Amzer Crusta for Apple iPhone 6 Plus UnBoxing & Installation

Amzer Crusta Unboxing Review and Installation

As you will know from my previous posts on cases and protection fro my phones I am generally speaking a fan and user of tough cases, the OtterBox Defender, OtterBox Preserver and Griffin Survivor would normally factor in my top 5 cases.  Although one lazy Sunday morning a Facebook advertisement for an ‘Amzer Crusta’ case appeared on my news feed.  It was being marketed as a tough case with a build in tempered glass cover (front and rear) thus maintaining the feeling and a lot of the looks of a ‘naked’ iPhone.  The obvious exception being the large bumper round it!

I was intrigued enough to look closer and although Amzer as a brand didn’t appear to be overly familiar in the UK it did seem to have a good customer base in the USA, which seemed to be fairly positive.  So I ordered one.

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Otterbox Preserver for iPhone 5s UnBoxing and Video Water Testing

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I am always on the search for the ultimate phone case, and with my work and hobbies of riding a motorcycle I require something tough, something that will stand up to the elements and most importantly something that will keep my phone in absolute pristine condition!  Bulk doesn’t bother me and in recent times my favourite case has been the Otterbox Armor.  I had it for my iPhone 5, and it took me from the fine shores of Northern Ireland to the finer shores of Florida.  It took me through every theme park and thunderstorm Florida could offer and it never missed a beat.  Admittedly it was a beast of a case, but I was fine with that.  Nothing was beating it.

Since then and getting an iPhone 5s I have been looking for the same thing.  I have tried many cases since then, most recently was the Tech 21 Special Ops Combat case.  And to be fair to it, it is a crackin’ case!  It felt strong, I trusted it, the only thing it lacked was water resistance and it blocked the fingerprint sensor.  And let’s be honest it is the finger print sensor on a iPhone 5s that differentiates it from a 5.  You have a 5s and you’ll want to be able to use your finger print sensor or at least show it off on occasion.

So now that Otterbox has bought LifeProof and the designs boffins have started working together the inevitable outcome is the Otterbox Preserver.

Anyone who had a Lifeproof Fre case will instantly recognise the Preserver, the similarities are everywhere from the look to the feel, although the preserver feels stiffer, more rigid and just a little bit tougher.  These are all good things, that result in a sleek package.  If you are used to the Armor case this one will feel truly insignificant.

Now I am not one to torture test my phone or a case, plenty of others do that.  I buy a case to prevent my phone being tortured but it is good to know what you are playing with and the stats that the preserver boasts are as follows :

– Two-piece case with snap assembly for easy installation

– Internal foam cushions device and holds it in place inside the caseIncludes an adjustable lanyard for convenient carrying and tethering

– Waterproof: fully submergible up to 6.6 ft. (2 m) for 30 minutes (IP-X8)

– Drop proof: protects device from drops up to 6.6 ft. (2 m)

– Dust proof: blocks entry of dust and debris particles (IP-6X)

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OtterBox Defender for Nokia Lumia 920 UnBoxing

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 :

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FAKE Otterbox Defender for iPhone 5s – Unboxing, Review and Warning!

IMPORTANT UPDATE : After making contact with Otterbox this case has found to be fake! A refund was received from the seller who claims it was a genuine mistake. The original post has been corrected by removing any reference to this case being genuine and any Otterbox related conclusions then, I would like to stress Otterbox were extremely helpful as was the original seller, however at this point I will use this post and associated gallery as an illustration of what you can look for for!

For clarity here is a copy of the confirmation I received from OtterBox informing me the case was fake :

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Will the Otterbox Defender for iPhone 5s work with an InvisibleShield?

IMPORTANT UPDATE : PLEASE READ :

Having used this case for a number of hours I took it off to check that it was causing no damage. Something I do with each case I try and it is for exactly this reason that I do this.

The case has an Otterbox Logo embossed into the rear part of the case (inside the case). The rear of the phone sits against this. Upon checking my phone this logo had transferred itself onto the rear of my phone, in a big black ugly printed mess.

Much like if you left anything lying on a newspaper.

Photos will be added soon.

I have no idea if this transfer occurs onto the aluminium of the phone, however it certainly does if you have a shield / skin on the rear of your phone.

My advice is simply do not use this case if you have a skin on your phone.

