Best Otterbox Case iPhone 7: Defender, Symmetry, Universe, Commuter

What’s the best Otterbox case between the Defender, Symmetry, Universe, Commuter, as well as the Statement? OtterBox cases in general are tough and durable but they are larger than the average iPhone 7 case that I reviewed, and I’ll be honest with you probably one of the easiest cases to get sense you can find them basically anywhere iPhones are sold.

Brief Overview of OtterBox Cases

So the question is if you’re looking to get an Otterbox case, well here’s the 30 second review. Get the OtterBox Defender if you feel the need to wear your iPhone on your belt and you want to be able to throw your iPhone 40 feet in the air and have it survive. You go with the OtterBox Commuter if you need something slightly slimmer and that is tough and you still work in relatively dusty environments.

SaleBestseller No. 1
OtterBox COMMUTER SERIES Case for iPhone 8 & iPhone 7 (NOT Plus) - Frustration Free Packaging - BLACK
  • Compatible with iPhone 8 & iPhone 7 (NOT Plus)
  • DOES NOT come with a screen protector
  • Thin, lightweight 2-piece case provides protection against drops, bumps and shock (port covers block entry of dust and debris).
SaleBestseller No. 2
OtterBox COMMUTER SERIES Case for iPhone 8 & iPhone 7 (NOT Plus) - Frustration Free Packaging - AQUA MINT WAY (AQUA MINT/MOUNTAIN RANGE GREEN)
  • Compatible with iPhone 8 & iPhone 7 (NOT Plus)
  • DOES NOT come with a screen protector
  • Thin, lightweight 2-piece case provides protection against drops, bumps and shock (port covers block entry of dust and debris).
SaleBestseller No. 3
OtterBox DEFENDER SERIES Case for iPhone 8 & iPhone 7 (NOT Plus) - Frustration Free Packaging - BLACK
  • Compatible with iPhone 8 & iPhone 7 (NOT Plus)
  • Triple-layer defense: inner shell, outer cover and touchscreen protector
  • Belt-clip holster included that doubles as a kickstand for hand-free media viewing.
SaleBestseller No. 4
OtterBox SYMMETRY CLEAR SERIES Case for iPhone 7 (ONLY) - Retail Packaging - CLEAR (CLEAR/CLEAR)
  • Compatible with iPhone 8 & iPhone 7 (NOT Plus)
  • Clear, thin, sleek, stylish, pocket-friendly design, with wraparound colors and graphics add seamless style
  • Dual-material construction absorbs shock and withstands drops, plus raised beveled edge keeps your touchscreen safe
SaleBestseller No. 5
OtterBox DEFENDER SERIES Case for iPhone 8 Plus & iPhone 7 Plus (ONLY) - Frustration Free Packaging - BOREALIS (TEMPEST BLUE/AQUA MINT)
  • Compatible with iPhone 8 Plus & iPhone 7 Plus (ONLY)
  • Robust, 3-layer protective case, with a built-in screen protector, withstands scratches, drops, bumps and shock.
  • Belt-clip holster included that doubles as a kickstand for hand-free media viewing.
SaleBestseller No. 6
OtterBox COMMUTER SERIES Case for iPhone 8 & iPhone 7 (NOT Plus) - Frustration Free Packaging - PLUM WAY (PLUM HAZE/NIGHT PURPLE)
  • Compatible with iPhone 8 & iPhone 7 (NOT Plus)
  • DOES NOT come with a screen protector
  • Thin, lightweight 2-piece case provides protection against drops, bumps and shock (port covers block entry of dust and debris).
SaleBestseller No. 7
OtterBox DEFENDER SERIES Case for iPhone 7 (ONLY) - Retail Packaging - MARATHONER (COWABUNGA BLUE/GUNMETAL GREY)
  • Compatible with iPhone 8 & iPhone 7 (NOT Plus)
  • Robust, 3-layer protective case, with a built-in screen protector, withstands scratches, drops, bumps and shock.
  • Belt-clip holster included that doubles as a kickstand for hand-free media viewing.
SaleBestseller No. 8
OtterBox SYMMETRY SERIES Case for iPhone 8 Plus & iPhone 7 Plus (ONLY)
  • Compatible with iPhone 8 Plus & iPhone 7 Plus (ONLY)
  • Clear, thin, sleek, stylish, pocket-friendly design, with wraparound colors and graphics add seamless style
  • Dual-material construction absorbs shock and withstands drops, plus raised beveled edge keeps your touchscreen safe
SaleBestseller No. 9
OtterBox SYMMETRY SERIES Case for iPhone 7 (ONLY) - Retail Packaging - ROSSO CORSA (FLAME RED/RACE RED)
  • Compatible with iPhone 8 & iPhone 7 (NOT Plus)
  • Thin, sleek, stylish, pocket-friendly design, with wraparound colors and graphics add seamless style.
  • Dual-material construction absorbs shock and withstands drops, plus raised beveled edge keeps your touchscreen safe.
SaleBestseller No. 10
OtterBox COMMUTER SERIES Case for iPhone 8 & iPhone 7 (NOT Plus) - Frustration Free Packaging - ROSMARINE WAY (ROSMARINE/PIPELINE PINK)
  • Compatible with iPhone 8 & iPhone 7 (NOT Plus)
  • DOES NOT come with a screen protector
  • Thin, lightweight 2-piece case provides protection against drops, bumps and shock (port covers block entry of dust and debris).

