It doesn’t like Flash as well.
If you were to ask of a case maker brand that offered solid protection for Apple’s devices at a reasonable cost, it is likely that the name Otterbox would pop up. Previously, however, the only way to Otterbox your iDevice would had been of a purchase from eBay or Souq.com. Thankfully, the popular case makers have recently opened shop in the Middle East, and to kick start things have sent us some of their latest products for review. Today we will look at their Commuter case ($35) for the iPhone 4, which is 3 out of 4 “rugged” as pointed out at the box.
The color model sent to us was the green and white version, which is…a bit bright for our taste; however, coming from a transparent case, the Commutter did add a splash of color to my iPhone usage, and admittedly, I grew a liking to the bright color.
The Commuter is a two-part design, though the pieces cannot be used separately. The first layer is a soft, flixble silicon that covers the iPhone entirely, including the audio jack and the charge port. The second layer is a stylishly cut “Hi-impact polycarbonate” that holds the silicon from the sides and top. The case does make the phone a bit big – big in fact to create a bump on…you know…where. However, it’s a rather minor issue (for me at least, hey!). The case feels great in the hands and adds good grip to the device.
As for durability, there is no specific way to try it out as we are not very fond of swinging around our iPhone. Of course, my nephew doesn’t adhere to our stern standards and have ruthlessly put the Otterbox to the test. My iPhone did not register a scratch, and seems to be working fine. So I guess it hold it up?
There are two problems with the case, however. First is the installation. It’s annoying, more than difficult. The installation requires you first put the silicon on and then fit it on the hard case. Getting it in the hard case is where it gets annoying; the major part of the annoyance is getting the audio port cover in place – it has a tendancy to get stuck below the hard case and you will have to remove the whole placement all over again to give it another shot.
The second is, it doesn’t like flash. The camera and LED cuts are too thick and rebounds the flash light on the image. Taking flash shots with the case on would be impossible.
The problem with the flash light is a deal breaker for me. I do not want to remove the case every time I whip out my iPhone 4 during the night. Otherwise, the case is pretty solid. It’s a fantastic balance between size, style and protection. Had the flash light problem not been there, this would definitely be my case of choice.