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Otterbox iPhone Case Review and Case of Choice Giveaway : (Ends 7/16)

There is no question I am a fan of Otterbox. After a mishap with my iPhone one year and later my iPad keeping my electronics protected is top priority. My iPhone is never far from my reach so this means it travels to work, the car, shopping, where I am it follows. This also means it has a higher chance of meeting up with an unexpected accident, like it did years ago when shopping. My first shattered screen, a rude awakening to what happens when your electronics are not protected.

In the past year I’ve reviewed the iPad Defender Otterbox case, my first Otterbox product. It took me a little bit to get use to at first but now it is a safe haven for my iPad. It is almost never removed from its case which is one reason there are some accessories I don’t use as much as I would otherwise like my iConvert scanner and Atari Arcade Duo  because both require a naked iPad.

When I purchased an iPod Touch for my son for his birthday I knew that without a doubt it needed an unbreakable, sturdy, and indestructible case. Let’s just say my son got his gracefulness or lack of it from me. I immediately turned to Otterbox and my son ended up with a cookie monster blue Defender iPod Case that fit his personality like a glove.

That left just one more gadget of mine unprotected by Otterbox and that would be my very first Apple product, the one that set me on the path of Apple conversion, my iPhone. With my iPhone I’m more particular about style because it is very visible. The first time I began shopping for cases I did not like the ones that surround your phone including the home button and top bar. I have always had a simple shock absorbing case that just surrounded the outer edge of my phone, and I’ve always had just black, by choice.

When I was asked to review the iPhone Defender case I decided to break out of my shell and go with a little color. I chose the Thermal a grey/pink case.

The case arrived and immediately I knew that the color combo was not really “my style”. I liked the pink, I did not like the grey so much. I inquired about possibly purchasing a black silicone cover on its own to replace the grey.  At the current time of this posting in order to combine colors you must purchase two cases. The color combo seen here with the pink interior and black exterior is not one currently sold by Otterbox. This combo is a mixture of Thermal and Black. However in speaking with the rep I suggested that Otterbox have a “do it yourself” color choice in which the customer could pick the two colors they prefer and was told this was something they were hoping to have in the future.

Having all three cases the, iPad case, iPod case, and the iPhone case I can tell you that the iPhone case is definitely the easiest of the cases to put on and remove. This is definitely a bonus because though I don’t like being without a case there are times when I do need to remove the case, like when I walk/jog and need to place it in my iPhone armband.

The case comes with two hard shells that easily clip together to project your phone.

Once clipped around your phone you cover the hard shell with the silicone for added protection. This of course also makes your phone just a little more attractive and it feels better in your hands. The case also comes with a clip that you can wear on your hip or clip to your purse. I personally have not used this piece so I can not say anything regarding its quality or use, however I do like having it in case I should need it.

I really thought at first that I wasn’t going to like the over all feel of the case. I knew that it would definitely be protected but remember I told you I wasn’t really into the cases that completely cover your phone. The hard shell case also has a plastic like cover that covers your screen. I have found that I really do love the case. I feel that my phone is much more protected with this case than with the case I was using before. I’ve dropped it a few times and you wouldn’t know, not damage was done.

I would prefer to NOT have the plastic cover over the screen. Don’t get me wrong it works perfectly and doesn’t interfere at all with the touch screen. It is just my personal preference. I like the sleek shiny look of the screen with no protectors. Given the choice however of an Otterbox with the plastic screen and another case I’m 100% for the Otterbox. The protection of the phone is so much more important. I am a true Otterbox fan to the core.

Despite my going on and on about Otterbox and my Apple products don’t let this lead you to believe that Otterbox is only for Apple products. They have a list of many devices that they carry products for. Shibley Smiles highly recommends Otterbox products to protect all your electronic gadgets!

Because Otterbox is a must have I’m excited to give you the chance to win your very own here at Shibley Smiles. This giveaway is for a case of choice up to $50 from Any case at phone or otherwise up to a maximum of $50. Simply enter below!

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See Official Rules. Giveaway will end at 11:59 pm EST on the day announced above. Open to US Only.

Thank you and Good Luck!

Disclaimer: I received the above product(s) at no cost to me by the company or representing PR agency. Opinions are my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. You may read more of my disclosure here.

About Colleen Shibley

Colleen Shibley Mother to 3 kids, wife to an awesome & thoughtful husband, beach lover, book reader, working woman by day, and blogger by night. Blogging from sunny South Florida passionate about travel, good food, entertainment, and enjoying family time...[Read More...]


  1. pink and black is my favorite-just like you have in the photos;)

  2. Leanne m says:

    I like the iPod Touch 4th Generation Defender Series Case in Purple and White.

  3. I would love the Hot Pink one. I am so accident prone and this would be a great giveaway to win!

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  4. I’d choose the black/black one!

