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Join Date: May 2011
Location: Central Illinois
Review: Incipio DualPro vs Otterbox Commuter
Before even picking up my G2, I purchased the Incipio DualPro as a starter case. After a couple weeks with it, I bought an Otterbox Commuter. And I must say, I prefer the Otterbox hands-down, even though the cases are fairly similar. Here is why:
Both cases use a silicone slip-cover with a hard shell exterior. On the Incipio, the silicone case feels very floppy while the Otterbox is actually quite sturdy and rigid feeling for a "soft cover." The cover on each surrounds the phone and provides an area around the top that raises the phone's screen off of the surface if you have it face-down. This raised front is a bit higher on the Otterbox too.
The hard shell on the Incipio only holds the left and right sides of the soft case against the phone, while the top and bottom sides are left to flop around. This is my biggest disappointment with the Incipio, as the floppy cover gets tugged around alot while pulling the phone from your pocket.
And of course the Otterbox has some nice port covers for the USB port and headphone jack; though they are a little fiddly to close all the way.
The back of the Incipio doesn't cover the rear buttons at all, it's just left open, which could be nice if you like the feel of the G2's buttons as they are. But with the Otterbox, the buttons are covered and I think actually gives a better feel for where the power button is. Both cases also feel only slightly more grippy than no case. The Otterbox probably feels a bit more slippery than the Incipio, but not by much. And the Incipio feels like it sticks in the pocket worse. The Incipio also seems to hold on to lint/dust from pockets far worse.
Lastly, the Otterbox feels decidedly like it would protect the phone much better than the Incipio. On the exposed soft cover parts of the Otterbox on the sides, you can actually squeeze them and feel the air-gap where shocks would be absorbed. The Otterbox actually dampens the phone vibration feature a bit, so you can really tell it could take a drop. And it dosen't feel at all more bulky than the Incipio because of it.
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