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OtterBox cases provide rugged protection for the Apple iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S III (gallery)

OtterBox makes some of the best protective cases and I tested out a couple of them for the Apple iPhone 5 and one for the Samsung Galaxy S III over the past week.
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OtterBox Defender cases for the Apple iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S III along with the Commuter series for the iPhone 5.

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Samsung Galaxy S III OtterBox Defender

There are four pieces to this case for the Galaxy S III.

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Samsung Galaxy S III OtterBox Defender

The inside is lined with soft material to protect the back of your device.

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Samsung Galaxy S III OtterBox Defender

The front and back inner hardshell snaps together to secure your Galaxy S III.

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Samsung Galaxy S III OtterBox Defender

There are openings on the back for the camera, flash, and speaker. These are not covered openings.

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Samsung Galaxy S III OtterBox Defender

One thing I love about these Defender cases is the integrated screen protector and as you can see there are cutouts in this sheet. This photo shows the bottom hardware button cutout.

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Samsung Galaxy S III OtterBox Defender

The back sports the Realtree Camo design that is soft material. If you drop your GS III in the woods though you may not be able to find it :)

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Samsung Galaxy S III OtterBox Defender

There is a front cutout for the headset speaker, front facing camera, and sensors so n functions are compromised with your device in the case.

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Samsung Galaxy S III OtterBox Defender

The Defender cases come with a holster that has a rotating belt clip.

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Samsung Galaxy S III OtterBox Defender

The GSIII is not a small device and in the Defender case and holster it looks quite monstrous.

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Apple iPhone 5 OtterBox Defender

There are also four pieces to this case for the Apple iPhone 5.

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Apple iPhone 5 OtterBox Defender

There are openings for you to access and use all functions on your iPhone 5.

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Apple iPhone 5 OtterBox Defender

The camera and flash are open on the back and from testing I did not see an impact on the flash performance.

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Apple iPhone 5 OtterBox Defender

The bottom looks exposed just in the hard shell, but when you place the outer piece on you will see that covers protect these areas from dust.

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Apple iPhone 5 OtterBox Defender

OtterBox has improved the way these cases attach and the rubber outer shell snaps securely around the perimter of the hard shell inner casing.

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Apple iPhone 5 OtterBox Defender

The home button functions well with the rubber piece fitting nice and snug.

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Apple iPhone 5 OtterBox Defender

Here you can see the port covers on the bottom.

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Apple iPhone 5 OtterBox Defender

The ringer switch is covered while the volume buttons have rubber nubs to press.

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Apple iPhone 5 OtterBox Defender

The back shows a slightly different camo design on the iPhone 5 case.

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Apple iPhone 5 OtterBox Defender

The front speaker and camera is open. I like the way the plastic fits around it and keeps the display protected too.

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Apple iPhone 5 OtterBox Defender

There is also a holster for the iPhone 5 case and it is held in place with secure clips so you can have the display out or against the holster.

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Galaxy S III and Apple iPhone 5 OtterBox Defenders

This photo shows the size comparison and camo differences between the two cases.

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Apple iPhone 5 OtterBox Commuter

There are two main pieces of the Commuter case and OtterBox also includes a screen protector.

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Apple iPhone 5 OtterBox Commuter

I don't notice any real impact on the viewability or touch sensitivity of the iPhone 5 with the screen protector on.

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Apple iPhone 5 OtterBox Commuter

The ringer switch is accessible while the volume buttons are covered.

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Apple iPhone 5 OtterBox Commuter

There are openings for the camera and flash along with an open area for the Apple logo on the box cover.

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Apple iPhone 5 OtterBox Commuter

The case doesn't add too much bulk and the iPhone 5 still feels good in my hand.

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Apple iPhone 5 OtterBox Commuter

The bottom ports are covered, but the speaker and microphone openings are exposed.

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