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Old April 30th, 2011, 09:12 PM   #101 (permalink)
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Would a body glove suffice? Or should I just otterbox? It just seems too much to pay $25 for a case.

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kcobra, can you please provide a link for what you got?
Otterbox has been discussed a bit previously in the thread along with photos. It is the Otterbox Commuter for LG Optimus. It used to say Optimus S, but now is just Optimus.

The screen protector doesn't have the notch cut out for the proximity sensor. I picked up a 5 pack of screens for a buck or two when I got my Otterbox.
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I just ordered the Body Glove case for $14.20 from Amazon.
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The screen protector doesn't have the notch cut out for the proximity sensor. I picked up a 5 pack of screens for a buck or two when I got my Otterbox.
proximity sensor? please explain
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It is what tells the phone when it is up to your face (so it turns off the screen) or not against your face (so it turns back on the screen). If you cover it, it may not function correctly.
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About two weeks ago my V fell from the kitchen counter and hit the floor. Battery door popped off and battery went flying. A bit of a panic attack ensued but once it was back together it lit-up like a champ. After that I started paying serious attention to this thread. Ended up with the Otter Box that has been well discussed earlier and am very happy with it. As far as protection is concerned I believe the only thing better for total protection is a leather case/wallet that engulfs the whole phone but I didn't want that. The Otter box covers everything except the 4 hard buttons on front and the screen (although it comes with a nice screen protector). The dual material design looks cool too. The only thing that bugs me is it hides the beautiful svelte design of the phone itself. As vain as it seems part of the reason I bought the phone is it's size and looks. Who wants a log for a phone?

I'm keeping my Otter but just sprang for this one too. Amazon.com: LG Optimus S Sprint Gels: Electronics . It looks like one of the least obtrusive of the gel type wrap-around covers. I'll use my "Hummer-like" Otter Box while on the shop floor or in the woods and the "Vette-like" Gel when out to dinner etc. Okay, okay. A bit over the top perhaps but It makes me happy. BTW- the Otter Box comes off in seconds.
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It is what tells the phone when it is up to your face (so it turns off the screen) or not against your face (so it turns back on the screen). If you cover it, it may not function correctly.
I'm really confused now. Sounds like the Otterbox Commuter series is the way to go, but is it a big deal to have the proximity sensor covered up? Why do you need the screen to go off when you're talking? Is it just to save the battery?

Also, the fliptop or folding case that the Otterbox goes inside--do you have to take your phone out of the case to use it? Seems like a hassle to take it out of the case, but looks like you would need to keep the phone in the case to protect it. Still haven't purchased a phone, but want to know what kind of cover to get so I can have it when I get the phone.
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Thanks for the opinions in this thread,... Otterbox looks really nice but i'm going to go with the Bodyglove for now.

EDIT: I lied. Bought the Otterbox instead. xD
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I'm really confused now. Sounds like the Otterbox Commuter series is the way to go, but is it a big deal to have the proximity sensor covered up? Why do you need the screen to go off when you're talking? Is it just to save the battery?
The screen turns off so your face isn't pressing the buttons on screen. I'm sure it saves battery life too.

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Also, the fliptop or folding case that the Otterbox goes inside--do you have to take your phone out of the case to use it?
One poster said his Optimus V fit into the Optimus case with the Otterbox on it. Mine absolutely will not even come close. There was another flip top case discussed that is larger than the case made for the Optimus by the same company as the one I posted. I still haven't gotten around to ordering one yet though. For now I just tuck my phone in the top of my kilt or stuff it into my sporran.
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Would a body glove suffice? Or should I just otterbox? It just seems too much to pay $25 for a case.

I've been using the body glove for a few months now and it works great. I've dropped the phone once, with the cover on, and it did its job. Also, there is a removable portion on the the back of the cover that allows you to connect a belt clip that can double as a phone stand, which is all included with the cover.
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I got my Body Glove case today from Amazon (see above) and I'm liking it so far. The best feature, imo, is the kickstand. Love it!

btw, I've dropped my phone I don't know how many times now. It pops apart and the battery flies out, and I just put it all back together and keep going (after it reboots, of course). I'm hoping the case will help with that.
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Still loving my case! But now I have a question:

With the case on, how to do I reboot the phone when it locks up? Before I'd take the battery out, but that's not so easy with a case. Is there a key combo? I tried holding down the power button for a while but that didn't do anything.
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You were half-right
Power and volume up- hold both down for a few secs and it will reboot the V.

