It looks like we are going to have another fun time with another Otterbox review. Yes, we did do one last week for identical cases of the Symmetry and Defender for certain iPhones and even Samsung Galaxy models, but it is time to focus on the Pixel 3 and the iPhone XR. I’m sure that you know that I’m going to give these guys a positive review, as they are number one in the nation as far as cases go, and these are by far no exception.
Otterbox Defender Series for the Google Pixel 3
Unlike the related Lifeproof products, the Defender Series for Google’s latest flagship seems to pride itself in a screenless design. It does have that multi-layer, drop-proof protection going on, of course. Oh, it also covers the ports really well from dirt, dust, and lint.
As for the feel of the Defender, it feels rubber and smooth to the touch, on the outside. It has a weird and stiff area around the camera lens that you can see in the image. The inside seems to be set up with a cushion for the back of the Pixel 3.
I have to admit that I expected the Defender for the Google Pixel 3 to be higher than its $49.95 price on the Otterbox site. It even comes with a belt buckle holder.
Otterbox Pursuit for the iPhone XR
I’ve never really certain why Otterbox names its products what it does, but perhaps the Otterbox Pursuit Series for the iPhone XR is so named because it is made for the pursuit of…something. This Pursuit Series is said to be the thinnest, toughest, and most protective iPhone XR case.
It certainly feels that way as it seems to lack the soft rubbery feel of the Defender. Even the inside feels completely hard, and I am guessing that it is made for some superior shock absorbing power, I guess.
In short, the Pursuit allows for protection with its “thermoplastic elastomer”, which is probably another phrase meaning “gives protection without adding too much volume”. It can be purchased on the Otterbox site for $79.95.
Otterbox Symmetry for the Google Pixel 3
It’s hard to believe the the Symmetry isn’t as skinny as the Pursuit, but apparently, it isn’t. It has the ease of installation with makes it work, and I can’t imagine why it is called the Symmetry.
This particular case feels softer than the pursuit, possibly because it is made from synthetic rubber. Not only does it give protection from drops, but it has a raised edge to protect the screen.
The Symmetry for the Google Pixel 3 is available on the Otterbox site for $39.95.
Otterbox Symmetry for the iPhone XR
I found that the Symmetry cases for the iPhone XR seem to come in a lot of varieties, and I will talk about the Clear and the ones that come in myriad colors and styles. Both of them have that drop protection as well as its ultra-slimness.
I suppose that the difference between the clear and the colorful ones is how smooth the back is. They do have that raised edge in order to protect the screen, and they are made of that synthetic rubber and polycarbonate.
The Otterbox Symmetry for the iPhone XR is quite a beautiful thing to wrap up our omni-review, and it can be purchased on the Otterbox site for $49.95 right here for the clear and here for the colorful.
I’m not certain if we are through reviewing Otterbox products for this holiday season, but I’m sure we’ll see a plethora of what they have to offer at CES 2018.