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Old May 4th, 2012, 01:43 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I was pretty surprised when I got this in response to my request for an ETA for a case for the LTEvo.


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Probably one of the best cases I had when I ha my Evo was the Ballistic HC case. The protection + the built in screen was truly awesome. Well I sent Ballistic an email and even tweeted to them to see when the HC case might be available and any idea on colors.

So to my disbelief, they are only making the SG case. This is just the sides with corners for extra protection. No built in screen and I wa told only in black. Which is fine, but why not the HC case?

So who is getting a case and if so from which company. I know Otter Box is making the defender case. Right now unless Ballistic changes their mind and make an HC case, I may lean towards an Otter Box.
Where did you read/hear that they are making a case for the LTEvo?

Otterbox told me they do not have plans to do so.

http://androidforums.com/htc-evo-4g-lte/543111-otterbox-says-no-ltevo.html
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that doesn't mean anything... we've been over this a few times in the forums before but EVERY company is going to give you that response

if they say anything else and plans fall through then they things get out of hand...

all this statement says is that otterbox has not OFFICIALLY announced plans to make this case... for all we know prototypes already exist and are in testing.

they may also be waiting to judge consumer demands to see if there is profit to be made
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in all honesty, emailing companies is pointless, you will never get a REAL answer, you will ALWAY get a PR answer, and history has taught companies to ALWAYS under-promise and over deliver.

if you got an email back saying, yea we are planning on making one so stay tuned, word would get out, and if they didn't produce it people would be pissed that they were "promised" an otterbox and it would blow up in their faces
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Where did you read/hear that they are making a case for the LTEvo?

Otterbox told me they do not have plans to do so.

http://androidforums.com/htc-evo-4g-lte/543111-otterbox-says-no-ltevo.html
read my reply to your other topic
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Exactly. Case in point: Sprint has announced 6 markets to get Network Vision upgrades, yet their are 13 markets where Network Vision towers have been confirmed.
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Well it looks to me they have already made them: http://www.amazon.com/OtterBox-77-20040-Defender-Series-HTC/dp/B007TRUW14. Searching around I've found a few other sites that list them in stock.
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I'm not going to lie, that case looks badass.
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that doesn't mean anything... we've been over this a few times in the forums before but EVERY company is going to give you that response

if they say anything else and plans fall through then they things get out of hand...

all this statement says is that otterbox has not OFFICIALLY announced plans to make this case... for all we know prototypes already exist and are in testing.

they may also be waiting to judge consumer demands to see if there is profit to be made
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in all honesty, emailing companies is pointless, you will never get a REAL answer, you will ALWAY get a PR answer, and history has taught companies to ALWAYS under-promise and over deliver.

if you got an email back saying, yea we are planning on making one so stay tuned, word would get out, and if they didn't produce it people would be pissed that they were "promised" an otterbox and it would blow up in their faces
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Well it looks to me they have already made them: Amazon.com: OtterBox 77-20040 Defender Series for HTC EVO 4G LTE - 1 Pack - Retail Packaging - Black: Cell Phones & Accessories. Searching around I've found a few other sites that list them in stock.
In that case(no pun intended) the reply I received makes even less sense as it makes it seem as if they are doing a lousy job letting their employees know about the status of that case.
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They said the same thing when I asked about the Epic Touch otterbox, guess what they have available now? Epic Touch Otterbox cases.
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Well wow look at that. Now I sent a tweet to otterbox on May 2nd and was told

@OtterBox: We don't have anything at the moment, but keep an eye out!

Now this was about the Defender. If ballistic would just say yes about an HC case that would be a definite. But according to that pic off of amazon, it looks just like the of Evo defender case with the same kickstand and lets hope not as the kickstand on the otter defender sucked and broke.

But, if this is true than otterbox is the only one with the built in screen, then otterbox I will go. But I am sure hoping Ballistic has the HC with built in screen and the belt clip is just better than the otter.
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it's now on there site, defender in dark blue or black. but says available soon. you can email for update
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it's now on there site, defender in dark blue or black. but says available soon. you can email for update
Be careful emailing them. I emailed them last night to see if the knew when it would be available since the phone is released on May 18 (sooner for preorders) and I was told by a rep that they had no plans to release a defender case.