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Still loving my case! But now I have a question:

With the case on, how to do I reboot the phone when it locks up? Before I'd take the battery out, but that's not so easy with a case. Is there a key combo? I tried holding down the power button for a while but that didn't do anything.
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It is what tells the phone when it is up to your face (so it turns off the screen) or not against your face (so it turns back on the screen). If you cover it, it may not function correctly.
ah , I thought the accelerometer was the thing that detected when the phone was no longer against my head. Where is it, then, do you know?
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ah , I thought the accelerometer was the thing that detected when the phone was no longer against my head. Where is it, then, do you know?
Unfortunately, the instruction manual just indicates that they are to the right and/or left of the Virgin Mobile logo, but that is a wide area and since they are under the black part of the glass I can't really tell the exact location. Someone in this thread earlier linked a 5 pack of screen protectors that had a notch cut out for the proximity sensor(s), so far that seems like the best indicator of where they are.
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Guys I'm really having a hard time deciding between the body glove and the otterbox.

I don't like the fact that one person in this thread has problems with the otterbox making his battery overheat. I live in a hot climate. Plus it just looks so bulky.

But then the body glove doesn't cover the charger, and headphone ports, so I might get dust under my screen. I'm also not crazy about the body glove clip making me carry my phone with the screen facing out. Seems like if I bumped into something it would break my screen.

So I'm stuck. They both have great pros and cons. Maybe I should just flip a coin.
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Unfortunately, the instruction manual just indicates that they are to the right and/or left of the Virgin Mobile logo, but that is a wide area and since they are under the black part of the glass I can't really tell the exact location. Someone in this thread earlier linked a 5 pack of screen protectors that had a notch cut out for the proximity sensor(s), so far that seems like the best indicator of where they are.
You can see it if you take a really bright flashlight (I used a LED light) and shine it in the area to the left of the VM logo. About halfway between the logo and left edge of screen. It will be two holes about 1mm in diameter.

RE: Otter vs Body Glove
I went with the Otter and think it is a really good case. A little bigger than the BG to be sure, but the protection is superior. I live in a warm climate and my phone has not overheated. As long as you are not charging it while using the GPS with it sitting on the dash on a sunny day and streaming Pandora, you should be fine.
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After trying out several different cases for different phones, I feel the silicone rubber case is the best protection for the phones.
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Im looking for a case thats good for the Optimus V and will cover up the Virgin Mobile logo on the Optimus V
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Im looking for a case thats good for the Optimus V and will cover up the Virgin Mobile logo on the Optimus V
Why would you want to cover up the virgin mobile logo? Are you ashamed that you're getting service that's almost as good as the big companies but for less than half the price? Now if I had an AT&T logo, I'd be embarrassed about that. May as well have "sucker" written on my phone.

Anyhoo, I don't think you're going to find it. The logo is right under the speaker, so cases don't cover that area. Maybe you could just find a sticker you like and put it over the logo.
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RE: Otter vs Body Glove
I went with the Otter and think it is a really good case. A little bigger than the BG to be sure, but the protection is superior. I live in a warm climate and my phone has not overheated. As long as you are not charging it while using the GPS with it sitting on the dash on a sunny day and streaming Pandora, you should be fine.
I have no doubts that the otterbox would give better protection, but in the end it came down to looks. I just hated the way the otterbox looked. I ended up getting the body glove and I'm pretty happy with it. It hardly adds any bulk or weight, has good grip and feel in my hand, makes the phone look at least as awesome as it did naked, if not moreso.

