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OtterBox Commuter Series Case for iPhone 5 – Retail Packaging – Night Sky Reviews

OtterBox Commuter Series Case f&#959r iPhone 5 – Retail Packaging – Night Sky

  • OtterBox Commuter Series f&#959r Apple N&#1077w iPhone, Night Sky

OtterBox Commuter Series f&#959r Apple N&#1077w iPhone, Night Sky

List Price: $ 34.95

Price: $ 34.95

OtterBox Defender Series Case f&#959r iPhone 5 – Retail Packaging – Bolt

  • OtterBox Defender Series f&#959r Apple N&#1077w iPhone, Bolt

OtterBox Defender Series f&#959r Apple N&#1077w iPhone, Bolt

List Price: $ 49.95

Price: $ 29.95

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6 Responses to “OtterBox Commuter Series Case for iPhone 5 – Retail Packaging – Night Sky Reviews”

  1. D. Burns says:
    81 of 83 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Fantastic protection, not very sleek, September 21, 2012
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    D. Burns (NC) –
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    I’ve been a huge fan of the Otterbox Commuter series of suitcases, but I was disappointed with the new iPhone 5 Commuter. My issue with the case is its thickness. The case nearly 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 suitcases I have used. The fit was excellent and the protective flaps fit nicely over the earphone jack and the lightning port. The case will protect your phone, but I would not clarify this case as sleek.

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  2. J. Darnell says:
    87 of 92 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 honest trade-off in my opinion.
    –General thickness. Certainly 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 excellent 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 end quality over the previous versions.

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  3. treken says:
    40 of 40 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Offers fantastic 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 hurt from occurring. This phone is perfect for that function.

    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 fantastic. It has a silicone insert which you place your phone into first, and then you place it into the hard, external bombard. This case even comes with a screen bodyguard. Well worth the money in my opinion.

    And on another note, the power button is not as hard to push as people make it sound, and I am sure it will get simpler to push the longer you own the case.

    The only thing I might say could be improved upon would be to place 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 sterile, but that’s the only thing I could nit pick about this wonderful case.

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  4. FreeSpirit says:
    191 of 200 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Balanced review after testing it for a day with iPhone 5, September 20, 2012
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    FreeSpirit
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    I got my iPhone 5 today (through carrier sources) though it’s yet to be activated and the first thing I did naturally was place the Otterbox Defender case on it. I had the Defender for my 3GS and it protected my phone all these years. Didn’t have the iPhone 4/4S so I can’t compare it to that. Instant impressions so far:

    PROTECTION – Protection wise, the iPhone 5 Defender is at par with the 3GS. Industrial grade protection with complete coverage. Same concept and by and large design, though the silicone feels slightly thicker and more solid in the 5. The silicone has a matte end compared to the smooth end in the 3GS, which hopefully should help dodge dust and lint – this was the only drawback with the 3GS case, it needed cleaning frequently.

    BUTTONS/PORTS – Power and volume buttons are covered with silicone shaped like the buttons themselves. No problem pressing either of these buttons with the silicone. The earphone jack, charging port, and silent button have silicone plugs that can be pulled out to expose the jacks. (TIP – to open the plugs, insert nail and push the top silicone part higher to get behind the plug to pull it out. Hope this makes sense. The earphone plug is tiny and it can take some time getting used to opening it). The charging port plug, when opened, keeps snapping back into the case, which earnings it has to be held open with one hand to insert the mount. Insignificant issue, and I’m hoping that with use, this piece will come undone up a bit so that it stays open if needed. Opening at the back for the Apple logo is covered with a transparent plastic film. The front camera/speaker, the back camera/flash, and the two speakers at the bottom are left open and are the only exposed parts of the phone.

    SCREEN COVERAGE – Clear plastic film on the screen integrated into the case, the touchscreen experience is as excellent with the film as it is without the case. The transparent film makes a tiny layer of air or moisture between itself and the screen, which can make watermarks on the screen. This was an issue with the 3GS as well. (TIP – I had read numerous forums for my 3GS that recommended applying baby powder before installing this case, but I in person didn’t find that to be a lasting solution. Applying an Anti-Glare film to the phone’s screen before installing the case was the best solution. I am still coming up for my Anti-Glare film to come in, but I installed a spare I had for my 3GS just to see if that solved the issue with the 5, and it did).

    HOLSTER – The silicone is kept intact with two plastic tabs on the side. This really helps keep the silicone in shape and prevents it from stretching or loosening over time. These tabs also work as the locking means for the holster. The case can be inserted facing in or out in the holster, a fine improvement by Otterbox. Most such holsters I have seen only allow face-in orientation (3GS allowed only face-in which I found annoying when going for a run). This holster has a fully rotating belt clip so that it can be attached vertically or horizontally on the belt. No chance of the case falling out, nice secure fit. The holster is much better and ergonomically designed than the 3GS version. It is simpler to access the phone with this design.

