IMO I'd always considered Ottercase as the ultimate protection. So I never really looked into getting one for my devices because I baby my phones
. The farthest I've gone with the protection grade is the Seidio Active with kickstand. The protection is great in using it. I come to the realization that this case is ideal for traveling. Case in point, I had the Seidio on when I went to Disneyworld last year and at the Magic Kingdom shows, the crowds usually gather at the cobblestones at the castle. Being I have my, then 2 and a half year old, she was indeed a handful, even though my wife was there with me as well. lol.... Setting up the scene there, after the event, I had my phone on my lap and when the show ended, it was like a mad dash to move and not thinking, I stood up and the phone fell from my lap onto the stones. I freaked lol, but gladly the fall bounced on the corners and nothing was damaged.
Moral of the story, if you are a clutz get the otter box lol, if you are in an office most of the time, then get something a tad thinner and get the Seidio with the holster. That's what I have and I have to say is kinda business friendly in looks as well.
However, I cannot say anything negative about otterbox, because I have never used one on my devices. Heck, my Kindle Fire is also sporting the active case style
GL in your choice, its really your call in determining which is the "better" case. Kinda like beauty, this would be in the eyes of the beholder in a sense.
EDIT: And don't worry about the lack of holes on the back. It never affected how the phone worked signal and call wise.