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Superb Product, in Part but highly recommended nonetheless
on 11 January 2012
I have been a fan of Otter Cases for a while now and have bought the Otterbox Commuter for my new iPhone 4S. Otterbox offer a range of cases but I have found that the Commuter range fits my needs best - a good compromise between protection, size and looks. I am a bit tough on phones so they do need protection.
First of the case itself is excellent and comes in 2 parts - (1) the soft silicon skin which gives you something to hold on to when using the phone and which also protects it from hard knocks (2) the hard polycarbonate shell which fits over the skin tightly and firms up the silicon skin nicely. I have tried some of the other silicon skins on their own and they are too soft, don't fit on tightly and give you a 'wobbly' feel. The Otterbox commuter combination of silicon skin and polycarbonate shell, however, works perfectly. It does detract a bit from the ultimate sleek look and feel of the iPhone but then it does offer an extra level of protection. It would also be impractical if you regularly use docks etc, as this case is not designed to be regularly put on and off.
One downside is that the screen protector supplied with the Otterbox is not good. The little 'tag's on them are difficult to remove and the protector itself is clearly a cheap and cheerful one. I would use it if I had nothing else but I would suggest that you disregard this and use something like the PowerSupport ones instead.
Once both parts of the case is fitted you will see that there 'soft buttons' and holes in all the right places to operate the phone so you should be able to leave the case on at all times. One very good element about the case is that there is a little flip cover which protects the bottom connector (charging and syncing port). This, in my view is vital. If you take your iPhone to an Apple Store and complain that there is a problem with charging, syncing or anything like that, the first thing that they will do is look at the bottom connector to see if it has suffered any water damage, in which case your warranty will be void.. In UK it is almost impossible to avoid using your phone in rainy or damp conditions so using the Otterbox will help to prevent this possible water damage. Also worthy of note and not always mentioned is that fact that the glass on the iPhone is held back from the front by a little edge on the silicon skin - about 1 or 2mm. This offers a level of glass protection should you drop your phone on its face.
So there you have it, an excellent protective and practical case although you might want to think about using a different screen protector. I would recommend this case if you are sometimes a little bit 'tough' on your devices.