Otterbox Commuter vs. Ballistic Shell Gel

Discussion in 'iPhone Accessories' started by Stevie04, Dec 1, 2011.

  1. Stevie04 macrumors member

    Jul 22, 2011
    I need a protective case for my iPhone 4S which is not too bulky.
    I already found 2 good cases but i can't decide which one i should buy:
    Otterbox Commuter:,default,pd.html
    Ballistic Shell Gel:
    I like the good corner protection of the Ballistic but i am not sure if it has enough protection for the screen. The Commuter has a good protection but the corner protection is not as good as the Ballistic.
    So which one should I buy? Can you help me?
  2. rapaleeman macrumors 6502

    Sep 15, 2010
    Get the Commuter.

    To be honest the corner protection isn't that much different. The big thing is that the Commuter has plastic surround the top and bottom of the phone to keep all of the silicone in place. With the SG case, the phone actually moves up and down inside of it since there is nothing keeping it held firmly in place.

    The Commuter can be a pain to put on, but once all of the silicone and plastic lines up, it is a solid choice that will withstand a decent drop. Mine did a few months back when I was testing it out.
  3. HKUSP.40 macrumors regular

    Nov 2, 2011
    Commuter hands down. Otterbox's customer service is top notch too!

  4. Stevie04 thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 22, 2011
    hmh okay... if it has the better protection i will go for the commuter.
    And yes I think you're right. It has the better plastic protection on the top and on the bottom. So do you think it can withstand even high drops?
    Does it have a protection for the Apple logo?
  5. rapaleeman macrumors 6502

    Sep 15, 2010
    Not sure how high you want to drop the phone but I do know mine survived from a drop while my phone was up to my ear (I'm 5'11''). This tool at Disney World bumped into me while I was on the phone for work. I was in a corner by myself and this idiot like stumbled into me. Anyway the case was fine and so was the phone. No scratches or anything. I was survived the case was still 100%.

    No logo protection though. Get a pack of cheap screen protectors on eBay for the back or use a skin like Lucky Labs. No logo protection was really my only true issue with the case.

    If I didn't need more juice for my phone (I use a Mophie currently) I would probably still have it in a Commuter or back in one of my tried and true Candyshells. I have a Black Candyshell that has literally been through a warzone, is banged up pretty bad, yet still offers protection for the phone. Crazy.
  6. Stevie04, Dec 1, 2011
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    Stevie04 thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 22, 2011
    okay i think that case should have enough drop protection for normal height.
    Yes, I already ordered the powersupport Crytal screen protector which comes with an additional back protector. This should work too right?
    So I think i gonna go for the Commuter then :)

    Edit: one last question: does the commuter have enough screen protection? is the lip around the phone big enough?
  7. HKUSP.40 macrumors regular

    Nov 2, 2011
    It has a large lip around the screen and it also comes with a nice screen protector.
  8. Stevie04 thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 22, 2011
    Alright. then i will buy the Commuter! Thanks for your help guys :)
  9. Leonard1818 macrumors 68020

    Nov 15, 2011
    At fist I didn't like the otterboxes cause of the size. My dad ended up with a defender after cracking his screen then trying to run his phone over with a lawnmower....

    That thing is HUGE. He has a belt holster thing for it and it looks like he's got a TV at his hip.

    Then I ended up in Verizon with a case to return and I looked at the commuter. Basic, black, looks like great protection, lip around the screen so it doesn't sit flat, sold.

    Can't beat it for $26 or whatever it was after my disc.
  10. ac921ol macrumors 6502

    Feb 1, 2011
    anyone have a commuter case they dont like or done need?? looking to get one for the DF, so she can take care of her phone, already dropped and cracked one 4s in less then a month. lol
  11. HKUSP.40 macrumors regular

    Nov 2, 2011
  12. stevenpa macrumors 6502

    Jun 28, 2011
  13. HKUSP.40 macrumors regular

    Nov 2, 2011
    Only downside to Amazon is you have to pay shipping since it's under $25.

    But X2 on Otterbox's warranty. I just got a Commuter a few weeks ago and noticed that the plastic in one corner seemed ever so slightly warped. I emailed Otterbox customer service with pics and simply asked if it was normal. I am perfectly satisfied with my case as is but just wanted to know if it was normal. They IMMEDIATELY replied (within 5 minutes) asking for my info because they wanted to send me a brand new case! I couldn't believe it. A+ for them!
  14. stevenpa macrumors 6502

    Jun 28, 2011
    Yeah, I have prime so it works out well. But yes their warranty is amazing. Had a Nokia and it cracked along one of the edges, they sent me a new case in two days no questions asked.
  15. cbronfman macrumors 6502

    Feb 24, 2008
    Washington DC
    15% off Otterbox's site

    I was just on looking at the different options and see they have a 15% off promotion going on through 12/13.

    'Tis the season to give back

    In the spirit of the season we are giving back to those who protect us. From 11/29 thru 12/13 you get 15% off and we’ll give 5% of your purchase to an organization that helps protect those who protect us. You get to pick the agency who receives your 5% and you get to designate the donation in honor of yourself or someone important to you
  16. Arbiter569 macrumors newbie

    May 16, 2013
    They are pretty much the same so at this point it's all about which one you think looks better.

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