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Otterbox Defender Case for Blackberry Curve 8520

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      18.02.2011 20:05
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      A gimmick and not the easiest to get used to.

      This product for my Blackberry mobile phone is another discovery from the shop window that is the World Wide Web. At first, I saw them available for around the £25-£30 mark and thought they could be an expensive gimmick and something that paranoid mBlackberry owners may buy but when I further researched I came round to the idea. Firstly, I found that I could pick one up for just £5, and that with most (even unbranded) covers costing at least this price it was worth the gamble.

      The picture you see with the phone enclosed in the case is a fair reflection of what you should expect. When I recieved my Otterbox Defender case I held it, touched it, felt it and inspected it with curiosity as you would most unusual purchases. Only when I fitted it on my mobile phone did I realise just how bulky it is. Most cases you put on your phone feel cumbersome at first, but this product was difficult to work with. The thickness and shape of material made it difficult to write texts with one hand and the pattern to the rear made it awkward to hold.

      The Otterbox Defender is a protective case made from silicone. It is said to have inner coring which dissipates any impact away from the device, but i now have the opinion that this is all fresh air and it is probably the case that it is just a basic silicone case like all the others on the market. The reason I say this is that it offers little extra protection over other covers, other than the fact that it is thicker than most others and therefore it should certainly be expected to offer extra protection regardless of any other extra properties this silicone holds. Saying this, I have heard of similar protective coatings like this, and basically what happens is the design is such that any impact is absorbed by the body of the case - similar to the way an electric shock is deffered from a car.

      The design of the case allows you to have access to all of the ports and buttons on the sides of the mobile phone, but the thickness and shape of the case isn't to my liking. I have only being able to find this Otterbox case in black, and although the design on the rear of it looks attractive, it soon becomes clear that it makes writing texts and making phone calls a bit of a chore. As I only paid £5 for the case it isn't a bad deal, but had I paid £30 for it then i would be very disappointed with this product.

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