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iPhone 4/4S + otterbox case + screen protector = your view?


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#1 Technique

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Posted 01 November 2012 - 22:12

Has anyone put an otterbox case on their iPhone which already has a screen protector on it?

Just wondering if the protector bubbles due to it sitting right near the edges. The wife has a Galaxy S3 but her screen protector doesn't sit as close to the edges & as a result her otterbox case doesn't make the screen protector bubble.
Don't know anyone who has one for their iPhone though.


#2 Dane

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Posted 01 November 2012 - 22:43

Has anyone put an otterbox case on their iPhone which already has a screen protector on it?

Just wondering if the protector bubbles due to it sitting right near the edges. The wife has a Galaxy S3 but her screen protector doesn't sit as close to the edges & as a result her otterbox case doesn't make the screen protector bubble.
Don't know anyone who has one for their iPhone though.


I had a SGP Ultra on, then an otter box defender. It didn't bother me at all. Though, since I had to get a refurb Iphone, I only have the otterbox display protector :-(.

#3 Taliseian

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Posted 01 November 2012 - 23:20

I have a 4S and I just put it in the Otterbox - never liked the flimsy screen covers


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#4 OP Technique

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Posted 01 November 2012 - 23:32

Kinda doesn't help though. I like the 'flimsy' screen covers.

In the 2 years i owned my 3GS i always had one on. They fitted well - with no bubbles at all, which meant i didn't notice they were even on (so if i don't notice it then i can't not like it). When they got too scuffed or whatever, i'd change them.

So really need to know how they fair with the otterbox case on as well (ideally the commuter case), as i have until the weekend to switch my 4S for an S3, by which point i'm out of time & would have to stick with the 4S.

#5 devn00b

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Posted 01 November 2012 - 23:32

Got 3 Iphone 4's (one for wife, kid, myself) and 3 of the otterbox defenders. Daughter has wrecked the case and have replaced it once. Phone is pristine. Wife's phone got dropped down the stairs at the Disneyland parking structure and survived w/o any problems with the phone itself! Neither have had any issues with the screen protector. so A+ in my book!
The only issue it does have is the rubber tends to stick to my pockets a bit when so always having to tuck my pockets back in. Small annoyance.

#6 SMELTN

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 13:07

I have purchased a couple defenders. 1 for each iPhone. 3GS, 4s, 5. On my 3GS, I had already purchased an invisishield before I bought the otterbox, and did not want to loose the protection the invisishield gave the phone, so I actually popped the screen protector that was on the otterbox off. Its actually just attached with a thin glue type substance, very easy to remove and clean. The only downfall I had, was the invisishield is kinda "rubbery" and with the otterbox fitting so tight on the 3GS it caused it to leave indention's in the screen protector on the 4 corners where the case and the screen meet. It did not scratch my screen at all or cut through the screen protector, but it left indention's in it. I have since gotten away from using invisishield because I just hate the way they feel.

As far as on the 4s and the 5. I kept the screen protector that came with the otterbox on and used that with no issues. I did however put a defender on my wifes 4 one time when she already had a screen protector on it and it looked horrible. It didnt bubble, but it had this layer of oil look. I cleaned the crap out of both screen protectors inside and out to see if it helped but it didn't.


So I would say. If you have a nice anti glare or expensive screen protector on your phone already. Leave it and pop out the otterbox screen protector. If not, then just take the screen protector off your device and use the otterbox one.

#7 OP Technique

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 20:42

I don't buy expensive protectors. I bought a pack of 10 for my 3GS from eBay for £1-£3. Nice & cheap but did the job.

Is the otterbox protector any different from these cheap screen protectors? For the record i don't buy the anti glare ones either. I had one of those once & thought it was horrible.

I also wont be buying the defender if that makes much/any difference? It'd be the less bulky commuter i'd be buying.

#8 bane7378

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 20:55

I don't buy expensive protectors. I bought a pack of 10 for my 3GS from eBay for £1-£3. Nice & cheap but did the job.

Is the otterbox protector any different from these cheap screen protectors? For the record i don't buy the anti glare ones either. I had one of those once & thought it was horrible.

I also wont be buying the defender if that makes much/any difference? It'd be the less bulky commuter i'd be buying.


I bought my and my wife's iPhone 4s just before the 5 was released and got an Otterbox for each of them. I would have preferred to just get a screen protector because the Otterbox does bulk up the phone considerably imho. Sometimes it even makes it uncomfortable to hold. The reason for buying the Otterboxes though is because I have twin 3 (almost 4) year old boys that tend to find ways to get their hands on the phones. They aren't nearly as careful with them as my wife and I are. They have been great from the protection standpoint but the area around the font and back cameras get really dirty and require the occasional removal of the phone to clean up. In my situation I wouldn't trade them for anything else at the moment however as I said, I would much rather have just had a screen protector if not for the kids.

On another upside note the Otterbox does come with a click-in belt carrier that servers a dual purpose. The belt clip can act as a nice stand in different configurations if you leave you phone attached to it and can prop your phone at various viewing angles from both a portrait and landscape perspective. The clip can lock into the open position to further modify the viewing angles.

Overall it is a nice protective device for the money but that doesn't change my preference of the bare phone with just the screen/back protector on it.

Good luck on your decision.

#9 bane7378

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 22:11

I bought my and my wife's iPhone 4s just before the 5 was released and got an Otterbox for each of them. I would have preferred to just get a screen protector because the Otterbox does bulk up the phone considerably imho. Sometimes it even makes it uncomfortable to hold. The reason for buying the Otterboxes though is because I have twin 3 (almost 4) year old boys that tend to find ways to get their hands on the phones. They aren't nearly as careful with them as my wife and I are. They have been great from the protection standpoint but the area around the font and back cameras get really dirty and require the occasional removal of the phone to clean up. In my situation I wouldn't trade them for anything else at the moment however as I said, I would much rather have just had a screen protector if not for the kids.

On another upside note the Otterbox does come with a click-in belt carrier that servers a dual purpose. The belt clip can act as a nice stand in different configurations if you leave you phone attached to it and can prop your phone at various viewing angles from both a portrait and landscape perspective. The clip can lock into the open position to further modify the viewing angles.

Overall it is a nice protective device for the money but that doesn't change my preference of the bare phone with just the screen/back protector on it.

Good luck on your decision.


Sorry, I should have mentioned that I did buy the Defender cases. I'm sure they are thicker than the Commuter but I'm not sure if they provide the same level of protection. It also doesn't appear that the Commuter comes with the belt clip so sorry to have included that tidbit.

#10 #Michael

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Posted 03 November 2012 - 00:43

My 4S has been in an otterbox since the day I got it....best purchase I have made. The phone still looks like it just came out of the box...while the otterbox on the other hand is quite beat up.



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