    Here are a few details that I wanted to see improved/addressed:

    - Front and back camera openings – the two openings are huge! The front camera/speaker/light sensor opening is one huge opening. For the 3GS version (3GS only has speaker on the front, no camera) and from what I have seen for the 4S, the suitcases had a precision opening which provided better by and large coverage. For the back, the opening is approximately 30-40% larger than it should be for the camera and flash. It would have been nice to have more precise openings on both places for even better protection.

    - Earphone jack plug – this perhaps has more to do with the placement of the earphone jack itself, but the case opening is really small and it’s not very smooth to open the silicone plug. For the 3GS, the silicone plug went around the earphone jack to the back, which made opening it a breeze. They could have used the same design for the 5 as well. With the contemporary design, it takes time opening the earphone plug. It’s entirely possible it is just something that takes getting used to, or that the silicone will come undone over time making it simpler to open.

    - The iPhone 5 is a super sleek, light, and slick looking device. Putting the Defender case makes it bulky (more than doubles the thickness). Now this is a pro in that it offers super-protection which I cannot live without. The downside is that it takes away the aesthetic beauty of the iPhone.

    I bought this in black when that was the only color available. Now it seems there are a lot more choices. Wish I had waited for the Glacier (just a personal preference)!

    Other than these minor issues, I am…

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  5. Gabriel Marcial says:
    85 of 86 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Outstanding protection with certain drawbacks, September 24, 2012
    By 
    Gabriel Marcial
    (REAL NAME)
      

    Synopsis: If you’re looking for the best protection for your iPhone 5 right now, this is the case you’re looking for. The fit on the iPhone 5 is superb, and the peace of mind it will bring you is worth the cost of entry if protection is the utmost priority. The case makes some compromises to afford you that protection, which could be a dealbreaker if you’re not really onboard with a bulkier case. I’ll detail those below.

    Installation: Installation is a breeze if you’ve ever used an OtterBox case before (I hadn’t). The best way to start is to open up the tab on the high left corner by the volume controls, then pull the silicone bumper off the case with your fingertips. Things are simple from that point on.

    Durability: Rock solid. I field veteran this in NYC over the weekend, and the case acquitted itself very well. Wasn’t at all worried about it, and minor bumps and the usual commuter jostling while trekking around the city were no contest for this case. I haven’t dropped it yet, but would be willing to bet the phone that it will survive the usual momentarily clumsiness onto city sidewalks.

    Bulk/Aesthetics: These are the largest–and related–points of contention. Much has been said about this, so I’ll say this plainly: if you don’t like the pictures of this case, not anything about seeing this in person will change your mind. From a usability standpoint, if you’re a male wearing slim or skinny jeans, the front pocket is out of the question. Back pockets work surprisingly well, and retrieving the phone quickly is slower but still doable. If you’re a female and wear skinny jeans, you’ll need to carry this in your purse for sure. You’ll also need to make room accordingly.

    Feel: Somewhat subjective, but vital enough to warrant mentioning. The screen bodyguard that comes with the front panel of the hardshell interior doesn’t quite sit flush the screen. As a result, the case takes off some of the “snappiness” of the UI. This is most noticeable when you lightly swipe the screen, since it sometimes doesn’t catalog. Additionally, you can really feel the screen depress slightly while working with the phone. This is less annoying than when I first noticed it, but it’s still an issue I’m struggling with in person.

    Earphone jack: The earphone jack is troubling, and this is where the bulk of the case works against it. Earbuds with square, 90 degree jacks (or even straight jacks that are bulkier than usual) will NOT fit on this case. The bulk of the case earnings that a 3.5mm that isn’t straight and slim won’t sit flush with the jack. This also applies for the auxiliary cables to connect to your car’s entertainment system. (For reference, I’m using the Monster aux cables, which are slightly larger at the 3.5mm end.)

    Lightning cover: I thought the cover for this was well done. The lightning connector sits well protected by a cover that integrates nicely with the case.

    Recap/Bottom Line: This case is worth the 4 stars for the sheer amount of abuse it can withstand. The tradeoffs to usability and aesthetics are understandable, but noteworthy. If you’ve read this far and are still on the fence, you should probably weigh this case against a slimmer case with a separate screen bodyguard.

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  6. E. S. Kent "maximumboo" says:
    102 of 116 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Mixed feelings about this, September 22, 2012
    By 
    E. S. Kent “maximumboo” (Los Angeles, CA United States) –
    (REAL NAME)
      

    If you’re looking for something to protect your phone while it bounces around the bottom of your Jeep, this is the case for you. It looks so tough, in fact, I bet you could run over it with a car–though I won’t be testing that theory with mine. Lol

    BUT– it is HUGE. And it is HEAVY. With this case on, the iPhone 5 is larger than the 4. And the case sits so high off the screen (like the screen is in a level ditch) and so close to the edge of the screen, it makes it really uncomfortable to do basic tasks. Like write an Amazon review. Or text, send by e-mail, play games…
    It’s exceedingly annoying.
    I would have kept this case despite the size and consequence if not for the screen real estate intrusion.
    For me, it’s a major deal breaker.
    Getting something else.

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