09-09-2015 09:03 AM
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  1. Steve Bruno2's Avatar
    I currently have the defender on my Note 2 and love it, the only downside I ever had with the case is it made the phone a lot bigger than what it truly is. I already pre-ordered my Note 5 and want to buy an otterbox the day of/before my phone arrives. So few questions:

    1. Which retailer to purchase otterbox: (best price & availability) --> bestbuy offers $70 trade in for note 2 so most likely buying it there, but may use that credit another day.
    2. Which should I buy --> Pros/Cons to both (i like my defender cause of the clip, is it true the commuter does not have a clip?)
    3. If I buy the commuter, will it offer me as much protection being a 2 layer, vs. my defender is a 3 layer? --> this is a concern.
    4. Forget Otterbox and buy totally different brand?


    Thanks,
    Steve
    08-18-2015 08:06 AM
  2. russel5150's Avatar
    The defender for the note 2 was huge! The note 3 and 4 defenders were much slimmer. I still didnt like that the rubber lost it's shape a little fast for me.

    The defenders are good what they do, i havent had a commuter but my brother had one for his 3 and i thought it felt better.

    You can't go wrong with either, im looking at the commuter as a possibility, but i really want something even slimmer that offers good drop protection.. like the tech21 mesh case. But to me the outside gets too slippery with hand oil or sweat.

    Im other people on here have more experience in cases.

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    08-18-2015 08:43 AM
  3. dpham00's Avatar
    The Ballistic jewel case is pretty light and slim in the hands(compared to other cases giving good protection) and has a 6' drop test certification. It also has good grip. Not the most stylish case though.

    https://www.goballisticcase.com/shop...galaxy-note-5/


    Otterbox looks nicer but costs quite a bit more and is probably heavier and more bulky. In my experience with previous phones, the commuter grip wasn't great. Defender grip was better.
    08-18-2015 09:22 AM
  4. Daaku Singh's Avatar
    I ordered the commuter directly from Otterbox on Sat (10% discount and free 2nd day air..$45+taxes). I'm taking delivery tomorrow (and no phone yet..hah).

    I opted for the commuter mainly for size/bulkiness reasons. I think the fall protection is more than adequate with the commuter without the added bulkiness of the defender.

    And personally, for premium electronics, I don't shy away and buy some el-cheapo case that does a half assed job. I see it as a one time expense...get a decent case and the price pays itself off over time.
    08-18-2015 09:24 AM
  5. Steve Bruno2's Avatar
    ok, but does the commuter case come with a clip?

    I use my clip alot, at work (dress cloths, at gym lifting and running & on weekends). --- hate putting the phone in my pocket.
    08-18-2015 10:07 AM
  6. Hectorius's Avatar
    It does not.

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    08-18-2015 10:48 AM
  7. stanleybb50's Avatar
    Otterbox Symmetry!

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    08-18-2015 11:01 AM
  8. Jay G63's Avatar
    Can you buy the commuter case and buy a clip separately? Will the one from the defender series work because i do see it sold alone?

    Sent from my SM-N920P using Tapatalk
    08-22-2015 03:22 PM
  9. Kelly Kearns's Avatar
    I've never liked either, they are so bulky. If you are in a situation where you need that extra protection, I believe the Commuter is a bit smaller, less bulk, but lots of protection.
    08-22-2015 03:23 PM
  10. Harlemknight's Avatar
    Neither, try the Tech21!

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    08-22-2015 03:57 PM
  11. stanleybb50's Avatar
    Neither, try the Tech21!

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    Great corner protection, but hardly any screen (face down falls) protection. In my humble opinion.

