Sometimes life gets in the way of writing about it. That’s where I’ve been.

But…I’m baack…..with a review and a Submommy first-ever Giveaway! Why? Because I turned 44 on Saturday, and I want to give someone a present. I am old(er). I have to admit, I’m starting to feel old(er). Joints and things are starting to make strange noises when I get out of bed in the morning. I’ve contemplated a case of glucosamine while wandering around Costco.

Wouldn’t trade a single moment though. My life is really good, in spite of my creaky joints. SO! In light of the fact that I’m having a mid-forties nirvana-ish moment, some lucky reader will get a present! From ME!

I won’t give someone something I’ve never tried myself, so I’ll let you know all about it first.

First, full disclosure: I received an Otterbox to try and review, and an additional one to give away from AT&T Wireless. I’ve worked with them before and really enjoyed the experience, so here I am again.

Otterbox iPhone Case (for 5/5c/5s)

The Otterbox iPhone cases are insanely durable. It covers your phone totally and completely. The only parts of the phone that aren’t covered are the front camera, ear speaker, back camera and flash. Everything else is encased in a durable plastic and then wrapped in rubber. OH! And then you get an additional half-case with a clip on it for extra

Unless you back over it with your car, (how often does that happen, really?) nothing will happen to your iPhone while it’s tucked away in the safe that is an Otterbox.

The Breakdown:

The Otterbox is not really a snap-on and go type of case. Installing your phone in the case is a multi-step process. It’s not difficult, just multi-step. There is an inner plastic grey box:

otterbox

An outer rubber case:

otterbox

And an outer plastic case with a clip. This is optional – you don’t have to use it if you don’t want to, but it comes with it.

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Assembly:

First, I would recommend cleaning your phone with a lint-free cloth first. I’ll explain why in a moment.

Next, place the grey inner case around your phone. It snaps shut. Then, the outer rubber piece wraps around the grey inner case. (Pink is a great color, huh? Hint hint) The front screen is covered in clear plastic, hence why cleaning your phone before installation is a good idea. Little pieces of lint on the screen get trapped in the Otterbox and serves the sole purpose of annoying you. Cleaning it first solves this problem.

All of your phone’s controls are covered but accessible, including your screen. The only the exception is the bottom speakers.

The Good:

After I had it all put together, I dropped it. (On purpose!) It bounced. I appreciate a good bounce. It is most definitely durable and your phone is very protected. I really liked that the plastic that covers the screen is quite responsive. They’ve done a great job of making that feel and respond as if there wasn’t anything covering the touch screen.

I also really like that while the Otterbox isn’t waterproof, it is water resistant, and judging by the torrential downpours we’ve had this week, it was nice to have the extra protection for the weather. The case feels really solid in your hands, but it doesn’t impede the use of the phone.

The Maybe Needs Work:

The biggest critique I have of the phone is the home button. It’s covered completely by the rubber case, and in the iPhone 5s that I have, it renders the fingerprint scanner useless. That’s a nifty feature that I really enjoy using and the Otterbox doesn’t allow for it the way that it is designed now.

This is a really good, solid  case that you know you want.

Now: the giveaway

To enter, please leave a comment, telling me what your favorite birthday present you’ve ever received. I will select a winner using the random number generator on Random.org. (Appropos, yes?) WINNER CHOSEN ON FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 21st.

 

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