OtterBox Commuter Series Case

The OtterBox Commuter Series Case for the Droid Incredible is truly a tank of a case. It wraps your precious DInc in two protective layers: a hard outer shell and a soft, shock absorbing inner layer. Join me past the break to get a closer look. 

To put the case onto your phone, you must first encase your Droid Incredible in the inner layer. This layer has little rubber flaps that guard the microUSB port and the headphone jack, as well as a pronounced rocker casing for your volume controls and a slight nub for the on/off button at the top of the phone. Once you have all of these lined up just right, you have to use a bit of force to get it into the hard outer shell. I found the easiest way to to this was line up the volume rocker and microUSB port on the left side into their respect holes in the outer case, and then force the right side down into place. Around the back, slots are cut out for the camera, LED flashes, and the speaker. The front is left mostly exposed, so you will want to get a screen protector for that 3.7-inch beauty if you don't already have one.

Left side view 

When you use this case, you really feel like the phone is inside a small tank. It adds a good bit of padding on all sides, and you can definitely feel the difference when you hold the phone in your hand. Those with large hands might find the slim DInc slightly easier to hold because of the added size. The case itself is smooth on all sides, which I am not too fond of. It almost felt like it might be a bit easier to drop to me, but I am sure the case would help prevent any issues from dropping it. The volume rocker on the side does its job quite well, but the on/off button at the top is somewhat hard to press without using more force than you are used to. In addition, the area around the microUSB port is pretty cramped, so if you are using any plug other than the standard HTC one, you may run into issues. The same could be said for the headphone jack, but this is much less of an issue. 

Top view

Overall, this is a case for anyone paranoid about dropping their phone on those with large hands. I tend to go for the thinner cases that mostly protect against scratches and the like, so your mileage may vary. That being said, the case itself was built very solidly and gave me confidence that my precious DInc would survive a moderate fall to the floor unscathed. The OtterBox Commuter Series Case for the Droid Incredible is available now for $32.95 from the Android Central Store

Front view

Empty back view

Empty front view


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Android Case Review: OtterBox Commuter Series for Droid Incredible


I have had this case from the day it was released. I've been waiting on it since I got my Incredible. I have been a fan of OtterBox and their products since I had one on my Curve. They make outstanding products and I would recommend their products to any and everyone.

PS: The only downside to them is they add bulk and weight, but understandable to the awesome protection.

^No it does not include the belt clip.

A good review for a good product for paranoic people like me. I have the same case for my Nexus One and both have the same downside about the power button that is a little hard to press. I have read some forums about the power button stop working on the N1 so before pushing the power button too hard I prefer to use Lock and Reboot Apps (Lock Now and anReboot) instead of that button.

I have this case for my Nexus One. Its rugged as hell and provides great protection. Getting it on and off is pretty quick too. Since I have a dock I don't use it all the time, but when ever I go out for the day or travel its on the phone.

Touch screen is slightly less responsive when its on, due, I suspect, to the insulation factor isolating the ground circuit to the body.

Otterboxes usually come with screen protector, this one doesn't? I have the commuter for the Evo and love it. The warranty process is amazing! Just send an email to otter and they usually get the part to you within 1 to 2 business days

I have had this case for a couple of weeks now - I absolutely love it! The only downside I have found is that the edge of the screen that meeets the rubber is a little more difficult to clean. Other than that I have been very pleased!

This looks decent, but what I wish Otterbox (or anyone for that matter) would do is design a hard shell case with a kickstand on the back. Otherwise, I would have to take the case off every night before putting it in my cradle.

Perfect timing on this review, I just got mine in the mail yesterday!! This is THE ultimate case. All my iPhone friends rave about otterbox and I heard they were developing a case for the Incredible... this is professional equipment!! I already have a Zagg invisible shield installed, but the included screen protector actually looks very nice. Also the case is much simmer and sleeker in person than the pictures make it look. Now when my band goes on tour my precious Incredible is good to go! And unlike the crappy Verizon case, the camera lens is well set into the case and does not stick out at all

Looks like almost the exact same case as the Sedio Active case I bought for mine. Only difference is that the Otter comes with rubber caps over the ports.