Update 7/29/14: NOW ON SALE!
The OtterBox Preserver for the Galaxy S5 is finally available to purchase and it’s definitely the best rugged case currently out. It’s extremely durable and can withstand nearly any sort of impact and it can also be dunked in up to 6 feet of water and still keep your phone completely safe. These are currently on sale at Amazon!
The fruits of OtterBox’s acquisition of LifeProof has finally begun to yield some promise, as the Preserver has borrowed some of the waterproofing technology that made LifeProof cases among the best. Now, that technology has been joined with OtterBox’s knack for nearly indestructible cases and has culminated in the Preserver for the Galaxy S5, the most durable and rugged case we’ve ever seen.
The Preserver consists of two halves, a front and rear piece, that securely snap together around your Galaxy S5. Inside this case is also padding which will make sure your Galaxy S5 remains in place and doesn’t wiggle around and also gives extra shock-dampening support. The main difference between the LifeProof and this OtterBox is the increased protection added for drop and impact resistance, and it works extremely well to give you an all-inclusive protective solution.
The Preserver is rated at IP-X8, which means it can be put into 6.6 feet of water for 30 minutes and not let any liquid come into contact with your S5. To pull this feat off, the company also installed a built-in screen protector that still allows your fingerprint scanner to work and adds even more scratch protection to your already scratch-resistant display. It’s also dust-resistant with a rating of IP-6X.
The USB 3.0 charging port at the bottom of your phone is got to via a plug and latch which does require a special tool to open when you’re ready to charge, and that’s probably the only downside to this case. The tool can be attached to your Preserver case via an included lanyard and lanyard hole on the bottom corner of the case.
The Preserver is a little thicker than LifeProof’s cases, but the increased drop protection more than makes up for that fact. I cannot foresee any type of accident causing any sort of damage to your S5 while it’s protected in this beast of a case.
I definitely recommend picking up a Preserver if you’ve been looking for a completely waterproof case. It’s 10 extra dollars over the LifeProof, but the amount of protection it adds is worth way more than that. You don’t get a belt clip like you do with the OtterBox Defender, though, which is the only other thing that could possibly make this case a better value.