The Symmetry is a good all-around Otterbox case but the back is kind of slick so it doesn’t handle as well but that might not matter since you could get custom print on it. The OtterBox Daemon is basically our clear OtterBox Symmetry with a fancy strip of leather at the bottom that works well with jacket pockets. And OtterBox Statement basically looks like a clear Symmetry with the fancy strip the leather at the bottom. This works well with, you know, fancy things, I guess, but they’re not, honestly. The OtterBox Statement handles better than the OtterBox Symmetry. So that’s the 30 second review.

Pros and Cons of OtterBox Cases for iPhone 7

I’ll spend the rest of this video elaborating on the pros and cons of the OtterBox Defender, OtterBox Symmetry, OtterBox Computer, as well as the OtterBox Statement. And I’ll awful talk about the OtterBox Universe which is this thing here.

Now the OtterBox gets a score for eight out of five, the Commuter gets three point nine, the Statement gets three point eight, and the Symmetry gets three point six. But this Symmetry has a custom print on it, which makes it awesome. If you need to see a side-by-side comparison, check out the link in the description section below. Make sure you’re on a tablet or a desktop, because it’s five columns and it doesn’t fit very well on a mobile device, well, alright, smartphone.

Mobile reviews a dot C Monte and I base all the reviews that we do together based on actual usage which is pretty much the only way we think review should be done but that’s just our opinion. And to satisfy your own curiosity, we’ll compare the Otterbox cases against others to give you guys a sense of how each product is different. So next three minutes I’m going to talk about the pros and cons of each Otterbox case as well as talk about the OtterBox Universe.

Sincere Review on OtterBox Defender

Now first up is the OtterBox Defender. Now I would call this a staple in terms of tough Otterbox iPhone cases – I’ve seen people default back to the OtterBox Defender iPhone after iPhone after iPhone.

Now when it comes to protection, the exercise and multiple layers of the defender will definitely protect your iPhone from hydrops, and the belt clip will ensure that you can easily access your iPhone off your belt. From what I can see, the OtterBox Defender hasn’t really changed over the years, which means the video of me tossing an iPhone 640 feet in the air is still relevant in terms of protecting your iPhone 7.

