Robust and ready for some beating, the Otterbox Armor Series for the iPhone 5 is one the first few cases that Otterbox launched after they acquired Lifeproof. As the case company claimed, Armor Series is water, dust, drop and crush proof. We took it out for a spin, beat our phone to death…. not actually (with the case on) and looked at how reliable the case is in this review.

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Big and Uncomfortably Heavy

The case is made up of 2 parts – silicon bed and front case with built in screen protector.

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The case is dang heavy! Hell, it’s like you’re carrying 2 iPhones with this case on. It is unapologetically big too! But you’ve got to understand that this case is meant to be used if you’re off to outdoor-filled activities or if you’ve got little kids who keep on frolicking your phone. You’ll look like a dork if you put this case on your iPhone 5, and bring it to a business or formal occasion.

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While the iPhone 5s can perfectly fit in this case, it will practically render the TouchID useless because its home button is tightly sealed. The screen is protected too, but expect a drastic decrease of its screen’s responsiveness. It’s a reasonable trade off as Otterbox wanted this case to be both drop proof and water proof. There’s no other way but to cover its screen with another material.

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Case + “Bisagra” = Toughest Case Ever Built

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This case literally has a ‘bisagra’, or ‘hinge’ in spanish. This is responsible for latching the 2 parts of the uncomfortably heavy case. It’s a solid proof that the case was seriously made to keep the iPhone intact and rested inside the case when you drop it up to 10 ft or drop something weighing 2 tons on the phone.

Here’s a slo-mo drop of the case…. with my iPhone in it.

[youtube width=”640″ height=”360″]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PDVdRKYd5XM[/youtube]

It works as advertised as the toughest case that Otterbox had ever made. But there is something significantly disappointing with the case I got – it is not water proof. The case is supposed to withstand being submerged on 6.6ft water and keep the iPhone dry inside for 30 minutes. This is technically impressive, but the one I received and tested failed to attest this pertinent feature.

As seen on the photo below, a significant amount of water got inside the case and soaked the tissue paper I placed. Thankfully, I didn’t test its waterproof feature with my phone inside the case.

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Armor for iPhone 5 Water Test

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My tip if you’re getting this case: try to replicate what I did before deliberately throwing your phone to the pool or dropping it to your bowl. Be sure that you’ve got everything sealed and covered. If it fails on your first or second attempt, bring your proof of purchase and return the case to the Otterbox-authorize reseller store. I am sure that they will be happy to accommodate you and replace your case with a new one.

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The Armor Series for iPhone 5 would have been an excellent outdoor case for the iPhone 5 or 5s. Its advertised features are impressive but are marred by its uber-hefty build and non-guaranteed waterproof feature. The case is meant to give extra security or insurance to your expensive device, not the other way around. Constantly worrying about possible water leaks defeats the case’s purpose of pampering other people’s carefree and active lifestyle. Such non-guarantees, and not to mention its expensive price tag (PhP4,900) almost made me decide to give it a failing grade. The case is imperfect but it still proved to be useful in most aspects – drop and crush proof guarantee, and noteworthy customer service. In the end, in my opinion, the case – although imperfect – is acceptable and a worthy option.

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Giancarlo Viterbo is a Filipino Technology Journalist, blogger and Editor of GadgetPilipinas.net, He is also a Geek, Dad and a Husband. He knows a lot about washing the dishes, doing some errands and following instructions from his boss on his day job. Follow him on twitter: @gianviterbo and @gadgetpilipinas.

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Tokyo Game Show Special Coverage

Tokyo Game Show 2018

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Witness this year’s biggest gaming convention in Asia, the Tokyo Game Show 2018. This September 19, our team will fly to Tokyo, Japan, to be part to TGS 2018. Special thanks to our brand partners Huawei Mobile, PLDT Home, Smart Communications and Cherry Mobile for making this coverage possible.

Without questions, Cherry Mobile Flare S7 Plus is the best camera smartphone the Cherry Mobile has to date. We haven’t seen other Cherry Mobile phones that are capable of taking photos with impressive quality than the one we brought to Japan to cover Tokyo Game Show 2018.

If you have been following our Instagram posts (@gadgetpilipinas) during our coverage of the TGS 2018, our daily driver was the Cherry Mobile Flare S7 Plus.  So, feast your eyes and take a look at some of our photos:

For high-resolution photos, go  to this link: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1HwHBWNh2WYceTywxiNBhxNKbZuGyz988?usp=sharing

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This selfie was taken the night before we left for Tokyo.
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Jam can smile while sleeping. I took this photo inside Skyliner going to Nippori Station from Narita Airport.
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Our Tokyo trip isn’t always complete without grabbing a lunch at Matsuya.
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Night time is coming, and bedtime is near; oh, where is our AirBnB, I thought it is just right here!
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After looking for a 100-Yen store to buy Allan’s towel (since our AirBnB didn’t have any towels available), we took a break at this vending machine to reward ourselves a cold drink.
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Taken near Bic Camera at Akihabara using Cherry Mobile Flare S7 Plus.
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We gotta have this here in the Philippines! Oh, I noticed that Flare S7 Plus fails to put a watermark when using Bokeh effect.
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A food shot with our Cherry Roam.

We’ve got to hold our horses so we don’t spoil too much of our TGS experience with photos. Watch out for our first impressions and review of Cherry Mobile Flare S7 Plus!

Oh, and while you’re at it – be sure to check out our full coverage of Tokyo Game Show 2018 on this link.

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If the line on the demo is any indication, Biohazard RE: 2 is one of the most popular games in TGS 2018. It’s one of those games that, regardless of the time of day, the queue to the booth just won’t go shorter than 60 minutes. We decided to hold off trying our luck on the demo, maybe tomorrow’s line would be shorter.

Demo or no demo, it’s still worth mentioning that the game, even in pictures is just a sight to behold. CAPCOM gave us access to screenshots of the game, and my goodness, what a fresh  coat of paint the game has over the 1998 Playstation and Nintendo 64 classic.

Check them out and drool.
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Our Tokyo Game Show 2018 Coverage is brought to you by our brand partners: Huawei Mobile Philippines, PLDT Home Fibr, Smart and Cherry Mobile. Access our coverage here.

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