BlackBerry Accessory Roundup: One Free OtterBox Commuter Case Up for Grabs!

Storm 2 OtterBox
By Jared DiPane on 9 Feb 2010 02:42 pm EST

This Week's Featured Item: OtterBox Commuter Series Case for the Storm2

Last week we all saw Adam's charging pod he can't live without, and the week before Kevin's extended battery review (big shock he needs one of those huh?). This week's featured accessory is one that I have grown to love, the Otterbox cases. Otterbox has been around for quite some time now, making cases that date back to the 8800 series devices, if not even longer, but they continue to change and make their product even better. Hit the jump for some more info on OtterBox and this weeks newest accessories. Be sure to leave a comment to win an OtterBox Commuter case for your device.

Ever since I first got my first BlackBerry, a 8700 series device, I have always been a fan of slim cases, or no case at all. With the devices continuing to get slimmer and slimmer, and my hands not shrinking to fit them comfortably, I have recently been seeking alternatives to the standard slim cases I was using. Everyday life has become so busy and honestly at times it can be hard to be as cautious with my BlackBerry as I would like to be, and the Otterbox has put my mind at ease knowing the device is fully protected. What I like the most about the Otterbox Cases were that they fit extremely well, very easy to install, and protect all your ports. The Commuter Series (pictured above) was my personal favorite case because while it added an amazing amount of protection from the rubber case and the plastic over it, the case also added some additional bulk which made the device sit perfectly in my hand. The Impact Series case offers even more protection, at the cost of additional bulk.

As someone who could be considered somewhat indecisive, finding a case that offers style and protection while still keep maximum comfort while the device is in hand is quite a struggle. In the early phases of my case hunt I used to overlook Otterbox, and looking back, I realize how much of a fool I was. Granted, their cases only come in black, but how many of us end up wanting to black their BlackBerry housing's out anyways? The Otterbox has quickly grown on me and become a perfect compliment to my lifestyle. I tend to be on the go often, and can't tell you just how many times I have missed my pocket with my phone, or nearly dropped a phone due to a slick surfaced slim case I put the phone in, but those days are now behind me.

With the Otterbox case protecting my BlackBerry my mind is at ease, knowing my device is fully protected. Personally, I never seem to keep a device for a very long time, and throughout all of my recent device changes, the first accessory that I always end up purchasing is an Otterbox case for the phone. Although they may look extremely bulky, or beyond comfort, I would say that many of you will be shockingly surprised with the added comfort along with the amazing protection that the Otterbox line of cases will deliver. Check out the cases for your device here.

CONTEST: Win a Free OtterBox Comutter Case for your BlackBerry

For your chance to win a free OtterBox, simply leave a comment to this blog post telling us what you do that would make an OtterBox the right case for you. Contest ends this Sunday night at Midnight PST. Please, just one entry per person.


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BlackBerry Accessory Roundup: One Free OtterBox Commuter Case Up for Grabs!



I am a full-time pastor and on the go quite a bit. I am not rough on my Tour 9630, but having a good case for it is a wonderful idea.

Please hook me up I love crackberry wow go berries I always wanted a otterbox they Say they are the greatest....

Hey all,
thanks for the opportunity to win an otter box case. The phone I have belonged to my boss. He didn't like it. He dropped this thing a few times and it has some pretty bad dings in it. I like to keep this phone (storm 2) around for awhile and I think the otter box is the way to go..

thanks again for the chance to win

Semper Fi

I do maintenance work and am always knocking into things and splashing water around, an otterbox would be perfect.

That is an awesome case. I want one and hopefully I will be the choosen one. Lol. Thanks CB again for another great contest.

I had a snap-together plastic case, but I like to slip my BB into a charging stand at night and use it with Vorino Clock as a bedside clock. The Plastic case wouldn't fit into the charging stand and was too hard to open up.

The BB just slips out of the Noreve.

The stiff cover prevents butt-dialing. The holster function works perfectly. The workmanship is first rate. And the case makes a satisfying snap as you flip it shut like a reporter in a 1940's movie flipping his notepad shut.

I work out in the field as a construction engineer and i need my phone to reply back to emails from clients as well as the architects and other people working on the project. Its dirty and i worry about scratching up or even worse killing my tour, the otterbox would provide the protection necessary for my phone.

I am in sales and my 'berry is my lifeline. Lots of in and out of car and lots of opportunity for dropped phone. I already had to swap out my phone because a key popped out after a drop.

I have the storm 2. I work as a firefighter and could use a little extra protection. I also teach at the fire academy where things get a little dirty.

And my four year old is not exactly gentle on things.

