From my previous post you can see that I recently purchased a Nokia Lumia 920. Anyone who follows my blog will also know that I am a huge fan of tough cases for phones, it means I can go to work and forget about my phone, go out on the bike, go for a run and never be overly worried about the phone, safe in the knowledge that it is well protected. Of course there is the fact that these cases will add considerable bulk to a phone and I appreciate that therefore tough cases are not for everyone. With that to the side it is hard to deny that OtterBox make a good case, and it is for that reason that I opted for an Otterbox Defender for my new Lumia.
Also I should say that there is very little variety when it comes to this phone, and even the OtterBox was difficult enough to source in the UK. The other alternatives were eBay imports that looked like rather cheap Otterbox imitations. Maybe the difficulty in sourcing this case explains the condition it arrived with me in, you may see in the photographs that the packaging certainly had better days and although it is hard to see the case itself was filthy, covered in a thick layer of dust as if it had been lying in an old store room since the beginning of time. To be fair the phone has been released for a while and the case itself didn’t come direct from Otterbox, so there are external factors worth considering.
Anyway this case does exactly what it says on the tin, it is big and bulky for shock and drop protection, the ports and switches are covered up with should offer good dust protection and it has a build in screen guard. It is at this point that I find my only fault with the case. The screen guard, when the case is installed, is not tight against the screen, there is a small layer of air in there that you feel when using the phone, it is almost like a cushion effect and it detracts heavily from the touch screen. I mean heavily. It is not nice to use. Also this gap seems to be a magnet for dust. After just a short period of time I noticed an alarming amount of dust and debris had accumulated inside the case, between the screen shield and the phone itself. This case should be removed frequently and the phone cleaned.
Having said that as far as extreme protection goes for the Lumia 920 this seems to be the best option, so if it is protection you require, and can deal with cleaning the phone and case regularly and the reduction in sensitivity and less than pleasing use of the touch screen this is a decent case, offering a standard of protection that no one else seems to for the Lumia 920. If you don’t need the heavy duty protection but like keeping your phones in pristine condition a decent full body shield such as those supplied by Zagg or BestSkinsEver may be the way forward?
OtterBox Defender for Nokia Lumia 920 UnBoxing :