This part of the Defender case is great. It protects perfectly and keeps damage off the phone. I have had the defender case on 3 phones before this and the only complaint I have is that the rubber sleeve eventually stretches out and doesn't stay tight to the case. Also, this is the first one that I have had that is colored. I have had it only a few weeks and it is starting to wear near the edges that touch my pocket. I have had many people ask if I have dropped it already. The answer is no. The black sleeve does not have this issue.
This part of the case works very well at protecting the phone from damage one or two times. If you drop your phone the clips that hold it together will break and then it is just up to the rubber sleeve to hold everything in place. If you drop the phone again, it will absorb the impact and most likely the phone will come out of the case. I would like to see otterbox come up with a better design to keep the plastic shell together.
This clip is much better than the older style clip that was on my galaxy nexus. The piece that would hold the belt clip in the open position used to break very easily. This clip is much sturdier. They could still make the design a little friendlier and useful for propping the phone up to watch a video.