SaleBestseller No. 1Bestseller No. 1
OtterBox COMMUTER SERIES Case for iPhone 8 & iPhone 7 (NOT Plus) - Frustration Free Packaging - BLACK
  • Compatible with iPhone 8 & iPhone 7 (NOT Plus)
  • DOES NOT come with a screen protector
  • Thin, lightweight 2-piece case provides protection against drops, bumps and shock (port covers block entry of dust and debris).
SaleBestseller No. 2Bestseller No. 2
OtterBox COMMUTER SERIES Case for iPhone 8 & iPhone 7 (NOT Plus) - Frustration Free Packaging - AQUA MINT WAY (AQUA MINT/MOUNTAIN RANGE GREEN)
  • Compatible with iPhone 8 & iPhone 7 (NOT Plus)
  • DOES NOT come with a screen protector
  • Thin, lightweight 2-piece case provides protection against drops, bumps and shock (port covers block entry of dust and debris).
SaleBestseller No. 3Bestseller No. 3
OtterBox DEFENDER SERIES Case for iPhone 8 & iPhone 7 (NOT Plus) - Frustration Free Packaging - BLACK
  • Compatible with iPhone 8 & iPhone 7 (NOT Plus)
  • Triple-layer defense: inner shell, outer cover and touchscreen protector
  • Belt-clip holster included that doubles as a kickstand for hand-free media viewing.
SaleBestseller No. 4Bestseller No. 4
OtterBox SYMMETRY CLEAR SERIES Case for iPhone 7 (ONLY) - Retail Packaging - CLEAR (CLEAR/CLEAR)
  • Compatible with iPhone 8 & iPhone 7 (NOT Plus)
  • Clear, thin, sleek, stylish, pocket-friendly design, with wraparound colors and graphics add seamless style
  • Dual-material construction absorbs shock and withstands drops, plus raised beveled edge keeps your touchscreen safe
SaleBestseller No. 5Bestseller No. 5
OtterBox DEFENDER SERIES Case for iPhone 8 Plus & iPhone 7 Plus (ONLY) - Frustration Free Packaging - BOREALIS (TEMPEST BLUE/AQUA MINT)
  • Compatible with iPhone 8 Plus & iPhone 7 Plus (ONLY)
  • Robust, 3-layer protective case, with a built-in screen protector, withstands scratches, drops, bumps and shock.
  • Belt-clip holster included that doubles as a kickstand for hand-free media viewing.
SaleBestseller No. 6Bestseller No. 6
OtterBox COMMUTER SERIES Case for iPhone 8 & iPhone 7 (NOT Plus) - Frustration Free Packaging - PLUM WAY (PLUM HAZE/NIGHT PURPLE)
  • Compatible with iPhone 8 & iPhone 7 (NOT Plus)
  • DOES NOT come with a screen protector
  • Thin, lightweight 2-piece case provides protection against drops, bumps and shock (port covers block entry of dust and debris).
SaleBestseller No. 7Bestseller No. 7
OtterBox DEFENDER SERIES Case for iPhone 7 (ONLY) - Retail Packaging - MARATHONER (COWABUNGA BLUE/GUNMETAL GREY)
  • Compatible with iPhone 8 & iPhone 7 (NOT Plus)
  • Robust, 3-layer protective case, with a built-in screen protector, withstands scratches, drops, bumps and shock.
  • Belt-clip holster included that doubles as a kickstand for hand-free media viewing.
SaleBestseller No. 8Bestseller No. 8
OtterBox DEFENDER SERIES Case for iPhone 8 & iPhone 7 (NOT Plus) - Retail Packaging - BESPOKE WAY (BLAZER BLUE/STORMY SEAS BLUE)
  • Compatible with iPhone 8 & iPhone 7 (NOT Plus)
  • Triple-layer defense: inner shell, outer cover and touchscreen protector
  • Belt-clip holster included that doubles as a kickstand for hand-free media viewing.
SaleBestseller No. 9Bestseller No. 9
OtterBox COMMUTER SERIES Case for iPhone 8 & iPhone 7 (NOT Plus) - Frustration Free Packaging - ROSMARINE WAY (ROSMARINE/PIPELINE PINK)
  • Compatible with iPhone 8 & iPhone 7 (NOT Plus)
  • DOES NOT come with a screen protector
  • Thin, lightweight 2-piece case provides protection against drops, bumps and shock (port covers block entry of dust and debris).

