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Quick Review: OtterBox BlackBerry 8500 Series Commuter Cases Offer Protection and Personalization with Many Colors Available

OtterBox Commuter Series
By John Yester on 6 May 2010 12:01 pm EDT
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OtterBox Commuter
OtterBox 8500 Series Commuter Case
Comes in a variety of colors!
OtterBox 8500 Strength Series Case
10% of price goes to Avon Breast Cancer Crusade

So you just picked up a new 8530, or 8520 and you want some extra case protection? You may have looked at OtterBox a few weeks back and only noticed the normal black color cases. Well OtterBox has now officially released its BlackBerry Curve 8500 series Commuter Series Case that offers a number of colors to choose from. OtterBox is also offering the pink and white BlackBerry Curve 8500 Series Strength Case in which 10% of the purchase price will be donated to the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade. Funding will support finding a cure for breast cancer and advancing access to care for all, regardless of ability to pay.

Added up, you now have six colors to choose from on top of the standard black. Having a color set to your liking is a big step up from OtterBox's standard black or black/yellow cases for a lot of their models out to consumers. But with still three layers of protection from bumps and bounces, dirt and the good old "toss in your bag on the way out the door", OtterBox has you covered.

With the 8500 series so light and compact you can toss it in your pocket and almost forget about it. But it you want that added protection, but not the bulk of the full Defender Series. Then the commuter case should fit your budget and needs nicely.

Pro's:

  • Easy to slip on and off when not needed.
  • Slim design with not much bulk.
  • Protection on all ports and side buttons
  • Color Choices!
  • Makes the 8500 series feel more solid of a device

Con's:

  • Wish there was an option for changing the color of the skin. Mix up the colors even more.
  • Dust magnet ( On rubber)
  • Only one screen protector. With the price, two would be good for first time users.
  • LED is already hard to see on the 8500 series and the opening on the skin seems to block it even more on a angle view.

Bottom line, OtterBox has a reputation of making bomb proof-like device cases for a lot of the smartphone market. The Commuter Case not being a fully covered case it definitely fit in my top 5 cases to use when I need that extra protection when heading out. No word on what other device models will get other colors, but we will be sure to keep you posted.

13 comments

FunkyDog

Quite pink-ish. May be a hit amongst ladies.

CustomGrain

I need one of these for my bold.

mpetti

i want one for my 8520

blakeberry

i have had several Otterbox cases for phones and other items. I wouldn't have a Blackberry without one. The commuter cases are perfect and not bulky at all. The build and design are great.

papped

You can fix the LED issue quite easily. I put a plastic bead in there, so the bead lights up when the LED goes off, easily visible.

jes0212

I dont have a curve and wish they made these for the tour.

Bold_until_Hybrid_Comes

we are all so greedy. on blogs with a prize there are hundreds of comments then on ones like this - 6 comments. We are all so greedy. lol

MRWOLF6969

These look cool but us power users that can trash a 2600 series batt would like more options.

Kemper_06

I think its great that they've made the strength version and are donating to the breast cancer crusade

Koibito

I love my Otterbox defender case for the storm 2, but come on, girls need rugged with style and color too. I'll spend $50 bucks a pop for an orange, a red and a blue one! Otterbox is the best case I'v ever bought!

jakezilla#CB

Hey! why should 8550 users have all the color? Ihave a so
torm 2 and bought the otterbox defender case at the same time for work hrs. but all work and no play....having a case with some color would be great.I know at least 5 people that would buy one as soon as they hit the market.

MrsD.

I sport a commuter on my 9700. I would buy several colors for mine if they made them.