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samsung galaxy s4 mini case, galaxy s4 case mini case
 
Overall Rating: 
5  /  5
5  /  5
Perfect fit, flawless function, maximum grip!
Date:January 1, 2014
Location: Southern Illinois
Age: 55-65
Gender: male
Protection: 
5  /  5
5  /  5
Design: 
5  /  5
5  /  5
Quality: 
5  /  5
5  /  5
I've had LOTS of cell phones . . . mostly because I have an incurable tendency to unintentionally drop, drown, crush, scratch and otherwise destroy them! When I bought my Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini a month ago, I decided to spend the little bit of extra money necessary to protect it with an OtterBox Defender case. It was a very wise investment. During my first three weeks with the S4Mini/OtterBox combo, I (1) knocked it off a ladder shelf and down 7 feet to a concrete floor, (2) pushed it off a kitchen counter into a sink of hot soapy water, and (3) rolled over it with a large trash can loaded with over 80 pound of debris. Total damage done? NONE! Total cost of repair and/or replacement? $0! Although I'll hang onto my phone insurance coverage from Verizon, I doubt that I'll ever have to use it. For the first time in over 25 years, I think I've got a mobile wireless phone that I will be able to keep intact until it's eligible for an upgrade. THANK YOU, OTTERBOX! The Defender case slipped onto the S4 Mini without any problems, was easy to remove and replace when I added a larger SD card, allows me complete access to all the features of the "naked" phone, and has a grippy surface that makes it very easy to hang onto the phone. A great product!
Pros: High quality, Durable, "grippy" back & sides, excellent screen protector
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samsung galaxy s4 mini case, galaxy s4 case mini case
 

Issues Swiping through screen protector

There is a noticeable bowing outward on the screen protector "film" of about 1/16in that makes it nearly impossible to accurately swipe. Is this normal? If so, is there anyway to compensate for the lack of swipe capability? I've heard great things about Otter cases and am a little disappointed if this is indeed the "norm." Thanks!
I'm not sure, ChrisS, but you might have the same problem that my wife encountered when she first put her S4 Mini into the Defender case. She, too, complained that the Defender's screen protector was bowing and/or that there was a "gap" between the protector and the Mini's touchscreen. I hadn't had any such problem, so I tried my hand at remounting her Mini in the Defender. What we discovered is that she wasn't getting the side latching points on the Defender completely closed. The rubbery outer case will slip cleanly over the inner hard skeleton case even if it isn't closed tightly. Therefore, you might try this: remount your S4 mini in the hard inner skeleton case by sliding the case's front and back together at the TOP first, then seating it with a firm squeeze at the BOTTOM, and then simultaneously giving the RIGHT AND LEFT EDGES of the case a very hard squeeze. You should feel the Defender's hard case snap/lock into a nice, gapless/bowless fit around the S4 Mini. If you don't, then turn the phone-and-case face down on a hard surface and (using your thumbs) put a good bit of pressure on the right and left edges (where the latching points are) until it snaps/locks together. Then, slip on the grippy/rubbery outer case and enjoy your new phone! This has worked for both of us with our S4 Mini-and-OtterBox-Defender combos. I hope it works for you!
8 months ago
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SmilinKev
Southern Illinois