I'm a process engineer and am constantly working in tight spaces within the machines. I not only need something that won't slip out of my hands, but I need something that will protect the phone from daily bumps. I did have an OtterBox for my old Pearl, and now I need something for the Bold 9700 I got to replace the old Pearl. Here's hoping I win...

I would really like to win the Otterbox for my storm 2, I am a supervisor for con edison and my black berry sees Hell!
I wear all my PPE "personal protective equipment", and the Otterbox would be the required PPE for my Storm 2.
You guys are Great!!!!!!!!!!

Enough said. If we are not playing full contact ping-pong we are trying to find a way to sled faster will all this snow we are getting. So I need to find something that is durable and can stand up to my stupidity.

These cases are nice. Working in a automotive garage, it is a necessity. One of those cases would suit me perfectly. Just to say, I wouldn't mind winning. =)

I work in construction and I'm constantly in the field, checking up on our various projects. This case would give my Storm 2 the added protection I need to keep it from getting damaged when I drop it (which I have done in the past and will undoubtedly do in the future).

Count me in for the contest!

I am a contractor for the New York City Transit Authority. My Storm 9530 has gone toe to toe with the inside, outside topside, bottomside, frontside and backside of the train just sitting on my hip and has taken more falls than stock market. The Seidio360 case that I had was taken off because it wouldn't stay in one piece anymore from all of the drops. It would be great to have a commuter case to protect my Storm.

I've been know to have prior phones with scrapes and cracked screens, so an OtterBox case sounds perfect for me

Have an otterbox for my 8320 and love it... Just picked up a 9700 and it needs protection! I manage operations for a couple buildings, an am always crawling around in ceilings and basements... Would love some protection for the new baby!

I own one of these and bought it before I even bought my Storm2 so I would have it ready to go. It is a fantastic case that protects the phone without the bulk of the Otterbox Defender series. I'll never own any other case and if I change phones will protect that with an Otterbox as well. A great product.

i've been wanting one of these cases for so long but unale to find them in canada. any one find a place that sells them in the country? if not i will seriously consider ordering one from the crackberry store

I wear my trusty Storm 2 on my hip 8 - 10 hours a day in my manufacturing plant. This would sure help protect the baby.
Thanks for the chance to win.

I would really appreciate one of these since my 14 month old can now reach the table where I usually set my S2!

Normally I keep you Tour in a holster to keep it safe. There are times though like on the weekends I'd like to just not use the holster and the otterbox would still keep it save.

I've always written off the otterbox cases as looking too bulky, but this review intrigues me! Probably not something I'd invest in without being able to try it hands on - but winning one could definitely lead to us "otterboxing" all of our BBs!!

Seriously. Just dropped my phone this weekend and it exploded into three (albeit easy to put back together) parts.

It would be awesome if otterbox made some type of slim, impact resistant gel/case for phones. I know my 9700 would def benefit from it! This seems to be the best so far yet though.

I have the Seidio Innocase for my Storm and it has already broken. I wouldn't say that I'm super-hard on the phone, but I am dissapointed with how "weak" this case is. The Otterbox sounds much tougher and more durable. Perfect!!

This case would surely help protect by Storm 2 while at work. As a police officer who rides an ATV on the beach, protection is necessary.

I would love to see some reviews on this case! I have the Storm 2 with the traditional belt clip that I bought at a Verizon store... its junk! More times than not, the entire clip (phone included) slips off the belt to hit the floor. I guess they designed the belt-clip for dress pants.

I would be interested in the OtterBox case for the Storm 2 if it not only protects the phone but comes with a decent belt clip. If anyone can give me feedback on it, good or otherwise, please do!


I'm a Test Engineer who works in a lab.. Phone gets bumped and dropped a lot.. Need a more rugged case and the Otter Box is the best I've seen.. Coworker has one for his Bold

Otterbox makes the best cases. Unfortunately, they are so expensive. I would kill for one of those cases if I had the extra dough for one...

It would be nice protection for my Storm 2. I work on F18's and our uniform restrictions don't allow us to stow anything bulky in our uni's. Thanks for the opportunity CB!

I always carry my Storm on my belt. Sometimes I cannot be as careful as I like and this case would give me some extra security.

Always been a Hugh fan of the Otterbox cases from the 8700 on up. In the retail line a holster is out (to big snaggs) this is a perfect solution and much needed !

I am often find myself needing a little more rugged protection for my blackberry while implementing day to day office pranks

Man what are the chances of winning one now? I did just get a Storm2 though, and it sure would compliment it nicely.

I work as an athletic trainer and having this case would be great to protect it from getting slammed against treatment tables when I help athletes with their rehabilitation programs, as well as help me hold on to it if I have to check a message from the main office and I am outside.

