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Otterbox Reflex Series Case for iPhone 5

Looking to protect your iPhone 5? Otterbox is a well-known brand people go for to protect their devices. Their bread and butter cases consist of the Defender and Commuter that provides significant protection that utilizes premium materials. The biggest drawback of those cases is that they add noticeable thickness. It seems the Otterbox has listened to their customers and is offering a much lighter solution. I have for you the Reflex series case for the iPhone 5.

I am very familiar with Otterbox’s Defender and Commuter case series among many different devices. The device itself may differ but the experience of the cases is the same across every device. They provide great protection that add significant thickness with covered ports. The Reflex series case has really caught me off guard as Otterbox has provided amazing protection with a different design creating an entirely different experience.

The Reflex case design is a two piece case that slides together making it easy to install. The case is made of polycarbonate and rubber that is molded together which are great for falls, bumps, dings, and shock. It is a solid case throughout the entire surface area. As mentioned before the case slides together and uses a built-in latch that secures the case together. I find it easy to separate the two pieces which great for taking off the case. However, you may accidently unlatch the case from time to time.

The combination of polycarbonate and rubber really creates a great layer of protection. The polycarbonate is very tough that has a rugged finish. It really solidifies the case by giving it an indestructible feeling. The rubber doubles as grip making it easier to hold the iPhone 5. It’s firm enough that it will not stick to your pocket. The design of the Reflex stays true to the original iPhone design unlike other Otterbox cases.  The fusion of both materials is perfectly done and shows no signs of future disassembly.

Otterbox is well-known for extreme protection that includes covering ports and physical buttons. I am all for protection but I would rather have uncovered ports because it is easier to use. I am happy to see Otterbox switching it up and offering an open design. Otterbox has gone with a large cutout at the bottom of the device. It makes it very easy to charge, dock, and plug in your wired headset. The cutout is large enough that it does not affect the speakers. The physical buttons are still covered and this time they used the rubber material. I found the volume rocker to be easy to push while the power button is a bit more difficult. The material covering the power button has soften a little since using the case so I am hoping it will loosen up enough to make pushing on the power button even easier. Lastly, the cutout for the camera, flash, and microphone are spot on causing zero obstructions. The case is thick enough that it adds a helpful barrier to protect the camera. The thickness is perfect as it also adds a barrier to the front of the device helps protect against scratches when placed on a smooth surface. It really makes it easy to place your device down without having to worry about anything.

I found it interesting that Otterbox decided to use a transparent back with the majority of their color options. It is nice to show off the Apple logo but it was poorly executed. The transparent back has an Otterbox logo stamped at the bottom that looks great. Like all Otterbox cases they include case information that etched into the inside of the case. But when you have a transparent back those stamps can be seen. So when the case is on your iPhone and you look at the back you can see the stamps that read “Made in Mexico”, “Patents: WWW.OTTERBOX.COM/IP”, and other stamps. Also, by design the latch runs right in the middle of the case so you also see the latch mechanism because the transparent back. The solid option of this case will not have this issue but the others will. There should be no reason you should visually see this information on the back of your case.

With that said that case is just so good I have over looked that design hiccup. The protection added by the Reflex is amazing. It is such a great fit and is constructed by great materials that I have zero worries. Of course it doesn’t protect against water so I will not be going for a swim with my iPhone 5. But now I laugh in the face of danger of dropping my phone, placing it down, and completing everyday tasks. To bring it all together Otterbox offers a complimentary screen protector to solidify the protection. It helps protect your screen from scratches and smudges for those looking for more protection for their screen.

The Otterbox Reflex case for the iPhone 5 retails for $34.95 through but is currently on sale for $23 – $25 on Amazon (price subject to change). The price is fair at retail so the sale price is great in my opinion. The case looks really good and the protection is amazing. It is not so thick and is relatively lightweight. It really the iPhone very well and really helps those that have nervous hands when holding the iPhone 5. At sale price I have to say that this is a must have case if you are looking to go with a name brand as it fairs very well when compared to others. It will not break the bank and can be a solid case choice that will be long lasting. Learn more about the Otterbox Reflex over at and check out the color selection they offer. (Reflex iPhone 5 Case)

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