  5. danielle fouts says:

    I love the pink and gunmetal gray!!! I’ve wanted one for so long

  6. Rachel Buiten Rohde says:

    black and pink.

  7. oh I don’t even care at this point – I need a case so so so bad! blue looks great!

  8. athena d. says:

    i loveeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee the IPHONE 3G / 3GS DEFENDER SERIES CASE in black and pink

  9. Any color is great but PINK would be AWESOME! like my phone, pretty in pink !

  10. Momicles (Ashley) says:

    Glacier looks really cool!

  11. My daughter lost her case. She would love the pink/black combo. Thanks.

  12. kelsey house says:

    i like the purple in white! So cute! or i think i like the grey and pink like you have! There are so many cute ones to choose from!

  13. Alexis (The Exhausted Mom) says:

    I’m kinda digging the black and pink. Being the only girl in my house, pink is my color of choice to stake my identity!
    I’ve been using OtterBox since my first iPhone.

  14. I would love pink and black!

  15. Nicole Herman says:

    Pink and Grey 🙂

  16. Pink black or teal black

  17. Susan Powers says:

    Yellow/gray or plum/pink

  18. I love your color combo. All girls I know w an iPhone has the 2 shades of pink that’s why I like yours : )

  19. Tiffany says:

    I like the yellow/grey combination or the thermal one is cool too!

  20. Sue Ellison says:

    I would love to have the camo Blue Ocean IMD Design (Blue / Black)

  21. Brandi Goolsby says:

    Pink of course! 🙂

  22. Holly C says:

    I lke the yellow and black iPad Hornet

  23. Elena R. says:

    I would love to have the OtterBox Commuter Series “Strength” for HTC EVO 3D in Pink,default,pd.html?dwvar_HTC4-EVO3D-AVON_color=44&start=4&q=htc%20evo%203d

    Thanks for the great giveaway!

  24. I love my defender. I bought it the day I got my phone and have dropped, spilled, etc. on my phone with no issues.

  25. Tiffany Brown says:

    I love the camo/black combination

  26. pink and black

  27. green-black

  28. Fabulous giveaway. I would live a real one!!!

  29. Melissa Easton says:

    If I’m lucky enough to win I would love the peony pink/dark plum combo 🙂

  30. Kris I. says:

    I would love a pink one

  31. Paula Lee says:

    I like the Pink but since it would be for my daughter’s phone, I would let her pick.

  32. Leslie Galloway says:

    I always do hot pink! 🙂

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  33. Stefanie G says:

    I’d choose the IPHONE 4 / 4S COMMUTER SERIES STRENGTH CASE in Hot Pink Plastic / White Silicone

  34. Christal says:

    Black and Red would be a cool combo

  35. Heather! says:

    My current case is black and red, which I love, but it’s looking awfully worn. It would be nice to have the same combo in a new case!

    h4schaffer at gmail dot com

  36. melissa williams says:

    It would be for my husband so he would want black.

  37. Kasandria Reasoner says:

    The pink/black or the purple/white 🙂

  38. The only thing available for my phone (Samsung Galaxy S2) is black, so I guess that is what I would pick LOL I wish there were more color options for those of us who aren’t iPhone folks.

  39. Ellie W says:

    I love the iPhone 4 / 4S Defender Series Case in Glacier.

  40. I like the light green.

  41. Amy Romans says:

    Black with pink (light pink) would be my choice of colors

  42. Anne N. says:

    I like the black COMMUTER SERIES STRENGTH CASE for the iphone 4.

  43. Allison Lesley says:

    Love the black/red

  44. I would like black with red trim!

  45. Dameon Schirer says:

    I would love the defender series in camo!

  46. I’m a fan of the grey/black and pink combo too. If you’ve ever seen our site/show, I wear a big pink robe – so it’d go with it perfectly!

  47. I’d go with just all black. (If I win, I’ll be choosing a case for my sister [she has mentioned to me that her phone case broke] & she prefers all-black phone cases.)

  48. melissa n says:

    i like the Light Teal PC / Deep Teal Slip Cover i need a little color

  49. Pink

  50. IPHONE 4 / 4S COMMUTER SERIES STRENGTH CASE in Hot Pink Plastic / White Silicone

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  51. Adrienne gordon says:

    I’d like red and black

  52. Chrissy Nestor says:

    I like the Red/Black combo

  53. Shannon Baas says:

    blue please.

  54. ellerenee says:

    I always go with black cases too! I like the white and black combo the best.

  55. susan reno says:

    I wish they made the black and pink. I like that combo

  56. Marianna says:

    I’d love to see a teal/turquoise and brown or gray. I have a pink/white one right now and it gets SO filthy!

  57. Carmen C. says:

    I love Glacier, the white/gray one!

