Originally Posted by RoyJ
Trust me, I've read about 200 topics in this section and searched over ebay and amazon. At this point it looks like my best bet would be the ottorbox commuter case. I want something that isn't too bulky that still protects my phone. I have an OEM VzW 2100mah extended battery w/ back door.
Honestly I don't really see any difference in the size of the phone so I wondered if that would work? Also any feedback from an owner of the ottorbox commuter case would be awesome. Just as well, if you found a better case let me know.
I've read hundreds of reviews and they all contradict other cases reviews.
Example: Review on case A. "I've tried that case B for my phone and it was awful! Too bulky and annoying. This is perfect!"
Then you go to case B's page and you see the same thing.
"Just got this is the mail to replace case A! That piece of junk makes the phone way too bulky and annoying. I love this one though, so much better!"
It's really frustrating lol. Hoping to get some input from actual nexus owners here. So. Best protection without affecting the overall size and shape of the device. Also, none of those little cheap slip on plastic one. Needs to work for a drop, not just scratches in my pocket. Thanks in advance...
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Well I hope I can offer some valuable input for you here dude.
I will put my vote in for the Seidio Convert Combo
case, which they make compatible w/ the 2100 mah extended battery (which is actually exactly what I have). I wrote a review on amazon
of this case... but i'll post it here and modify it a bit since I have actually been able to use it now for a while.
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wow, really? $32 for this beastly case? This is an amazing deal. Anyway, I wanted to post this out there for those of you considering this case.
I was looking for a case that would be beastly when I needed it to, that covered all ports (including the camera - which none others do that I'm aware of), and that worked with the stock and extended battery without having to remove the battery cover/door (the extended case works with both by the way). This is the only case that met all of these demands.
One of the things I love about this case is that it's multi-layered!! I can disassemble it when I'm at home, going to church, or whatever other relaxed environment I'm in, and simply slide it into my pocket while still retaining some protection (i.e. the surface case still stays on, you just take off the rubber bulky part that makes it "thick"). This was one of the issues I ran into with other cases... the otterbox defender case is too bulky and rubbery to slide in and out of your pocket... the otterbox commuter series is too slick (i.e. hard plastic) making it hard to hold onto - not to mention it doesn't come with a clip. Some of the others were too rubbery to slide in and out of your pocket... this Convert combo seemed the perfect solution! The surface case has a matte finish to it, making it not too slick to slide out of your hand, but still slick enough to where it won't attract tons of lint and debris from your pocket.
The exterior shell of the Convert is nice because it has a nice rubbery grippy feel to it... you aren't about to drop this thing!
I have the 2100mah battery & door from Verizon, and got this case for it. It fits perfectly with the battery door on!
Another nice thing about this case is that it comes with a belt clip/holster that holds your nexus with the screen facing inward. What's nice about this is that, when I take my phone off and set it on a counter or something, I go ahead and clip it into the belt clip and lay it there. This way, if it gets knocked off it has 360 degree protection due to the belt clip entirely covering the screen. You can tell that the belt clip is high quality... it has a spring operated clip and has a feature where you can actually lock your phone into it so it won't accidentally "bump" out! I love this feature since I have 4 children =) I have been using this case & clip for about 6 months now and haven't had the first thing break on me... I don't really drop my phone often (have a few times) but I have complete confidence in this case to protect my phone. The clip is going strong as well!
For those of you wondering, no the belt clip won't work with just the surface case - you would have to get the surface clip
As far as screen functionality go, it is a little tight getting to the very edge of the screen, but I have not had any issues with it, even when moving an app from one screen to another (if you need to, the rubber on the edges of the screen will flex a little bit allowing for more movement toward the edge).
I also loved that it did not come with a built-in screen cover, but rather came with Seidio's "Ultimate Screen guard" which I absolutely love btw (I posted a review on Amazon of this as well). So now I have full functionality of my phone with almost total protection! (update: the screen protector works great! It does scratch, as does any screen protector, but still maintains that "high def" look and feel to it).
Both Seidio and Otterbox seem to have about the same warranties: 1 year from date of purchase. I cannot find anything on either of their sites indicating that they will replace their products if they break from a fall. I also have no experience with either customer service.
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now that i've had a chance to use it a while, i'll give some more input. The more I use it, the more I like it! One other feature I don't believe I mentioned, is that the clip/holster that comes with this case has an option to where you can "lock" the phone in place, in case you're in a rigorous environment (like stone working) and don't want it to accidentally get released allowing your phone to fall to the ground... it works good for the most part - you pull this piece of plastic up to lock it and push it down to allow it to be released. See the picture attached.
If I am not carrying my phone on me but have placed it on the counter or desk or something, i either leave it in the holster or take it out of the holster (in the full convert combo casing) and leave it face down. The rubber of the case really grips any slick surfaces, making it nice and grippy so it won't easily slide off of a table or counter or something.
I work in law enforcement... so most of the day, I am in my patrol car. I normally leave my phone in the holster, clipped on the passenger visor all day. I have had absolutely zero issues with it falling, bending the clip, or anything. it works perfectly too, cuz I use my 3.5mm jack on the phone (which works perfectly in the full case, even when clipped into the holster) to listen to music all day on my cd player via pandora
I really like that the camera, headphone jack port, and charging port are covered when the full case, but yet I can slim my case down to the surface case and leave them all uncovered when I want to.
On that note, I love the surface case! The surface case does actually allow your fingers to hit all the way to the edge of the screen... you will have no issues with this at all.
In conclusion, this thing is a beast!!! But yet it doesn't have to be since you can slim it down if you want. That is a huge strength to this case in my opinion. The only downside whatsoever to this case IMO? well, you have to take it off once in a while and clean inside it as it tends to get dust/dirt down at the bottom under the surface case which scratches the plastic on the bottom of your phone somewhat (not the screen though). I don't really know of a phone case to where this wouldn't be an issue though... anyway, hope this helps!