I tweet to them and get a replay very soon. I replied back to the email and include a link off their own site. Same rep stated only releasing the communiter case. Again replied stated they conflicting replies of email vs twitter is not good for consumers and then the same rep replied "oh sorry, but they will have a defender but no date."

The Black looks awesome and the midnight blue is pretty sweet. Can't decide.
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Yes the blue looks very nice. Happens to be my favorite color.
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Anyone have any idea if otterbox will have defender cases out by release date for evo LTE cause I got my defender case for my EVO 3d on release day last year at the same time I picked up my EVO 3d and it worked great and I'd really like to get another defender case with my EVOlte but Idk if they will have them, and i highly doubt my current one will fit cause I'm sure the dimensions aren't the same lol
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Anyone have any idea if otterbox will have defender cases out by release date for evo LTE cause I got my defender case for my EVO 3d on release day last year at the same time I picked up my EVO 3d and it worked great and I'd really like to get another defender case with my EVOlte but Idk if they will have them, and i highly doubt my current one will fit cause I'm sure the dimensions aren't the same lol
I sent them a tweet and got back "very soon".
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I just ordered this one ; OtterBox Defender Series f/HTC EVO 4G LTE - Black - 77-20040. Cheapest one I could find and the site has a lot of good reviews on google. They also carry the blue one and the commuter for $20.
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I just ordered this one ; OtterBox Defender Series f/HTC EVO 4G LTE - Black - 77-20040. Cheapest one I could find and the site has a lot of good reviews on google. They also carry the blue one and the commuter for $20.
Wonder what the eta is on that since Otter Box hasn't released it yet?
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I didn't see anywhere that said back ordered or certain date for release so for $27 I took a chance.
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I was pretty surprised when I got this in response to my request for an ETA for a case for the LTEvo.


"Dear Mark,


Unfortunately, we do not have plans to develop a case for that device. I would recommend keeping an eye on our website, as it will have the most up to date information for every new release. You can find our cases at most Best Buys, Walmart, Radio Shack and major cell phone stores. Please feel free to reply to this email if you have any additional questions.


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Look at page 22 of this weeks Best Buy weekly ad that came out today. You can view the weekly ad on their website. OtterBox Defender series case for EVO LTE - $49.99 - available Friday, May 18th.
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Hmmm, wouldn't you know. I just had a lightbulb moment.

The bestbuy giftcard you get when you purchase the El Tevo is $50. The newest Defender Case going on sale at launch at BB is $49.99. I think there is something fishy going on here....
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Look at page 22 of this weeks Best Buy weekly ad that came out today. You can view the weekly ad on their website. OtterBox Defender series case for EVO LTE - $49.99 - available Friday, May 18th.
I can't believe I missed that. Doh. Well I to got tired of the non knowing repose when you emailed otter box, but sending the tweets showed to have better hopes. This is a good week. Pre order, about to order a 64 gig micro ad and Otter Box out Friday.
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I wish they are going to have the commuter case in stock as well but I doubt it. I have seen reviews where there are air pockets/watermarks in between the screen and the screen protector layer of the defender case. I wonder if this will happen with this version of the defender. I know there are ways that supposedly fix this issue. I wonder how much thicker each case makes the 0.35" (8.9 mm) EVO LTE.
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I wish they are going to have the commuter case in stock as well but I doubt it. I have seen reviews where there are air pockets/watermarks in between the screen and the screen protector layer of the defender case. I wonder if this will happen with this version of the defender. I know there are ways that supposedly fix this issue. I wonder how much thicker each case makes the 0.35" (8.9 mm) EVO LTE.
Never had water marks on the defenders. Ballistic yes. I am fine if it adds to the thickness, if I know my phone is protected.
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I wonder how much thicker each case makes the 0.35" (8.9 mm) EVO LTE.
HTC Evo 4G LTE's dimensions and weight:
5.3 x 2.7 x 0.35 inches; 4.7 ounces

Defender's dimensions and weight (per Amazon):
5.8 x 3.2 x 0.8 inches; 4.8 ounces

