Review: Otterbox 8900 series Commuter Case
Otterbox is known for making some of the toughest cases for electronics & they keep improving their product line. Just recently they launched the Commuter case for the 8900 & 8520 rim devices & Otterbox sent me a sample over for review. With this version of cases they have taken their design and improved the form factor. The reason why I like using Otterbox is because it truly does provide one of the best protections for your smart phone. The Sample I got on the mail was for the popular Curve 8900, & the design on this new case is sort of like they cross bred the Defender series with the impact series to create a baby case.
Form Factor - the Commuter case is a lot slimmer than the Defender series we reviewed a while back, this new case as you can see in the picture below reduces the bulkiness that the defender series have and still offers a great amount of protection. With the defenders series the silicon is surrounding the hard shell of the case. In this one you only have two parts the silicon & the hard shell. The silicon part goes on the blackberry first to cover it, then the hard shell covers the back part of the Blackberry with a tight grip around it.
With the hard shell being outside it gives it a tough feel to it but smooth at the same time. This Case would suit best those that want the best protection for their BlackBerry but don’t want it to look too bulky. Also it fits great in your pocket since it does not come with a holster. You can carry it on your hands since it has a nice grip. The case can be carry in your hands, pocket or bag I guess that is why it does not come with a holster.
The Otterbox is like a time capsule for your device, it prolongs the life of your BlackBerry, or at least that is the conclusion a friend came up with when it was explained to her what an Otterbox case is. I know if i carried my BlackBerry without one I would be replacing them quite often, and it just feels weird without one now that am use to always having a case on it.
Style – The Otterbox may not be the best looking and stylish case out in the market but this new Commuter series does look a lot better than previous ones. The curve looks tough and sleek on it, while keeping the size to a minimum increase.
Placing the case on the BlackBerry is super easy, by far one of the easiest cases to put on my 8900 that I have seen. It may take some time to get use to it but is simple since it only has two parts. First step is applying the silicon piece around the blackberry once that is on take the hard shell part that goes on the back of the BlackBerry. The hard piece is actually a bit flexible so it won’t break that easily. To place the shell with the top part of the BlackBerry slide into place and then with your fingers stretch out a little bit the bottom section and force the bottom section of your BlackBerry in. Taking it off is easy all you have to do is pull the hard shell cover off, from the bottom and it comes off easily.
The side convenience keys are easy to use with this case, and the openings for the head phones, USB port are covered with a plug from the silicon case easily open when need to be used.
- Great protection
- Easy to place on BlackBerry
- Slimmer fits easily on pockets, purse, bags
- Can be remove easily
- I like the style not too bulky
- Easily fits on your hands
- cheaper than the other series
- Does not take away from usability all your keys are easy to access
- Only one color to choose from
- Does not come with a Holster & defender series won’t fit either just FYI
I really like this design it is easy to put together or take off in case you need to remove the battery, or do something else with it, or switch to a different case. I know I usually switch them back and forth from the defender series to this one because of the holster for work but on the weekends my 8900 sports the Commuter case.