You may have seen the review of the OtterBox Commuter Series case for the myTouch 3G Slide a little while ago and now we have a review of the entire OtterBox collection available for the Google Nexus One. Â OtterBox sent in one of each of the Defender, Commuter, and Impact series cases for the Google Nexus One to allow is compare all 3 levels ofÂ protectionÂ and let you know what they are like.
Just to recap from the previous review, here are the descriptions for the the levels of case:
The defender series is the rugged smartphone shell made from high impactÂ polycarbonatesÂ and durable silicone. Â This series offers the highest level of protectionÂ againstÂ scratches, dust, drops, bumps and shock.
The commuter series is slimmer than the defender series but still has a tough protective case consisting of a durable silicone mid-layer with aÂ polycarbonates outer shell. Â This series offers the middle level of protectionÂ againstÂ scratches, bumps and shock and features a smoother outer shell that slides easily in and out of your pocket.
The impact series offers the simplest protection of all the series but still has a tough protective case made of polycarbonates. Â This series offers the lowest level of protectionÂ against bumps and dings.
They also offer other extreme protection cases or boxes which are waterproof and offer almost impenetrable protection for your devices.
Google Nexus One Impact Series:
The OtterBox Google Nexus One Impact series case is the entry level protection you can purchase for you phones. Â This case is still excellentÂ protectionÂ for your device and is certainly thick enough to last a long time. Â Many of the other Gel cases you can purchase are pretty flimsy and just don’t have a feel that gives you confidence in the protection they offer. Â This Impact series case will not only stop your device from getting scratched and dinged, but I would expect that you’d get a fair level of protection from a small drop.
The fit of the case isÂ reallyÂ very nice. All the normal cut outs for the speaker, microphone, camera, Flash and power connectors are perfectly aligned. Â The power and volume are protruding enough from the case that it makes it very easy to find them ad control your device. Â The frontÂ edgesÂ around your screen areÂ beveledÂ and slop down to the screen making it very easy to reach the edges of your screen without an interference. Â Talking about your screen, the OtterBox Impact Series case also comes with a custom fit screen protector that fits nicely and has a very clearÂ finishÂ that does not interfere with your viewing pleasure.
InstallationÂ andÂ removalÂ is aÂ cinchÂ as the case is very flexible. Â this pretty handy when you have a home and car dock and want to remove the case for installation.
Overall I can thoroughly recommend the impact series case for the Google Nexus One and if the cases for an other devices that they support are designed in the same way, I’d guess they are just as good.
The Google NexusÂ Impact Series case can beÂ purchased directly from OtterBox for $19.95
Google Nexus One Commuter Series:
The OtterBox Commuter Series of case is the second level in protection for your devices and offer a dual layer approach to covering your phone. Â The first level is a thin silicon layer than goes over your phone in a similar way to the Impact series above, but much thinner. Â This layer also features plugs that will insert into your USB and power openings of your phone to stop dust and grime from finding it’s way into unwanted places. Â The second level is High-quality polycarbonate outer shell that fits over the silicone skin and proved the extra protection from the hard knocks.
MyÂ understandingÂ is the theÂ innerÂ silicon skin is design to absorb much of the impact of a drop, while the outer shell is stops any direct damage to the case of your phone.
The inner silicon shell was easy to install and the protruding button for the volume controls slips through a slot in the side of the outer shell giving you easy access to every control you need to reach.
As with the Impact Series, the Commuter Series is beveled in all the right places to give easy touch access to you screen in a very unobtrusive way.
The Google NexusÂ Commuter Series case can beÂ purchased directly from OtterBox for $34.95
Google Nexus One Defender Series:
The other nice feature about the defender series is the inclusion of a belt holster.
The OtterBox Defender Series is the ultimate in device protection and offers three layers of protective wrapping for your phone. Â Doing things a little bit differently on this one, the first layer is now a hard shell case that covers your entire device. Â The impressive feature of this layer is the added screen protector that is built into the shell. Â I wasÂ skepticalÂ about the screen film as it’s pretty thick, but once the first layer was installed, it felt like itÂ wasn’tÂ even there.
Next up is the second layer of silicon over the top of the hard shell.Â TheÂ siliconÂ shell has cut outs and protruding parts Â that allow the all the usual ports to be accessed and the volume and power to be used as normal.Â The silicon shell fits very well using a number of slots, holes andÂ crevicesÂ that hold the shell firmly in position as if it’s part of the underlying hard shell case.
Time toÂ powerÂ on the phone and see how well the phone reacts through the screen protector, and I can say that it works flawlessly. Â It’s almost impossible to see or feel that the screenÂ protectorÂ is even there.Â I sailed through the home screens without anyÂ additionalÂ pressure orÂ noticeableÂ lag.
The third level of protection is the included holster that can be used in a vertical,Â horizontal, in fact,Â any position you care to twist the locking mechanism into. Â Each side of the first level case has a circular indent and the holster has a matching lock that clips into the indent as you insert your phone into it. Â The even nicer feature is that the case has been designed withÂ symmetryÂ in mind allowing you to insert your phone into the case with either the back or theÂ frontÂ of your phone facing inwards. Â IÂ reallyÂ love this feature.
The Defender series is obviously the most expensive purchase you can make from OtterBox to protect your phone and the Google NexusÂ DefenderÂ Series case can be purchased directly from OtterBox for $49.95
You may gather from this review for the Google Nexus One and my previous review of the Commuter Series case for the T-Mobile myTouch 3G Slide that I’m starting to love OtterBox cases. Â These are the first cases I’ve tried from OtterBox, and I can honestly say that OtterBox has become my number one choice of cases for any future device I own. Â If your looking to protect your smart phone investment either with a basic silicone skin or a full onÂ extremeÂ hard shell, OtterBox has everything you could ever need.