The transferred logo did come off the rear of my phone with a lot of clean and scrapping with a fingernail however it was a mess.

I will be contacting Otterbox and will advise in due course.

IMPORTANT UPDATE : PLEASE READ :

For me this is one of the biggest questions I have in relation to any case. I have dedicated this post to this question so anyone else searching for the answer to this question should hopefully find it easily.

1. Will the Otter Defender for iPhone 5s work with a Zagg InvisibleShield?
– No. Watermarks are present across the entire surface of the Otterbox and thus massively affects the screen clarity and usage.

2. Will the Otter Defender for iPhone 5s work with a Best Skins Ever?
– No. Watermarks are present across the entire surface of the Otterbox and thus massively affects the screen clarity and usage.

3. Will the Otter Defender for iPhone 5s work with a Body Guardz?
– No. Watermarks are present across the entire surface of the Otterbox and thus massively affects the screen clarity and usage.

4. Will the Otter Defender for iPhone 5s work with a Matt / Privacy Screen Shield?
– Yes. No watermarking occurs. Although the clarity of the screen will decrease as does the sensitivity of the screen it will function.

In relation to the above if you have one of the other screen guards on you can apply a Matt screen protector over the top of it. It will prevent the watermarking. However the clarity and sensitivity of the screen will decrease. It does mean you can keep your invisible shield etc for when you change cases.

I will add images to highlight the above when I get my computer back.

Might even do a quick video, but don’t hold me to that.

Still no Computer!

I haven’t gone away you know!

I am still computerless however that is all about to end very soon. My Apple iMac has been ordered and should be with me by 11/10/2013. That will be pretty much two months to the day without a computer.

In that time I have gathered up a few things to comment on, my new iPhone 5s, a G-Form Extreme iPhone case, a Spigen Tough Armour iPhone case, a soon to be delivered Otterbox Defender for the 5s and finally you’ll be hearing my thoughts on the new 2013 Haswell iMac, which I am getting loaded with the i7 processor and 4Gb graphics card.

Full details will follow.

Hopefully you have had a decent end to the summer and I’ll be back and rolling forward again very soon!

Oh I just read that it is 84 sleeps to Christmas!

iPhone 5 Lunatik Taktik Case : UnBoxing

I firmly believe a picture speaks a thousand words, so as with many of my unboxings, this unboxing is based around a photo gallery.

The Lunatik Taktik Case is a hardcore monster of a case. It started its life on KickStarter (a crowd funded startup site, that helps fledgling companies get the money they need from the public often by offering great incentives to ‘backers.’

As you can see from the photos this is a big case, nothing about it says subtle, it needs its own tool just to get it on your phone! The gorilla glass adding further protection to your phones screen and the overall styling shouting ‘go ahead, break me, I dare ya!’

Although obviously nothing is unbreakable, just ask the Titanic! However if this thing breaks in your pocket, there is a good chance your leg is broken too, so you’ll be more worried about that!

UnBoxing Gallery :

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Otterbox Armor Unboxing / Water Test and Initial Thoughts…

With my upcoming trip to Florida now only mere hours away the Postman arrived at about 9.00am with the package I was waiting on…An Otterbox Armor.

Now these cases are not cheap coming in at around £70 – £75 (or $100) however the claims they boast are definitely worth looking into!

1. Crush resistance of up to 2 tonns (1.8 tonnes) of pressure.

2. Dirt / Dust Proof

3. Drop Proof (10ft / 3m)

4. Water Proof (6.6ft / 2m for 30 mins)

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iPhone 5 Cygnett Bulldozer Case Unboxing

I picked this case up a while ago, actually I attempted to pick it up in time for the iPhone 5 release, however due to some absolutely shocking customer services from the company I ordered it from it arrived almost 2 months after release.  It was obviously sent straight back, not before I took the opportunity to take a look at the case and make some initial first impressions.

I have to stress straight away though that the case was returned not because of the quality of the case, but purely due to the atrocious  Customer Services, and lies that I received.  (Item marked as dispatched – item never arrived, assured item posted, item never arrived, item marked as out of stock, no replacement available, item comes into stock, item marked again as dispatched, repeat contact through to no stock available through to available again, so third item arrives, and from follow up there was never an item 1 or 2, as the company had never actually had stock until the arrival of the third!) – Anyway rant over!

The case itself…

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