I had an iPhone 3G, and after one fateful day of angering me, I destroyed it, case and all. All it had to do was “LET ME ANSWER THE PHONE” and it wasn’t even doing that, so it had to die. However, when I’m gonna lay a beat-down on a phone, no case is gonna save it.
All this really did was move up my timeline to buy new phones by a week.
I now have an iPhone5, and it’s in this OtterBox case. I have a habit of dropping phones(I think I may have some sort of motor issue, I drop stuff sometimes, it’s starting to bother me, but I might just be overly dramatic). The phone is fine. The case also comes with a holster of sorts and the phone can snap in one of 4 ways and the holster can rotate, so it works really good for me. I really don’t have to remove it from the holster to use it either. I also situate it in my pocket so the speakers are aiming up and the phone itself is in my pocket, held in place with the holster clip outside my pocket.
This Otterbox case does bulk up the phone, but that’s good for me. As-is, many cell phones feel too small to me.
Considering I paid just under $50 for it, and my wife’s case and screen protector cost a hair more and hasn’t protected her phone worth a crap(and she had to replace the case as it broke), I say I came out ahead.