Overall I'm happy with it. I will say that the clip I still think might be useless, because every time I hook it on my belt it seems like I'm constantly worried about brushing up against things and breaking my screen, so I may opt to just get a leather hoster that can carry it with the screen facing in instead of out. The kickstand would be cool if you watched a lot of videos on your phone, which I don't, so it's not a big loss for me.
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fyi... Just got my otterbox case and the proximity sensor works perfectly with the included screen protector affixed. No cut out needed.
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I've had BG cases in the past and liked them, but the button on the new BG for the OV is smaller than the previous models. If you try to use a clip other than the one that comes with it be careful. My phone kept popping out of older clips. On the bright side the case protected the phone each time. The worst fall was on a tile floor and that was the only time out of four that the case popped off. I wear a wide gun belt at work and had a extra large clip from sprint that fit the belt and the earlier buttons. Other than the button size deal I love the BG case.

Added info: Ordered replacement button kit from BG. Included the larger style button, a spare smaller button and two clips, one to fit each button. Problem solved. Now I truly love the Body Glove case and have some extra clips.
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I'm keeping my Otter but just sprang for this one too. Amazon.com: LG Optimus S Sprint Gels: Electronics . It looks like one of the least obtrusive of the gel type wrap-around covers.
I'm quoting myself here so anyone interested won't have to look back in the thread.

Having received the sprint gels I want to clarify that the product's description is a bit of a misnomer. Sprint "Gels" are not gel in the sense you might expect. They're more of a rubberized plastic. Kind of hard/stiff, not stretchy and elastic like the Otter Box or other "Gel" type cases. I'm sure they provide (relatively) inexpensive protection; ie they'd keep the parts from flying should you drop your phone, but they're not as shock resistant as real gel. In addition, the stiffness make them harder to install/remove than the Otter Box (and likely harder than the BG which I don't have and can't speak too).

Plus, having tried them both the Otter doesn't add appreciable size and weight over a simpler case design which was the whole point of doing this experiment.

I keep my Otter installed all the time.
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i use ebay style hard case plus i ghost armored the whole phone. optimus s worked fine for the V. go to the mall/store location if u can because they put it on for you.
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ok 4 everyone looking for a good case for the optimus v go to google and type lg optimus s tpu case they are very good not like the hard cases that if theu fall they crack
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ok 4 everyone looking for a good case for the optimus v go to google and type lg optimus s tpu case they are very good not like the hard cases that if theu fall they crack
I have one of these and it is pretty good. Kind of a silicone type case. If I hadn't gone to the OtterBox, this is the case I would be using. Available in many colors and designs. Lots on eBay also. Pretty cheap.
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Ive used a body glove for the hero, and instinct dropped many times without a problem. Ordered the optimus v and body glove on tuesday they arrived on thursday. The only case I recommend to my friends!!
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ok 4 everyone looking for a good case for the optimus v go to google and type lg optimus s tpu case they are very good not like the hard cases that if theu fall they crack
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I have one of these and it is pretty good. Kind of a silicone type case. If I hadn't gone to the OtterBox, this is the case I would be using. Available in many colors and designs. Lots on eBay also. Pretty cheap.
I have to concur; these are really good, cheap protection, and I like the way it feels in my hand. Doesn't get sticky like the thicker silicone. When I go out I put the phone w/the tpu skin in a Golla bag (a discontinued design that I also got really cheap on eBay).
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I have to concur; these are really good, cheap protection, and I like the way it feels in my hand. Doesn't get sticky like the thicker silicone. When I go out I put the phone w/the tpu skin in a Golla bag (a discontinued design that I also got really cheap on eBay).

