otterbox defender for iphone x/xs review : the best case for contruction workers


If you live a rugged lifestyle that frequently puts your iPhone in danger, you're definitely going to want to cover it. The Defender series  offers high protection with bonus holster which functions as a swiveling belt clip and a hands-free kickstand. I find the clip to be useful to clip it on my belt during work, and the protection offered with certified drop protection really does give that peace of mind. You can now take The Defender series  on every adventure, and at work with confidence without worrying about drops and scratches.

Otterbox Defender Screenless Edition Rugged Case

otterbox defender screenless edition rugged case

Why Otterbox Defender ?

Otterbox defender is one of the rugged case available in the market for extreme protection. The downside is that this case doesn’t have water protection like other rugged cases such as Lifeproof, but the plus is the fact that Defender offers 3 layers of protection, 2 layers internal polycarbonate shell for cushioning and additional belt holster for outdoor use. With a robust design that delivers extreme protection from drops ( certified drop protection from Otterbox ), dust and bumps, this series will give you a great piece of mind.

Certified drop protection

certified drop protection

Every case with certified drop logo in Otterbox cases had 238+ hours tested from barrage of wear and everyday wear and tear from your bag or daily use. Which models are covered by this certified drop? The Defender, symmetry and commuter for iPhone and Samsung is covered by drop protection. What are the tests included? Let’s read below!

  • Drop Test
  • Abrasion Test
  • Proximity Sensor Test
  • Fingerprint Sensor Test
  • NFC Connectivity Test
  • Insertion Removal Test
  • Button Compatibility Test
  • Port Compatibility Test
  • Fit Test Call Audio Test
  • Voice Command Recognition Test
  • Loudspeaker Test
  • Touchscreen Compatibility Test
  • Switch Compatibility Test
  • Purse Test
  • Cavi Wipe Test
  • Purell® Wipe Test
  • Rubbing Alcohol Test
  • Cross-Cut Adhesion Test
  • Sweat Test
  • Thermal Shock Test
  • UV Test Holster Test
  • Camera Test
  • High Temp & Humidity Test
  • Cold Storage Test
  • Hand Lotion Resistance Test
  • Makeup Resistance Test
  • Jeans Pocket Test
  • Ambient Light Sensor Test


  • Multi-layer, drop proof iPhone XS/X case: inner shell, outer slipcover and screen protector
  • Port covers: block dirt, dust and lint from getting into jacks and ports
  • Holster: works as a belt clip and a hands-free kickstand
  • Designed for a perfect fit with Alpha Glass screen protector (Sold Separately)
  • Material: Polycarbonate shell & synthetic rubber slipcover
  • Does not come with built-in screen protector

Advantages & Disadvantages

The main advantages that other brands don’t have is the holster that comes with the case. The holster works as a belt clip and hands-free kickstand. Moreover, with the polycarbonate shell and holster, the case makes it tough as a rock for phone protection.

Also not to mention is the port cover that protect from dust and dirt from entering your jack and ports. The downside to this rugged case includes no water protection and no screen protection. However, the Alpha Glass screen protector is the perfect fit for the Otterbox Defender which is sold separately.


Since it’s owned by Otterbox which is number 1 trusted brands for smartphone protection according to The NPD Group/Retail Tracking Service: Cell Phone Device Protection/Units Sold 4/2014 – 03/2015, ensuring you with 1-year local Australia warranty from the manufacturer.


The Defender series from Otterbox offers all the protection you need and bonus accessories of a handy holster to make it a stand for watching your favourite movies or clip to your belt. If you don’t mind on carrying heavy case and looking to protect your investment for long-term use, you can’t go wrong with this protective case from Otterbox.

I find the clip to be useful to clip it on my belt during work, and when I needed as a hands-free kickstand to watch my favourite movies at home. So, now you can take the Otterbox Defender Series on every adventure, and at work with confidence without worrying about high drops and scratches.

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