I have heard about the OtterBox cases for years, starting back when I wanted to find a case I could put my iPod in and listen while swimming. Â It turns out Otter made a water-proof box that was designed specifically for water activities–but alas I wouldn’t spend the money required.
Recently, my wife switched over to the Samsung Captivate phone (the same one Android based phone that I use.) Â She wanted to get a case for it, so she went to our local AT&T Â store to find one. Â The salesperson there recommended the Otterbox Commuter Series Shield for the Samsung I897 Captivate (Black). Â I liked it, so I bought one as well.
Since getting the phone, I have been sporting a nice rubbery silicone case. Â It provided some measure of protection, and generally kept my phone in good condition, but never quite “felt” right. Â The hardshell cases that were available all made the phone too thick, taking away one of the advantages I saw in the Captivate–the sleek and thin design.
Enter the OtterBox.
The Otterbox combines an inner rubbery silicone case with a hardshell “sleeve” that provides impact protection andÂ absorption. Â In addition, the soft shell covers the power button and volume rocker, while also having a “plug” to protect the headset port from dirt, grime and fluids. Â And it does all this while adding no significant bulk to the phone. Â The case also comes with a self-adhering screen protector, but as you all know, I prefer to use ZAGG screens “invisishields.”
Oh–and while I bought mine at the AT&T “authorized dealer” store,[1. Â I actually like the folks there at this particular store and since they are quite helpful, and paid on commission, I don’t mind paying a higher fee. Â They helped me select the Captivate, and understood when I explained I bought it for $200 less elsewhere. Â They have earned my loyalty.] Â you can get the Otterbox series for about half the price through Amazon.