I should warn you that I am a complete softy when it comes to phone cases. I had absolutely no trouble picking out the phone I wanted: a black iPhone. That decision took all of about two seconds. But I have been freaking out a bit about which case to use. I swear, I feel like I have been stalking the AT&T Wireless store in not only my neighborhood but also the surrounding cities. When I find a store, I will wander in there and look longingly at the cases, but until recently, I couldn’t find a case I was really excited about.
I was under a bit of pressure when I chose my first iPhone case, the Silicrylic Gel/Shell Combo by NCIPIO. The sales guy was being very nice, but I could tell he wanted to get the whole sale done and get on with activating my phone. My wife was also there. She was very effectively rolling her eyes every minute as I vacillated between several models. I almost went with the OtterBox case they had, but ended up going with the NCIPIO model even though I wasn’t completely sold on it.
One month later, I had to do a warranty return on the NCIPIO; it had torn on the corners. I looked at the cases again and just couldn’t justify the price since I had already paid $40 for the one I chose.
During the next few weeks, I found myself looking at the case I originally got with the phone and thinking, “Meh!” It just didn’t feel solid to me or give me the feeling that it could withstand a drop. I am sort of clumsy, and by that I mean I drop everything, so I knew sooner or later I was going to put the case to the test, and the thought freaked me out.
So, I ended up picking up the OtterBox Commuter Series case. It has a very solid feel. I also like that it has little flaps that keep dust and debris out of the phone. Plus it looks flipping sweet, and slides right into my pocket with no problems. I also like the cutout for the Apple logo. You can see it in the picture above.
The Otterbox Commuter Series case comes in two pieces: one is rubber, and the second is hard plastic. The rubber goes on the inside and covers the buttons. The outer hard plastic covers most of the non-screen area. The softer rubber does not in any way impede with the operation of the buttons. The case also comes with a screen protector and a little tool to aid in putting the screen protector on.
The one tiny complaint that I have is you need to be really careful while putting the case on. Just take your time and you’ll do it correctly. I rushed a bit and had to redo it. This is the smallest of complaints and it’s not the case’s fault that I have fat clumsy fingers. Also, be careful to pull the flap back completely before inserting the jack to charge your phone, or it won’t go in correctly.
In short, I am really pleased with the OtterBox Commuter Series case. It is a sturdy, well-designed case that should last a long time. Built to keep out dust and keep your phone safe, it is well-worth the price.
See for yourself on Amazon: Otterbox Commuter Cases
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