Builder-Grade Smartphone Protection
The biggest surprise is how the textured slipcover prevents the user from bobbling the phone when retrieving it from a tool belt or pocket.
Given the nearly $700 price tag on my new smartphone, I wanted to give it every possible chance to survive a drop. Based on feedback from fellow carpenters, I bought an Otterbox Defender case. The setup consists of three components: a holster with a rotating belt clip, a hard protective internal case, and a rubberlike cover with a textured grip. The internal case has a clear-plastic screen protector.
Although I’m not really into the holster (not pictured), which doubles as a stand for watching videos, the rest of the setup is great. The biggest surprise is how the textured slipcover prevents me from bobbling the phone when I’m retrieving it from my tool belt or pocket. I also like how the screen protector saves the glass from construction grime and gritty fingers. What’s even better is all of the phone’s controls and connectors are unhampered. Prices start at about $30.