OtterBox Commuter Series Case for iPhone 4/4S - Retail Packaging - Black (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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- Thin, lightweight 2-piece case provides protection against drops, bumps and shock
- Self-adhesive screen protector, guards against scratches
- Port covers block entry of dust and debris
- Slides easily in and out of pockets
- May not be compatible with 30-pin to Lightning Adapters or non-Apple branded USB to Lightning cables.
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OtterBox Commuter Series for iPhone 4/4s
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Building protective cases is what we do at OtterBox. But, we give you so much more than a case.
Every case we make delivers premium quality and ultimate protection. Plus, you get world-class customer service and our industry-leading warranty.
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On-the-go Protective Case
You don’t have time to precision pack your briefcase. So, pack along Commuter Series slim iPhone 4/4s case — the slim, sleek case that fits any crevice in your bag. Featuring a tough two-layer construction, the Commuter Series protective iPhone 4/4s case helps keep your iPhone 4/4s safe from drops, bumps and life on the go. Plus port plugs stop dust from entering jacks and inputs, so your iPhone 4/4s stays clean.
- Drop Protection
- Scratch Protection
- Screen Protection
- Dust Protection
- Slim Profile
Features — OtterBox Commuter Series for iPhone 4/4s
Perfect fit for your pocket. Built to beat the daily grind.
- High-impact polycarbonate shell deflects bumps and shock
- Interior slipcover cushions device and absorbs impact
What’s in the Box — Includes Everything You Need!
Slipcover + Shell + Stick-On Screen Film
Two slim layers fit snugly around iPhone 4/4s to absorb shock. Plus, the stick-on screen protection stops scratches!
Detailed, step-by-step instructions are included so you can install your case with ease.
1-Year Warranty + 100% Authentic
Our 1-year warranty covers material and workmanship defects for one year from the original purchase date. Rest assured, this is a 100% authentic OtterBox.
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OTTERBOX APL4-I4SUN-20-E4OTR iPhone® 4S Commuter® Series Case (Black/Black)
From the Manufacturer
This sleek and tough case protects against scratches, bumps and shocks. The Commuter Series case has two layers of protection that work together to divert any impact force away from the device, keeping you and your phone ready for anything.
Top customer reviews
First, the defender technically provides more protection than the commuter and also comes with a handy holster with a clip. However, the defender is bulky and the port covers do not stay as well as the model for the 3GS. Also, I am not a fan of the defender because of the screen protector it comes with. Eventually, particles of dust or grit will work their way into your case and be sandwiched between the screen and the hard plastic film. Then, friction from your finger will scratch the screen up pretty bad (this happened to me). To make matters worse, I put a Zagg shield on it and it basically fused with the screen protector on the defender. I needed to pry the phone off the case and, while doing so, lifted the glass of the phone, creating permanant air pockets in my screen. Not a good scenario at all. The anti-glar films sold at the apple store, however, work fine because they have a smoother, less sticky surface. I would not reccomend this case at all, though, without these screen protectors because without a screen protector, air bubbles will form and distort your view and scratches on the screen will occur. But, if you work construction or another potentially hazardous job, this case with the anti-glare screen protectors may be a better choice then the Commuter series of cases.
The Commuter, on the other hand, offers a balance between versitility and protection. With this case, I can use my Zagg shield and is not peeled up by the case like many do. Also, I love the soft shell on the inside and the hard shell outside. The soft inner allows the port and button covers to be attached to the case and function propperly. This also helps absorb shock. The hard shell allows the phone to slide in and out of pockets very easily, even out of tighter jeans. In addition, it has a much thinner profile than the defender but still provides adequate protection. The ports are still protected from water and it can take a tumble. I've dropped my 4S about 4 times with this case on it, on hard surfaces from pretty significant hieghts (5 feet or so on some) and the case barely even shows it let alon the phone wrapped up inside. Also, by flipping the phone face down, the exposed inner rubber case prevents it from slipping if you needed it to stay put, for instance, in a car. For the average person, the commuter is the superior choice.
However, both cases with the lighter colored silicon soft shells, like white and grey, get dirty easily. They even get stained from dye in jeans. Not a huge deal to me, but might be to some. Overall, these are the two best cases on the market for the iPhone and believe me, I have researched and read up on them all. You must simply decide what your needs are for a case and make your decision.
The defender series is just too bulky, it takes away from the sleek slim look of the iPhone. My defender series actually broke a few months after purchasing from normal wear and tear, even though that series is supposed to be the best protective.
The first generation of the commuter series was a very good case. It was slimmer, while still being protective, but it didn't fit as well as I would like it to.
Now to the Otterbox APL4 Commuter Series Hybrid Case. It just topped the other otter box cases by far. The case fits perfectly and looks great. It show the slim and sleek look of the iPhone 4 but still protecting it. With the hard plastic outer case it doesn't stick when you try to put it in your pocket or pull it out. With this case you can drop it on pavement without breaking (none from experience). Therefore, I highly suggest iPhone users to buy this case over any others. Don't waste your money on the other cases like I did and go with this one.
-The soft rubber part that comes in contact with the phone is better than the typical hard-shell cases that simply go on the back
-The additional hard shell is not thin plastic, but a thick, durable material.
-Easy to put on and take off
-There are "doors" for you to open and plug in headphones/charger
-Fits snuggly along all edges of my phone
-The rubber material attracts dirt
-The bottom piece on the outer shell breaks easily (see pictures).
For me, the plastic piece along the bottom broke which caused one of the bottom corner plastic bumpers to also break. It's extremely thin, so it makes sense. Honestly though, I don't feel it's a design flaw, as this particular model is made so that the entire face of the phone is exposed. It's just part of the risk if you want the whole front open. I should also say that despite the snap, it doesn't seem to affect the overall protection. The rubber is still in contact with my phone and (until I purchased a replacement) I was comfortable with it.
I have since purchased a new/different iphone cover, still by OtterBox. I purchased the Otterbox Defender (not off of Amazon, but you should) OtterBox Defender Series Case and Holster for iPhone 4 & 4S [Non-Retail Packaging] (Gray/Pink) and I seriously love it! This one was great, but if the weak piece at the bottom will bother you, I would suggest a different OtterBox.