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Continuing my search for the best iPhone cases on the market, I stumbled upon a well-known brand — this company boasts cutting-edge design into all of their products and creates extremely durable cases that’s perfect for the adventurous and also the clumsy.

Today, we’ll be taking a quick look at Otterbox’s Commuter and Defender iPhone 4 cases. We’ll also be giving a few away. Find out how you can win one after the jump.

Let’s start with the Commuter case. This case provides 3 layers of protection: a hard polycarbonate outer shell; a soft, shock-absorbing silicon middle layer and finally, a tough self-adhesive screen protector to protect from scratches.

Every Commuter case is packaged with a microfiber cleaning cloth and installation card to apply the screen protector.


Weighing only 28 grams, the Commuter case provides protection for every surface of the iPhone except the front. It covers the power and volume buttons while silicone plugs for the charge/sync port and headphone jack keep out dust and easily flips open when required.

Overall, the combined lightness and durability of the Commuter case makes it an excellent candidate for daily use because it provides added protection against bumps and shocks without adding significant bulk to your pocket. The case was relatively easy to put together. The only thing that bothered me was the fact the polycarbonate shell didn’t hug the silicon case as tight as I’d hoped.

The Commuter case is available from the Otterbox online store for $34.95 but MakeUseOf readers get an exclusive 10% off plus FREE FedEx Ground Shipping*. Simply use the coupon code tb1010y upon checkout and SAVE! *Free shipping is only available on domestic U.S. orders.

The Defender case is a much more rugged model. It wraps the iPhone entirely, providing unsurpassed protection and undeniably adds a bit of bulk as well. It comes in three colours: black, red and blue.

The inner polycarbonate shell is lined with felt to cushion the phone. Once the front and back panels are clipped in place, the silicon exterior cover slips over the case.

Like the Commuter case, this protects the charge/sync ports and headphone jack using silicon plugs. Unlike the Commuter case, this one weighs 59 grams — that’s twice as heavy.

Putting this case together does take some practice. It even has an instructional manual! I didn’t find it too difficult and once I was familiar with the procedure, I could easily take it apart and put it back again. My only complaint here is the fact that the built-in screen protector sometimes sticks to the iPhone unevenly, resulting in quite a few air bubbles.

Because the case is so bulky, carrying it around really made me notice the bulge in my pants (and not the good kind). I’d really recommend this case if you’re really, really clumsy or work/study in a dangerous environment and desperately need the protection. Otherwise, the Commuter case will do just fine.

The Defender case doesn’t come bundled with a screen protector because it has one built into the inner polycarbonate shell. However, it does come with a holster, which doubles as a stand for viewing media.

The Defender case is available from the Otterbox online store for $49.95 but MakeUseOf readers get an exclusive 10% off plus FREE FedEx Ground Shipping*. Simply use the coupon code tb1010y upon checkout and SAVE! *Free shipping is only available on domestic U.S. orders.

We’re giving one of each away today. If you want to grab them, just follow the instructions below.

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Help Support a Cause

OtterBox is doing a year-long sponsorship of the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade and to help support the cause, they are donating 10% of the purchase price of their Commuter Series “Strength” cases for BlackBerry smartphones back to Avon. Funding will support finding a cure for breast cancer and advancing access to care for all, regardless of ability to pay. If you have a BlackBerry, we urge you to check these cases out.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month so if you’d like to make a donation to aid research and treatment, please head over to the Avon Foundation for Women.

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  1. Kevin Waterman
    October 16, 2010 at 8:47 am

    Although I have not used the iPhone 4 case I have used Defender cases on an iPhone 3GS, Blackberry Curve and a Nokia E71 and love them. I would use the availability of the Otterbox as a key factor in choosing a new phone. Love them.

  2. Cesar Ponce
    October 13, 2010 at 5:39 am

    Just got my new, factory unlocked iPhone 4 and I'm loving it. We're heading back to the states and I can't wait to use a tmobile in it.

  3. Mike Chapman
    October 11, 2010 at 7:50 pm

    I have the defender case. The phone feels indestructible with it on, and I think it's worth it for the price.

    • George Scott
      October 12, 2010 at 1:27 pm

      thanks for the feedback