OtterBox Commuter Series for Apple New iPhone, Black
List Price: $ 34.95
I am not going to write a complete review, but I have to chime in on an ‘issue’ people are commenting on regarding this case.
No, this case is not sleek, it’s a !@$*& otter box. If you bought this case, or are considering buying this case, it’s because you want to protect your phone and prevent any damage from occurring. This phone is perfect for that purpose.
It may not still be as small as just the phone in your pocket, but who expects that when they buy an otter box? This case protects my phone great. It has a silicone insert which you put your phone into first, and then you put it into the hard, outer shell. This case even comes with a screen protector. Well worth the money in my opinion.
And on another note, the power button is not as hard to press as people make it sound, and I am sure it will get easier to press the longer you own the case.
The only thing I might say could be improved upon would be to put rubber on the bottom side of the case (perhaps a rubber bumper in each corner) to prevent it from sliding around. I have noticed when I toss the phone on my desk, it slides quite a bit. Perhaps my desk is just clean, but that’s the only thing I could nit pick about this wonderful case.
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Compared to the iPhone 4S version of this case this is a complete redesign. Part of that was required because of the new dimension, port locations and size of the iPhone 5, but other parts seem to be a genuine attempt at improvements.
Positives–Feels very well protected.–Newer rubber material is more plasticky than previous versions. Better feel, nicer fit and seems less likely to stretch over time. Also doesn’t catch when going into the pocket.
Neutral–Edge on the front glass is significant. This doesn’t encumber my typing but I am aware of it. Of course, this is part of the protection of this case and is a fair trade-off in my opinion.–General thickness. Definitely distracts from the beauty of an iPhone 5. This is not a flaw in the product, though, just a decisions making point for the consumer. That thickness is, once again, a trade-off for protection.
Negatives–Power button has a ton of resistance while in this case. Not sure if this will break in with time or not.
Having said all of that I recommend this case whole-heartedly if you’re looking for a good amount of protection and you’re willing to trade some sleekness for it. For me it seems like a significant step up in materials and fit and finish quality over the previous versions.
I had an OtterBox Defender case for my iPhone 4 and liked it a lot. It was kind of bulky though and I never used the belt clip. When I got the iPhone 5, I thought it best to look at both the Defender and the Commuter cases. The Commuter case was the best case for me.
Despite what others may have said, this case is quite stylish. It fits the phone perfectly. The screen protector is easy to install, protects the screen and stays in place. I can only surmise that the other reviewer just didn’t get it on right. It fits perfectly, edge to edge and stays in place. I was very pleased.
The rubbery inner shell of the case cushions the phone nicely, the tabs covering the ports and the off button are stiff at first, but loosen up with use. The shell exterior or outer case is thick enough to be protective and in a matte finish so it doesn’t show fingerprints and it resists scratches. The case goes together easily and fits snuggly.
The inner shell is a navy blue and the outer shell is “Night Sky” blue. It’s an attractive combination. The phone in the case is a bit thicker than the phone without the case, but it’s a case and my goal in getting it was to protect the phone while still having a phone that looked nice and was easy to slip in and out of my pocket, a purse or backpack pocket. This case fits the bill.
By all accounts, OtterBox is a reputable company that makes quality products (see several other reviews of OtterBox products). If you are having an issue, give them a call. My expectation is that they will do whatever is necessary to provide a case that meets or exceeds your expectations.
I’m very pleased with my purchase and would highly recommend this product.