Otterbox is an unusual name for a smart device case making company. The founder Curt Richardson came up with the name in 1988 during a brainstorming session. None of its products bears any resemblance to an otter save that it too is waterproof.
I choose the smaller A$39.95 Commuter case as I am unlikely to need the A$59.95 Defender’s ‘rugged and multi-layered case featuring an impact-absorbing outer layer, solid polycarbonate shell, built-in screen protector, a swivel-style belt clip holster, and ergonomic grip that protects the phone against drops, shocks and the hardest impact.’
The Commuters ‘smooth, round lines that give the case a waistline appearance, this stylish, sturdy case is designed to slide easily in and out of pockets for quick and convenient access. Featuring a dual-layer case, it helps withstand bumps and shock and has more grip surface, whilst still preserving the device’s design elements.’
The Commuter was easy to install – apply the screen protector, slip it into a silicone inner layer and pop on the polycarbonate case – then throw it against the wall! Well not really but over the past week I have dropped the S5 and I appreciate the protection the commuter provides.
My opinion – it is a worthwhile addition to the slim and svelte S5 adding not too much bulk or weight. My only gripe is that the fingerprint recognition is a little harder as the case edge - only millimeters from the home scan key – can interfere if you are not careful. Otherwise, this very well designed case does not impede the speaker or any control buttons.
There is also a version of the Commuter called Wallet that has a slide out pocket on the back that will fit a few credit cards and some cash.
Otterbox have a range of cases for iPhone, BlackBerry, HTC, LG, Kindle, Nokia,, Motorola and more.