I think it's ok.
The case is also quasi-waterproof. Every port is closed rubberized hinges, except the speakers (front and back). That said, if you put the phone, screen in, into the belt holster, only the single speaker in the back is exposed to the elements. And it's quite small. I wouldn't want to test this in heavy rain, but I think the phone would survive even if exposed by belt holster.
The rubberized case looks very tough and has great grip. The included holster works well and is also tough, plus can be easily converted into a stand. The rubberized cover over the camera shutter doesn't seem to interfere at all, I can still easily feel the two stages. The 3D slider is a slight hassle to get to, because you have to unplug a rubberized hinge, but you don't need to get to it too often and it's not a big deal. The same is true for the micro-usb port, but since you use that all the time, it's a bit more annoying, and I'm worried the rubber hinge will break over doing this a few thousand times. So far it's doing fine though.
I have only a couple complaints about the case. The first one is the doozy. It doubles the thickness of your phone and makes it borderline uncarryable in your pocket. Now, it comes with a holster, so if you want to carry it like that, it makes no difference, and I have to wear a suit most days so it doesn't bother me much. But when I'm not at work I'm usually in jeans, and you can easily see the square print of the phone in my pocket. It's a pain to put it in and take it out of the pocket too because the thickness, combined with the rubbery texture, adds huge friction and ends up pulling out a lot of cotton fibers that make it look really dirty.
The second problem isn't a big deal in my opinion. The case cost about $50 USD which seems like a lot. But currently it is the best out there, and it's an expensive, heavy phone that's going to break if you drop it. So I don't mind the rather extravagant fee for the peace of mind too much. The real question is whether or not I'll keep it when the official HTC "Iconic" case comes out, because it looks nicer and thinner. If I remember, I'll add to this review when I buy it and compare them.