Got that new Apple iPhone 12 series phone in your preferred colorway? Great! Enjoy the brilliant camera; the bright and natural-looking OLED screen; the incredibly fast 5G; and Apple‘s so-slick-to-the-touch iOS operating system. But don’t forget about the need for protection, too, especially since iPhones in all shapes and sizes don’t come cheap.
We’ve purchased a bunch of premium cases for our iPhones over the years and found OtterBox to be one of the best on the local market in terms of providing reliable protection to our Apple handsets. On top of that, OtterBox cases boast lasting antimicrobial technology that helps protect the case exterior against common bacteria.
Our Google Nexus One was protected by an OtterBox Commuter case back then. Such a long time ago!
OtterBox is the top smartphone case vendor in the U.S. and one of the most popular worldwide. One of our first smartphone cases was an OtterBox Commuter for the HTC-made Google Nexus One, which launched 10 years (a full decade!) ago.
But back to Apple’s latest handsets. If you’re looking to buy an OtterBox accessory for your iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, or iPhone 12 Pro Max, here are our recommendations to help you choose the right product for your needs.
Protect your iPhone! Here’s our ‘stash’ 😀
With an inner hard shell and an outer slip cover that has port covers and can attach to a holster, the OtterBox Defender offers the best protection for iPhones in the OtterBox lineup. It is shockproof and provides certified drop protection for five times as many drops as the military standard. Meanwhile, the included holster doubles as a belt clip or hands-free kickstand. Oh, and the case still works with Qi wireless charging. Price: P3,650 (around $76).
Built for the daily grind, the Commuter is a two-piece case that promises significant drop protection in a pocket-friendly profile. Additionally, a silver-based antimicrobial additive is integrated into the case to reduce the growth of bacteria. Price: P1,990 ($41).
OtterBox Symmetry cases offer good bump and drop protection without sacrificing style and function. They’re slim and come with antimicrobial defense treatment, as well as raised edges to protect your phone’s camera and screen. This series is compatible with wireless charging, too. Price: P2,600 ($54).
Drop test of our Apple iPhone 12 Pro in an OtterBox Symmetry case
Otter+Pop Symmetry series
As the name suggests, this particular lineup is very similar to OtterBox’s Symmetry cases. The kicker here is the PopTop accessory, which can be removed or pushed down flat against the case when not in use. You can use it as a grip or as a kickstand when you’re watching movies or shows on your smartphone. Price: P3,250 ($68).
The latest Amplify Glass screen protector for the iPhone 12 series is engineered by Corning — yes, the company that makes Gorilla Glass — for scratch resistance and drop protection, featuring reinforced edges and long-lasting, high-strength glass. It pairs well with any OtterBox case and can be easily installed in seconds. Price: P2,499 ($52).
Lightning to USB-C Fast Charge Cable
Unlike the standard charging cable that shipped with your iPhone, this rugged OtterBox cable is built to last and uses braided nylon to prevent frays and tangles while protecting weak spots. It comes in 1- and 2-meter variants and two colors — black and white.
OtterBox cases and other accessories, including the Ispra series for Apple AirPods and the Exo Edge series for Apple Watch, are available through these official channels in the Philippines:
- OtterBox online store
- OtterBox Flagship Store on Shopee
- OtterBox Flagship Store on Lazada
- Tenkie Box online store
- OtterBox kiosks: Cyberzone, SM Megamall; Cyberzone, SM Mall of Asia; Cyberzone, SM North EDSA; Cyberzone, SM City Cebu; Activity Center, Alabang Town Center; 4th floor, SM Aura; 2nd floor, TriNoma; 2nd floor, Glorietta 3; 3rd floor, Robinsons Magnolia; 3rd floor, VMall; Ground floor, Abreeza Davao; Rustan’s Makati; and Rustan’s Shangri-La
With each purchase of an OtterBox case, a part of the profit will be given to a global youth nonprofit organization, including the International Youth Foundation, Khan Academy, and Junior Achievement. For more than a decade already, OtterBox and the OtterCares Foundation have supported kids in learning to be entrepreneurs, philanthropists, makers, doers, and givers.
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