Otterbox Commuter vs Impact

Discussion in 'iPhone Accessories' started by flipangle, Jul 10, 2010.

  1. macrumors regular

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    Been hearing great things about Otterbox. Never had one of their cases before. What the difference between these two Otterbox series? And is the defender a lot bulkier? I want good protection for my new iPhone 4 but don't want to carry a brick. I currently use a Speck PixelSkin for my 3G. It's pretty darn thick. Anything thicker would be a deal breaker for me.
     
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    Opie

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    I have had all three for my 3gs and the defender is definitely a brick. I purchased the impact and it was ok but Hard to get in and out of pocket because it is all silicone. The commuter was my favorite and it got used the most. Otterbox has pictures of what the new three cases will look like.http://www.otterbox.com/iphone-cases/iphone-4-cases/ I recommend the commuter.
     
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    OverSpun

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    I have the same problem deciding between Impact and commuter. I just dont want commuter to be too thick. I really need to see pictures of it laying next to the phone and vs. with the bumper too. That should help a lot. I def dont need def. case. Looks way too beastly. Hmm.

    I only bought the bumper as a temporary case until a good one starts selling.
     
  4. thread starter macrumors regular

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    I agree. I can't get a sense of the relative thickness between the commuter and the impact based on the pics on the website.
     
  5. thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for your comments. Definitely helpful.
     
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    I've never owned an Otterbox, but a friend of mine had the Impact, & it ripped in several places after only a few weeks. Not sure if that's typical for it.

    As for me, I'm not a silicone case fan AT ALL, so I will probably go with the Defender or Commuter. I'm pretty much always sliding my phone in/out of my pocket, & silicone makes that hard to do.

    Another case that offered me GREAT drop protection with my 3G & 3GS was the Switcheasy CapsuleRebel. They haven't released it for the 4 yet, but I really suggest it. I dropped my old phones on concrete, hardwood, & tile SO many times, but didn't even get so much as a scratch on either phone.
     
  7. macrumors member

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    I had the OtterBox Commuter case on my iPhone 3Gs and I loved it. A few reasons why I like the OtterBox cases is because 1.) Durability, reliability, and craftsmanship and 2.) Their cases also incorporate port covers for both the headphone and dock connector ports which is awsome for those rainy days ;)
     
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    I'm confused. Aren't the Defender and Commuter also silicone?
     
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    I checked the website & only saw the Impact's description as being silicone, but I could have overlooked it. :confused:

    Edit: DOH, I guess they are. Just watched an unboxing on YouTube of a Commuter for the 3GS that has a plastic back (over the silicone), & a Defender that has an outer layer of silicone. Sorry about that. This changes everything for my decision making process, haha. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ov2sNzx7jHY
     
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    OverSpun

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    That helped me. Commuter is my choice. I hope it's ready soon.
     
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    Is the defender the only one that includes a holster? I want a holster as I don't keep my phone in my pocket.
     
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    Waiting patiently for the 'buy now' email to come along ....
     
  13. macrumors regular

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    Didn't they say it would take a couple of months? :(
     
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    OverSpun

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    :(
     
  15. macrumors newbie

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    All of our SmartPhone Defender cases come with belt clip/holster included. There are also several smartphone cases that offer an optional ballistic nylon holster if the customer prefers a belt holster as opposed to a beltclip. There are also belt clip/holsters are for sale on our website if you choose to purchase extra. Some devices that might not come with the belt clip/holster included with the purchase of the case can be purchased as a separate optional accessory, if available. Cases that have one of the nylon holsters available for sale, but not included, are: 1930, 1931, 1920, 1921, and the HP cases 1910 and 1911.
     
  16. macrumors newbie

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    I've had an OtterBox Defender for my iPhone 3G for the past year. I've used the holster for a while, but found that I kept knocking the phone outta the holster everytime I sat in my armed office chair! I keep my iPhone in my pants/slacks pocket and, while it is difficult to get in and out, at least I know that it's NOT going to accidentally fall out of my pocket!
     
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    OverSpun

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    Anyone have a realism ETA on their commuter case? I'm tired of this bumper case, and its not safe at all.
     
  18. macrumors regular

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    People - Your experiences with the iPhone 4 versions of these various Otterbox cases? Defender / Commuter / Etc
     
  19. macrumors member

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    I have the defender and I love it. I have dropped my phone a zillion times with no problems. Once in a puddle of water and the water didn't touch my phone.
     
  20. macrumors newbie

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    How well do stick on screen protectors like Zagg do in these Otterboxes? Do the edges come up or flare up from contact with the case?
     
  21. macrumors regular

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    Works fine with both the Commuter and Impact. Is not compatible with the Defender.
     
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    JASApplications

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    Commuter! In my opinion the Impact is just like any silicone case however you get paid a huge premium because it has the logo of Otterbox on it!
     
  23. macrumors regular

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    Any good side by side pics or comparison between Defender and Commuter for iPhone 4?
     
  24. macrumors 6502

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    I have the commuter and i like it. The only problem with it is that i found the edges a bit sharp(it annoys me a bit while talking) but aside from that,I'm haooy with it :)
     
  25. macrumors newbie

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    I just got the commuter in after using the Apple bumper for a month or two. I will never go back. Best case I've ever had by far.
     

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