If you follow me on Twitter, you may have seen a tweet I sent out a couple weeks ago where I was asking if anyone had any recommendations for cases for my Z30. Well I got a few replies and messages on BBM with some recommendations. I also decided to hit up Otterbox to see if I could review one of their cases. Well that ended up being a great idea.

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What is it?

The Otterbox Commuter case is one of two series that Otterbox offers. It’s the thinner, more versatile of the two options. It features a synthetic rubber slip cover that wraps snugly around your phone and absorbs the shock of impacts, and a polycarbonate shell that adds another layer of protection while also allowing the phone to easily slip in and out of your pocket.

The Good

I’ve used Otterbox cases on nearly every BlackBerry phone I’ve ever owned. (Here are a few reviews from way back in the day.) They’ve always been my favorite cases, but I haven’t had one on my phone since I had a 9900 over a year and a half ago.

They’re my favorite for a reason. So many smartphone cases feel like they add so much bulk and weight to your phone. Even the ones that brag on being slim or lightweight have always made my phones feel anything but that. Otterbox is not that way. For some reason, they make your phone feel like they’re supposed to be using them. They’re like an extension of your device that makes them complete.

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The Commuter Case has changed since I’ve used it last. It’s obviously a bit bigger because it’s for a different device, and of course the lightweight yet sturdy protection is still there. However, it feels different somehow. It hugs your phone, caresses it almost. I put the case on and immediately dropped my phone on the ground (on purpose) and it still offers that best in class protection. Normally my stomach turns anytime I drop my phone, with or without a case, but with the Commuter, I was fully confident that my phone was safe.

To put it mildly, it simply doesn’t get better than Otterbox.

The Bad

While I’m very quick to sing the praises of Otterbox, it’s still not a perfect case. There area a few flaws that have pestered me a little bit. Namely is that the buttons are a little bit difficult to press when the case is on. The Z30 only has four buttons (volume up and down, mute, and sleep), yet pressing them with the case on is way more difficult than it should be.

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I’m also qutie annoyed that there are only two color options for the Commuter Series. If you look at some of the cases for other phones that Otterbox carries, you’ll notice a wide array of all sorts of colors to match anything you’ve got. Not so with BlackBerry 10 cases. You’ve got a choice between black on black or white on gray. That’s it. If you’re clever, you can mix up the two cases and get an Oreo look for your phone, however that means you’ve got to buy both cases. Come on Otterbox! Give us a few options for our phones!


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Buy it? 

Yes. Yes. A thousand times yes. You’re not going to find a better case for your phone. You can purchase the Otterbox Commuter Case directly from their website for $35, or on Amazon for a few bucks less.