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    Default Otterbox Preserver - Review

    I have used this forum for reviews/research on so many different topics, so I felt it was my turn to return something. I'm going to start with a little history/journey if you will. First, I've had the "numerous cases journey" which most others have also had. I wanted the best of both worlds, wireless charging and fully submersible waterproofing. I had purchased the OEM wireless back cover and a Samsung OEM full sized charging plate. Great combo, unless you need a real case. Naturally, I went and tried bumper cases, Belkin being the best, but still ugly and horrible feeling imho.

    I then decided having had Lifeproof in the past and liking how slim they were, I would give them another chance. I ordered the white/grey case (direct from Lifeproof) and a wireless receiver card (from amazon). The wireless receiver card created a very large bulge and the phone got very hot charging. The Lifeproof had passed the water test, visually it was a very appealing case and felt great in my hand. Popped the phone in and called my wife to test it. The echoing she heard was atrocious. We switched phones so I could hear.....horrible and I was VERY disappointed. I supposedly have another being delivered, 10 day process according to Lifeproof....so a great deal since I had paid originally for over night delivery (insert eye roll).

    I'm inpatient, I wanted a waterproofed case now. I had previously been searching for reviews on the Preserver made by Otterbox (yes, they now own Lifeproof). There aren't any, I think I found one which was poor. So while I waited for the Lifeproof, I decided I would try the Preserver, so I went ahead and ordered the black grey combo which was delivered yesterday.

    Now onto why you're reading this. Before anything, I wanted to test the call clarity. I popped the phone into the case, taking the front case, laying it screen down, you place the microphone in first, then drop and press the rest of the phone in. The back gets pressed on per the instructions, pressing where and in order as shown on their instructions. I went outside and called my wife, crystal clear on my side and on hers, zero feedback. Off to a great start, now to perform the water test. Passed, nice and dry inside. I had purchased a different wireless receiver, claiming to be thin off of Amazon under the name of "Expower(R) Ultra-thin QI Wireless Charging Charger Receiver For Samsung Galaxy S5" so I popped that one in which created a very minimal bulge, and installed the phone into the case again. Placed another test call, still crystal clear.

    I was worried about the wireless charging thru this case. The back of the case is recessed from the outer rim and the Samsung charging plate is also concave. I placed the phone on the charger and it started cycling thru the "detected wireless charging" cycle, beeping each time it thought it was just placed on the charger. I rotated the phone 90 degree's so it looked like a plus sign, same thing. I had an old wireless pad made by Koolpad and sold by fonesalesman on Amazon. This seems to work well, the plate is slightly smaller than Samsung's plate and it has beveled edges which helped with the recessed back of the Otterbox. I charged it overnight and it was fully charged this morning, the battery peaked at about 94 degree's, which is good since it's a fully enclosed case and I was worried about heat build-up. In comparison, the oem back cover and oem charger were around 98-101 degrees when charging.

    The build/quality of this case is fantastic imho, it feels good and sturdy, not cheap. I does feel a little slick, however, the sides of the front of the cover had a rubber like texture which does provide grip. There is no holster available for this case, which is a disappointment and means it has to be in your pocket, the case is a bit thick, but I actually prefer it as thin phones I feel there is a higher chance of me dropping. Port covers are very nice and appear to seal very well. I will say that the screen does exhibit some very slight oil-slicking which isn't noticeable with the screen on, this may bother you, it doesn't bother me in the least. Here is an added plus, unlike Lifeproof which requires you to use a coin to disassemble the case which gouges the case, Otterbox provides a nice plastic tool which serves two purposes. First, it allows you to separate the two halves of the case and doesn't gouge it in the process. Second, a second tool turns out, which is used to open the charging port on the phone since your finger will no longer be able to reach it. This tool even has a lanyard which you can attach to the tool and case if that's your thing, I didn't attach them.

    I'm not easily able to take pictures, but I will say the case exactly resembles what you see on their website. As an added bonus, I also received a free waterproof box which is submersible to 100 ft. I didn't think too much of it, but when it arrived yesterday, I will say it's a very nice box and I will use it on my boat to keep my wallet and keys in.

    I hope someone will find this of help to them. I am going to post the link below to the card and charger I have which works for me. Mods, if I'm not allowed to do this, please edit to remove the links as I'm only trying to help others. Thank you for taking the time to read this and I hope it helps someone.

    Wireless Charger - Order the muted version, trust me. You can make the one which beeps muted easily if you need to:
    Amazon.com: Koolpad Qi Wireless Charger Pad for All Qi Compatible Devices Including Nexus 5, Samsung Galaxy S5 SV and other Phones with Receivers & iPhone with iQi Mobile (Black): Cell Phones & Accessories

    Wireless receiver card:
    Amazon.com: Expower(R) Ultra-thin QI Wireless Charging Charger Receiver For Samsung Galaxy S5 (Ultra-thin S5 wireless receiver): Cell Phones & Accessories
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    Nice review. Maybe a few real life pictures if you can? I would like to see a picture showing just how tight the charging port cover really is.
    Thanks for the review.
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    Quote Originally Posted by felloffthetruck View Post
    Nice review. Maybe a few real life pictures if you can? I would like to see a picture showing just how tight the charging port cover really is.
    Thanks for the review.
    +1000 Needs pictures or at least a link to the case .
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    Quote Originally Posted by 1Coopgt View Post
    +1000 Needs pictures or at least a link to the case .
    Couple of videos from Youtube here:




    I'm just worried about the charge cover port being impossible to open on a regular basis and....................Oil Slicks
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    I hate oil slicks myself, but I have found they can easily be terminated with the baby powder method. Easy fix....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kirk Burkhead View Post
    I hate oil slicks myself, but I have found they can easily be terminated with the baby powder method. Easy fix....
    I would rather not have to sprinkle baby power on my phones.
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    Quote Originally Posted by felloffthetruck View Post
    I would rather not have to sprinkle baby power on my phones.
    I totally agree. But us anal people have to take different measures if we are going to be that picky, lol...
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    Quote Originally Posted by felloffthetruck View Post
    I would rather not have to sprinkle baby power on my phones.
    +1 I had to do that with my old Moto Droid X in a Otterbox Defender . Finally got annoyed and cut the screen protector out of the Otterbox .
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    How much bigger is the preserver compared to the lifeproof?
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    Since i own both now, i can answer that.

