[ This BlackBerry Accessory Review comes to you via our Community Reviews Forum and was written by CrackBerry member yester18. Be sure to post your BlackBerry Smartphone, Accessory and Software reviews in our Community Reviews forum! If promoted to the blogs you'll receive a $20 coupon to ShopCrackBerry.com! Click Here for more details. ]Hey all! Yester18 here. If you're looking for a case and holster that takes a beating in your job or active lifestyle, or you want to keep your device looking new, then the OtterBox is for you. In my line of work protection is a plus. I'm a fire fighter and take my BlackBerry to work all the time. Suffice to say when I'm out on calls it gets used and abused so to give it protection I rely on OtterBox for awesome protection.
Initial Impressions - When I first received the OtterBox for my BlackBerry Curve I was surprised by the build quality of the case and holster. You can tell that it's made to provide added protection even in extreme situations. The case comes with a clear protective membrane for the front and back of the phone, which provides additional protection from dirt and splashes of liquid. The main shell of the case is made of high quality plastic. It seems to be very durable for high impact situations. The rubber outer wrap for the case seems to be made for drop and shock protection.
Long Term Impressions – Now that I have been using the OtterBox case on my Verizon 8330 Curve for over 4-5 months, it does show some signs of wear when you look at it but it’s still all in one piece! This phone has been on multiple structure fires and other misc. calls and is still looking good. The phone has been tossed and drop from 5-6 feet of a fire engine and tossed into a compartments with other equipment.
Now this hasn’t happened to me yet, but other users I know have had the belt clip break on them. This may seem unfortunate but every device or accessory has its breaking point. Luckily that is why this company packs a lifetime warranty behind their products. To me that is +1 for a product of this type. As far as the people with problems, they just simply called or emailed OtterBox and had the product replaced without any questions asked.
Conclusion – If you want a case for overall protection for you $400-500 phone this is it. Now your job or profession may not be like mine, but if you do a lot of outdoor sports or just seem to always trash your phone no matter what you do, this is my recommendation to you.
Get an Otter box and get the best protection with out any question.
- Best over all protection out there.
- Does not add over all weight.
- Sleeper mode enables in holster.
- Lifetime warranty.
- Rubber seems to stretch over time. (Call for lifetime replacement)
- Clear membrane(optional) tough to type with keys covered sometimes.
- If doing battery pulls( Process in removing the case to gain access to battery takes some time)
- Size(Some users say that w/ the case on it makes the device look and feel bulk)
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