Are these what you mean? Some of the ones I looked at are pretty nice and will fit the Optimus S... so the OpV would fit also I think.
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Are these what you mean? Some of the ones I looked at are pretty nice and will fit the Optimus S... so the OpV would fit also I think.
Yep, exactly. This one: Golla Duo Pouch - Android Golla Bags - Android Central Store looks to be the closest in style/dimensions to my discontinued one (mine just has stripes, tho, no flowery stuff). The phone fits in there nice and snug with the TPU skin on; anything thicker than that you might be able to jam in there, but I can't say for sure. Check on eBay- I got mine for $7 and the seller threw in a second one free (!) that I gave to my Mom. It was a while ago, but there are probably some good deals still.
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You're welcome, as always. I hope you find one you like at a good price; they're really great.
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I decided to go with Body Glove and Skinomi for protection on my Optimus V. Amazon had the Body Glove case with optional belt clip for a little over $13, and I've had it installed this week and love it! Feels very rugged and grippy but not too grippy... don't have any problems slipping it in and out of my pocket. Definitely adds some thickness to the phone but not enough for me to feel like it's a giant brick, just a little added padding. I went without the belt clip so that helps with the thickness, too. I also purchased the Skinomi screen protector for $9 through Amazon. Took a few tries to get it situated correctly, but the wet installation made it easy to reposition without too much trouble. Had a few tiny bubbles for about a day after install, but they dissolved and now it looks like it's not even there unless you look really closely to see the edge of the protector. All in all, I feel safe using this phone out in the open now!
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Just got the otterbox yesterday in the mail...its a really slick case.
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For the people who have owned a Snap on case like the Body glove. With repeated use, does it wear the edges of the phone down like paint and surface wise? The hard clip on system seemed to do that to my old phone.
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I bought a rocketfish slip-on, a rocketfish car-charger and an invisible shield screen protector for 50 bucks at bestbuy. Love em all, especially the case and screen-protector. I actually had my phone on my workbench and had a solder bubble burst and got some on my screen but the screen-protector saved it.
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Old July 26th, 2011, 09:47 AM   #139 (permalink)
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Interesting thread; it appears the two cases most prevalent are the OtterBox and Body Glove. Anybody have the 60 sec rundown of each case? What about screen protectors? and the proximity sensor?

Lastly, I forsee myself eventually using a cradle like I did for my Palm TX. Do either of the above cases create problems with a cradle? Are there any cradles already availible? Alarm clock docking stations?

Thanks in advance, and I'll keep reading.
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Lastly, I forsee myself eventually using a cradle like I did for my Palm TX. Do either of the above cases create problems with a cradle? Are there any cradles already availible? Alarm clock docking stations?

Thanks in advance, and I'll keep reading.
Not sure about using cradles with the cases on, but check this thread.
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I own both the Body Glove and OtterBox cases. My preference would have to be the Body Glove. When I originally bought the OtterBox case, I didn't like their huge logo on the back. I also found that the plastic housing that fits over the silicone wrap would scratch really easily. Not to mention, the silicone attracts any dust, lint, or debris in your pocket like a magnet.

The reason I decided to try the Body Glove was that after repeatedly using the headjack on my phone, I noticed the little plug on the OtterBox that went into the port wouldn't stick in there as good anymore. I also found that the more you take the case off to access the battery, the silicone wrap isn't as snug anymore, either. This is most noticed below the buttons. When I first installed the OtterBox, the silicone was flush with the surface of my phone. Eventually, the silicone developed an arc in that area. This allowed for a lot of dust to get in underneath the case.

The Body Glove is solid. It will protect just as well as the OtterBox. I also like the fact that's it's more heavy, sturdy, and rugged. Not to mention the feel is so much better. I especially like how the pattern on the case matches your favorite carbon fiber wallpaper perfectly.

I could have gotten over the logo and scratched case with the OtterBox, but the stretchy silicone that seemingly wears out in a matter of months made me make the switch.

Make no mistakes, the OtterBox is a good case, but there is nothing you'll find on it that protects better than the Body Glove. Worried about dust under your screen? So was I. I was certain after I made the switch that after carrying my phone around in my pocket for a day or two without the OtterBox (which has a plug to protect the charging port - allegedly where people say dust is entering and going underneath the screen) that there would be at least a few dust particles there that I might or might not be able to live with. Well, after using the Glove for at least a month straight now carrying it in my pocket every day, I can't find nothing under my screen.

Save a few bucks and go with the Body Glove.
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I wanted an Otterbox, but I didn't want to pay tooo much for a cover for my cheap phone. I settled on a fishbone case from ebay for $ 12.00 shipped. It has a soft gel skin, with a hard skeleton frame that has hard corners for protection. No, I didn't get a purple one, I got all black. So far so good.

