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Jan 8, 2013, 03:58 PM
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Aiming to compete with waterproof but usable iPhone cases like the Lifeproof (http://www.lifeproof.com/en/), Otterbox has announced its Armor Series (http://blog.otterbox.com/armor-series-the-toughest-case-ever-built/) of cases. The case is designed to protect the phone from submersion for up to 30 minutes as well as 10 foot drops.
Innovative design elements make the OtterBox Armor Series best in class when it comes to protection. Watertight latches, an o-ring seal, port covers and mesh coverings keep water out and allow the Armor Series to tolerate submersions for 30 minutes in up to 6.6 ft. of water. Vents and port covers are made of a non-permeable membrane and protective mesh layer that allows sound to move through while keeping harmful elements out.

The interior and exterior of the case features advanced materials that protect the device from 10 ft. drops. Over-molded bumpers in each corner of the case absorb shock and the high-strength reinforced plastic of the Armor Series can withstand up to two tons of force. Soft interior foam provides a cushioned, custom fit for the device, while the built-in screen protector prevents scratches and damage to the glass display.SFBOnvOR4MA
The case will ship on February 22 for the iPhone 4/4S and "soon" for the iPhone 5. Otterbox is taking sign-ups for customers who wish to be notified (http://www.otterbox.com/armor-series/armor-series,default,pg.html) when the case goes on sale.

Article Link: Otterbox Announces Waterproof "Armor Series' iPhone Cases (http://www.macrumors.com/2013/01/08/otterbox-announces-waterproof-armor-series-iphone-cases/)



MrDc2
Jan 8, 2013, 04:02 PM
Otterbox cases are pretty awesome. Looking forward to this one! :apple:

Though the LifeProof cases are " ...waterproof, dust-proof and shock-proof..". I wonder if Otterbox has these features too?

dukebound85
Jan 8, 2013, 04:06 PM
I would rather support Lifeproof than Otterbox

Vlad33141
Jan 8, 2013, 04:20 PM
This case is way too expensive, $99.00 for it,the Lifeproof is cheaper than that. I was hoping that they would have been at a cheaper price.

LoadStar
Jan 8, 2013, 04:27 PM
This case is way too expensive, $99.00 for it,the Lifeproof is cheaper than that. I was hoping that they would have been at a cheaper price.

I haven't seen a definitive price posted for the Otterbox case.

Vlad33141
Jan 8, 2013, 04:36 PM
It's on the email they sent earlier today

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It's on their website. $99.00

emanaydin
Jan 8, 2013, 04:40 PM
Great case for a child; but if you were to own this yourself, g'luck making a child

MordechaiCarver
Jan 8, 2013, 04:40 PM
Dust-proof, eh? Is the camera protection just glass or is there a something that keeps dust out by covering the glass too? How about a dust-resistant case...one that doesn't allow dust to accumulate in the corners of the screen protector and over the camera glass. Show me one that prevents this and it'll be the next case I buy. This Ballistic HC case (which I highly recommend over the Defender) has glass protection over the camera lens, but no cover you can slide across or put on when you're not using the camera so dust doesn't accumulate.

whiteyanderson
Jan 8, 2013, 05:04 PM
Dust-proof, eh? Is the camera protection just glass or is there a something that keeps dust out by covering the glass too? How about a dust-resistant case...one that doesn't allow dust to accumulate in the corners of the screen protector and over the camera glass. Show me one that prevents this and it'll be the next case I buy. This Ballistic HC case (which I highly recommend over the Defender) has glass protection over the camera lens, but no cover you can slide across or put on when you're not using the camera so dust doesn't accumulate.


Griffin Survivor has a camera cover. And it's a great case. Only splash proof though. But it is the one I use when I go to the beach or travel.

needfx
Jan 8, 2013, 05:39 PM
idiotproof?

TMar
Jan 8, 2013, 05:51 PM
Griffin Survivor has a camera cover. And it's a great case. Only splash proof though. But it is the one I use when I go to the beach or travel.

Next time I take my phone out of my survivor I plan on seeing how water resistant it is. I would guess it could easily handle a few second of full submersion without/with little water penetration. I'll also see how much dust makes it's way in over the course of a couple of months. The only weak spot I see in it would be the seal on the front snap on cover.

Nuvi
Jan 8, 2013, 05:56 PM
The case will ship on February 22 for the iPhone 4/4S and "soon" for the iPhone 5.

This is wrong info. According to Otterbox:

"We're proud to announce the Armor Series will be available for purchase on February 22 for iPhone 4/4S and iPhone 5. The Samsung Galaxy S3 availability will be announced in future email communication."

Exotic-Car Man
Jan 8, 2013, 07:15 PM
idiotproof?

That's "crush-proof"

mattymo
Jan 8, 2013, 08:21 PM
but will it make my iPhone 5 "bend" proof? :D

whiteyanderson
Jan 8, 2013, 08:21 PM
Next time I take my phone out of my survivor I plan on seeing how water resistant it is. I would guess it could easily handle a few second of full submersion without/with little water penetration. I'll also see how much dust makes it's way in over the course of a couple of months. The only weak spot I see in it would be the seal on the front snap on cover.


