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Old Jan 8, 2013, 04:58 PM   #1
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Otterbox Announces Waterproof "Armor Series' iPhone Cases




Aiming to compete with waterproof but usable iPhone cases like the Lifeproof, Otterbox has announced its Armor Series of cases. The case is designed to protect the phone from submersion for up to 30 minutes as well as 10 foot drops.
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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.
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 when the case goes on sale.

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Old Jan 8, 2013, 05:02 PM   #2
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Otterbox cases are pretty awesome. Looking forward to this one!

Though the LifeProof cases are " ...waterproof, dust-proof and shock-proof..". I wonder if Otterbox has these features too?
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Old Jan 8, 2013, 05:06 PM   #3
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I would rather support Lifeproof than Otterbox
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Old Jan 8, 2013, 05:40 PM   #4
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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.
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Old Jan 8, 2013, 06:04 PM   #5
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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-...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.
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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-...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.
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I would rather support Lifeproof than Otterbox
Same Company

http://www.cnet.com/news/otterbox-ac...val-lifeproof/
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Old Jan 8, 2013, 05:20 PM   #13
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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.
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Old Jan 8, 2013, 05:27 PM   #14
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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.
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Old Jan 8, 2013, 05:36 PM   #15
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It's on the email they sent earlier today

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It's on their website. $99.00
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Old Jan 8, 2013, 05:40 PM   #16
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Great case for a child; but if you were to own this yourself, g'luck making a child
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Old Jan 8, 2013, 06:56 PM   #17
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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."
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Drop-proof? What, does it have mass effect fields or something?
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Old Jan 9, 2013, 02:32 AM   #19
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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.
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Old Jan 9, 2013, 03:27 AM   #20
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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.
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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!
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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...
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Old Jan 9, 2013, 10:41 AM   #23
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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.
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no one says you have to buy it. If you don't want it, get something cheaper...
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.
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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.
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