OtterBox Commuter Series Case for iPhone 5 – Retail Packaging – Black

  • OtterBox Commuter Series for Apple New iPhone, Black

OtterBox Commuter Series for Apple New iPhone, Black

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  • D. Burns says:
    138 of 146 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Great protection, not very sleek, September 21, 2012
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    I’ve been a big fan of the Otterbox Commuter series of cases, but I was disappointed with the new iPhone 5 Commuter. My issue with the case is its thickness. The case almost doubles the thickness of the iPhone 5 (.30 to .56 inches). For comparison, the iPhone 4 Commuter was .57 inches thick. While the iPhone 5 is .07 inches thinner than the 4, the Commuter case is only .01 inch thinner than the 4 case. Part of that is due to a raised lip on the front that I would guess is 1/8″ high. I found the lip to be quite noticeable when using the phone.

    If the added thickness doesn’t bother you, then you should like this case. It is as nice as the previous Commuter cases I have used. The fit was good and the protective flaps fit nicely over the headphone jack and the lightning port. The case will protect your phone, but I would not describe this case as sleek.

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  • J. Darnell says:
    146 of 152 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Lots of positives, few negatives, September 22, 2012
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    J. Darnell (Tennessee) –
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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.

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  • treken says:
    122 of 124 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Offers great protection!, September 29, 2012
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    treken

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    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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