Otterbox has a great lineup of cases for smartphones. For the iPhone 4, they have introduced a new case series called the Reflex. The Reflex series case comes in the standard Otterbox packaging that includes the case, a screen protector and a small plastic applicator for the screen protector. Unlike other cases, the Reflex series is a simple and easy to install case.
The Reflex series is based on the car crumple zone technology. In simple words, when an car crashes, the crumple zone protects the passengers in the vehicle. Similarly, the reflex case incorporates air cushions surrounding the device, so if you drop the iPhone 4, the case flexes upon impact and rebounds to its original form.
Divided into two halves, the case slides in the iPhone 4 from the top and from the bottom. This installation design makes it easy to dock your iPhone 4 by just removing the lower part of the case. However, you can charge the phone without removing the lower part. The case is made of hard and soft plastic. The hard plastic is found at the back with edges made of soft plastic that give a rubbery feel to the phone, making it less slide-prone.
The case fully covers the back of the iPhone except the camera. The volume buttons are protected by the rubber with the Vibrate button fully exposed. At the top, the 3.5mm audio jack is also accessible with the cut-out but the power/wake button is protected with the rubber button.
Installation of the case is real-simple, wipe off your iPhone with the provided cleaning cloth and install the screen protector, which in my opinion could have been made better. Anyways, once the screen protector is installed, install the top-half of the case by simply sliding it on the phone, repeat the same for the bottom-half. The case installs with a snap.
We really liked the case as it looks premium and uses good quality material that really protects the iPhone 4. The design and installation of the case is also unique that is not found in any of the other cases. The case retails for $44.95 and is also compatible with the white iPhone. You can order one for yourself at the link below.
Pros: Easy to Install and Remove, Sturdy
Cons: Mediocre screen protector quality