A few weeks ago I wrote up my BlackBerry Curve Impressions and heard from Chad Atchison from OtterBox. I'd never heard of them before but he said:

I work for a company called OtterBox and we make cases for several smart phones, including the Curve - I actually have one sitting on my desk right now. Anyway, if you're worried about dropping it, etc., I could probably convince our PR girl to send you a free sample.

So I had a quick look at their site and decided to go for it.

BlackBerry Curve Defender Case

About a week later, a BlackBerry Curve Defender Case arrived and it'd been dutifully protecting my BlackBerry ever since then. The thing has been through moving stuff in a storage unit, daily use at home, a week in the Nevada desert, flying in light airplanes, hiking in Yosemite, and random stuff in between.

I'm very impressed with this rugged little case. It strikes a great balance between protection and usability. The plastic keyboard cover does a good job of keeping stuff out of it while still making it easy to type on (well, as "easy" as a blackberry sized keyboard can be). Clearly this is a well thought out and tested design. If you're looking for a case to protect your BlackBerry or other smart phone from the elements, check out OtterBox. I think it'd be worth the money if you want to keep the phone in good shape for a long time.

Posted by jzawodn at June 24, 2008 11:32 AM

Reader Comments
# tom s. said:

"our PR girl"??? What century is this?

on June 24, 2008 11:50 AM
# JMZawodny said:

Should the title not have been "OtterBox Blackberry Case Quick-Ass Review"?

on June 25, 2008 03:51 AM
# John said:

tom s. ... LOL

on June 26, 2008 01:36 PM
# macdet said:

looks like a must for my wishlist!

on June 28, 2008 08:27 AM
# nkparimi said:

While I have been desperately looking for a good case as well, $50 plus shipping seems steep for a phone that I got for free on Amazon.I guess the saving grace is that they have a "warranty for life"

on June 29, 2008 06:47 PM
# Ed said:

Is the track ball covered with a membrane too, or better yet how does this cover limit its functionality if at all?

on July 1, 2008 12:45 PM
# Joe Hunkins said:

I'm with Tom - the "Our PR Girl" anachronism jumped out at me as much as the stylish case...

on July 2, 2008 12:22 AM
# TechacK said:

Nice review. The features seems promising

on July 5, 2008 07:55 AM
# Jeremy Zawodny said:

The trackball is not covered. It nicely stays out of the way.

on July 6, 2008 07:16 PM
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on July 10, 2008 08:22 AM
# Steve said:

My lab puppy got hold of mine, Blackberry survived, case did not. Will this be covered under the warranty?

on July 10, 2008 03:00 PM
# jeff said:

Looks like scuba series from blackberry :) good choice Jeremy

on July 22, 2008 08:00 PM
# Thomas said:

Was using this same case for my blackberry. People who called were receiving a lot of feedback. I would not recommend this to anyone using the Blackberry 8350i.

on March 2, 2009 06:16 PM
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