OtterBox is a company known for building strong cases. This model is absolutely no exception. I am particularly rough on my phone, and I needed a case which could protect it.
Although this case is extremely durable, it has some problems. The very first thing I got rid of when I purchased it is the built in screen protector. This protector is essential a thin piece of plastic designed to further protect your screen. I really disliked this part of the case because it put too much distance between me and the screen. I like to feel like I am really touching my phone when I use it. I also had some difficulties with dirt around the edges of the screen protector and decided removing it was the best option. It just had some mild glue connecting it, and after thoroughly cleaning the area where glue was set, it presented no further problems.
The other main issue with this case is the sheer bulk. OtterBox has another line of cases called the Commuter series which is smaller than the Defender series which I own. However, I preferred the design of this particular Defender case, so I went with the bigger of the two series. The Samsung Galaxy S3 already has a fairly large screen and this case makes it a lot thicker as well. As a result, I rarely store it in my pocket and I often have to dig it out of my purse.
One thing I really like about this particular case is the design on the back. It is the pink design in the Realtree series. I think it was meant to resemble camouflage patterns of a sort, but I found it a rather natural and peaceful pink image. The pink isn't super intense which I like, and not too many people have this particular case. I like to have more original items, and this case gives me that opportunity without compromising on name brand.
Overall I give this product 4 stars. I bought the case so my phone would be well protected and it has kept my phone safe. After I modified the original product by removing the built in screen protector (its important to note I had another adhesive screen protector put on my phone to cover that area) everything on the case operates well. The main problems with this case is its size. The bulkiness can make it hard to use at times.