OtterBox Commuter TL Case for iPhone 3G/3GS - Black
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OtterBox Commuter TL Series Case (Black) for iPhone 3G/3GS
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There's not much difference between the Commuter and the TL version except the Commuter offers side protection but none for the apple logo on the back. Whereas the TL covers the logo with the see through window which appealed to me. The rubberised/silicon cover provides a snug (but not too snug so you can't put it on) fit. The clear plastic back then secures it further, preventing your phone from sliding inside the case so if anything were to get in the back, it wouldn't scratch. The rubber/silicon jacket feels smooth but still provides the grip that you need. My phone feels protected without looking like it's been encased in brick. What's more I like the fact it protects all your ports. It's a little deceptive on the picture but actually covers the chrome bezel around the iPhone protecting it from scuffs and knocks.
All in all it's a good case, doesn't look too bulky but doesn't compromise protection.For all the people who like to dress their phones in pretty cases I probably wouldn't recommend it as it's more functional than it is pretty. I gave up on pretty cases, as although it looks great, it doesn't always protect your phone. In fact it was my pretty case that ended up scratching my precious previously scratch free iPhone.
If you work in a tough environment, outdoors or someone who does a lot of outdoor activities you might want the defender. If you want a functional everyday case then the TL is perfect.
So does it meet the challenge? Yes, in a stylish and elegant way. But why not five stars? I still feel there is more to be done with the materials and the fit, it could appear cheap in parts and the fit isn't a snug as it could be. Call me a perfectionist but I want the protection to be there and barely noticeable while I still find myself removing this at times and feeling the difference in my hand. Overall however, if you want a case - it's one of the best I've seen.
I wanted a smaller/lower profile case for my iPhone 3GS to use alongside my other one (Luxury Black Leather Premium Flip Case for Apple iPhone 3G 3GS, which is excellent by the way, especially for the protection it gives, but it bulks out the phone alot).
The Otterbox Commuter TL comes in three bits, a rubber flexible jacket that fits over the back and sides of the phone, a plastic re-enforcing cover that goves over the top of the jacket, griping top to bottom and covering the back, and a clear self-adhesive screen protector for the front.
Rubber flaps cover the earphone and USB connectors very securely; the on/off button and volume buttons are covered completely, with raised bumps on the jacket to indicate where these buttons are (which work fine with the cover over the top). The ringer silencer is the only button which remains exposed with the case on.
I found the adhesive screen protector a bit fiddly to put on, and gave up in the end - I wasn't happy with the first attempt so took it off and tried again (only to find second time round it didn't adhere properly). Will probably have another go at some point (no doubt more to do with me having two left thumbs).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is well worth the money it protects the phone as it's very costly also phone still looks like newPublished on 23 Jun. 2014 by Livewire
...So that's good. I'm not exactly careful with my phone either, so this is a positive. Stylish case that does the job well. Read morePublished on 19 May 2014 by Undergrad student
It does what it says on the tin!
Great practical cover... Gives protection and leaves access for wires etc.
I would definitely recommend
I have since gone on to a 4S but the entire time I had this on a 3GS I never once smashed my screen or in anyway messed my phone up.Published on 11 Sept. 2013 by Stephen Bradley
After using this for years since buying, it's been very useful and has protected the phone from any drops. Read morePublished on 16 Jun. 2013 by Kacper
The Commuter TL case fits the phone well without making it too bulky to fit into a pocket. The phone feels well protected for everyday use but you might need something stronger if... Read morePublished on 17 Nov. 2011 by J. Parry
Having recently invested in an iPHone 3 I was looking for something to protect it knowing that it would spend a fair amount of time travelling round the country with me. Read morePublished on 13 Nov. 2011 by Spurge
This is a neat, tough little case. A combination of a soft silicon rubber cover and a clear rigid protective backing make this a great product. Read morePublished on 16 Sept. 2011 by Mr. Pj Manning
Well made case giving plenty of protection, easy to fit, not too bulky. Comfortable grip when holding iPhone & it does not let phone slip out of your handPublished on 13 July 2011 by Mr. Tony Everest