Top positive review
This is a terrific case
Reviewed in the United States on May 7, 2017
So, I've always had OtterBoxes. Well, I've always had OtterBoxes since I bought my first one for a 4s. Over the years they have been exceptionally good products. The only times I've ever cracked my phones was when I took them out of the case for the day. Murphy's law I guess. This case for the iPhone 7 is no exception. I am in line construction and I carry this phone on my belt every day. It does not have a single scratch after months of abuse. I am very hard on my phone just due to the nature of the job. I've dropped it out of a bucket truck at 10 feet, dropped it in mud, had pvc glue spilled on it etc. This case is a perfect way to protect your investment if you go to trade in your phone. Zero scratches or cracks fetches a better trade price at your carrier.
I tried a Life Proof on an iPhone 5 one time and found it to be cheaply made and far too expensive. For me, the main advantages of Life Proof cases were the dust protection and water resistance. However, since the implementation of IP67, the Life Proof has completely lost its weight on the field in my opinion.
One should note that this case was made for a tough life. If your phone isn't going to be thrashed all day, every day, I might even call it overkill. It is very thick and bulky, and does not fit in the pocket of any of my pants - I must use the belt clip exclusively. Also the integrated screen protector has a mind of its own. There are reviews that state that the screen protector has excellent responsiveness - lies. It also renders the Touch ID essentially useless. I have found the best combination is to remove the plastic screen protector completely and install a glass protector on the phone itself. It's better protected this way and you get your Touch ID and responsiveness back.
The last gripe I have is that there seems to be a 'second skin' that has started peeling off on the back. It's nothing that would compromise the integrity of the case - it's just ugly. Try and fix this otterbox!
Overall, this is a fabulous case. It's a little heavy (which I like), it has an unparalleled protection factor, looks cool. The only reason for 4 stars are the gripes stated above, namely the outer onion layer peeling issue. Unless something major changes, I'll continue buying OtterBox!