I have checked out alot of cases in the last week or so. I have noticed alot of people love the look of the iPhone just like I do. Many use cases that basically protect the back of the iPhone only. ifrogz, switcheasy, griffin, etc.. This is the problem with that, Those cases are very slim and look good, but offer no protection if you drop your phone on the concrete or a hard floor surface. If the phone drops on the back or sides, you might get away with just a scuff or scratch, but if it hits on the face, Im almost sure you will get a cracked screen. The vaja, SGP illuzion, and some of the other flap cases offer decent protection on the back and front of the phone, but lack protection on the sides from spills and dirt accumulating. I have tried these cases and looked at all them very carefully and I came down to the otterbox. It doesnt add a huge amount of bulk like many would think. I am a firefighter in Louisiana, so this case will definately be on my iPhone 3GS while at work. All the ports are covered with the silicon outer shell. The speakers are covered with a thin membrane of foam and thin white paper. No dirt or grime can get into the earhole or the speakers. I like this. The camera is also covered just like the front glass is with a thin plastic shield to protect against water and dirt also. This case will protect you from drops for sure. It cannot be submerged in water, but it is waterproof to an extent. Most of you have jobs where hazards like water and dirt or the possibility of the iPhone getting dropped or banged around much is little to none. I love the look of the iPhone and wish I could use it naked, but I just dont want to take the chance of ruining the iPhone with a small case that just covers the back and protects basically from it being slid on a table. The otterbox isnt for everyone due to maybe the looks or the bulk of the case. I carry it in my pocket with the screen towards my leg. Also I noticed one thing on the otterbox. The protective screen on the front works great by itself. This is my third overall otterbox. I have had two black ones on both a iPod touch 8GB and iPod touch 16GB first gens. If you have a screen protector on the iPod or iPhone already and you are using the otterbox, the two screens seem to stick to each other which doesnt hurt anything, but I just wanted to let you guys know this. You could just go without a screen protector if you are using the otterbox since it has a screen protector built into the case. I am very particular about my iPhone, so I have both covering the screen. The otterbox is $49.99 at otterbox.com, but I got mine from ebay dealers for around $30. Hope you enjoyed this quick review.