OtterBox Waterproofs iPhone 5, Galaxy S3 With Armor Series Cases

OtterBox unveiled its impressive new Armor Series waterproof cases designed for the iPhone 5, iPhone 4/S and the Samsung Galaxy S3. The Armor Series case for the iPhone 5 in particular offers the same waterproof capabilities as LifeProof's Fre enabling you to submerge your iPhone 5 under 6.6ft of water for up to 30 minutes. However, because of its thick protective design, the Armor Series case can withstand higher 10ft drops compared to the Fre's 6ft maximum as well as withstand a crushing force of up to two tons.

Innovative design elements make the OtterBox Armor Series best in class when it comes to protection. Watertight latches, an o-ring seal, port covers and mesh coverings keep water out and allow the Armor Series to tolerate submersions for 30 minutes in up to 6.6 ft. of water. Vents and port covers are made of a non-permeable membrane and protective mesh layer that allows sound to move through while keeping harmful elements out.

The interior and exterior of the case features advanced materials that protect the device from 10 ft. drops. Over-molded bumpers in each corner of the case absorb shock and the high-strength reinforced plastic of the Armor Series can withstand up to two tons of force. Soft interior foam provides a cushioned, custom fit for the device, while the built-in screen protector prevents scratches and damage to the glass display.

Corrosion-resistant metal latches lock the two halves of the case together, providing simple, secure assembly. Port covers open easily for quick access to charging and headphone use without removing the case and a lanyard is included for convenient hands-free carrying.

OtterBox's Armor Series case will first be offered for the iPhone 4/S starting February 22, with the iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S3 variants soon to follow. No prices were announced.

Otterbox Armor Series, Toughest Waterproof iPhone 4S Case

Otterbox has revealed its latest and first ever waterpoof iPhone 4S and iPhone 4 case called the Armor Series case. Otterbox claims the Armor Series case is its toughest case ever built. The Armor Series is completely waterproof, and made from a thermoplastic shell and shock absorbing materials secured by a medical-grade stainless steel latch much like LifeProof's plastic closure latch, that will keep your iPhone protected against water, dust, drops and the unsuspecting threat of being crushed. By the looks of it, it's very bulky indeed. But Otterbox claims all the above is tested to be proof and not simply resistant. Otterbox's Armor Series waterproof iPhone case will be available on June 24.

Otterbox Case Packaging Reveals iPhone 4S?

Looks like Otterbox is very confident that the upcoming iPhone will not be called the iPhone 5, but rather the iPhone 4S which is said to sport the same design as the current iPhone 4 with some spec bumps. Thanks to the Chronic Wire for the leaks, Otterbox reportedly was so confident that it has manufactured as much as 3 million of these iPhone 4S cases. The above image shows the packaging of the Commuter Series case designed for the iPhone 4S. 

On the back, the packaging reveals an iPhone 4-like iPhone 4S with repositioned volume buttons on the right hand side instead of the left where they have always been from the very first iPhone. The Commuter Series case for the purported iPhone 4S has the following features:

  • 1. Impact absorbing silicone
  • 2. Hi-impact polycarbonate
  • 3. Port and button covers
  • 4. Self-adhesive screen protector 

Apple's next iPhone is highly expected to be revealed in early October. 

Nir Schneider


G-Form Extreme Portfolio iPad 2 Case Announced, Dropped From 60 Feet (Video)

G-Form goes at it again with a new addition to their Extreme Sleeve case for the iPad 2 offering extreme impact protection called the Extreme Portfolio folio case for the iPad 2. This time, G-Form takes their latest Extreme Portfolio and compares it against the competition, Otterbox. What happens when you drop the iPad 2 screen side down from 60 feet straight onto pavement inside a G-Form Extreme Portfolio? Nothing. An iPad 2 inside a Otterbox Defender Series case will completely get annihilated on the other hand. 

The Extreme Portfolio has an adjustable easel stand, an inside pocket for documents and a reversible zipper that zips to convert the case to a doubly protective tablet format. Are you planning on a rock climbing trip anytime soon? You might want to pick up the Extreme Portfolio for the iPad 2 for $79.95 once it ships out on August 11.

Nir Schneider


Otterbox Defender Series iPad 2 Case Now Available

The makers of tough-only cases for gadgets have released the Defender Series case for the iPad 2. A part of the Otterbox most rugged line of cases. The multi-layer design incorporates a hard polycarbonate inner shell with foam interior surrounded by a shock absorbing silicone outer layer. The Otterbox Defender Series case for the iPad 2 also includes a clip-on front protection screen cover that also transforms into a typing and landscape stand. You can pick this up right now for $89.95 to protect your iPad 2 from just about anything and any environment except for water. If you just got yourself a Defender Series case and have no idea how to assemble the beast, check out the instructional video right after the break.

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Otterbox Acknowledges White iPhone 4 Form Factor Changes

If you were following the news around Apple's newly released white iPhone 4, you would already know that the white iPhone 4 is slightly thicker than it's older black brother, 0.2mm ticker to be precise. Now that's not such a big deal, however very tight fitting hard plastic cases would most likely not fit the new white iPhone 4 as of right now. Otterbox has already put up a message on each of the iPhone 4 case product pages acknowledging the difference in the from factors and saying that their Defender Series, Commuter Series and Impact Series of cases will not work with the white iPhone 4. 

Otterbox's Impact Series case is made out of 100% silicone unlike Otterbox's more tougher cases which employ both hard plastic and silicone. It's not clear why Otterbox deemed their silicone Impact Series case for the iPhone 4 to be incompatible with the white iPhone 4 at this time. The slight change in thickness of just 0.2mm in the white iPhone 4 shouldn't hinder silicone cases incompatible so if you're really in need of a tough silicone case for your brand new white iPhone 4, you should not need to worry about silicone cases.

Nir Schneider


iPod Touch 4G OtterBox Commuter & Defender Cases Will Be Available Soon

OtterBox seems to be going all out on the iPod Touch 4G. Their yet to be released Commuter and Defender cases seem to look very different from the iPhone 4 versions and yet have the same features. Surprisingly though, the Commuter and the Defender look extremely similar until taken a closer look at. Unlike other models of the Commuter, the iPod Touch's version seems to have silicone/plastic that covers up the front, where as other models have the whole face open. If you would like to know when the iPod Touch 4G Commuter & Defender cases are available for order, you can sign up for OtterBox's newsletter. 

Source: OtterBox