Otterbox Commuter Reviews Anyone?

Discussion in 'iPhone Accessories' started by mpossoff, Oct 2, 2010.

  1. mpossoff macrumors 68020

    Mar 21, 2010
    Hi all I'm very interested in the commuter. I'm looking for a case that offers great protection but not max protection like the defender.

    Any reviews?

  2. DarkAether macrumors regular

    May 5, 2010
    Plenty of feedback has already been posted. Hit the "Search this Forum" button and type "otterbox commuter"...voila!
  3. Randman macrumors 65816


    Jul 28, 2008
    Jacksonville, Fla
  4. Dominat0r macrumors 6502a


    Jul 25, 2009
    yep, posted on the Otterbox Commuter thread myself.

    Just got it monday, put it on monday night...tues morning at work, my phone fell almost 6ft onto a hard tile floor....completely surviving and not even a blemish on my case.

    It fits might need to bend the hard shell inwards alittle before you install it...this will give it a really nice tight fit.

    Protection is great, port covers are awesome...its a tad thick for some, but its not to bad to me...i have huge hands.

    I love it, its perfect amount of protection...not nearly as big as the defender. I would of REALLY loved a holster or some type of clip to use it on my belt.
  5. mpossoff thread starter macrumors 68020

    Mar 21, 2010
    How is thickness compared to the speck candy shell? And how is protection compared to the candy shell?

  6. KentuckyHouse macrumors 68020


    Jan 29, 2010
    Lexington, KY.
    I have a 3GS and while I can't speak about the iP4 Commuter specifically, I can tell you that I LOVE the one on my 3GS. It's the perfect mix of protection and a slim design. The silicone Otterbox uses isn't a lint magnet like other silicone pieces I've had and with most of the out shell being plastic, it slides in and out of a pocket easily.

    I also have a Candyshell for my 3GS and while I love it too, having to deal with separate headphone port and dock connector protectors can be a bit of a pain. Yet another thing I love about the Commuter...the built-in port protectors. I've also found that I have some trouble with the Candyshell with aftermarket headphone plugs...sometimes the hole is just too small for them to fit. I've yet to have that problem with the Commuter. Because it's silicone that surrounds the headphone port and not plastic (like the Candyshell), bigger headphone plugs will just squish the silicone out of it's way.

    There's no doubting the Candyshell offers fantastic drop protection too. And, because it doesn't actually cover the edges of the glass on the screen, you won't have any problems with it messing up a screen protector. However, I've found first hand that the Commuter is just as good at drop protection and even though it does cover the edge of the screen, because the silicone is soft, it won't mess up a screen protector. I dropped my 3GS while pulling it out of my back pocket and it landed on the top right corner on the curb, bounced, flipped over a couple of times in the air, and landed screen down on the street. There wasn't a scratch on the phone or screen and the case (because it landed on the silicone on the corner) didn't have a mark on it.

    One thing about the Commuter...the hole in the back that shows off the Apple logo on the back of the phone doesn't have any protection. It's wide open. On a 3GS, this is probably more of a worry than on the iP4 (plastic back vs. glass), but I cut down a clear screen protector and put it over the logo so the back wouldn't get scratched. This does the trick nicely and keeps any little scratches from appearing. Also, if you've got some sort of screen protector on the back of the iP4, the Commuter skin should fit over it just fine.

    IMO, you can't go wrong with the Commuter.

    *edit* I just realized that through all that, I didn't answer your last The Candyshell does add a bit more bulk to the phone than the Commuter, but not too much. Both of them are slim enough to get in and out of a pocket easily.
  7. fishmd macrumors 68000


    Jun 18, 2008
    Sunny South Florida
    I can tell you it is the exact same thickness. I have both and made direct comparison. Great case by the way. It is usually my weekend case for when I am out and about doing the "rough stuff" around the house/yard. :)

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