Become a MacRumors Supporter for $25/year with no ads, private forums, and more!

Otterbox Video Review: Hands-On With the Defender and Commuter Cases for iPhone 6 Plus

MacRumors

macrumors bot
Original poster
Apr 12, 2001
50,350
11,713



Otterbox is well known for offering some of the most protective iPhone cases on the market, and the company's offerings for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus don't seem to be any exception. We went hands-on with Otterbox's two most protective cases for Apple's new devices, the Defender and the Commuter.

As with all of Otterbox's rugged iPhone cases, more protection requires sacrificing the sleek, slim design of the iPhone. Both the Defender and the Commuter are bulky, but offer drop protection, dust protection, and screen protection. Check out our review to see the differences between the two cases.


Otterbox cases can be purchased from the Otterbox website. The Commuter for the iPhone 6 is priced at $39.90 and the iPhone 6 Plus version is priced at $49.90. The more protective Defender case for the iPhone 6 is priced at $59.50 and the iPhone 6 Plus version of the Defender is available for $69.90.

Article Link: Otterbox Video Review: Hands-On With the Defender and Commuter Cases for iPhone 6 Plus
 

Klae17

macrumors 65816
Jul 15, 2011
1,098
1,258
Remember, MacRumors have stated they do not receive money from reviews. So this is not a sponsored ad. Moving on...
 
Comment

godslabrat

macrumors 6502
Aug 19, 2007
346
110
I bought one of the super-protective cases from redbubble for my iPhone 6. It rivals the OtterBox in ruggedness but isn't nearly as fat. I think that's where I'll be going for all my cases from now on.
 
Comment

avanpelt

macrumors 68030
Jun 2, 2010
2,932
3,802
I'm confused. Did these cases just come out? Surely not since the phone has been out for almost six months. If the cases did not just come out, why did MR wait this long to do a hands-on?
 
Comment

nick42983

macrumors 6502
May 18, 2009
440
343
California
I use a plain black Incipio case for my 6+, protective, but not a bulky piece of *****. I understand some people are too clumsy for anything else, but you've got to factor in the amount of pleasure and enjoyment taken away from using your sleek phone when encasing it in a rubber brick.
 
Comment

JosephAW

macrumors 68040
May 14, 2012
3,357
3,976
The reason I wanted a case is because the iPhone 6 is so slippery. I purchased a Commuter case and it works great except the hard case is in the outside and it's still sliding out my car's slots and sliding off flat surfaces and my hands.
They need to coat the outside with a rubber film and it would be perfect.
 
Comment

rshanahan

macrumors regular
Dec 24, 2007
162
0
North East, MD
Case has been out since day 1 (for iPhone 6). Reported on MULTIPLE web sites, including Otter's themselves, reviewers complained that it doesn't fit. I delayed my iphone6 upgrade until January waiting for them (Otter) to fix the issues, which they said were incorrect specifications supplied by Apple, yet they continued to sell the ill fitting iPhone 6 commuter. I have had commuters on my previous two phones (5 and 4s). This time, I wrapped my phone with another brand. :(
 
Comment

bchreng

macrumors 65816
Jul 26, 2005
1,054
347
Case has been out since day 1 (for iPhone 6). Reported on MULTIPLE web sites, including Otter's themselves, reviewers complained that it doesn't fit. I delayed my iphone6 upgrade until January waiting for them (Otter) to fix the issues, which they said were incorrect specifications supplied by Apple, yet they continued to sell the ill fitting iPhone 6 commuter. I have had commuters on my previous two phones (5 and 4s). This time, I wrapped my phone with another brand. :(

This. I bought one for my iPhone 6 which also didn't fit. Called Otterbox for a replacement, which they promptly sent. Unfortunately, it also didn't fit. While I've had great experiences with Otter products in the past with my Android phones, I think I'll stick with Spigen for my iPhone needs.
 
Comment

Fattytail

macrumors 6502a
Apr 11, 2012
902
240
I never really understood why people bought these. They're unnecessarily bulky and they're horrendously ugly. Offensively ugly. If you want protection, there are so many other choices out there that look better and are cheaper.
 
Comment

bchreng

macrumors 65816
Jul 26, 2005
1,054
347
I never really understood why people bought these. They're unnecessarily bulky and they're horrendously ugly. Offensively ugly. If you want protection, there are so many other choices out there that look better and are cheaper.