Cool .. ! Who doesnt want that on The real BOLD 9000 ! IM IN :)

This BOLD CASE would Make my bold even Bolder :)

This is case is the best of the three otterbox makes not too bulky like the defender and more protection than the impact. All around the best case out there.

I work in a research dept and this would be great to protect my BB from the inevitably bumps and jolts encountered everyday. Thanks for the chance to win one and good luck to everyone!

I've got one on my storm 1 but its parked in my night stand right now while I'm driving my Tour. Need to protect this bad boy!

One of my daily activities is installing signs and banners so am in and out of the vehicle many times a day in all types of weather plus I am off the ground several times a day so am thinking the case would protect against the elements and may even offer some shock protection if the phone was to fall..
Thank You..

I'm constantly on call and I find that I need to pull out my phone quite a bit and I need to know that my phone is in good shape.

Water is Wet,
The sky is Blue,
I'm a Water Treatment Operator,
Making drinking water safe for people like you,
An OtterBox Case, So nice indeed,
To protect my Storm 2 from the elements you see,
Is what I truly need.

My spreadsheets,
My Emails,
My Contact Lists too,
To lose all these things,
Would not be good.

I love my Storm2 too much to do anything bad enough to NEED an Otterbox, but I love it enough to want to protect it from anything that might need an Otterbox to protect it :D

I constantly stay connected to my friends and family in California with my Blackberry Storm 2. I'm a busy student always on the go and I need the protection to make sure my device stays in top shape. OtterBox makes fantastic cases and it would be very advantageous to own one.

I'm very impressed with the otterbox cases myself. I looked at many cases for my Bold 9700 and the otterbox impact was by far the best case for me. I love the case and looking to upgrade to a different otterbox case. i love the coverage and protect that my Impact series otterbox case provides and looking for more in the near future.

I currently own the Impact case from Otterbox but the Commuter case would better protect my phone.I would love a replacement to my flimsy rubber case for my Bold 9000. I am clumsy and tend to drop my phone a lot. The case prevents some scratches, but often falls out in my pocket when I pull the phone out...

Before I upgrade I want the best protection from the start! Thanks for the giveaway.

Pick me please, I had a defender case for my Storm 1 and Can say the level of protection is awesome unfortunately with the changes to the Storm2 it didnt fit. plus you forgot to mention Otter boxes customer service is the absolute best.

Can't tell you how many time I bounced the BB off the desk while trying to call a doc, write orders, and do a dozen other tasks, all at the same time. A nice case would help to protect the most important thing in my life. (umm, you guys don't let significant others read these comments, do you?)

I'm a UPS guy...I'm in and out and about in all kinds of weather and tough spots! This case would be great!

I would like to win this case for my brand new Storm 2 since I get over 250 emails a day working in sales -- which means there are 250 opportunities for the Storm 2 to be dropped. I need the protection! Thanks!

This would be the best thing for my Blackberry curve 8530 from Sprint since sliced bread. I work for the Sheriffs Office. I transport inmates. Always something going happening! My new Blackberry needs protection too.

*GASP* This would be great for me! I bought one of the Body Glove cases from Verizon but the rubber coating has started to wear off. A buddy of mine has an otterbox for his iphone and he loves it. Crackberry, pick me!

Have a new Storm 2 that desperately needs quality protection from the environment and my clumsiness. This would be perfect!!!

I have a Strom 9530 and would love to get one to use with it. I think this might just be the thing to get so I can ditch my "Standard" carry case. I hope I win!

I've been wanting an Otter box and have been holding out using my snap on plasic cover. Hook a crackberry addict up!

I have a tendency to fumble my phone like Adrian Peterson in an NFC championship game. While this case won't solve that problem, it will protect my Tour from getting beaten into submission by gravity.

how much I need a new OtterBox.

I am a klutz, but no ordinary maladroit. I am cursed.

Upon my birth, my evil step-fairy god mother made me choose between beauty and grace. Of course I chose beauty. This cunning witch was a visionary who obviously saw great potential for mayhem and disaster in my future with the advent of wireless communication.

Every cell phone I’ve ever owned died in some sort of accident. I won’t detail the demise of each one, but to illustrate the power of this evil spell I would like to tell you about the time my Nokia committed suicide.

My phone was in my shirt pocket; I was not yet in my shirt. As I slid my arms through the sleeves and stood up, my phone jumped from my pocket, did a somersault and landed in a glass of water on the dresser. It was poetry in motion, an example of Olympic fumbling.

