Sunday Debate: Corporate Cyanogen Good for Android?

Join us in a fun Sunday Debate on Cyanogen Inc. Come with your opinions and feel … more

AOSP Lollipop 5.1.0 for LG Optimus 4X HD

One of the main rivals of the legendary Samsung Galaxy SIII, the LG Optimus 4X HD has received … more

S6 Pre-orders on T-Mobile are Arriving

T-Mobile appears to be first off the mark with delivering the S6, as some customers are already … more

Best Alarm App for Android?

There are tons of choices to choose from when looking for a great alarm app for Android. While the stock … more
Post Reply Subscribe to Thread Email Thread

Case Mate vs Otterbox

24th May 2012, 12:28 PM   |  #1  
Trig0r's Avatar
OP Senior Member
Thanks Meter: 84
719 posts
Join Date:Joined: Jun 2007
Donate to Me
There are probably threads out there like this one that compare the two cases.
However, as I have now cracked the casing on my second Otterbox Commuter I decided to try something different.

Enter the Case Mate "Tough".
Apprently this is the revised version according to Amazon (UK) where I got it from, I cant say what the differences are between this and the earlier model as I havent had one so its possible that depending on which revision you get, some of you might get different results to me.

I'll be comparing this to my Otterbox Commuter, the reason I used one of the Otterbox units is I have one for my Xoom, I had one for my HD2 and in general I like the look and protection that they offer. However as I have now cracked the plastic in the same two places on two different units its safe to say that they dont fit my needs.


To be fair theres not a huge amount of difference from the front, the Otterbox appears to have slightly more coverage on the front of the phone as its rubber is more closely molded to the speaker area.
The Otterbox also lets the power and volume rockers protrude from the hard shell, this at least for the volume isnt an issue, however where the power button is the hard shell is only a few mm wide at the top front edge, this is where I have managed to crack both of the Otterboxes I have had, I've also noticed when my other half has the phone she struggles to turn the phone on/off.

At the bottom where the USB and audio sockets are the Otterboxes hard shell goes around this area and has a rubber flap that pops in and out of place to with show or hide the ports, on the Case Mate no such flap exists so if you work in dust environments then that could be a minus for the Case Mate.

Hard shells, after breaking two, I'd say the Otterbox either needs a redesign or material change, the Case Mate's hard shell doesnt cover as much as the Otterbox one but in not covering as much of the phone it doesnt have the same weaknesses as the Otterbox.

As it stands now the Otterbox seems to offer a touch more protection at the expense of life expectancy, both of the unit's I've had have lasted 6/8 months.
The Case Mate seems more rugged due to its hard shell being matte and textured vs the Otterboxes smooth shinier finish.

At this point neither case stands out as a clear favorite, however having broken two of the Otterboxes the Case Mate certainly seems hardier out of the box.

Will report back in a while after I've used the Case Mate a bit more.
24th May 2012, 12:34 PM   |  #2  
theking_13's Avatar
Senior Member
Flag Florida
Thanks Meter: 1,469
7,378 posts
Join Date:Joined: Dec 2011
Incipio/Trident ftw.

Sent from my Galaxy Nexus running AOKP+Franco on Tapatalk 2
25th May 2012, 01:50 AM   |  #3  
Senior Member
Flag windermere
Thanks Meter: 44
215 posts
Join Date:Joined: Mar 2008
Just received my Casemate Barley There today and it seems like it's pretty solid. It protects the camera pretty well it covers the outer rim of the lense , most cases I've seen have a square opening from the flash to the camera.

Sent from my Desire HD using xda premium
26th May 2012, 01:36 PM   |  #4  
chrisund123's Avatar
Senior Member
Thanks Meter: 29
225 posts
Join Date:Joined: Jan 2011
I've had a case mate tough on my DHD for 18 months now. The case is still fine, despite numerous drops and bumps, etc.

Underneath, the phone is absolutely pristine. Still looks as good as the day I got it. I've never seen or used an otterbox case, but the case mate has been absolutely top notch as far as I'm concerned.
The Following User Says Thank You to chrisund123 For This Useful Post: [ View ]
1st June 2012, 01:28 PM   |  #5  
Dodgylegs's Avatar
Senior Member
Thanks Meter: 37
423 posts
Join Date:Joined: Aug 2010
I'm selling a case mate for the HTC Desire HD if anyone is interested?

Used once, so in perfect condition :)

Sent from my HTC Sensation XL with Beats Audio X315e using XDA
1st June 2012, 06:31 PM   |  #6  
Junior Member
Flag Nottingham
Thanks Meter: 2
16 posts
Join Date:Joined: Dec 2010
Donate to Me
I've had a Casemate Tough for my DHD for a year and a half now. Its certainly served me well, I drop my phone all the time, and its still working perfectly.
3rd June 2012, 07:25 PM   |  #7  
matthew33's Avatar
Senior Member
Thanks Meter: 333
762 posts
Join Date:Joined: Nov 2010
Otterbox rules for me - AWESOME!

6th June 2012, 07:42 AM   |  #8  
EboniLM's Avatar
Senior Member
Thanks Meter: 28
118 posts
Join Date:Joined: Nov 2011
i also have the pink/black casemate tough for my inspire. I've had it on my phone for over a year, numerous, and i mean NUMEROUS, drops on various surfaces. underneath it, my Inspire is literally flawless.

the casemate tough definitely provides the same, if not better, drop protection than my pink/black Otterbox Defender case i had for my iPhone3g.

[Sent from my HTC Inspire via Tapatalk using Swiftkey 3 Beta. Pardon errors.]
6th June 2012, 01:31 PM   |  #9  
Junior Member
Flag Nonthaburi
Thanks Meter: 0
18 posts
Join Date:Joined: May 2006
Thumbs up
Originally Posted by chrisund123

I've had a case mate tough on my DHD for 18 months now. The case is still fine, despite numerous drops and bumps, etc.

Underneath, the phone is absolutely pristine. Still looks as good as the day I got it. I've never seen or used an otterbox case, but the case mate has been absolutely top notch as far as I'm concerned.

So do I.
"still fine"
10th June 2012, 07:50 PM   |  #10  
Junior Member
Thanks Meter: 3
25 posts
Join Date:Joined: Jan 2012
Has anyone GPS problems with the Case Mate Tough?

Sent from my Desire HD using XDA

Post Reply Subscribe to Thread
Previous Thread Next Thread
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes