Review: OtterBox Commuter Series for iPhone 5

Recently we had the chance to review OtterBox’s tough Defender Series case for the iPhone 5. Today we’re taking a look at the OtterBox Commuter Series case, the protective yet less bulky brother.

The OtterBox Commuter Series consists of two layers of protection, the first being a tough silicon skin to wrap your device in, followed by a hard plastic shell to securely fit over the skin. This bring style and hard protection to your new iPhone. The Commuter Series does not have a built-in screen protector, however OtterBox does include a self-adhering film in the box, which is custom fitted for your iPhone 5.

The Commuter Series for the iPhone 5 is available in eight color options currently, including the one seen in this review called Glacier, which is a dark grey silicon skin and white plastic shell. In previous iPhone models, the Commuter Series was not available in this color option, instead OtterBox used a white silicon skin, which became very annoying due to how dirty it got. So with a new iPhone bring new upgrades from OtterBox.

The OtterBox Commuter Series balances that right amount of protection with style. OtterBox designed this case to cover all important ports, like the Lighting port, headphone jack, and volume buttons. The case is designed with a lip around the iPhone screen, which brings extra protection when laid flat or even if dropped. One thing we’ve really noticed with most iPhone 5 cases is that the manufactures have covered the Apple logo on the back, however OtterBox has designed a nice little cut out for that — For some people this a big deal, believe it or not.

Speaking of color options. We mentioned that OtterBox offers the Commuter Series in eight color options, one thing that we would love to see is the ability to mix-and-match your case colors when placing and order. While this doesn’t really reflect the review of the case, I thought I would throw it in here.

One downside to the Commuter Series is that OtterBox doesn’t offer any sort of holster solution for it. In order to get a case to put on your belt, you would need to go with the more protective Defender Series case (see our review here). This isn’t the best option for everyone.


  • Case fits great on device
  • Screen protector included
  • Great color options
  • Protective, but not super bulky
  • OtterBox warranty


  • Case could be a little thinner
  • $34.99 price tag may be high for some
  • No holster available for this case
  • Can’t mix and match case colors when ordering

The Warranty:

All OtterBox cases include a standard one-year manufacture warranty. This warranty does not cover physical damage, however it does cover manufacturing related issues.

Where to Buy and Pricing:

The OtterBox Commuter for the iPhone 5 retails for $34.99 at most major retailers, as well on OtterBox’s website at

Conclusion and Final Thoughts:

I usually say this every time, but it’s hard to find something wrong with OtterBox cases. OtterBox has built a high-quality case  with a ton of protection for your $600+ smartphone. There is some great color options available for the iPhone, and you really won’t beat the protection and warranty found with the case. While this case might not be for everyone, I dare say that OtterBox will have some sort of case for nearly every customer out there. The Commuter Series is easily one of the most recognizable and protective cases in the price range.

The Accessory Blog Rating: ★★★★½

Need more protection? Check out our review of the OtterBox Defender Series for the iPhone 5.



One Response to “Review: OtterBox Commuter Series for iPhone 5”

  1. Rob

    Aug 19. 2013

    I have got one of these cases and it’s great. I dropped it a few times and not a scratch on it.

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