I naturally have replacement insurance, but I’m maxed out for the year. The only reason my last BlackBerry endured for as long as it did (a record 6 months) was because it was safely ensconced in an OtterBox. It took a maniacal ex-roommate stomping repeatedly on my poor little BB to finally break the phone, and then only because it had popped out from its protective armor.

I have a new BB, a beautiful 8530 Curve, which clearly needs protection. With three months to go until I can submit another insurance claim, my 8530 is all but quivering in fear for its life. Please, send me an OtterBox to shelter my new phone. Before it’s too late!

I use my BB as my "ipod", and occasionally it falls when running and working out. I have no case for it,and if i had this it would protect my BB.

I work as a framer and drops onto the ground are all too monnon. An Otter might make me think about canceling the insurance I pay monthly just for peace of mind. Saves money and protects your device: That's Otterbox!

I work with children and I cant tell you how many times my phone has taken a dive because of it. I work outdoors so if my beloved BlackBerry falls out of my pocket it will hit the blacktop or cement. Help save my BlackBerry from my students!!!

I drop phones a lot, often at the most inopportune time: jumping over mudhole while trying to keep my work shoes shiny, boating during sunset etc. Just asks my old 8830, currently R.I.P. in a bag of rice.

handbag :) and when items sink to the bottom of it's blackness, I cant find a thing! I would love a red one...easy to find in the black hole of my handbag. Plus, when I drop it, as I do way to often, my heart won't sink to the pit of my stomach thinging, "ok, that was fatal"! thanks much!

I work in a landscaping business to itd be nice to know i could sit this down anywhere and it would be safe!!!!!

I am a lineman for a communications company. I am out in all kinds of weather climbing telephone poles and maintaining distribution as well as mainlines. I would love to have a great case like this for my BlackBerry 9000. Thank you.

I never use the holster I get with my phone, and rarely get a case, but my phone still usually gets thrown in my gym bag or backpack and as a result gets little nicks and scratches and dirt in behind the screen. I just got a new bold and it'd be really nice to avoid that happening this time around!

I would love one of these!!! I need it to protect my storm 2!!!! When i go out on the weekends, there are so many people at parties that im always holding my case to make sure my phone isnt going to fall out becaue people are always bumping into me!!

I've been looking for one of these for my 9550, but so far it is quite impossible to find it in Indonesia... TouchScreen BlackBerry Devices are not popular here, and people are only selling various types of accessories for traditional Qwerty Blackberry Devices...

Nothing would be more perfect than giving it to my wonderful wife in order to protect her Curve 8900. My fingers crossed.

I currently bought a house and have been doing a lot of home improvements. My BB 9700 is the only way to stay in touch with school and work while doing these improvements. The otterbox would really help out to keep my bb safe when I'm ripping out a wall. Sign me up.

You can imagine the beating my Tour takes. Hallway traffic, breakin up girls fights. My Tour needs some protection

Because like most people in the real world. We drop, kick (don't ask), sit on, pack in Landry etc our BB, I would need an otter box to protect it from me

I would love one of these for my new storm 2 that is on the way! My storm 1 is so scratched up that I need to try something different and this looks like the solution!

Had an otterbox for my 8320 and it is simply the best case on the planet. I have "issues" with dropping my bb frequently and now that I just got my 9700 I would LOVE to be able to wrap it in the safest case ever made!! No worries if you have one of these excellent cases.

I am in rotc and part of my job as a cadet is to pt in all sorts of crappy weather with people who show friendship by body checking you and whatever gear you might happen to have :D. I am on my 4th BB since joining haha

Even though I try to take care of my Blackberry, it still seems to hit the floor (or worse, pavement) way too often. An Otterbox would give me more peace of mind. : )

I don't do anything in particular that would make me damage or scuff up my device but I an very protective of my beloved BlackBerry so this would add to piece of mind for keeping my Berry protected! Thanks

My new storm2 deserves all the protection it can get, I looked into otter box when I got it, but spent the money on my kids for valentines day. I'll have to take a little better care of my phone till next month when I can get my own....or maybe I'll win one for vday :))

I really need this...I almost pass out everytime my BB8900 drops. I tend to be very careful with it but accidents happen and the little gel case I have on it doesn't really do much for major drops. An otterbox for my blackberry is the equivalent to a condom to me!!!!!! Its a must! LOL!

I love the sleek look of my 9700, but I also want the protection of an Otterbox...send one my way so I can live out my Jack Bauer fantasies without risking my precious BB!

i just drop my phone all the time. Need to keep it looking nice so i can show all those people how great blackberries are.

i need a case for my blackberry storm because now it s not in good conditions... i took it 1 year ago so now it isn t very very great but maybe with a beautiful case....