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Last month, I bought the body glove off Amazon.com ....and also picked up some screen covers (5 for 1 cents...no shipping charge). I got the screen covers from the same store that sells the Body Glove. Since it wasn't a big investment I decided to try the BG first.

I removed the belt clip because I just carry my phone in the pocket of my cargo shorts. I carry it by itself in the pocket with the screen facing toward my leg. No dust ...no scratches on the screen....easy to slide in and out of my pocket...plus I like the grippy feel without it being sticky...plus it's easier to hold while using the camera. The phone slipped off my bed onto the wood floor without any damage so I figure the Body Glove paid for itself. The inexpensive screen covers work fine....I clean the screen/cover by wiping it on my t-shirt and it doesn't leave a scratch.
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First of all I would like to thank you guys for this informative thread shout out to the people discussing the otter case with a leather belt case combination. I have recently purchased both of these and expect them at my door in a week or so. When they arrive I'll post a quick review.

I currently have the body glove and kick stand case and I have several issues with this case. One being that the hard edges did some wear and tear to the silver exterior of the phone, two the grip on the case is beginning to peel off, three on the back of the case there a protruding body glove logo which prevents the grip on the back to catch, four the belt clip has the phone facing outwards which I thought was fine until I was putting my bike into the car and I dinged my phone leaving a big gash thankfully I had the default screen protector on.

It is very late and this post is very "rough" but to those interested in getting the body glove I haven't yet received my otter case but the otter case covers the volume buttons preventing grime and making them easier to press.

Also thanks to the person who linked those cheap screen protectors I picked some of those up on amazon after learning my lesson.
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I have had the body glove case (not using the clip) and a Skinomi screen protector on my phone for a few months. I have dropped the phone a couple of times and the case popped off but the phone was intact and the battery cover did not pop off. I like the feel in general but it does seem to irritate my little finger - because of the way I hold the phone I guess. I have also had the outer grip layer come loose in three different spots and I have super glued these back in place. I might look at this Otter case if/when I need a replacement but so far the minor problems are not enough for me to ditch this case. My wife also has the same setup and she has not had any of the problems I have mentioned. Oh, and neither one of us has seen any dust under the screen. She carries her phone in her purse and I carry mine in my front pocket.
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I carry mine in a belt case. I haven't yet put a screen protector on it, but I do need to find a skin so it doesn't fly apart should I happen to drop it.
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I carry mine in a belt case. I haven't yet put a screen protector on it, but I do need to find a skin so it doesn't fly apart should I happen to drop it.
You could use the screen protector that came with the phone if you still have it. But I would recommend NOT using the belt clip until you have a screen protector. The way the belt clip is designed the screen is facing outwards and you might bump into something and scratch the phone like I did thankfully I had the stock screen protector that came with the phone.

Today I received my Otterbox in the mail and the my initial assessment is that the Otterbox is a superior case compared to the body glove. There are some issues that I can for see arising with the Otterbox but they would be less then the issues I had with the Body Glove case.

I might post a video review later of the two cases I tried to do an unboxing but it was rough since this is the first video I have ever tried to do.

I'm also waiting for the leather case that I ordered to come in. Hopefully the Otterbox fits in side I'll update you guys when it arrives.
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You could use the screen protector that came with the phone if you still have it.


I'm also waiting for the leather case that I ordered to come in. Hopefully the Otterbox fits in side I'll update you guys when it arrives.


Mine didn't seem to have one. I got 5 on ebay for $2.00

In Using the fishbone case makes sliding mine into the leather case a bit a chore.
I got this "advertised as classic leather" and to the best of my knowledge is real leather for a pretty fair price with free shipping.



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I recommend Skinomi. I haven't had a "non covering" issue... and I got mine for $8.95 (with THIS PROMO CODE), guaranteed/warranteed for life.

Got an OtterBox... the Commuter for the LG Optimus... it also comes with a hard screen protector included.

Then there's THIS CASE that fits the phone WITH the OtterBox installed.
That leather case does not fit with the Otterbox installed. I think the seller may have shipped me the wrong item or is using the same advert to sell similar leather cases.

Did the seller send me the same case that you received?

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Did you ever find a case that covers up the logo???
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