In honor of Valentine's day being just around the corner I wanted to review a case that has a little bit of PINK in it, so I opted for the Black and Pink OtterBox Commuter Case for the BlackBerry Torch 9800. It's also available in an all-pink Torch Commuter Series Strength edition, with 10% of proceeds going to the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade. And since this review is in honor of the the 14th of February we're going to show some extra love on it... if you leave a comment to this post letting us know how you'd put this case to use, you'll be entered to win a free one!
I've been a fan of OtterBox Cases ever since I got my first one for my old BlackBerry 8700, and over the years I've always had really solid experiences with their cases. That said, I have sort of mixed feelings on the Commuter Case for the Torch (note - I really love my Commuter for my Bold 9700/9780). On the pro side, it offers a great amount of protection and doesn't add too much bulk to the phone. Looking at the negatives, I find it makes the Torch a bit slippery to hold, the rubber buttons at times can behave a little awkwardly, and the long-term durability isn't quite to the same level as it is on OtterBox cases for other devices - specifically you may find with time the top piece that covers the slider portion of the Torch will want to come off easier than it should (this problem can affect most Torch cases that have a hard plastic shell - sliders make case design/durability tricky!). With OtterBox cases being on the more expensive end of the hard case spectrum, you may also want to check out the Innocase Surface and Mobi Products Hard Shell for the Torch. You can almost pick up three Mobi Products cases for the retail cost of one OtterBox, so it's something to think about. Check out the video review above for more details. We have a lot of user reviews on all these cases within the ShopCrackBerry store, so if you're in the market I definitely suggest reading through those as you decide what's best for you. Happy Valentine's Day!!
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