  58. Cody lee says:

    Black and purple would be cool.

  59. Kristi C says:

    I would like the Night Sky.

  60. I’d love the HTC DROID Incredible Defender Series Case in Black!

  61. I’d LOVE a black/purple combo!

  62. i would love the pink/gray combo:) i have a destructive 2 year old, and my phone would thank you

  63. Theresa J says:

    I would love the Sun Yellow PC / Gunmetal Grey Slip Cover

  64. STEVE STONE says:

    all black for me thanks

  65. Denise B. says:

    I like the black.

  66. I really like the pink and grey. That’s one of my fave color combos 🙂

  67. Betsy Smith says:

    i know black is not very original, but it is my go to kid goo proof color!

  68. Tammy Hoffa says:

    LOVE the pink/deep plum

  69. Della Dabner says:

    I would love the pink & black combo. Very cute

  70. I LOVE Otterbox products!!! I have the defender case for my iPad…love how protective it is! I would love the thermal (gray and pink) case! I really like those colors together!

  71. Stephanie Williams says:

    I’d love black and purple combo! 🙂

  72. Nicole Larsen says:

    I would choose the iPhone 4 / 4S Defender Series Case in Glacier for my iphone 4

  73. Kimberly Schotz says:

    I like black and purple

  74. Cynthia C says:

    I like plain black.

  75. Beth Hill says:

    I would get the iphone defender case in Peony Pink / Deep Plum

  76. Jennifer B. says:

    I would choose blue.

  77. i’d go with the Peony Pink / Deep Plum

  78. Jessica says:

    I like sea green.

  79. Helene Tienda says:

    I Love the Teal Colored cover!!

  80. pink/plum

  81. Lauren Howard says:

    black and pink please. Thanks for the giveaway 🙂

  82. Debra M says:

    Red & black.

  83. I’m a pink and grey girl.

  84. Maria D says:

    Pink and black would be great thank you

  85. Harold D says:

    Blue is my favorite.

  86. i like peony pink or deep plum

  87. ELIZABETH C. says:

    I like plum and pink

  88. Tom Bellamy says:

    Black and pink.

  89. david basile says:


  90. Lyle Jenkins says:

    Entered mandatory entry. I would pick blue.

  91. Enizete Lane says:

    I’m crazy about red & black, but any color will do…..thanks!

  92. denise piersante says:

    me me!

  93. red

  94. I like the pink combo 🙂

  95. shannon yarbro says:

    black or yellow,any color fine

  96. Marianne P. says:

    I’d like the LG Optimus case.

  97. amy marantino says:

    i like the night sky combo

  98. Fiona N says:

    I love the Pink one! Cool 🙂
    Thank You So Much!

  99. Peony Pink / Deep Plum!

  100. I like the blue one.

    Thanks for the chance to win.

  101. Kathryn Mcneal says:

    I like black and pink myself

  102. Joretta Foster says:

    the night sky combo

  103. The ipod touch White Plastic / Process Blue Silicone.

  104. Gary Green says:

    I would love to win this prize.

  105. I love the pink and grey

  106. PEBBLE CREEK says:

    black is the best.

  107. Kristen says:

    Black/Hot Pink

  108. christina barnes says:


  109. I would love a pink one

  110. Tammy Owens/ Botzon says:

    The one with the pink I think

  111. anne hill says:

    the black & pink

  112. MiChael cole says:

    Black on black case for iPhone 3gs

  113. jill bennett says:


  114. MiChael cole says:

    Black iPhone 3gs

  115. Victoria R. says:

    I love the black on black for the iPhone 4s. It matches my phone perfectly! 🙂

  116. Daniel M says:

    black for iphone 4s

  117. i like black even though my iphone is white

  118. jordan talley says:

    the teal and purple case! I LOVE it!

  119. I would love a white and teal combo

  120. Jenn Huey says:

    Sun Yellow PC / Gunmetal Grey Slip Cover

  121. Great contest! I also like the Otterbox cases, however, they’re too expensive. I hope I win anyway.

  122. Nikole H. says:

    I like the Teal 🙂

  123. Shelly Herzhaft says:

    pink and black or green

  124. dani marie says:

    i love pink and black.

  125. probably pink and black

  126. blue and black sounds cool!

  127. Shannon Orton says:

    Pink and White

  128. Charlotte R says:

    I like the black and pink.

  129. Nicole D says:

    Lime green and black would be awesome, if they have one of those 😛

  130. carol roberts says:

    black and pink

  131. Rachel Grider says:


  132. Trung Nguyen says:

    I like pink and white

  133. Blue & Black.

  134. I would love a Green and Black iPod Touch 4th gen Defender case. My kids have an unprotected iPod that needs something like this 🙂

  135. Renee Richardson says:

    I would love to have the plain black. Thanks for the awesome giveaway 🙂

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  136. Pink and black

  137. Caitlin says:


  138. kristen says:

    Would love to win an ipad!

