Problems with Otterbox Case (PICS INSIDE)

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    So I recently purchased the Otterbox Defender for my 3GS. I absolutely love the satisfaction of knowing my phone is safe, but Im upset with the screen :( I already had an ZAGG shield on my phone, so I thought that would stop the sticky marks the defender screen puts on my phone. Is there a way to stop this from happening? Like how once you touch the screen they stick together and almost make it look wet?

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    Pop out the otterbox screen protector, first thing I do on all of mine.
     
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    But provide the best protection. Can't wait to get one for my iP4. Have protected all my other iPhones with them.
     
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    Thats a Great Idea since I already have the Zagg Shield on it. How Do I go ABout this??
     
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    And people think I'm unproductive!
     
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    1. Use an antiglare screen protector under the otterbox will stop the water marks.

    2. Use baby powder on the otterbox screen protector before putting it on.
     
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    It just pops off, just be careful not to break plastic.
     
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    Agreed. I learned early on that anti-glare screen protectors solve this problem. Specifically, I love the PowerSupport Anti-Glare. I'd hate to pop out the Otterbox screen cover and make it less water-resistant. We all know they're not waterPROOF, but they are pretty water resistant when applied properly (with all clear screens intact and plugs covered).

    I can't wait to get an iPhone 4 Otterbox. Sure would have been handy today ... I think we had a monsoon in NC today (and yes, I was the crazy person who found a plastic box to carry my iPhone from my car to my door when I got home -- it really was raining that hard).
     
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    By the marks I assume you mean the apparent wet spots that appear when the cover is in place.

    The cause for this is static electricity between the Otterbox screen and the face of the phone. There are two ways of getting rid of this. The method recommended by Otterbox is to wipe the face of the phone on your cheek before you put the phone in the case. I didn't like this as it appeared to leave smudge marks that I could see.

    The other method was developed by an Otterbox user and I preferred it. It is a little complicated and hard to believe but it works great. To do this method you need some talcum powder, body powder. What you do is shake the can up and squirt a little powder into the air. As the cloud of powder dissipates you want to pass the case through it so you get a little, and I mean a little powder on the inside of the screen saver. You should not really be able to see the powder if you do it means you have to much and you should clean it off and do it again. Now when you put the phone into the case you will not see the water marks and the phone will work fine. This method worked for me every time, but sometimes I had to do it 2 or 3 times because I'd get too much talcum powder on the screen. I never saw any scratches or marks caused by the powder on the phone. Someone contacted Otterbox about the Otterbox screen becoming to scratched and they sent him a new box.

    If you search the Otterbox forum site I believe you can find a you tube video showing how to do the talcum powder trick.

    I am planning to order a Otterbox Defender case for my iP4 when they become available and believe that I'll have to do the same thing with it.

    You don't need the Zagg Shield when using the Otterbox case. I would take it off.
     
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    Dont matter how thin your phone is from the factory because after you put on an Otterbox, it will be an inch thick :D
     
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    And that is fine with me. I need the protection for the phone. I also didn't purchase it for how thin it was but how it works.
     
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    I hear ya. It protects well but there are others that work well too and dont make the phone look huge. For me it is grip. I dont want a slippery case but i dont like those gell cases either. I have about 7 cases and i mostly use my cozip and then my Speck leather case. Both are black.

    To each their own and i agree, you really need the protection with these china doll iP4's so even i might go Otterbox for an iP4......if i was going to get one, but im not.
     
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    Tom G.

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    I use the Otterbox Defender case because where I work it is not the cleanest environment. We had one guy who carried his iPhone 3GS naked in his shirt pocket (Buttoned so it wouldn't fall out) and another in a simple leather case. Mine I kept in the Otterbox Defender. At the end of the year mine still looked pristine like it just came out of the box. The one in the leather case had light abrasion marks and the one that had been carried in the pocket naked definitely looked it.

    Considering that now you can get rebates on phones from places like Radio Shack and Walmart based on how the phone looks it really behooves you to take as good care of it as you can. The Otterbox becomes a valuable tool.

    The better the phone looks next year the more money you will get for it.
     
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    Just pull it off. It is glued from the inside of the case. I'd recommend removing any residual adhesive as this will attract dust and grit just where you do not want it.
     
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    Just wanted to say that I tried this with my fiance's Defender tonight and it worked like a charm!
     
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    I may be in the minority but I actually prefer the feel of the phone with the case on. I really didn't like using my 3G naked, I enjoyed the added bulk of the Defender. Make it fit in my hand a lot better. Can't wait until it comes out for the 4
     

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