If you use the Defender without the belt clip there's no problems putting it into or taking it out of your pocket. I don't notice the extra weight to be honest but that could be because I'm 6' 2" and a big guy.
For me protection comes first and looks second, honestly I can't understand people who'd risk a $600+ ($1000 for me) loss + all the inconvenience for the sake of it looking marginally better.
Of course I don't want it to look like rubbish but protection always first.
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