Because they protect well. That bulkiness is there for a reason.
 
Comment

oacory

macrumors regular
Jun 11, 2008
125
0
New Jersey
I never really understood why people bought these. They're unnecessarily bulky and they're horrendously ugly. Offensively ugly. If you want protection, there are so many other choices out there that look better and are cheaper.

I have the Otterbox Defender for the iPhone 6 (had it since day 1) and I will say that the cases are less bulky then the iPhone 4 and 5 cases. I was actually surprised.

I think they just released the iPhone 6 Plus case which is why this may be featured. I know I had alot of friends were complaining that Otterbox wasn't making a case for the Plus and really there was no good, protective case for them.
 
Comment

Lancer

macrumors 68020
Jul 22, 2002
2,151
96
Australia
I never really understood why people bought these. They're unnecessarily bulky and they're horrendously ugly. Offensively ugly. If you want protection, there are so many other choices out there that look better and are cheaper.

The bulk is there so they work, I got one of the Commuter ones for my 5s the day I bought it, still like new today 18 months later. Also I don't like how thin some phones have become, with the case on the 5s is so much easier to pick up, and you don't feel like you're about to drop it.
 
Comment

teslo

macrumors 6502a
Jun 9, 2014
929
599
I have the Otterbox Defender for the iPhone 6 (had it since day 1) and I will say that the cases are less bulky then the iPhone 4 and 5 cases. I was actually surprised

defending your clutziness, i see - stop playin', the thing is a monster ;)

i know of this thing called personal preference, and i abide by it... but i'll only accept construction workers/ physical laborers on this front. learn to take care of your phones lol
 
Comment

Mainsail

macrumors 68000
Sep 19, 2010
1,533
1,658
Protection adds bulk....just the way it is.

If you want minimalist protection (scratches only), get a plastic shield or the Apple silicone case. Or, don't use any case at all.

If you want maximum protection (drops and falls), get a thick case like these from Otter Box.

If you want something in between, consider the Speck Candy Shell or the Otter Box Symmetry. These are dual material silicone and plastic cases that provide very good drop protection without adding as much bulk as the Defender and Commuter.

I have the Symmetry for my iPhone 6, and it has been a very good case.....not perfect....but solid.
 
Comment

Apple_Robert

Contributor
Sep 21, 2012
18,018
19,652
In the middle of several books.
defending your clutziness, i see - stop playin', the thing is a monster ;)

i know of this thing called personal preference, and i abide by it... but i'll only accept construction workers/ physical laborers on this front. learn to take care of your phones lol

How about you look up logical fallacy, and then look back at your post here? Not everyone who uses a case is "clutzy" or is incapable of taking care of their phone.
 
Comment

GrumpyOldMac

macrumors newbie
Nov 8, 2014
29
0
I used Otterbox cases for years. But the prices are really inflated for what they are. Last fall I bought an iBattz battery case that provides every bit as much protection as the Defender (I use my iPhone 5 under very rugged conditions, including hunting trips). But the iBattz also provides me with two full charges, and it has about the same bulk as the defender, for the same approximate price. I can even swap in spare batteries so it's great for an outdoorsman. It's worked flawlessly for six months and I'm done with Otter. IBattz even included a slimmer frame case that still holds the spare battery but adds little bulk.

Very happy with the switch.

Edited to add that I like a bulkier phone anyway! I don't get the slim obsession. I like to be able to grip it, use it in bad weather, and treat it roughly. My two year old iPhone 5 hasn't got a scratch on it. And yeah, I'm not clumsy. I just can't get into having a fragile phone. I work outdoors and in grungy conditions. Maybe those touting slimness and calling heavy case users clumsy need to get a real job. Just teasing.
 
Last edited:
Comment

JobsGang

macrumors regular
Aug 18, 2013
238
18
I never really understood why people bought these. They're unnecessarily bulky and they're horrendously ugly. Offensively ugly. If you want protection, there are so many other choices out there that look better and are cheaper.

I don't get it either. Jony Ive must throw up when he sees his beautiful design in such a monstrosity.
 
Comment
Register on MacRumors! This sidebar will go away, and you'll see fewer ads.