It is difficult to tell how well the protection aspect of this will work. It seems ok with the two levels - hard / soft, but one will really never know until something BAD happens.
My only complaint is that the on/off button on the right side gives no tactile feed-back. I can't tell if I've pressed it or not. The good news is that it's unlikely to get pressed by accident. The bad news is that I press and press and press until something happens. Part of this is the "fault" of the Galaxy itself. There appears to be a delay after pressing before it turns off / on.
But overall it is a reasonable product for the intended use and the price was very reasonable.
I had the defender series and switched to the commuter series. I really like this case, fits better in my pocket due to its slimmer size. I even bumped it into a sink with running water and it protected the phone that all I had to do was take it apart dry off a few spots and it didn't allow any damage (this case is still NOT waterproof). It definitely does its protection job well.
The only downside I have found is that I can't get the buttons to line up just right, and it sometimes takes pretty much effort to light the screen up. I did not have this problem with my defender and I have spoken to other people with otter boxes (different models) and they did not have this problem, but when they tried to fix mine they could not. Not sure if it's a problem with this model or if I received a flawed one.
I absolutely love otter box for my protection needs. I have never had a phone break in my otter boxes even though I have dropped my phones multiple times. The reason I did not give this product all 5 stars is because the cases get dirty very easily. Not only because I ordered the white(which I should have thought about before purchasing this color), but I had a pink case as well that got dirty very quickly. If any type of staining substance makes contact with the otter boxes, they stain and are very difficult to remove. This is my only con.
This case is really heavy-duty, which is great for people like me, who drop their phone and keep it in their pocket. It is comfortable to hold (some cases are too bulky), and looks nice too! The only issue I had was that it is pretty difficult to take off, but I got the hang of it after a few times.
So far I am perfectly happy with this case. I like the slim design and classy look. Easy to get in and out of my pocket. Dropped it once and the phone was not damaged at all and the case barely had a scuff on it. Only reason I am not rating 5 stars is putting the case on and taking it off can be a bit of a hassle. Buttons were very stiff at first but after using it a while they loosened up. Overall though I am very pleased with this case. Would definitely recommend.
Pros: High quality, Durable, stylish
Cons: slightly difficult to get on and off
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Review 26 for Samsung Galaxy S3 Commuter Series
5 / 5
"Upgraded" from the Defender Series
Date:September 15, 2014
4 / 5
5 / 5
5 / 5
When I first got my Samsung Galaxy S3, I purchased a Defender Series case for it. I liked that case at first, but then I found it to be too bulky. I didn't like using the belt holster, so I would keep it in my pocket. The friction with my pocket caused the corners to wear out very quickly. I filed a warranty claim, and asked if I could switch to the Commuter. Otter Box agreed, and now I am very happy. It's exactly like the product description says, "provides protection against oopsies and accidents without being too bulky for your pocket or purse". The cover over the power on/off and volume buttons was a little stiff at first, but it does get better after use.
Pros: High quality, Durable, easily slides in/out of pocket
The commuter series is a good product. Very durable. I ordered it for my wifes phone to replace the defender series case that I ordered over a year ago. That case was not a good buy. I ordered it in the teal green/blue and the outer cover stretched out and would no longer fit my wifes phone so I decided to go with the commuter series this time and am pleased with the product. I have a defender series case for my phone (black) and its in as good of shape as the day I bought it. Not sure why my wife's strechted out like it did.
My commuter series Otterbox is very well made. Very good quality material. The protection it provides my S3 is perfect. I would recommend this to me friends with one caveat, the push buttons for the power on and for the volume control have to be pushed extremely HARD to activate those functions. I have the Otterbox installed correctly. This is why I gave 4 stars and not 5.
There is no protection for face of my phone. The rubber buttons on side are very hard/stiff, which make it very hard to push buttons on phone. I do like size and way phone fits, but overall not satisfied with cover. The person that assisted me with receiving a new cover was very nice and helpful. I would recommend the company, just not this cover.
Cons: no cover for face of phone, buttons on side do not function properly
i got this case to replace an old non otter box case and i wish i hadn't got this case. the case is very slippy on the back and have almost dropped the phone a few times now due to it. the case makes the buttons on the side very hard to push almost need both hands to push the power button in
Cons: case is slippy, makes buttons very hard to push
I have only had this case for about three weeks. It is a little slick to handle but once you get used to it. It is a very nice case. I really like how slim it is. I have dropped my phone three times and no damage to the case or the phone.