Otterbox Defender iphone 4 screen question

Discussion in 'iPhone Accessories' started by JROC453, Jul 20, 2010.

  1. JROC453 macrumors regular

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    So I just bought this case today. I bought the Ballistic case first but took it back the next day because it made the screen look like crap.I had the oily air bubbles allover the screen. Now I'm trying to find out if this is gonna do the same thing. I really don't want to do the baby powder mod or the anti glare screen protector either. Does anyone know how to just install the Defender without any issues with the display? :confused:
     
  2. Biff... macrumors 6502a

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    I have the same question. I'm contemplating removing the otterbox screen protector and just keeping my zagg invisible shield.
     
  3. skyking517 macrumors regular

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    Maybe I can help!!!

    I work for AT&T and the otter box is very popular in our store. The bubbles you see are not moisture, or oil, but it's the static electricity build up between the plastic of the screen protector and the glass of the phone. ( SO the otter rep told us) Some reps in other stores will dab a little baby powder on the plastic part of the case, and some say this works. The other option is the anti glare screen protector on the phone, that what I have on my 3GS and it works just fine. I hope this helps a little bit, im sure the new otter box might have the same thing happen, we will find out soon when people start getting them.
     
  4. JROC453 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Even only doing the LIGHT dusting of the baby powder you can still see it. You would think they would include a film for the glass so we can avoid this. I hope they improved this for the ip4.
     
  5. Bear Hunter macrumors 6502a

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    Not if you do it right. Hold the screen above and gently squeeze the bottle. If you can see the plume you squeezed too hard. If you do it right you won't see it but it will prevent the "oil slick".
     
  6. dels macrumors member

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    If the issue is static, then maybe do the install in a relatively high humidity environment?
     
  7. JROC453 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Ha ha ... I live in south Florida. I just don't want the water marks. Maybe it was just in issue with the ballistic case and it won't do the same on otterbox. But from all the videos and posts about it I'm sure I will be cutting the membrane off if I have water markes. Has anyone put the anti glare on the iPhone 4? Because if it works and looks good then I guess I can try it. I would just hate to take away from the awesome display.
     
  8. MarkD24 macrumors newbie

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    I'm not familiar with the Defender cases, but am looking into possibly getting one. Can anyone tell me if it comes with a clear screen cover built into the front part of the case, and if so, can it be easily removed so I could just continue to use another screen protector such as the Power Support model? Would removing the cover from the Otterbox totally ruin the front of the case?

    Thanks for any input from those who have used this case in the past.

    Mark
     
  9. S1njin macrumors 6502a

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    I have the same question. Bump.
     
  10. GameraFan macrumors regular

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    I tried all the tricks (face oils, baby powder, etc) to get the oil slick to go away and was never satisfied. I ended up cutting out the screen and put on a PowerSupport screen protector.
     
  11. grmorrow04 macrumors newbie

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    I had the Defender for my 3G, and didn't have any problems with the "spots" on the screen. I had a Boxwave anti-fingerprint screen protector installed, which is why there were no spots. The only reason I got rid of the case is because it was too bulky for my needs, especially since I keep the phone in my pocket and not on a belt.

    If you remove the built in screen protector on the Defender case, you are opening up a huge window for dust and debris to get into the phone very easily. I wouldn't recommend it, especially if you want to keep your phone looking like new when you take the case off to sell it somewhere down the road.
     
  12. GameraFan macrumors regular

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    Just to be clear, I cut the built-in protector out around the opening (didn't just pop it out where it's glued to the case). Add a screen protector directly on the phone and no dust enters. My 2g is in perfect condition.
     
  13. Cynikal.Mindset macrumors 6502a

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    I used baby powder on my buddy's defender case and no watermarks on the screen after that...I dont know how he lived with it before I fixed him up
     
  14. JROC453 thread starter macrumors regular

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    but from what I have read, you have to use a anti glare one. :(
     
  15. JustinSaneV2 macrumors 6502

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    http://www.facebook.com/otterbox?ref=ts#!/otterbox?v=wall&ref=ts
     
  16. lqdswrds macrumors newbie

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    Dryer Sheets

    Thank you guys for bringing up static electricity! Once that was brought up I don't know why this wasn't mentioned before, but after reading that I grabbed a dryer sheet! Wiped (lightly) my iPhone and the membrane and replaced it and it worked perfectly. Dryer sheets are designed to eliminate static electricity. I have no bubbles now and it was a hell of a lot cheaper and easier than getting an anti-glare screen protector!

    Thanks for the knowledge guys, I would have never thought it was static electricity!
     

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