August 22, 2010

Review: Otterbox Commuter for iPhone 4 (Hint: Excellent!)

Its been a little more than two months since the iPhone 4 has hit the streets (and along the way created a huge buzz around the whole "antennagate" issue which calls in the importance of needing a case) and case manufacturers have finally kept up with the demand and starting to release various iPhone 4 cases.  As a consumer/reader, you probably have noticed the recent influx of case reviews all over the web and if you are reading this one, you are probably trying to figure the best solution for you.  Well, as a favor to you, I'll go ahead and tell you upfront that this Otterbox Commuter Series case is pretty darn close to perfection.  Put it this way, I'll be running around with this case for my own iPhone 4 for a while.  Lets get right to the details:

Otterbox Commuter Series for iPhone 4 (Just right amount of Toughness!)
The Otterbox name is synonymous for durability.  Every single one of my Otterbox cases (regardless if its iPhones, iPods or iPads) have always been tough cookies.  In a very typical (and solid) design, the Commuter case is made of two components (three if you count the screen protector).  A rubber inner sleeve and a plastic hardshell protection.  The Commuter Series typically falls right in between the protection level amongst the Otterbox product line (Defender Series are extremely tough and Impact are entry level tough). Being in between is why I think the Commuter case for iPhone 4 is such a perfect design.  It offers just the right amount of toughness without sacrificing the compactness. 

With this case on my iPhone, I feel like its rubberize inner layer will help with impact reduction with the outer hardshell layer will provide protection against another hard object.  While the iPhone glass LCD screen is known for its durability, its still nice to see Otterbox provide an extra layer of protection to apply to the LCD screen.  Otterbox Commuter cases always provide the protective cover to all the ports/holes to prevent dusts and other objects from entering.  Officially, the case is not water resistant or shock proofed but at $35 MSRP, I'll say that this case is one of the best for your iPhone 4 in terms of build quality and durability. Go get 'em!


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