I’ve been using my iPhone 6 for a few weeks now and totally love it. Despite the Verizon Wireless customer service fiasco I went through (I’ll have to write a quick update on that one soon!), I’m now real happy with my new phone.
My biggest concern in getting an iPhone 6, though, was the size. It’s big. And while a larger screen size is great, that means a larger phone, which may be a bit tougher to carry around in my pocket. At first, it was the perfect size, but I quickly realized that was because I didn’t have any sort of case on it. Smartphone cases are great for keeping your phones from shattering, but they also really bulk up the size and heft of the thing.
So I reached out to my friends at Otterbox to see if they could hook me up with a case that I could try out and review. Since I commute daily, and definitely want the thinnest possible case possible, I chose one of their Commuter Series cases to try out.
I had previously reviewed the Commuter Series on my old iPhone 4S and loved it. But the iPhone 6 is a lot thinner and taller, so I wasn’t sure what I’d think of the new one.
Sturdy and simple. That’s how I’d best describe the case overall. It comes in two parts: a Silicone inner layer and a tough Polycarbonate outer layer to offer some extra protection.
The blue Silicone is real stretchy/rubbery so your phone slips right in, no problem. You’ll see a few buttons and flaps around the edges, which easily offer you access to all the buttons and ports on your iPhone 6.
Once the phone’s in its Silicone case, you just snap it right into the hard outer shell. It took all of maybe 10 seconds to adjust everything, including the flaps at the bottom to cover your input ports.
On the back, you can see there’s plenty of room for the awesome camera, as well as the big hole to show off to everyone that yes indeed this is an Apple phone.
Above, you’ll see how the flaps can easily open up to let you attach your headphones and charge the device. There’s also plenty of breathing rom for the speaker too.
What I really love about the Otterbox Commuter Series, besides the neat color combos they offer, is that it manages to keep the thin design alive. I can’t imagine any sort of case being any thinner than this and still offer any kind of protection.
It really doesn’t make the phone that much bigger at all and certainly not much heavier. I think even with the case on, it’s still lighter than my old iPhone 4S (without a case). It also comes with a screen protector for you to install, an absolute must unless you enjoy scratches on your smartphones.
Whether you commute like me (ugh, the long train ride!) or just hate lugging around a super heavy smartphone, definitely consider getting an Otterbox. They’re not only colorful and highly customizable, but they’re thin, lightweigth and offer great protection. Oh, and it doesn’t hurt that they have one of the cutest logos around.
Disclosure: I was sent a free Otterbox Commuter Series for review. No other compensation was given. All thoughts and opinions in this post are my own and were not influenced by the company.