I mainly use it at the beach because it does a good job at keeping sand out. Especially the camera. So I can just toss it into one of the pockets in my surf bag and not worry about it really. It can handle a little indirect moisture, never dared full immersion though. :) Never had any issue with sand getting in the front. I would imagine that is the weak link for water though.

I like the case a lot, it is bulky as hell, but it has saved me more than a few times on drops. $99 is a lot of dough for a case IMHO considering the cost of the phone if you bought on contract. I think the Griff is fairly priced.

Candlelight
Jan 8, 2013, 08:41 PM
Vents and port covers are made of a non-permeable membrane and protective mesh layer that allows sound to move through while keeping harmful elements out.

So now you can make those phone calls underwater like you've always wanted.

Rajani Isa
Jan 8, 2013, 08:52 PM
Biggest reason I'd get this case is because it apparently snaps open REAL easy - which means for connecting it to 3rd party stuff is easier. And yet is waterproof. If I ever start working seriously for my friends hot tub business again, I'd definitely get it.

ALCRON
Jan 8, 2013, 10:27 PM
Drop-proof? What, does it have mass effect fields or something? :rolleyes:

gaximus
Jan 9, 2013, 01:32 AM
I just want a water proof case. I want it to be thin, I don't need it to withstand 2 tons of pressure. And decently priced.

cheryl717
Jan 9, 2013, 02:27 AM
Wow..$99.00! I was hoping this case was going to be more reasonable price...it would only make sense that this case doesn't cost over double that I paid for the actual phone. Monetarily it doesn't seen to be a good fit no matter how great. The defender at half price works very well. There is no holster either. We will be sticking with the defender unless the price reflecks better.

johnmacward
Jan 9, 2013, 07:39 AM
I like iPhone but one of the most annoying aspects of its expensiveness is the eco-system that grows up around it that is also disproportionately expensive. $99 for a fitting piece of plastic and rubber - COME ON!

surf2snow1
Jan 9, 2013, 08:15 AM
I like iPhone but one of the most annoying aspects of its expensiveness is the eco-system that grows up around it that is also disproportionately expensive. $99 for a fitting piece of plastic and rubber - COME ON!

no one says you have to buy it. If you don't want it, get something cheaper...:confused:

koban4max
Jan 9, 2013, 09:41 AM
This water proof can stay at 6.6 ft for 30 minutes...wtf? THAT"S NOT WATER PROOF. There are other cases have water proof ability and can stay longer than that and deeper.

ATC
Jan 9, 2013, 10:55 AM
I like iPhone but one of the most annoying aspects of its expensiveness is the eco-system that grows up around it that is also disproportionately expensive. $99 for a fitting piece of plastic and rubber - COME ON!

Remember the $99 is just the suggested retail price. The Otterbox Defender is listed at $60 but it sells for much less than that. Even up here in Canada, the land of overpriced everything, I got the Defender for my iPhone 5 for $24. And no, it's not a fake.

Nuvi
Jan 9, 2013, 11:17 AM
This water proof can stay at 6.6 ft for 30 minutes...wtf? THAT"S NOT WATER PROOF. There are other cases have water proof ability and can stay longer than that and deeper.

What case would that be? Lifeproof has the same waterproof rating meaning 6.6 ft for 30 minutes. It's on their specifications page.

FuNGi
Jan 9, 2013, 11:36 AM
Even if it's not cheaper than Lifeproof's it will sell well if they get space on AT&T sale floors.

I bought a Lifeproof for ~$55 on Amazon and can't complain. Carried it around in the jungle for weeks, actually filmed in a stream, tossed the thing in a sandy beach bag, and cycled with it all sweaty in my pocket for hours and hours. No problem and pics look great through the glass camera cover. It still sucks to interface with the screen though. I can't bear to use my phone at home out of bad weather in that case but like it when it's needed.

longpath
Jan 9, 2013, 12:04 PM
Dust-proof, eh? Is the camera protection just glass or is there a something that keeps dust out by covering the glass too? How about a dust-resistant case...one that doesn't allow dust to accumulate in the corners of the screen protector and over the camera glass. Show me one that prevents this and it'll be the next case I buy. This Ballistic HC case (which I highly recommend over the Defender) has glass protection over the camera lens, but no cover you can slide across or put on when you're not using the camera so dust doesn't accumulate.

How about being able to wash the phone and case in soap and water, or spray it down with Windex without being worried about destroying the phone? That's what I do with my iPhone in a LifeProof case.

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So now you can make those phone calls underwater like you've always wanted.

More like you can listen to music or pacing rhythm while swimming. No case is going to get around the fact that the capacitive sensor in the screen can't detect your fingers if there is too much water on it (and can not detect anything when it is immersed).

