Samsung Galaxy NEXUS Commuter Series Case
Good case for the Galaxy Nexus with one caveat
I've had Otterbox cases for other phones and have been satisfied with them before. I got the Commuter for the Galaxy Nexus.
I'll start with the caveat: this case will NOT fit the Galaxy Nexus with the slim 2100mAh extended battery. (On a related note, I posted a question about this and the question seems to have been deleted.)
The Commuter case seems to be designed to the the Galaxy Nexus with the standard 1850/1750mAh battery. The 2100mAh battery adds some bulk on the back of the phone, which forces the plastic shell to separate slightly from the rest of the case. One way to circumvent this is to cut the rubber layer between the speakerphone cutout and the bottom of the camera. There is a web page out there detailing this operation.
Alternatively, you can elect to remove the plastic rear of the phone. In either case, the fit isn't precise but is an improvement.
On to the case itself. Like the rest of the Commuter series, the plastic shell is intended to make sliding the phone in and out of pockets easier. To this end, the case works as advertised.
The button covers could provide a little more feedback; sometimes when I press the power button nothing happens.
The biggest advantage to the Commuter design (for most phones anyway) is that the plastic shell wraps around all four edges. Some competing two-layer cases only wrap at the corners, which allows the rest of the case to flex. The Commuter design minimizes flexing.
The bottom line: if you are somewhat careful in handling your Galaxy Nexus, the Commuter should provide adequate daily protection. However, don't assume that it will protect against everything. Any drops are going to stress the case and the phone may get damaged even with the case on. If you're really rough on your phone, then get the Defender or another very bulky case that's designed to offer a higher degree of protection.
May 19, 2013
2 broken now.
I was really happy with the OtterBox commuter case I had for my LG Optimus S so I didn't hesitate to buy one for my Galaxy Nexus when I got it to replace the aging Optimus, all went good for a few months, but then the poly carbonate outer shell broke on the bottom when I was removing the case to change my battery, no biggie OtterBox customer service got me a replacement in about a week, but now 2 months later the replacement they sent broke in the EXACT same spot as the original.
April 25, 2013
Saved My Phone
Bought a brandnew GNEX from the black market (Samsung never released the model in the Philippines). So the phone had no official warranty whatsoever. But I wanted to have the GNEX badly so I protected it with the Otter Case. True enough I dropped my phone several times and after almost a year now, my phone still looks brand new whenever I take it out of the Otter case. This is great!
April 7, 2013
Never Using an Otterbox AGAIN
I got my Samsung NEXUS in August of 2012, and purchased an Otterbox with it. It has been out of its case so i can clean the dust that somehow collected inside the case. Tonight, I was over at a friends house, and i dropped my phone on the wooden surface. Thinking it would be fine, I picked it up and was shocked. There is a huge partial spiderweb crack on the bottom right corner of the screen. It was securely inside the Otterbox. I am not at all impressed.
December 17, 2012