Commuter's dimensions and weight (per Amazon):
5.6 x 3 x 0.6 inches; 3.2 ounces
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Just received an email saying the case was on backorder for 2-3 weeks so I told them to cancel. I work construction so that long without a case wouldn't be good
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are they available in store today?? i pre ordered a blue defender at radioshack and i havent heard a word from them.. anyone?
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I wish they are going to have the commuter case in stock as well but I doubt it. I have seen reviews where there are air pockets/watermarks in between the screen and the screen protector layer of the defender case. I wonder if this will happen with this version of the defender. I know there are ways that supposedly fix this issue. I wonder how much thicker each case makes the 0.35" (8.9 mm) EVO LTE.
To fix this issue on my evo3d I took the plastic protector in the defender out and applied a zagg shield and then put the case back on.... No more dirt underneath it no more oil spots and the screen is a million times more crisp and clear... I would suggest that fix to anyone.... I will be doing the same thing with my evo4g lte ( when I get it).
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I think I'm going to avoid the defender series, for both the price and what appears to be a slight design flaw. It appears that the USB port cover is a pretty significant nub on the side/back edge that looks like it will cause the phone to rock unevenly when utilizing the kickstand. I know it's not a huge deal, and the thing can surely be cut/ripped off, but there was a similar issue with an old Sedio case on me OG Evo (not a port cover, just a plain design flaw) that got under my skin when I was using it.
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I think I'm going to avoid the defender series, for both the price and what appears to be a slight design flaw. It appears that the USB port cover is a pretty significant nub on the side/back edge that looks like it will cause the phone to rock unevenly when utilizing the kickstand. I know it's not a huge deal, and the thing can surely be cut/ripped off, but there was a similar issue with an old Sedio case on me OG Evo (not a port cover, just a plain design flaw) that got under my skin when I was using it.
I just need the protection in my professional or the ole LTEvo will be toast before you know it lol.. Honestly if I had a desk job or something not physical I probably wouldn't even case it its so pretty... It pains me to have the defender on my beautiful white 3vo but it would be oil brown now if not for it... Lol
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It really does..I want one!
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I got the pink and white one from Sprint because cause I was getting a car dock too and saved 20%. I have never used Otterbox only Seidio and I am getting the Seidio surface case too. This case reminded me of Sedios active case which I love so that is why I was wanting to try it. Pink and Purple my 2 favorite colors. I wish Seidio made pink but there active has it's own generic kickstand so I am going with the surface which I had on my 3D with a kickstand. I also had an active for my 3D which was the best.

