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OtterBox Defender/Commuter iPhone 4 Case Reviews

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With every new iPhone release, accessory manufacturers are always rushing to release the latest cases for consumers. If you’re looking for the strongest protection for your iPhone, the one company that comes to mind is OtterBox. They make some of the toughest cases for electronics to date (I’ve ran over an OtterBox with my car and submerged an old discontinued Armor case fully into water).

Their latest release of the Defender/Commuter Series cases for the iPhone 4 continue their tradition of protecting your iPhone (like the Defender for the 3GS) no matter where you go (BTW: they are NOT waterproof FYI!).

OtterBox Defender Series Features:

  • Coating on outside of touch screen membrane resists finger prints
  • New material used for touch screen membrane eliminates static, bubbles and “oil slick” appearance
  • Inner felt liner cushions your device
  • Textured silicone exterior for improved grip
  • Included holster holds device face in or face out (face in is recommended for highest level of protection)
  • Completely re-designed holster for stronger hold on device
  • Holster doubles as a stand for hands-free media viewing
  • Case accommodates most 3rd party chargers
  • $49.95

OtterBox Commuter Series Features: :

  • Access to all buttons and features
  • Silicone plugs provide coverage for ports
  • Includes a self-adhering protective film
  • $34.95

If you’re familiar with the OtterBox Defender/Commuter Series cases, then this time around they are pretty much the same for the iPhone 4. However, OtterBox has continued to improve their cases, in particular with the Defender Series.

I found the new silicone to be much softer than before, and the the holster on the Defender is much sturdier. I did find it difficult to open up the plastic shell, as it took me longer than expected.

As with all silicone cases, the Defender/Commuter Series will attract dust/debris to an extent. But a damp cloth will take it all away. The silicone fit on the Commuter Series was not as “snug” as it should be, but overall the plastic held it very firm against my iPhone 4.

Both cases will not work well with ZAGG’s invisibleSHIELD.

The Commuter Series is pretty straightforward. It’s a very snug fit with a combination of silicone and plastic. It’s a nice touch to include some protective film for your iPhone 4 screen. If you’ve purchased an OtterBox case before than you know very well the quality of OtterBox products.

If you work in dusty and dangerous environments the Defender Series case will be your iPhone 4’s best friend. It’s just super strong and will protect your phone like no tomorrow. The Commuter Series is just your everyday case that will provide more drop/shock protection versus other iPhone cases. The prices reflect the quality and care put into each OtterBox case. There are cheaper cases out there but they aren’t made as well.

Check out my hands on overview of the OtterBox Defender/Commuter Series for iPhone 4:

Video miscues:
* Called the Defender the “Armor” case by mistake
* Transition says that the “Defender” series is up next, should say “Commuter

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  • Anonymous

    You scratch your screen?

  • Anonymous

    I swear by my Defender! I don’t work in a dusty or dangerous environment, I’m just a klutz who drops his phone a lot. LOL Never had a problem with my 3GS case and haven’t with my iPhone 4 one either.

    A great product!

  • I bought the commuter just last weekend and i love it. the only thing that makes me sad is that some headphone jacks wont fit anymore due to its raised rubber edges, and small headphone jack hole. The rubber flap that covers your USB cable at the bottom though offers great protection, but prevents me from using me modified dock 🙁
    other then that, if you want quality protection OtterBox is defiantly the way to go,

    Currently waiting for my Mophie Juice Pack Air for iPhone 4 to arrive in the mail, i cant wait 😛 !

  • I bought the commuter just last weekend and i love it. the only thing that makes me sad is that some headphone jacks wont fit anymore due to its raised rubber edges, and small headphone jack hole. The rubber flap that covers your USB cable at the bottom though offers great protection, but prevents me from using me modified dock 🙁
    other then that, if you want quality protection OtterBox is defiantly the way to go,

    Currently waiting for my Mophie Juice Pack Air for iPhone 4 to arrive in the mail, i cant wait 😛 !

  • Elvis

    I’ve had the defender otter box for my 3 GS and now for my iPhone 4. Best cases out there period for protecting your phone. I’m glad they improved the screen on the iPhone 4 case. That oil slick water look was a pain on the 3 GS case but that was fixed easily with the matte finish screen protecter

  • TheOtherHalfOfTheGlass

    I had a defender for my 3gs, it is a great protection, especially if you drop it or work in dusty env, however I found it to be very bulky and a bit of overkill, I’m thinking about the commuter series, it does look skinnier and should also provide good protection.

  • Nope.

  • Mackenzie 66

    I have a commuter and absolutly love it. It’s still reasonably thin yet I fell everything will be fine if I drop it. And the last time I did it bounced with no harm done thankfully. It evens fits with my invisshield I didn’t put the included one on. I would defiantly recommend this case to anyone who doesn’t want the bulkiness of the defender but almost as much protection and it’s cheaper:)

  • Mackenzie 66

    I have a commuter and absolutly love it. It’s still reasonably thin yet I fell everything will be fine if I drop it. And the last time I did it bounced with no harm done thankfully. It evens fits with my invisshield I didn’t put the included one on. I would defiantly recommend this case to anyone who doesn’t want the bulkiness of the defender but almost as much protection and it’s cheaper:)

  • Mackenzie 66

    I have a commuter and absolutly love it. It’s still reasonably thin yet I fell everything will be fine if I drop it. And the last time I did it bounced with no harm done thankfully. It evens fits with my invisshield I didn’t put the included one on. I would defiantly recommend this case to anyone who doesn’t want the bulkiness of the defender but almost as much protection and it’s cheaper:)

  • Mackenzie 66

    My finds with the full body invisishield but It’s a really tight fit but that’s a good thing.

  • iP4Crazy

    I got my OtterBox Defender for free! Thankyou eBay for screwing up, now my iPhone 4 will be protected free. XD

  • Kakarot

    That first case looks SOLID….but I still fear that if it was dropped face down, that screen would still break/crack? thx

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  • Trueoverlord

    I’m really starting to wonder if any ofthe people who have written these reviews of the defender 4 case even used it! I bought this case because many of my friends had the defender for the iPhone 3 and 3GS and I was quite impressed by the quality and level of protection this case offered. NOT SO with the new defender. They quality of the screen protector is a lot better but absolutely every other feature of this case has gone WAY down. I used the case for two days and dust worked it’s way inside the case and under the screen protector and ruined it from the inside. My phone shakes around like a rattle inside the plastic shell. How protective could this thing be if your iPhone is banging around inside it? Not to mention there is exposed hard shell on all four sides and three corners! On top of this the rubber cover is much flimsier than the 3G case and does not stay attached to the phone at all. I have to replace the top and sides of the rubber literally every single time I take it out of my pocket. Every time this happens the rubber covering the headphone port is open leaving the port exposed to dust. If you look closely at the headphone port and the silent switch area you notice the plastic fits so loosely you can see right in the case! I was seriously let down by Otterbox on this one. This case is so useless I took it off my phone and threw it in a drawer after two days. What a waste of 55$!!!!!

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