Durability of otterbox, but with pocket portability?

Discussion in 'iPhone Accessories' started by .Logan, Dec 16, 2010.

  1. .Logan macrumors member

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    Hello,

    I'm going to be getting my first iPhone 4 very soon, and would like help picking a case.

    I've read reviews on this forum and other sites, and the consensus seems to be if you want ultimate protection then you need to get the Otterbox Defender case.

    However, I really don't want a bulky case. I would like to carry my iPhone in my pocket. Can I get anywhere close to the durability of the Otterbox, with more portability?

    Thanks.
     
  2. Biff... macrumors 6502a

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    Its not that bulky, I have the Otterbox defender and easily carry my iphone in my pocket. Its the best case I've ever bought.
     
  3. enemi macrumors regular

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    The Otterbox commuter?
    There's got to be some trade offs..
    If you want it to be less bulky, yet be protective, the Commuter will be your best bet. :(
     
  4. h1r0ll3r macrumors 68040

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    Contour Showcase, iSkin Revo4 or just use a pouch.
     
  5. i3igsmooth5769 macrumors 6502a

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    id go with the commuter....offers excellent protection without the massive bulk that the defender adds.
     
  6. shakeman0 macrumors 6502a

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    +1 for Commuter.
     
  7. bizfox macrumors member

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  8. i3igsmooth5769 macrumors 6502a

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    i heard the finish or rubber flakes on the candyshell
     
  9. Btrthnezr3 macrumors 6502a

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    I really like my Splash Cruiser case. It's mighty pocketable but has been dropped a few times with no problems ;)
     
  10. JASApplications macrumors 65816

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    Otterbox Commuter or Speck Candyshell. I would say Commuter.
     
  11. QuarterSwede macrumors G3

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    +1. I had the commuter with my 3G and it was awesome. When I sold my phone to pay for my iP4 my wife wouldn't let me sell the case with it because she wanted it. She's using it now and it still looks new.

    I don't have experience with the iP4 version but I heard when they were first released that they're a little loose. I'm not sure if that's been fixed or if it was true.
     
  12. rapaleeman macrumors 6502

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    Honestly it isn't the bulk that got me on the Defender it was the silicone. Sticks to almost everything.

    As other have said, the commuter is great. It is my go to everyday case. The Showcase is garbage with a really stupid latch that keeps the phone in the case. Not to mention it doesn't quite close all the way.

    The Candyshell is good but it does scratch easily. Flaking of the rubber is not noticeable after a few days once the case starts to wear. The case lasts a while but it looks really bad after a few days of normal use.
     
  13. in0va3 macrumors member

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    +1, I'm using the CandyShell and even though protection was great, the finish is definitely bad because it scratches.
     
  14. bizfox macrumors member

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    The rubber doesn't flake on mine, but maybe it's because I keep my iPhone in the purse, not my pockets...
     
  15. QuarterSwede macrumors G3

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    Most likely. My wife's phone in her purse gets no where near the abuse mine does in my pocket.
     
  16. duffer macrumors regular

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    The slash cruiser is a great case. Like it much better than my defender.
     

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