No Otterbox for Touch 5G Any Time Soon

Discussion in 'iPod touch Accessories' started by Atomike, Oct 19, 2012.

  1. macrumors member

    Oct 19, 2008
    Just did a chat with Otterbox, and apparently there currently aren't any plans to bring Otterbox products to the iPod Touch 5G. They did say that this could change, and I should keep checking their website, but I think we all know that this almost certainly means they will never make this product.
    I was waiting to get an Otterbox - but no longer. I'm finding an alternative tonight.
  2. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 21, 2009
    Central, Louisiana
    Otterbox has gone down in quality over the last few years anyway. I think lot of folks have found alternatives that give good protection that aren't as expensive and actually hold up better long term. I've had to replace a few of these on my iPhone 4 because the plastic would crack. The last time I called them, they told me it was something I was doing. I said no its a crappy design, so you can either send me another one or my money back. I'd actually prefer my money back, so the opted to just refund me. Which I ended up getting an Incipio case which has been flawless.
  3. macrumors 65816


    Mar 27, 2012
    Sebastopol, CA
  4. thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 19, 2008
    Looks like they changed their minds. Pretty late to the party.
  5. macrumors newbie

    Nov 8, 2012
    I wouldn't really say that they're that late to the party. Most manufacturers are just now releasing cases for the iPod Touch 5
  6. thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 19, 2008
    And yet many others had them ready on launch day - which is okay. I don't own any Otterbox stock. I simply bought another brand like the rest of us who got one near launch. No problems.
  7. Ghostbusters, Nov 22, 2012
    Last edited: Nov 22, 2012

    macrumors regular

    Nov 12, 2012
    Realistically most major manufacturers such as Griffin, Speck, Belkin, Incipio, Incase, Spigen and Otterbox, did not have cases or screen protectors ready at lunch. Took at least 30-45 days before we saw anything. Initially all that you could get online were the generic Chinese silicone or gel cases or that infamously ugly vapor one off Amazon.

    Not tryna create a problem. Just clarifying what jdpmacav was saying.
  8. Atomike, Nov 23, 2012
    Last edited: Nov 23, 2012

    thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 19, 2008
    I bought a Griffin case pretty much right at launch date. I think it was available immediately at launch or within a few days at least.
    If Griffin can do it, others can too, or so I would imagine.
    Anyway, all is good - but all I'm saying is that Otterbox missed almost every single launch sale, and are not in a great position anymore. I think we're all on the same page.
  9. macrumors regular

    Nov 12, 2012
    Griffin didn't have it at launch date. I know because I was on their site regularly. It took a few weeks. But whatever, I understand, they all should have them ready at launch.
  10. macrumors newbie

    Dec 3, 2012
    Just curious, I have the new griffin for the 5G iPod touch, and as of now otterbox STILL hasn't released the new iPod case. It says "coming soon" but it's said that for 2-3 weeks at least. Wondering if I should wait for it? I really don't like the bulky design, speaker blockage, dust under screen, no lanyard, etc, on this case, so was waiting for otterbox. Heard otterbox have gotten worse though..? Feedback appreciated!
  11. ZenMoto, Dec 14, 2012
    Last edited: Dec 14, 2012

    macrumors newbie

    Dec 6, 2012
    I got the eMail, saying Otterbox is now accepting preorders on it:

    * Want your iPod touch 5g Defender Series case before Christmas? By pre-ordering now and choosing 2-day or next day shipping you'll receive your case for the holidays.

    I think I'd rather have the hard polycarbonate plastic on the outside, because it would cushion the device better to have the softer stuff against the iPod, like a helmet. Also ATA flight cases, and Pelican cases work this way. I don't see the utility of having the silicon on the outside, if it's not going to be totally waterproof/submersible. I have the iBlason ArmorBox now, and the silicon on the outside always slipps off, and it's a crazy dust collector. I don't like it. (Okay, it provides some grip, and won't scratch delicate countertops made of balsa wood.)

    The rubber on the outside feels prophylactic. It's like throwing a hot dog down a hallway.

    I guess I'll wait for the Commuter version, unless I can fine something more hardcore with the hardshell on the outside of the cushy liner, like a guitar case.

    A "hardshell" case should have a hard exterior. The iBlason ArmorBox and the OtterBox Defender are beefy, backwards, softshell cases. They feel like you put a cheap silicone cover on your big, fat iPhone from 1982.
  12. macrumors member

    Feb 2, 2011
    Got my defender today, looks and feels great! A little difficult to install, ok my wife had to do it! Adds some heft to the unit, with my big hands I almost dropped the touch several time. Also nice having a screen protector built in.

  13. macrumors member

    Feb 2, 2011
    I returned the Defender, it was too hard to use the home button and the corners of the screen. I'm waiting for the 'Prefix'.


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