  139. Pink and Black..

  140. Samsung Galaxy S3 Defender Series in Boom color combo

  141. The pink and grey would be my choice.

  142. tracy p. says:

    If there is a green, that would be my choice

  143. I think white/black combo looks awesome, especially with white phones.

  144. Lesley F says:

    I like the pink & black

  145. Kylie Mendoza says:

    Pink and Black:)

  146. DAMIAN JARREAU says:


  147. Dawn Sollitto says:

    Pink and Black!

  148. Purple and black or blue and black. I would love to win in any color really. LOL Thank you for this great opportunity.

  149. I like the Pink Plastic/Black Silicone combination.

  150. It has to be Pink and Black

  151. wish i could get pink and blue for droid 4

  152. Trevor C. says:

    black color DEFENDER for the ipod. Wish they made it for the Samsung Galazy

  153. Amber Porter says:

    I like the alpenglow which is pink gray for the new ipad but it’s like $90 but I like that color combo also in the iphone case.

  154. Heather Garcia says:

    Neon green and orange

  155. jeanne conner says:

    I like Black

  156. Michelle S says:


  157. Brigette Streeper says:

    I like the black and pink as shown, but I also like the white and purple case.

  158. Jennifer says:

    I would choose the Night Blue/Ocean color in the iPhone 4S Commuter Series.

  159. Debra F says:

    I love the pink and black combo

  160. Valerie Taylor Mabrey says:

    pink and black
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  161. Jennifer C says:

    Since it would be for my husband, I would just get basic black.

  162. Ambre Winfield says:

    Id like plain black.

  163. Shirley Hicks says:

    boom for ipod touch

  164. I prefer the plain black!

  165. I like the teal color case

  166. Breanne says:

    Purple and black

  167. Madeeha says:

    I like the Reflection color theme.

  168. Miz Vickik says:

    I like the OtterBox Utility Series Latch for Ipad– pretty ingenious!

  169. Miz Vickik says:

    As for color, I like the plain black.

  170. Crystal F says:

    I would love a purple and black one. thank you!

  171. Joe Price says:

    I like Black, too, it’s a classic!

  172. They only offer black for the phone that I have so I’d have to go with that but I wish they had other colors and designs.

    boylaneely at hotmail dot com

  173. Robert Pyszk says:

    I would like the black.

    Thank you for the chance to win !

    happyskunky at yahoo dot com

  174. Jeanette Hamilton says:

    I like this case, would like it in blue but only see it in black HTC HERO S/EVO DESIGN 4G DEFENDER SERIES CASE. Thank you for the great giveaway!

  175. tanya white says:

    I like purple

  176. sandytee says:

    I prefer the all black, but the colors do look pretty spiffy.

  177. christal c willdebbie says:

    night sky

  178. OtterBox Utility Series Latch for Ipad in black

  179. rosey (Sarah Smile) says:

    I like the American Flag from the Anthem Collection/red/white/blue

  180. susan smoaks says:

    i would like hot pink!

  181. Susan Climan says:

    I like the gray and pink one!

  182. Thermal and Black.

  183. Anthony bo says:

    i would like white please

  184. I like the Sun Yellow PC / Gunmetal Grey Slip CoverE5

  185. Janet Boyanton says:

    I like basic black.

  186. Ashley Tucker says:

    grey and pink

  187. Alexandra Roach says:

    I like the black one.

    Thanks for posting this! I love your blog your layout

  188. I would probably like purple and black.

  189. Ann Council says:

    I like the purple/black.

  190. carol gentry says:


  191. Brenda Elsner says:

    I would love red and black.

  192. Dawn Reid says:

    I like the Grey/Pink one.

  193. Catherine L. Petersen Peters says:

    pink and gray please

  194. Richard Hicks says:

    like Sun Yellow PC / Gunmetal Grey Slip Cover

    brich22 at earthlink dot net

  195. Tim Moss says:

    Just the black one.

  196. My fave is the Sun Yellow PC / Gunmetal Grey Slip Cover

  197. Penny B W says:

    I would choose the iPhone 4 / 4S Reflex Series Case in Glacier Blue Translucent.

  198. Purple and black

  199. Mike North says:

    iPhone 4 / 4S Reflex Series Case in Glacier Blue Translucent

  200. shirley zolenski says:

    I would love blue and black

  201. Buddy Garrett says:

    I would like Pink.

  202. Cynthia Brinsley says:

    I love ALL of the Studio Collection, especially the Immortal!

  203. I like the Sun Yellow PC / Gunmetal Grey Slip Cover

  204. purple and black

  205. I would want a red/black combo!



  207. I’d like black

  208. Pamela Sims says:

    I would love anything pink!

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