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4.0 out of 5 stars
An Otterbox copycat case., Jan. 9 2012
I've had a few different cases for my 4g ipod over the past year. All of them have had their good and bad points.... and the bad points made me want to find a better case. I really wanted an Otterbox for my 4g ipod, but couldn't justify spending upwards of $40+ for it in a retail store. So I went to Amazon and found this look-a-like.
1. The plastic case pieces fit quite well for a copycat case. Yes, it does take some gentle pressure to make sure the back cover fits into and snaps together with the front half, but that just means the ipod won't be moving around inside the case while I use it.
2. The rubber skin feels pretty good when holding it. It also has small rubber tabs to help hold the skin in place. These are not the square PLASTIC tabs you see in the pictures above, but smaller hidden RUBBER tabs molded into the skin. The rubber tabs fit into the plastic squares to help "lock" the skin in place.
3. The dust covers for the ear and power jacks fit quite well once they are wiggled into place.
1. It's not built as well as an Otterbox, but it's still a quality case imo.
2. The screen protector built into the front half of the case works very well (almost as if it wasn't there), but the tell tale signs of that old "oil slick" look started to show up almost immediately between the ipod's screen and the case's clear screen protector. I even tried using Windex and newspaper like I've seen some people use on some youtube videos, but after a few hours of use it still came back. The next thing I'm going to try is an additional matte (anti-glare) screen protector on my ipod's screen. Hopefully that will help stop the "oil slick" look from appearing.
3. You cam NOT use an aftermarket home/car charger or headphones with this case. The holes that are molded into the bottom of the case are too small. It will only allow the factory Apple charging USB cable and headphones to fit in there. That also means this case will not allow you to use any aftermarket docking station/speaker system either (unless of course you remove the ipod from the case). :(
4. The clear retail box (as seen in the above picture) is NOT included with this case. I got mine in a small padded envelop with the case and belt clip placed inside a plastic zip-lock bag. That's not very much protection from shipping damage imo, but it's good to know that even with very little envelope padding, the case and belt clip held fine to Canada Post's mailing system.
My Final Verdict: For the price I bought it for (around $20 shipped) it was an ok buy. It would have been nicer though if the s/h was cheaper. I could have gotten the same exact case from ebay for around half the cost (shipping included) from Hong Kong. I just wish more Canadian Amazon sellers were cheaper when it came to their s/h costs. Anyway, if you want an Otterbox case for your ipod 4g, but you can't afford it (or don't want to pay the high price for the real thing), and you are not going to use any aftermarket power plugs or headphones with it, this case is a good substitute. If you intend to use a car/home adapter and headphones that were not made by Apple, you should look for a different case.
I was finally able to install the Anti-Glare screen protector to see it it would help stop the "oil slick" look caused by the case's built in plastic screen protector. I'm happy to report that after almost a week of extensive use, the addition of that Anti Glare screen protector did it's job like I hoped it would. That ugly "oil slick" look has not returned. I'm very happy with my Defender case, so much so that I'm now thinking of buying another one as a back-up (just in case the first one gets damaged in some way). I now give the case 4 stars (it would have been 5 stars if the s/h was cheaper).
Btw, if you need the Anti-Glare screen protector, I bought them from an Amazon seller named "CitiGeeks". They had the best price.