    They are both almost identical in size, with the Preserver being just slightly skinnier. IMO, with the issues that LP is having, the Preserver is the way to go.
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    Kirk how is the screen protector on the preserver? Did you happen to leave a screen protector on when installing the preserver case like Zagg glass or the like?

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    bog, what case are you using now?
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    I don't feel those waterproof style cases... life proof and preserver just seem like overkill to me.

    Sent from my Galaxy S5
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    Quote Originally Posted by bogdaryl View Post
    Kirk how is the screen protector on the preserver? Did you happen to leave a screen protector on when installing the preserver case like Zagg glass or the like?

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    I'm using it with my Zagg Glass installed. There is virtually no oil slick at all, which i like that. The only downfall is that you have to be a little more aggressive with your finger typing as it is going through two screens, if that makes sense.
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    Quote Originally Posted by H A W K View Post
    I don't feel those waterproof style cases... life proof and preserver just seem like overkill to me.

    Sent from my Galaxy S5
    They are overkill, totally agree. I'm using mine mainly for lake visits and beach visits. More so for sand and grit damage than waterproof damage. I dont use it daily. My daily case is a body glove that i picked up at wal mart for $10 and I love it, plus the Zagg Glass.
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    Fellloffthetruck I'm currently using a speck grip case waiting to go pick up a preserver. Thanks for advising that you are using your Zagg glass with preserver case.

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    OK guys picked up the preserver today. Thus far I really like it. No problem with any part of it. One thing to truly adjust to is the transition from the Zagg glass screen protector to the plastic one built into the case. It gives a little more bulk than I'm use to. I also removed the Zagg glass from the screen and so far no problems with the screen sensitivity whatsoever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bogdaryl View Post
    OK guys picked up the preserver today. Thus far I really like it. No problem with any part of it. One thing to truly adjust to is the transition from the Zagg glass screen protector to the plastic one built into the case. It gives a little more bulk than I'm use to. I also removed the Zagg glass from the screen and so far no problems with the screen sensitivity whatsoever.

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    Give us some pictures? Did the case work with the Zagg Glass still on the phone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by felloffthetruck View Post
    Give us some pictures? Did the case work with the Zagg Glass still on the phone.
    The case works with the Zagg Glass installed, I'm currently using mine that way. But, you do have to be more aggressive with finger pressure when typing or tapping the screen.
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    I'll try to post some pictures when I can. Kirk you stating that you had to type a bit harder made me decide to try it without the Zagg Glass installed. I'm quite happy with the result and thus far I've not had any issues with oil slicks on the screen. Felloffthetruck are you still using the Element case?
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    Where did you get the preserver at? Best Buy?
    Yes, I'm still using the Element case. I did take my phone out the other day and put it into the UAG and it felt like I had a brand new phone. So much thinner then the Element.
    Let's see some pictures of the preserver.
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    Having just activated my new GS5 a few days ago (purchased off-contract), getting protection for it is essential. So I've been reading related thread posts here and decided to register, post a few questions and learn some more...

    I'm particularly interested in one like this Otterbox Preserver, not-so-much for waterproof qualities but instead to avoid dust intrusion. One of my passions living here in the mtns of AZ is 4WD offroading, which I do 4-6 times per month with my local jeep club. A smartphone can get knocked around plus trail dust is everywhere by end of each run. This case appeals to me to protect my spendy delicate device. The OP's review comments also intrigued me on continued call clarity and ease of use compared to other "full protection" cases out there. I'm open to other product suggestions with stated objectives in mind.

    One question I have relates to his comments on using the GS5 optional wireless charging feature in combo with such a case. My total experience with smartphones has been just one device - the Palm Pre+ I've been using for 4.5 yrs since new on a grandfathered Verizon program which offered unlimited data plus 5GB of free 3G mobile hotspot per month. I hated the phone but loved that program plus the old Pre+ was croaking and needed replacement. OK to the question; as most of you likely know, Palm developed mobile hotspot technology as well as wireless inductive charging too. I still own (3) of Palm's "Touchstone" charging docks which are quite compact. Will those work with the GS5 charging back? If so, it would seem a great solution for the issue described by the OP shown below.
    http://www.amazon.com/Palm-Pre-Touchstone-Charging-Kit/dp/B002CMEIWU
    TIA...

    Quote Originally Posted by bdm219 View Post
    <snip>
    I was worried about the wireless charging thru this case. The back of the case is recessed from the outer rim and the Samsung charging plate is also concave. I placed the phone on the charger and it started cycling thru the "detected wireless charging" cycle, beeping each time it thought it was just placed on the charger. I rotated the phone 90 degree's so it looked like a plus sign, same thing. I had an old wireless pad made by Koolpad and sold by fonesalesman on Amazon. This seems to work well, the plate is slightly smaller than Samsung's plate and it has beveled edges which helped with the recessed back of the Otterbox. I charged it overnight and it was fully charged this morning, the battery peaked at about 94 degree's, which is good since it's a fully enclosed case and I was worried about heat build-up. In comparison, the oem back cover and oem charger were around 98-101 degrees when charging.
    <snip>

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