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What case would that be? Lifeproof has the same waterproof rating meaning 6.6 ft for 30 minutes. It's on their specifications page.

http://www.watershot.com/underwater-camera-housing-iphone

Same price but "Waterproof performance to 40 m / 130 ft deep"

I believe that some of the objection is due to LifeProof's original statement of waterproofing may have omitted the disclaimer about 30 minutes; but I am not certain of this as I was an early adopter of the LifeProof case and no longer recall their original statements.

Nuvi
Jan 9, 2013, 02:42 PM
http://www.watershot.com/underwater-camera-housing-iphone

Same price but "Waterproof performance to 40 m / 130 ft deep"

I believe that some of the objection is due to LifeProof's original statement of waterproofing may have omitted the disclaimer about 30 minutes; but I am not certain of this as I was an early adopter of the LifeProof case and no longer recall their original statements.

Thanks! I would buy that watershot for sure but it seems its currently only available for iP4/4S. I've never fully trusted Lifeproof when it comes down to swimming or prolonged wet conditions. Also eventually the 50 openings limit wasn't for me since I want to have minimal case when I'm not doing sports / outdoor activities.

Nabby
Jan 9, 2013, 03:40 PM
idiotproof?

Make something idiot proof and the world will just make a better idiot!

jim001
Jan 10, 2013, 01:28 PM
If I drop my phone off the side of my boat chances are that its going to be deeper than 6 feet and I am not going to be able to find it if I dive in after it.

What I really need is something like the Lifeproof Life Jacket where it floats on the surface.

toke lahti
Jan 10, 2013, 02:27 PM
Griffin Survivor has a camera cover. And it's a great case.
And the camera cover covers the camera only every second time in the middle of shot. Been there, done that. Just great.

whiteyanderson
Jan 11, 2013, 02:04 AM
And the camera cover covers the camera only every second time in the middle of shot. Been there, done that. Just great.


All you need to do is widen the nub that holds the flap in place, or remove the plug entirely and then you are able to simply pop it back into place when you are done, or can use a free finger to hold it agaisnt the case.

My point being the survivor does the best job at protrcting from drops, sand and dust. The minor issue with the camera flap has many ways to workaround.

My only REAL gripe with the case ever was how easy it was to hit the home button.

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Watersport looks interesting, but I'd be more apt to spend a bit more for a GoPro to take in with me on the board.

toke lahti
Jan 12, 2013, 02:18 PM
My only REAL gripe with the case ever was how easy it was to hit the home button.
You could cut the knob under the button away.

neversink
Jan 12, 2013, 10:11 PM
Hey this is great for me:
1. As a sea kayaker, I always worry about the waterproof bags I carry my phone in. Now I can double my protection.
2. Since i work outside half my working life (at least) my phone is subject to all sorts of conditions.

I am thrilled and can't wait.

and who would ever get thrilled over a phone case.. who'd a thunk,,,e xcet I don't want my phone to go for a dunk.... it'd put me in a bad funk....

fiddlestyx
Jan 12, 2013, 10:21 PM
Looks pretty sweet, if only I had a practical use for this. $99 to protect your $500+ device doesn't seem too crazy.

johnmacward
Apr 4, 2013, 03:21 PM
no one says you have to buy it. If you don't want it, get something cheaper...:confused:

What, I can't comment on the expensiveness? A forum is a place you come to air your views whatever they might be, not be told you're not allowed to complain about something.

wellred
Apr 6, 2013, 06:56 AM
How about being able to wash the phone and case in soap and water, or spray it down with Windex without being worried about destroying the phone? That's what I do with my iPhone in a LifeProof case.

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More like you can listen to music or pacing rhythm while swimming. No case is going to get around the fact that the capacitive sensor in the screen can't detect your fingers if there is too much water on it (and can not detect anything when it is immersed).

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http://www.watershot.com/underwater-camera-housing-iphone

Same price but "Waterproof performance to 40 m / 130 ft deep"

I believe that some of the objection is due to LifeProof's original statement of waterproofing may have omitted the disclaimer about 30 minutes; but I am not certain of this as I was an early adopter of the LifeProof case and no longer recall their original statements.

Yes but does lifeproof cover the camera lens? And there are also proximity sensor issues with the lifeproof.

morsjnl
Jul 23, 2013, 08:12 PM
I got a case on http://www.jnlcases.com for my iphone 4s for only $15.99 with free shipping. :)

xArtx
Jul 23, 2013, 10:20 PM
Love my current Otterbox, just hope there's a plain black/grey option for this one.

longpath
Jul 13, 2014, 08:00 AM
Yes but does lifeproof cover the camera lens? And there are also proximity sensor issues with the lifeproof.

LiveProof does cover and seal the camera lens and flash. I have never had any issues with the proximity sensor while using a LifeProof case.

thewordiz
Jul 13, 2014, 08:33 PM
I would rather support Lifeproof than Otterbox

Same Company

http://www.cnet.com/news/otterbox-acquires-rival-lifeproof/

Michael Scrip
Jul 14, 2014, 12:36 AM
Same Company

http://www.cnet.com/news/otterbox-acquires-rival-lifeproof/

That's what I was thinking!

I thought people knew that :)