Otterbox Commuter iPhone 4S case re-design review
I have two Otterbox Commuter cases to test on my white 4S.
The first is the iPhone 4 version (a week old). The camera port had to be redesigned for the 4S. No way around this. It affected pics in a negative way.
Today I received my blue & white 4S version in the mail and have a lot of issues with it.
The 4S version re-designed the camera opening, and from the few pics I have taken, it definitely seems to have improved this.
The 4S version does have some drawbacks though that I am not happy with. First, the silicone is much firmer. Not near as supple as the 4 version. The power button is extremely firm. I also have scuffs and dimples where the stuff was injected. It looks like eraser peel.
The plastic has trouble seating into the silicone grooves as well. No matter how much you pull and stretch and massage, it seems one side sits flush, and parts of the other side stick out.
Next, the 4S plug covers are only covers. They do not have extra material that inserts into the headphone and 30 pin connector slot. The covers do not hold near as well without the extra material inserting. The 30 pin cover may get removed if it ceases to hold in the future and they do not re-design.
Third, the hard shell has been re-designed. Mine did not fit as tightly as the 4 version and the new corners were a bit sharp and noticeable. I guess they will wear down or I will remove it and re-scrape. They bite on occasion right now. The corners do look like they will protect better on impact.
The edges of mine also had quite a few sharp spots where it needs the flash trimmed better. It can be uncomfortable to hold.
The bevel on the face of the silicone has been changed, but this is a non-issue for me. Works just fine.
I think they may have been in a hurry on this one.
One thing that helps - Before you put the silicone on. Push pull wad it up. Play with it for a while before you ever put it on the phone.
One GREAT thing to note and a big reason why I will keep it. Mine says: MADE IN THE USA
(prior version was China)
All in all, I like the feel of my wife's Speck Candyshell better, and it has the re-designed camera opening.