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Old 11-20-2012, 13:00   #26
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Wife or phone? :D

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Phone of course, My wife has the annoying trait of staying put, for 27 years and counting now!

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Old 11-21-2012, 01:01   #27
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Ballistic Case. www.goballisticcase.com

I tend to break stuff.
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Old 11-21-2012, 02:42   #28
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Old 11-21-2012, 07:15   #29
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Ahhhh, the old bag phones had to keep them plugged in since they only had about 30 min battery power. and you were paying a dollar a minute for calls.
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Old 11-21-2012, 09:18   #30
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I have a "Ballistic" brand case for my new motorola. Have to say its great and really have no complaints. Its a two piece case kinda like the Otterbox, has a soft/gel skin that is held in place by a hard plastic snap on cover. It also has some really nice THICK corners for drop protection.

I would honestly say that Ballistic gives Otterbox a good run for their money.

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Old 11-21-2012, 12:13   #31
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I've used a Seidio Surface case for my blackberry and such in the past. Fairly happy with it.
I just got the Seidio Convert kit for my iPhone5. It includes the surface case, but also has a soft and a hard layer to go over it for when you are on duty. The clip is sided for duty belts and has a sliding lock.

You can add a 'Surface' clip for when you only want to use the smaller Surface case.

http://www.seidioonline.com/apple-ip...kr4iph5-bk.htm




Not too bad for a $34 kit.
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Old 11-21-2012, 22:15   #32
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I've been using the Otterbox Defender for about a year and I highly recommend it but the crappy little belt clip on the holster is another story. It's flimsy and won't fit on a duty belt. I asked for opinions in CopTalk and DaBigBR told me about the "heavy duty" clip Otterbox used to make but no longer offers.

I was able to find a "heavy duty" belt clip holster on Amazon.com and although it was for a different model phone, I was able to use a little ingenuity and replace the flimsy clip on my holster with the "heavy duty" model and that was the perfect fix. It won't come off in a foot chase or a fight. I've dropped my phone in the Otterbox a couple of times, including once on the diamondplate cabin deck of a Munson police boat and neither the phone nor the Otterbox has a scratch on it.
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Old 11-21-2012, 22:49   #33
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My Otterbox Defender finally tore after close to a year. Followed the directions on their website and they sent me a new one in less than a week. It fits pretty well on a standard leather duty belt. I've heard some issues with the clip, but I didn't break mine. The clip & case they just sent me is a little bit different than my old Defender. Seems to fit better and the clip feels stronger. Maybe they took some advice from LEOs about the clips and adjusted the newer Defender series. I've also heard rave reviews on the lifeproof cases, but don't feel like paying the $70-$80 pricetag on them. Otterbox replacement was FREE.

I have an IPhone 4s.
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Old 11-22-2012, 02:46   #34
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Our radio system is pretty much one step above a tin can and a string. I pretty much have to carry my phone with me at all times while I'm at work. I use a Lifeproof case for my Iphone 4 and carry it in my shirt pocket. We're supposed to be upgrading to a digital radio system here in a couple of weeks and hopefully that will help. There are areas in our county where the mobile radios don't even work. You can forget about the portables working unless you're in town or holding the thing above your head while you transmit.
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Old 11-22-2012, 06:05   #35
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Thanks guys. I greatly appreciate the feedback. I can't carry my phone in the jail however transports, hospital watch etc. are my greatest concern should I have to go hands on with an inmate. Not to mention our radios are all but usless outside the perimeter. So I have to rely on my phone for communication.
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Old 11-22-2012, 12:01   #36
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Seidio surface case.

I like how it comes in half. I don't like to plug my phone in so I have a spare battery and remote charger for my SGS3. This case let's me crack it open quick.

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Old 11-23-2012, 10:07   #37
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http://www.cases.com/ is having their Black Friday sale...20% off all cases...
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Old 11-23-2012, 20:20   #38
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Otter Box is pretty much the gold standard for best protection.
Just what is "otterbox"? I have seen them listed on phones and I am curious as yo why they are superior?
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Old 11-23-2012, 20:32   #39
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Just what is "otterbox"? I have seen them listed on phones and I am curious as yo why they are superior?
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Old 11-23-2012, 21:08   #40
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Just what is "otterbox"? I have seen them listed on phones and I am curious as yo why they are superior?
They are usually a hard case with a soft insert that goes over the phone then snaps into the hard case.

They are very well made and tough.

My wife had one on her blackberry and now on her GS2. and hasn't been able to break either one. And that says alot.

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Old 11-23-2012, 22:03   #41
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Check Alabama Holster for a good cell phone carrier. It works with Otter Box.
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Old 11-24-2012, 23:35   #42
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Old 11-25-2012, 04:22   #43
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I had a Magpul case on my 4S. They don't make one for the 5 yet so I use a $7 TPU case from Amazon. I don't get buying a nice slim phone and then slapping it in a monstrous case. I keep my phone in my shirt pocket and it's survived just fine through fights, foot chases, etc. Even a few waist high drops onto asphalt.

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Old 11-25-2012, 10:42   #44
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I had a Magpul case on my 4S. They don't make one for the 5 yet so I use a $7 TPU case from Amazon. I don't get buying a nice slim phone and then slapping it in a monstrous case. I keep my phone in my shirt pocket and it's survived just fine through fights, foot chases, etc. Even a few waist high drops onto asphalt.
I use the same for my *gasp* iPhone 3G!
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Old 11-26-2012, 04:27   #45
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Pocket. Specifically, pants pocket.

Why do I get the odd feeling this is not the correct answer?
I used an Otterbox, I thought it was good, but overkill. I now have a screen protector (a must have) and a snap on case and I travel with it in my left pants front pocket. I make it a point to never have anything in there but my phone and my fabric encased thumb drives/data sticks thus never gets a chance to scratch my Iphone. This works for me and I do have to climb towers once in awhile in my job.

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