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Review: Otterbox for iPhone 4S Commuter Series

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Disclaimer: This product was sent to me free of charge by MobileFun to be reviewed. However, as per my PR info disclaimer, this review is my unbiased honest opinion of the product.

MobileFunProduct: Otterbox for iPhone 4S Commuter Series from MobileFun.co.uk

Price: £24.95

Age Range: n/a

Manufacturer’s Description: The latest iPhone sure can’t be beat. Neither can our iPhone 4/4S Commuter Series Case. This sleek and tough case protects against scratches, bumps and shocks. The iPhone 4/4S Commuter Series case has two layers of protection that work together to divert any impact force away from the device, keeping you and your new iPhone 4S ready for anything.

MobileFun.co.uk is an online store which sells mobile devices and all the accessories or cases you could ever need to go with them. They sell a variety of cases  so if you are looking for an iPhone 4S case they are definitely worth checking out!

Rating: (3/5 stars)

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Review: With a toddler in the house, it’s important to have a case that can protect your phone from drops and bangs. The Otterbox Commuter case is a fairly slimline case which attempts to make the compromise between a high level of protection without adding too much bulk. Unfortunately, the result isn’t quite as good as it could be…

There are three parts to the Otterbox case; a screen protector, the silicone inner case, and a polycarbonate outer case:

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My initial response to the case when I saw it in its packaging was fairly positive; there is no denying that it looks smart and that it has all the bases covered; by coming with a screen protector both the front & back of the phone are protected.

Fitting it onto my iPhone took some doing, however, and I was really quite frustrated by the time it was on. The screen protector wasn’t at all easy to stick on, and despite me cleaning the screen carefully beforehand and being very gentle fitting it, I still ended up with one or two tiny air bubbles that I couldn’t get rid of no matter how hard I tried.

Once the screen protector was on, it was time to fit the case itself. You have to slip on the silicone cover and then ease your iPhone into the hard case, lining up the two layers of case. This can be quite tricky to do and I had trouble getting the two layers to line up correctly at first – the sides of the case were particularly difficult to clip into place. I wouldn’t recommend this case to anyone who likes to change their iPhone case on a regular basis, so anyone who likes to match their case to their outfit is out of luck with this one!

The good news is that once it’s on it is very solidly in place and looks quite smart, with almost all of your phone covered with at least one layer of protection.

The case itself seems very protective, especially for such a slimline case. Most of the buttons are covered up by the silicone layer of the case, with a cut-out for the mute switch, and two more for the speaker & microphone on the bottom of the case. The back of the case has a hole for the camera, as well as one for the apple logo. The headphone and connector cable slots both have covers in the silicone case that fold back out-of-the-way when the ports are in use.

Although I could see the point of the covers on the headphone and connector cable slots, I actually found them more hassle than they were worth; they were a bit of a pain to lift out-of-the-way at times, especially when trying to plug something in one-handedly. As every parent knows, one-handed operation of your phone is essential! For people who put their phone in & out of pockets a lot, however, these protective covers would do a great job of preventing pocket fluff from messing up your device.

The corners of your iPhone are protected by the hard shell case so it is very protected from bangs and crashes. Between Georgie’s love of abusing my iPhone and my clumsiness, the protectiveness of the shell was tested quite a few times and both the case and my phone survived unscathed! It was dropped from a height onto our hard wooden floors several times without a scratch.

I wasn’t very keen on the texture of the hard case; although it was rough enough to prevent it slipping about easily, I found it a little too uncomfortable in the hand compared to previous cases I’ve owned. This is just down to personal taste though, and I don’t think it would bother most people.

The silicone inner casing picks up dirt quite easily and I found that the exposed parts of this case looked a bit dirty after a few weeks of use. There was also a little bit of dirt that accumulated on the phone around the edges of the camera cut out, and the edges of the screen protector seemed to attract dust. Another problem I had after a few weeks of use was that the silicone edging around the front of the phone kept folding under itself a bit, instead of lying flat as it is designed to do (see photo in gallery above).

My final rating for this case is 3 out of 5 stars – although I didn’t love the design and had a few issues, it is very protective and does the job it is intended for well, especially when you take into account the relatively low price tag.

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