Side by side comparison for Otterbox Commuter – Tech 21 Classic Shell

 Otterbox CommuterTech 21 Classic Shell
 
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$34.95 USD
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$34.99 USD
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ProsPros:
– One of the first cases available for the iPhone 6
– Provides 2 layers of protection
Pros:
– Almost the perfect case
– Great build quality
– Scratch resistant back is nice
ConsCons:
– The Otterbox Commuter does not fit together well. Gaps between the rubber sleeve and plastic shell
– Rubber sleeve sits loosely on the iPhone
– Included screen protector will easily peel from the rounded corners of the iPhone 6
Cons:
– Minor build quality issues (really minor)
Potential ProblemsPotential Problems:
Potential Problems:
– Rubber sleeve on the Otterbox Commuter is going to stretch out even more over time which will allow dust to get between the case and your iPhone
– Plugs at the bottom of the sleeve may eventually fall off
Potential Problems:
– None that we can find/think of
Design Rating
DESIGN
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DESIGN
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Weight/Bulk/InstallationWeight/Bulk/Install (3/5):
– Doubles the thickness of your iPhone 6
– Will add approx. 1/4 inch around the entire iPhone
– Flaps at the bottom require a bit of fidgeting to align
Weight/Bulk/Install (4/5):
– One of the thinnest cases for the iPhone 6
– Will less than 1/8 inch around your entire iPhone 6
– TheTech 21 Classic Shell is quite flexible which makes it easy to install the case
Build QualityBuild Quality (2.75/5):
– Case does not fit well together. Substantial gaps between the rubber sleeve and the plastic casing
– Cut outs at the bottom of the Commuter look carelessly cut – Sleeve does not fit the iPhone 6 well
Build Quality (4.75/5):
– Scratch resistant back is a nice feature
– The Tech 21 Classic Shell fits the iPhone 6 like a glove
– Good blend of smooth/rubbery parts. Won’t slip out of your hand easily or be a hassle to use with pockets
Protection Rating
PROTECTION
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PROTECTION
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General ProtectionGeneral Protection (2/5):
– The Otterbox Commuter does provide 2 layers of protection for your iPhone 6
– Loose rubber sleeves means dust/debris will get into the case which will scratch your iPhone 6
– Case isn’t drop rated but Otterbox says it will protect your iPhone from drops – Edges of the case extend approx. 1/4 past the screen providing a bit of screen protection
General Protection (3/5):
– Tech 21 doesn’t explicitly state the drop height of the case
– D30 materials don’t extend past the bottom of the iPhone 6
– Small lip extends a couple of mm’s past the iPhone’s touchscreen
– No screen protector included
Functionality Rating
FUNCTIONALITY
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FUNCTIONALITY
(Tech 21 Classic Shell)
iPhone FunctionalityiPhone Functionality (4.5/5):
– Able to access all buttons on the iPhone 6
– Confusing headphone jack cover (not cut properly)
– Able to use larger headphone jacks as the bumper along the bottom is quite flexible
iPhone Functionality (5/5):
– Able to access all buttons on the iPhone 6
– Able to use larger headphones jacks and 3rd party lightning cables easily with the Tech 21 Classic Shell
– Cover version of the case may be irritating for some users
Screen FunctionalityScreen Functionality (4.5/5):
– The Otterbox Commuter does not get in the way of viewing/accessing your iPhone’s touchscreen
Screen Functionality (4.5/5):
– The Tech 21 Classic Shell doesn’t get in the way of accessing the iPhone’s touchscreen
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