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5.0 out of 5 stars Solid protection, moderately slim and lightweight, September 30, 2012
This review is from: OtterBox COMMUTER SERIES Case for iPhone 5/5s/SE - Retail Packaging - PUNK (GLOW GREEN/ADMIRAL BLUE) (Discontinued by Manufacturer) (Wireless Phone Accessory)
Bottom line: The Otterbox Commuter case is great protection for your iPhone 5 investment. And it's sleeker and lighter than the negative reviews might lead you to believe.

My highest priority was to protect this $400 gadget from damage. I also have preschoolers who are additional risks to anything fragile! Check.

At the same time, I wanted something with good design that would fit unobtrusively in my pants or shirt pocket. Check and check.

Also wanted materials that are durable. Time will tell, but my initial analysis indicates check.

FYI, I compared to the Otterbox Defender, which offers more protection, but is bulkier and more noticeable in my pocket. Also compared it to several different Speck cases, which appeared to offer similar protection at the same price, but did not come with a screen protector. Plus, the Otterbox color combinations, from black/white to lime green/navy, accommodate a range of tastes.

The criticisms in other reviews appear overblown. Regarding on/off switch stiffness, this isn't a factor at all. The case fits the phone perfectly. I didn't notice the "rough" edges on the bottom back because I don't hold it there.

In my four years of owning iPhones, iPads and cases, my experience is that no case is "perfect." If you want solid protection without too much bulk, this case is worth your consideration.
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Initial post: Jun 16, 2013, 7:36:59 AM PDT
KNR says:
I purchased a couple of these recently and this review is accurate/spot on with regard to my perception of the product.

Posted on Aug 1, 2013, 11:02:03 PM PDT
S. GEPPERT says:
Good review. However, I respectfully disagree about the on/off button. While the material is pliable enough, the way it's implemented, it is "medium hard" to turn the phone off. Not quite as hard as a competitor's case that I had for my iPhone 4. Fortunately, the side buttons are not hard to press. I just bought this case yesterday for my iPhone 5. I really like it.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 26, 2013, 8:34:10 AM PDT
I agree -- the power button is difficult to depress on two of the Commuter cases I've owned and I don't know why exactly.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 15, 2015, 12:08:52 PM PST
SwedeDC says:
Indeed, when using the Otterbox, the on/off button is difficult to turn off the phone, and after 2 years of use, I had worn out the button, so I bought a new one, cause they're the best!
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