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- Fits Samsung Galaxy Nexus Smartphones
- Self-Adhering Clear Protective Film
- Durable Silicone Mid-Layer
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The Commuter Series Case for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus has two layers of protection that work together to divert any impact force away from the device, giving your phone protection from scratches, bumps and shocks.
- Product Dimensions: 1 x 7.8 x 4.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- ASIN: B007OYBJKU
- Date first available at Amazon.com: March 27, 2012
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It fits the phone snugly and truly doesn't add a whole lot of bulk to the phone. It's a little larger than my previous case, but not egregiously so. I actually like the way the Otterbox case fits in my hand better anyway. It feels sturdy and definitely seems like it will do a decent job protecting the phone if it slips out of my hand. Also, I wouldn't call the case stylish, but it looks pretty good. There's a textured portion on the back that looks nice. One other nice thing about this case is that even though the outer shell is hard plastic, the soft inner case dampens out the phone vibrate so it doesn't vibrate obnoxiously loud when the phone is sitting on a hard surface. I can hardly even hear the phone vibrate now. Awesome.
Cons... as everyone else notes, it's pretty unfathomable that the included screen protector doesn't cover all the glass. Someone dropped the ball on that one. Not a deal breaker though, just buy a full size screen protector along with the case.
Also... the soft silicone pieces of the case will grab every bit of lint out of your pockets. At this point it's simple to wipe it down, but I hope it doesn't end up looking crappy after a while.
Update... despite what a couple other reviewers have said, this case doesn't fit very well if you buy the extended battery. You can make it "fit" but it's clearly not right and it makes me worry about how much pressure the case is putting on the back cover + battery. I might try and sand down the inside of the case a little. It's not far off but it's enough to make a difference.
One Year Update:
I suppose after a year a brief update is in order. The case still looks and feels like it's brand new. I have dropped it a couple times and the phone is just fine. The only small gripe I have is that the silicone soft shell makes it a little tougher to pull in and out of my pockets. Despite my concerns about picking up lint, I've learned that it wipes off easily and has no lasting effect on the appearance or feel of the silicone.
I'm a huge tech enthusiast, but it was only recently that I picked up my first smartphone, a Samsung Galaxy Nexus (CDMA) on Sprint. With my tablets, I've been able to avoid investing too much in cases or screen protectors because I can control where they go. With a phone, that's certainly not the case-- it might fall, be thrown in a bag, and on and on and on. And the last thing I wanted was to be a few months into my contract with a big scratch on that beautiful screen. I decided on a combination of the ArmorSuit MilitaryShield - Samsung Galaxy Nexus Screen Protector Shield with Lifetime Replacements (I have left a review there as well) and this case. So far, works like a charm.
+ Sturdy. You can feel the case's build quality. The silicone layer is generous and spongy, which greatly improves drop and impact resistance, but it's still not thick enough to make it inconvenient in your pocket. The hard layer will blunt any edges that the phone strikes, and has a nice textured feel to it.
+ Ergonomic feel. As with anything about modern Android phones, this comes with an obvious caveat-- are your hands large enough to hold the phone? The case will add some girth to the device, and if your fingers have trouble reaching to begin with, you won't appreciate this case. That said, the phone fits well in my hand both with the case and without it, and the buttons remain perfectly in place.
+ Total coverage. There is no part of my phone left exposed save for the microphone and camera, and those cutouts are as small as possible to maximize your device's protection. The raised edge around the screen will also lift it clear of table surfaces (read: crumbs and such), which helps to prevent scratches and keep the screen clean.
+ Solid port covers. I was a little iffy on this one, because I prefer to have ready access to the microUSB and headphone jacks. The cover doors though are easy enough to pop out, but sturdy. It doesn't look like they're going to rip off (which was my primary fear). If you dislike them, I suppose you could could take some scissors to this thing.
+ Decent heft. Don't worry about this adding too much weight!
+ If you use a screen protector and futzed up the edges a bit, the case will do a great job of hiding those imperfections.
+ Industrial, clean look. Some people like to make fashion statements with their case. I wanted something more understated that still maintains the phone's lines and looks professional. Check on both counts with the Otterbox Commuter.
+ Some reviewers have said that lint builds up on the silicone layer easily, but I have yet to see that. The hard plastic shell covers most of the silicone, and the corner bumpers aren't sticky enough to attract anything that the phone or screen wouldn't.
+ An end to accidental waking. I dislike that the power button is stiff, but there's a huge benefit that offsets this in my mind. The Nexus had a bad habit of waking up in my pocket before, which wouldn't be a problem-- if the fabric of my pockets weren't so thin that the skin of my leg could activate the capacitive touchscreen. Namely, the emergency dialer. While you do have to key in 911 and hit the call button, it's not outside the realm of possibility (and having to clear out of a dialer with a massive leg-dialed pseudonumber is not particularly pleasant). A stiffer power button brought a swift end to that, and will probably help save some power (especially if you use utilities like JuiceDefender, which will wake your radios when the screen is on).
- The button covers protrude a little too far from the case for my taste (and this is a total matter of preference, because it does make them easier to find). The bigger issue is that they're of a thick rubber that diminishes feedback. It's easy enough to tell when you've pressed the volume buttons, but I literally feel nothing when I press the power switch. The only indication I have is if the screen turns on, which could be annoying.
- Port covers. They're well made, but do be aware that they reduce easy access. But with any case, you know you're trading off convenience for safety when you buy a case.
- The raised edges around the screen make swiping gestures less appealing. Many of HP/Palm's smartphones (and recently, some premium Android handsets) made use of slightly curved glass screens at the edges so that the screen melted into the device (the Nexus has a curved screen, but not in this manner). That meant that you could effortlessly swipe your fingers back and forth over the screen. The Nexus has a low bezel that made this possible (although still no match for HP/Palm's devices), but with a raised edge around the screen....
I'll update this review when this case has some more life under its belt, but I'm very pleased. A phone case has to hit the marks just right, far more so than a tablet case, as it will be going with you everywhere. I think this guy will be going with me everywhere.
UPDATE: Several weeks in now, and I think we have a winner. I've had to shift my hand grip slightly to make the best use of the screen with the added bulk (although it's not that much, I do have long fingers so beware!), but the device remains very easy to use and you can see my point about accidental wakes above. Recommend!
On the downside, if you were buying the case because it also included a screen protector - you will be sad. Like other reviewers mentioned, the protector only covers the visible screen when on, and not the entire face. I did not know it was coming with a protector and already had one installed - so this part is not an issue for me.
Overall it's a great case that compromises between the ultra-durable-but-no-way-will-it-fit-in-my-pocket Defender case, and any other tpu/silicone only case. It looks great and will protect great.