I'd like to say that all my fretting about dropping a $500 smartphone was baseless. But it wasn't--various Androids and iPhones under my stewardship have taken the plunge over the years as I fumbled them while walking, bumped them off the dresser, or let them slip out of a shirt pocket as a bent down.
This is why I'm a fan of phone cases.
I like those sleek phone designs, but not as much as I like the phones continuing to function. Indeed, about a month ago, I somehow cracked the transparent cover over the camera of the Nexus One I'm using, a big annoyance for taking snapshots and videos, scanning QR codes and business cards, and periodically renewing my frustration with the Google Goggles visual search app.
Alas, though, I'd been dissatisfied with the cases I'd tried--until now. The OtterBox Commuter series is just for me.
I like the rubbery cases for their shock absorption and for the friction that keeps them from falling out of pockets. But I like the hard-shell polycarbonate plastic cases that don't require me to turn my pockets inside-out to retrieve the phone. The OtterBox Commuter combines both approaches, with a rubbery wraparound case and a plastic sheath that snaps on the outside.… Read more