December 22, 2014

Hands-On Review of the OtterBox Commuter Series Case for the HTC EVO 4G

Since its mid-summer release, the HTC EVO 4G has received a fair amount of publicity. With a 4.3″ screen, it is one of the largest Android phones on the market, and it is one of only four phones with “4G” data capabilities. With increased visibility comes increased popularity, and it is clear that the EVO 4G has been well-received by the public. Third party accessory makers seeking to capitalize on the EVO’s success have released a slew of products for use with the EVO 4G. OtterBox, a Fort Collins, Colorado based company, with a successful history of producing cases for smartphones and PDAs, has released its Commuter Series Case for the EVO. Will your friends Jackson, Hamilton and Lincoln be dismayed if you invest them in an OtterBox Commuter Series Case for the HTC EVO 4G? Hit the read link to find out.

OtterBox has released three cases for the HTC EVO 4G: The Impact Series Case, which provides the least protection of OtterBox’s three cases, is for individuals who are interested in protective silicone case that remains true to the original size of the EVO 4G. The Defender Series Case, OtterBox’s most protective case, is for people looking to protect their phone from a Mike Tyson uppercut. The Commuter Series Case would be Goldilocks’ choice as it remains true to the slim lines of the EVO 4G without sacrificing a substantial amount of protection.

Design

The OtterBox Commuter Series Case is a two-part case that provides your phone with a substantial amount of protection. A silicone jacket and a thin polycarbonate plastic shell combine to create a durable, secure case that can withstand multiple drops and, most importantly, the rigors of daily use. The silicone jacket is easy to apply and has a texture similar to most single-piece silicone cases. The silicone jacket is very flexible and easily fits around the EVO. While the fit is not as secure as a single-piece silicone jacket, it is not intended to be. Rather, the silicone jacket separates the EVO from the rigid external shell of the OtterBox Commuter Series Case and it serves to absorb the force of impact attributable to drops and general daily use. The polycarbonate plastic shell secures the silicone jacket to the phone and is applied directly on top of it. The shell grabs on to the phone and does not let go; Applying the shell required a slight amount of force, but once you put this case on your phone, you will never take it off .

Daily Use

The polycarbonate shell features a brushed look that, from a distance, appears to be brushed aluminum. With the Commuter Series Case applied, the dimensions of the EVO 4G increase a mere 0.26 in x 0.20 in x 0.18 in. The polycarbonate shell is textured to increase friction and decrease the chance of the phone slipping out of one’s hand. That being said, the shell is still slick. The entire exterior, however, does not consist of the shell alone; a part of the silicone case can be felt in your hand when handling the phone. With the Commuter Series Case applied, the phone feels slightly bulkier, but not markedly so. The already-large EVO is still easy to hold and even feels more natural in your hand. The volume rocker is responsive and the kickstand can still be used while the case is applied. The silicone jacket features two plugs: one for Micro USB port and another for the 3.5 millimeter headphone jack. Both plugs tuck into the polycarbonate shell and remain tightly secured during normal use. Although I am not typically a fan of plugs that cover the charging port (the Palm Pre can be blamed for that), OtterBox’s implementation is nearly flawless.

Conclusion

The OtterBox Commuter Series Case is the next case in a long line of successful products from OtterBox. The Commuter Series Case is a durable, two-piece case that will protect your EVO from damage without substantially increasing the phone’s size. It retails for $34.95 and can be purchased on OtterBox’s website, and let me be clear: the OtterBox Commuter Series Case for the HTC EVO 4G is worth every penny.



  • Ian Sherman

    Good timing on the review, I just purchased an evo yesterday and was looking for a non bulky solution. Just ordered the commuter, hopefully it will suffice for my needs.

  • mikeeeee

    for the money, how about a belt clip?

  • woodiah

    I have one for about two weeks and simply love it, wasted $ on a HTC belt pouch and gel cover – Thisu is the case everyone should have. I personally believe the device is to big to carry on your belt, however Otterbox has one with a belt clip if you so choose,but if you carry in your pocket (front or back) you cannot go wrong with the commuter case from Otterbox.

  • CSDeeds

    I purchased this for my Evo as soon as it came out. I’d heard OtterBox was a good company but I’d never used any of their products before. This is the only case I’ve ever purchased that I’ve really liked! It doesn’t add too much bulk, the phone still fits perfectly in my belt pouch, and is very protective. I accidentally dropped the phone on a hard tile floor from about a four foot height and neither phone nor case was harmed in the slightest. I cannot be more pleased with my purchase! The only con about this case is the little charger and HDMI flap on the bottom of the case. It works alright but comes opened now and again. Not a big problem, just a minor annoyance. I would recommend this case to anyone that wants extra protection for their Evo. It is absolutely fantastic!

    • Bosrawton

      Where did you purchase the pouch? What brand is the pouch? It is hard to find a pouch that the EVO and a case will work well together.

  • sansenoy

    Still, it’s a shame the HTC logo is fully concealed, it’s really well designed and here in Europe it is still a rather exotic logo…

  • icebike

    I have this case for my Nexus One.

    It adds quite a bit of thickness, and won’t allow use of the desk cradle/charger.

    But other than that, it offers great protection at work or play. Still slips into the pocket easily. Its a great case for the money. If I had an Evo, I’d buy this case again.

  • alexander ekin

    I want it, awesime case for my evo 4g

  • Kboutte1

    Otter boxes are nice, but the clips are junk!! I knocked my droid x of my belt and into the lake. Wish Otterbox would pay for the lost phone and case