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I'm going to check the sprint store tomorrow here for now south Jersey and see if they have the otterbox.... I'm not on the best terms with that store but sadly its the only one in my area lol I will share my results
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Now I'm trying to decide--Otterbox Defender case or Otterbox Commuter case? I've had neither for my OG EVO--I used a different protective case--so I'm in decision mode here. I like the defender, but it seems to make the phone look too bulky and all.
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Now I'm trying to decide--Otterbox Defender case or Otterbox Commuter case? I've had neither for my OG EVO--I used a different protective case--so I'm in decision mode here. I like the defender, but it seems to make the phone look too bulky and all.
Luckily the official card dock for the LTEVO has an insert you can remove so that supposedly larger cases will fit! So, that's not something you'd need to factor in.
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But how does that help me decide which case to get?
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I was told by one of the store reps that they've received the Pink Commuter Cases already. I'd like to have the Black Commuter on my phone when I walk out the door hopefully tomorrow or Friday
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So which is "better"--the commuter case or the defender case? The latter does look more durable, but as someone who has dropped his phone but 3 times in 18 months, I'm wondering if it'd be a tad too bulky for me.
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So which is "better"--the commuter case or the defender case? The latter does look more durable, but as someone who has dropped his phone but 3 times in 18 months, I'm wondering if it'd be a tad too bulky for me.
The Defender is the tougher of the two without a doubt. But where I just read that the phone is slightly larger than the Moto Droid Razr...it could be a monster
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My only problem with the Defender series is they add to much bulk to everything. Sure I know it has to be for the protection but my friend has one on his Droid and its like a brick on his hip. The EVO LTE is even bigger than the Droid he has so I can't even imagine the bulk.
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Now I'm trying to decide--Otterbox Defender case or Otterbox Commuter case? I've had neither for my OG EVO--I used a different protective case--so I'm in decision mode here. I like the defender, but it seems to make the phone look too bulky and all.
Personally, i have had the defender on every phone ive ever had.. and my excuse my french.. ipodtouch4g... Yes the defender adds extra bulk but it depends what you do for a living.. im a mechanic.. its important that i have something that will not only save my phone from a fall.. but from grease, grime,oil,.. all the ports have plugs..also bumping into things as im trying to squeeze into tight spots.. its always on my hip.. which is another reason i say go defender.. the holster is fool proof imo.. ive never had it fall out of the holster... and while yes i have had 2 clips break.. you rbing it anywhere otterboxs are sold and your sure to get a replacement.. i guess what im trying to say is if i had a desk job, or retail or anything thats not physical.. i would go with the commuter.. im also a big guy..6'4 so really i dont mind the extra bulk.. i actually prefer it. i have already put on hold a blue defender at the radioshack that i preordered.. i went with the blue bc i wanyted something different.. ive always had plain black defenders. For the weekends when i dont need the extra protection, i would go commuter but they only have the pink/white in stores at the moment.. so i bought the blue gel case that sprint has in stores right now
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I'm considering a Defender, based solely on how thin the LTE is. I've managed to keep my EVO 4G without a scratch using a Commuter case...but...that case has been swapped out by Sprint and Otterbox several times in 25 months. The only thing that has deterred me from getting a Defender case in the past, is the integrated screen protector (and the size a little). But Otterbox is a top notch company that stands behind it's product 110%, and I was told by a CSR that they back up the integrated screen protector as well as any other component of the case.
The extra heft going into the new phone may be what I prefer. Actually...looking at the specs, the LTE Defender is the exact same thickness as the EVO 4G Commuter. Decisions..decisions...
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I'm considering a Defender, based solely on how thin the LTE is. I've managed to keep my EVO 4G without a scratch using a Commuter case...but...that case has been swapped out by Sprint and Otterbox several times in 25 months. The only thing that has deterred me from getting a Defender case in the past, is the integrated screen protector (and the size a little). But Otterbox is a top notch company that stands behind it's product 110%, and I was told by a CSR that they back up the integrated screen protector as well as any other component of the case.
The extra heft going into the new phone may be what I prefer. Actually...looking at the specs, the LTE Defender is the exact same thickness as the EVO 4G Commuter. Decisions..decisions...
Personally...that is the one thing about the defender that i am not a fan of at all.. oil and dirt was alwyas getting under the screen.. i am highly anal about stuff getting under the screen.. to the point where i need to stop what im doing and clean it out.. itjust irks me... also the built in protector kind of distorts the screen a tad.. it just doesnt seem to look the same as if it didnt have anything on it.. so what i did on my 3vo is i took the built in protector out.. it just pulls right off no problem.. and i put a zagg shield on my 3vo and then put the otterbox on as normal.. not only is it now impossible for anything to get under it.. my screen is much more vibrant.. while i was at best buy today i bought a zagg shield for the ltevo and i plan on doing the same thing to this phone as i did with the 3vo
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I've had the Commuter series on my HTC Hero and my current Evo 3D. It wasn't out when i got my original Evo so I just bought a cheap lil gel case for it and never ended up upgrading.
My dad had a Defender on his work AT&T iPhone (don't worry, he's since switched to a SGS2 and loves it) and I just thought it was too bulky.
Anyway, I'm going with another Commuter case as long as it's made available in the near future.
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Personally...that is the one thing about the defender that i am not a fan of at all.. oil and dirt was alwyas getting under the screen.. i am highly anal about stuff getting under the screen.. to the point where i need to stop what im doing and clean it out.. itjust irks me... also the built in protector kind of distorts the screen a tad.. it just doesnt seem to look the same as if it didnt have anything on it.. so what i did on my 3vo is i took the built in protector out.. it just pulls right off no problem.. and i put a zagg shield on my 3vo and then put the otterbox on as normal.. not only is it now impossible for anything to get under it.. my screen is much more vibrant.. while i was at best buy today i bought a zagg shield for the ltevo and i plan on doing the same thing to this phone as i did with the 3vo
That's an excellent idea! I had a zagg screen protector on my Moto Q9...and it was a bugger to get on cleanly (I'm anal as anal can be). I also had one on my Canon G9 display, which wasn't as bad...but still. I'm thinking maybe Defender with the Commuter screen protector?

OH...BTW...the "first" Moto Q9 I had with the zagg shield on it? Was in my back pocket...I tripped stepping backwards and the pointy, business end of a big rock got the better of it and shattered the screen. The screen protector was in perfect shape though...and zagg sent me a new one under warranty. The phone cost me like $100 to replace. But I was glad I had the screen protector on it...
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