    Sent from my SM-N920V using Tapatalk
    08-23-2015 08:16 PM
  12. ScottH323's Avatar
    I just picked up the Tech 21. Lots of grip, lots of protection, and very slim/low profile fit. Love it
    Brian Kenny likes this.
    08-23-2015 08:49 PM
  13. sx4dude2013's Avatar
    I ordered a clear tpu case on Amazon. Its not here yet. This phone is mostly glass so I might regret it.
    I currently using a Incipio Dual case from Verizon. Thin yet protective with a zagg glass screen protector. Take a look at that one if you're looking at the commuter
    08-23-2015 08:56 PM
  14. anon(5630457)'s Avatar
    I have the Defender and the screen protector that comes with the phone makes it hard to tap on the screen. Sometimes my taps don't register so I have to tap twice. I'll be switching to the Commuter case when it comes to stores.
    ladyc0524 likes this.
    08-23-2015 10:01 PM
  15. ladyc0524's Avatar
    I have the Defender and the screen protector that comes with the phone makes it hard to tap on the screen. Sometimes my taps don't register so I have to tap twice. I'll be switching to the Commuter case when it comes to stores.
    This confirms what I feared.. I'll be getting the Commuter instead

    Sent from my Note 5
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    08-23-2015 10:04 PM
  16. mhettrich's Avatar
    I'm using a UAG case. I purchase one for all my phones.

    Sent from my Note 5 using Tapatalk
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    08-23-2015 10:28 PM
  17. Paul Paradis's Avatar
    Never Otter box. IMO they're overpriced and poorly made. I'm using a black Tech21.
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    08-24-2015 12:10 AM
  18. coolbreeze78's Avatar
    I have the Defender and the screen protector that comes with the phone makes it hard to tap on the screen. Sometimes my taps don't register so I have to tap twice. I'll be switching to the Commuter case when it comes to stores.
    You can easily press out the built in screen protector. The commuter is slippery as hell. Always hated that line. I have the Defender but it's just too big. Putting a glass protector on and using a Diztronic case when they get here Monday. Will use the otterbox when I go hiking etc.

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    08-24-2015 12:18 AM
  19. johnmcd348's Avatar
    I have the defender on my Note5 and it is about 1/3 slimmer than the defender case for my Note2. If I can later today I'll get a few shots of it and post them for you to compare. Maybe not 1/3 but obviously thinner than the original for the Note2.
    08-24-2015 06:56 AM
  20. russel5150's Avatar
    Never Otter box. IMO they're overpriced and poorly made. I'm using a black Tech21.
    Are you using the ultra thin? Thats what i took back yesterday. I loved the case but bumper was almost flush with the screen. It made me nervous.

    The other two tech21 cases weren't ultra thin, and i lived those.

    Sent with my white Note5 with nonremovable back and no SDcard!
    08-24-2015 07:32 AM
  21. tanson1011's Avatar
    I don't get why people are so fond of otterbox cases.
    They are way too expensive for the cheap materials used. The tpu is always so flimsy on the sides and allows dust to creep in.
    Save money and get a case that uses better materials and has a better fit.

    Check out www.mobilereviews-eh.ca for good case reviews. Mind you it's a site that reviews iphone cases, but most manufactures make cases for all popular phones.
    08-24-2015 08:02 AM
  22. zmann's Avatar
    Defender or Commuter-uploadfromtaptalk1440425384073.jpgDefender or Commuter-uploadfromtaptalk1440425393814.jpgDefender or Commuter-uploadfromtaptalk1440425408865.jpg

    Note 5 is DOPE
    08-24-2015 09:10 AM
  23. Kelly Kearns's Avatar
    I don't get why people are so fond of otterbox cases.
    They are way too expensive for the cheap materials used. The tpu is always so flimsy on the sides and allows dust to creep in.
    Save money and get a case that uses better materials and has a better fit.

    Check out www.mobilereviews-eh.ca for good case reviews. Mind you it's a site that reviews iphone cases, but most manufactures make cases for all popular phones.
    Otterbox is also just way too bulky for Note phones especially, for me.
    zmann and djroy03 like this.
    08-24-2015 09:45 AM
  24. Paul Paradis's Avatar
    Yes. As soon as I get some extra cash I'm going to get the mil spec spigen with the carbon fiber back. I've accidentally kicked my S6 edge across the room before with one of these on, and it was fine.
    08-24-2015 11:21 AM
  25. LordAndroid's Avatar
    Spigen Air cushion case I like the back transparent look and feel but not fond of the height around display. Might have switch back to the feather lite spigen case. Defender or Commuter-uploadfromtaptalk1440447905190.jpgDefender or Commuter-uploadfromtaptalk1440447931473.jpgDefender or Commuter-uploadfromtaptalk1440447960947.jpg

    Sent from R2D2 N9
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    08-24-2015 03:26 PM
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