When you have a child, you don’t take them out and about without some kind of protection. Whether that means making them wear a coat and hat or covering them in sunblock, you do what’s necessary to keep your kiddos safe.
Your phone isn’t nearly as special or expensive as your kids (shhhh! We won’t tell them if you think otherwise!), but it’s still something you take everywhere with you and something you want protected from weather elements and accidents. That’s why you buy a case for it. And many turn to Otterbox cases because they’re known for their durability.
While you probably know about Otterbox, did you know that Otterbox offers different types of phone cases that provide various levels of protection and designer appeal? Two of their strongest and most popular cases are the Otterbox Defender and Otterbox Commuter cases.
So whether you’ve got a new device or your old case just isn’t cutting it, use our Otterbox Defender vs. Commuter case comparison and educate yourself on which case is right for you.
As far as size goes, the Defender is much thicker and longer. It’s a more rugged case, made for heavier phone users who need more protection. The Commuter is the lightweight case of the two, and is also less bulky and invasive. It’s not a space hog and fits more easily into pockets, whether its in your jeans or purse. For example, the Otterbox Commuter for iPhone 6 adds about ¼” inch to your slim device’s profile, the Otterbox Defender will more than double the thickness of your device. But keep in mind, thickness adds protection so you have to weigh your options…no pun intended. Ok, maybe pun intended.
2. Exterior Grip
For the best exterior grip, most Otterbox users prefer the Defender. Its rubbery, almost tacky, exterior makes it grippier, so it’s less likely to slide out of your hands. But, with the iphone 7 Otterbox Commuter case, Otterbox has made better grips along the sides of the case so that it offers the grip desired without the extra weight and size of the Defender case.
The Otterbox Defender case also includes a belt clip that is multitalented and doubles as a kickstand so you can stand your phone up to watch videos or while you browse the web. The belt clip helps you snap your case on to your belt, pocket or straps and aids in the grip of your device so it doesn’t slip from your grip easily.
3. Drop Protection
In terms of drop protection, we feel comfortable accidentally dropping our phones with either case. That being said, we’d feel a little safer dropping our phones from a higher distance or on a less forgiving surface with a Defender case since it’s three piece design makes it more capable of absorbing the shock from a drop than the Commuter case. The three pieces include a hard inner shell case, complete with a thin foam pad on the back of the case to cushion your phone, an outer layer that’s made of synthetic rubber and a built-in screen protector. These three layers give the Defender case more padding all around the edges and more protection for your phone if you have a heavy-duty job or if you just have kids.
The Commuter case has two layers of protection, making it a medium-duty case. It still has similar protective qualities compared to the Defender, but the Commuter has a hard exterior shell and a rubber interior cover, so the materials used are swapped but still offer excellent protection compared to other case brands
4. Screen Protection
No one wants a cracked screen, and both of these Otterbox cases allow you to protect your screen. The Defender comes with screen protection included, as it has a built-in screen protector attached to the case. The Commuter case gives you the option to add tempered glass and is compatible with third-party screen protectors. The Defender case isn’t compatible with third-party screen protectors if you have one you fancy. You can shop our tempered glass screen protectors to add to your Otterbox Commuter case for the ultimate in protection.
5. Port Protection
In the last round of Defender vs Commuter, we look at port protection. And surprisingly, we’ve got a tie because both cases have port protection. It keeps dust, sand and other debris out of your phone’s ports. With each case, you can open or close the port flaps, but these flaps also make your phone incompatible with docking stations. So just remember to remove your case when you need to dock it to jam out to your favorite playlist.
While Otterbox cases are known to survive falls and other harsh impacts, many of their current case styles are plain. Make your everyday and everywhere accessory as fun and stylish as you are with a custom Otterbox case. Whether you get the Defender or the Commuter, you can add the colorful designs to match your colorful personality.