This is the corner where you have to open the case. It gets damaged easily after using a coin and twisting it in this area.
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This shows the main mesh screen protector that's misaligned.
I previously had a Commuter case, but the one issue I had with it was the front part of the silicon that protruded which made it slightly difficult to swipe completely over the edge of the phone.
After using the Commuter for a while, I searched for a case with less magnified front face down security, but with the same durable protection the Commuter offered so I bought the Preserver. I looked at the Lifeproof, but didn't like how the back of that case was transparent and preferred Otterbox's blacked-out back.
I have a few nitpicks since using the Preserver. The first being the fine mesh screens that cover the earpiece and the rear speaker. The image on Otterbox's site shows it being really flush and cleanly installed. On the actual product, it looks like these mesh covers were just glued on from the outside. The mesh for the front is straight and cut perfectly, but the back ones are misaligned and not flush. I also don't understand why Otterbox put two mesh screen protectors on the back since there is only one rear speaker.
My second nitpick with the Preserver is the top right corner which is the only part of the case where you can open it. You have to insert a coin into the slot that's formed when the case is put together and twist until the two pieces in that area pop open and separate. After having to do this only once to remove lint from the front screen, the plastic are where you twist with a coin got a little damaged and bent. It's not major damage, but more cosmetic so I probably won't take this case off very much unless necessary. I really didn't expect this for such an expensive case though. Maybe some sort of latch would have been an easier opening mechanism instead of having to manipulate the case to disassemble it.
My third nitpick is the positioning of the Otterbox logo on the back. They should have centered it rather than stamping it so close to the extra mesh speaker or move it up about a half inch.
As with most of Otterbox's rugged cases, this Preserver offers the same tough protection if not more. I've dropped it twice from about 3 feet and my phone has not been damaged. So despite my few personal quirks that I'll have to live with, it's a keeper as long as I have my S4.
Pros: Durable, just the right amount of bulk protection.