Fantastic Otterbox Defender Hack

Discussion in 'iPhone Accessories' started by lego8, Jul 24, 2009.

  1. lego8 macrumors regular


    Mar 9, 2008
    Like many of you here, I ordered the Otterbox Defender for my iPhone 3GS. Although the case is beautiful and rugged, I just couldn't put up with the built-in, flimsy screen protector. Moreover, I encountered the "oil slick" problem. I researched some solutions to the problem, but I wasn't thrilled with putting baby powder or cellophane on my phone. So to remedy the only flaw with the Defender, I did the following:

    1. Remove entire plastic screen cover from Defender case
    2. Cut off the screen protector part from the earpiece/light sensor part
    3. Reattach to the case only the earpiece/light sensor part
    4. Apply any screen protector directly to the iPhone
    5. Put iPhone inside Defender case

    Here's a picture of the built-in defender case cut off with the Defender and Power Support screen protector packaging in the background:


    Now my iPhone looks, feels, and functions seamlessly. Hope this helps!
  2. MadGoat macrumors 65816


    Jul 30, 2007
    the only problem with this hack is you lose one of the big design features of the otterbox defender.

    Splash resistance and Dust resistance.

    The screen protector does more than protect from scratches, it seals the phone from the elements(to a certain degree). it also stops small amounts of water from coming in, say during a drizzle or very light rain.
  3. cdal1 macrumors member

    Jun 10, 2009
    I had the same watermark issue. But I put the ps anti glare on and it fixed it instantly.

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