Just what is the Difference between Otterbox Defender and Commuter Cases? {Review}

Comments (22)
  1. Bryan Logan says:

    I loved the Otterbox cases. I had one for my HTC Evo 4G, but then had to do without once I got my Nexus 4. My wife’s Galaxy SII had a Ballistic case. I didn’t like it at all. Front was too thick, so it made it hard to touch the edge of the screen. Her new SIII is back to the Otterbox (blue/lightblue).

    One comparison you should do is how easily it slides into a pants or shirt pocket. Guys would be interested in that comparison.

    1. Thanks for the tip Bryan! I guess you don’t care if it slides into a handbag nicely, huh? 🙂

  2. Frank says:

    I just purchased an Otterbox Defender for my Galaxy Note 4. It is much bulkier than I expected. But I believe the only bad thing that will happen to my phone is losing it. I’m not to shore about the belt clip. Once clipped in it is difficult to get out due to my arthritis. The screen protected is so close to the screen you don’t know it is there.

    1. Frank, I can totally see how the belt clip would be challenging for you as well as getting the case on and off of your phone. It’s a snug fit!

      1. Bobbi Hampel says:

        I don’t like belt clips. Is there an option to remove it, and it’s still protected from dirt, water, etc?

        1. Yes it is an option you can choose to snap on and off. And yes all protection remains! 🙂 Thanks for stopping in Bobbi!

  3. Bruce says:

    I purchased two of the Defender cases based upon your review. One for my Samsung Note 3 and one for my mother’s Samsung S4.

    1. Hey Bruce! That is awesome to hear! Thanks for stopping in!

  4. Mark Totzke says:

    I was wondering what the differences were between the Otterbox Commuter and Defender cases and found your review. I recently purchased a Galaxy 5 Note and part of the package was an Otterbox Commuter case. I am pretty happy with it. I don’t see the issue with the power button, it extends a millimeter or more out of the case and I have no problem with one-handed operation. Maybe Otterbox acted on your review.

    1. So happy you found my review Mark! Thanks for stopping in to let me know your thoughts…I am happy you are enjoying the case and find it to be comfortable. 🙂

  5. Mike says:

    Hi Amy,

    I am trying to decide between the defender and the commuter for my iPhone 6 s plus. The only factors in really considering is bulkiness vs protection. Does the commuter have a raised case that goes over the screen so that if you drop it the screen won’t crack? Or is that just for the defender? Thank you and happy holidays !

    1. Hi Mike, Happy holidays to you! Otterbox cases all raise above the screen to offer the ultimate protection. Here is a look at the Commuter case- hope that helps and feel free to reply with more questions. 🙂

  6. Ted says:

    Thanks for your review Amy.
    I just bought a Samsung Galaxy S7. The lock function can be operated by fingerprint recognition on the home button. Will this feature still work with either the Defender or the Commuter?


    1. Hi Ted, The Commuter would allow this to work but if you used the thick screen protector on the Defender it would not work.

  7. Wendy says:

    I am looking for a case for my husbands new IPhone 6plus. He works construction so I am thinking of going with the Defender….do you agree?
    Thanks for comparing the two….makes it easier for people like me!!

    1. Hi Wendy, For construction, yes I would definitely recommend the Defender! It can truly protect his phone if something happens! 🙂 You are very welcome – thanks for stopping in!

  8. Karen says:

    I already have a tempered glass screen protector on my Galaxy S3. Will the Commuter still fit?

    1. Yes it should fit just fine. I have not had any problems with that.

  9. Laura says:

    i feel a liitle bit sorry about my question now. Before that sorry for my English i´m only a pupil. i don´t know which otter box is the best for me. Your reviwe is very good but my English is not so good:: 😀 I´m a girl i have a horse. my phone case shold be robust (?) stylish and functional. That´s for the cummuter… but you said (and you are not the only) that the buttons are hard to hit. Another question: is the screen also protected with an extra “case”?
    or is the defender maybe better for me? i often were tight pans and wan´t to carry my phone in my trousers pocket(?)
    hope you can help me an thanks in advance!

    1. Muscles says:

      “Defender” has silicone rubber on the exterior (more grippy, sticky) versus the “Commuter” that has a polycarbonate exterior that will be easier to slide in and out of tight pockets.

  10. Vurtricia says:

    Does the film screen protector on the commuter offer just as much protection as the built in protector on the defender?
    Say if you drop it and it lands dead center on a rock where the raised edges offer no protection. I have dropped a phone in a rocky area before and cracked the screen. The only time the raised edges help if it’s dropped on a flat surface

  11. Mary Kostiw says:

    I haver the defender and i like it cause i am very clumsy
    And it holds better

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