Now, despite the tough persona of the defender you’re going to want to take the case apart every once in a while because dust might become an issue. I’m glad that the touch ID is now covered but the dust will accumulate around the camera cut on the front and back of the iPhone. Now I’m not too concerned about the dust and debris on the back of the iPhone, but dust on debris, on the front the caps caught between the screen and screen protector, will cause small scratches over on the screen over time, which is sucky. Another downside in terms of wear and tear is that TPU sleeve will start stretching after a while, and the plugs will get worn and will get torn off easily.

OtterBox Commuter vs OtterBox Symmetry

Onto the OtterBox Commuter. I’ve actually had a change of heart on the Otterbox Commuter. The first version that I had for the iPhone 6 felt like an old sock draped over my iPhone 6. Now OtterBox tightened up the dimensions on its later versions. And then the Commuter is a solid version.

I’ve been using the S7s and the iPhone 7s with the Otterbox Commuters and I do have to say I’ve warmed up, as I said before, quite warm light to the OtterBox Computer. In terms of protection I would put it between the OtterBox Defender and the OtterBox Symmetry. In my opinion, the Commuter handles better than the Symmetry because the TPU.

Actually there’s parts that only have TPU so it’s very grippy, whereas in theOtterbox Symmetry most of it’s just very very slick. It may not look like much, but the TPU at the bottom corners of the case actually help you pick up your iPhone easier than you would with the other OtterBox Symmetry.

It also improves the handling of the case in your palm. Now the extra protection and offer jack and comes with a cost in terms of size it is bigger than the Otterbox Symmetry and the OtterBox Symmetry itself is pretty big, OtterBox Commuter is thicker and wider and the edges of the screen a little harder to access because the edges are higher. I will note that previous version of the Commuter seem like a better deal because they included screen protectors the iPhone’s inversion doesn’t.

Last thing I will say about the OtterBox Commuter is that dust and debris will have a higher chance of collecting along the TP you only portions of the case. These portions aren’t as rigid and have a bit of give to them, so taking your iPhone out and cleaning out the entire set up might be worthwhile to do every once in a while if you decide to get this Otterbox case.

Let’s Explore OtterBox Symmetry

On to the OtterBox Symmetry, which is the most solid feeling case out of this grouping. Because of that solid feeling, the iPhone feels safer in the Symmetry than the OtterBox Defender and OtterBox Commuter, since nothing comes aparts, there’s no TPU for me to like poke and pull apart. In my video about the best iPhone cases for mums with Sarah Remer, a mommy blogger, she’s personally seen her iPhone 6 survived multitude of throws by her toddler, and so she’s very very fun at the OtterBox Symmetry.

As a sign all these cases aren’t drop rated to a milspec they were actually drop rated to other boxes own drop plus protection, which kind of means, well, nothing really, but for my personal experience. they can definitely take a bunch of hits or drops, accidental drops, from day to day, you know, shenanigans. The front of the Signature handles quite well so if your hands are large enough to wrap around the case you’ll have a great grip on the iPhone, if you don’t, then it’s going to slide around a lot. The buttons of the Otterbox case are fairly easy to use.

The OtterBox Symmetry comes in many different designs. Most of these cases OtterBox sent me, and they decided to sent me this light blue pink one which looks great. But the biggest selling point of the Symmetry is knowing that I can have a custom printed case that can handle an accidental day-to-day drop. A lot of the custom cases are just thin flimsy pieces of cred.

But if you were to get a custom printed symmetry, well you know, your phone is going to survive and look awesome at the same time. This custom printed OtterBox Symmetry, this is one of the snapchat ads that I ran a while back. This is one of the coolest cases that I’ve seen mostly because there’s an enemy version of me wearing a red shirt. And an enemy version of my gray dog Monte on the back of this iPhone Otterbox case look okay. That is, it’s awesome.

The biggest downside of the OtterBox Symmetry from my perspective is the slicked back. It handles like a wet bar soap if you don’t have a good grip on your iPhone. The edges of the case are little flicks to pick up your iPhone while it’s face down might take a couple of tries. The extra width of the case will also make the iPhone 7 exceptionally large which might be an issue for some people.

OtterBox Statement Being Reviewed

Now onto the OtterBox Statement which is basically a clear OtterBox Symmetry. It’s got a clear back, well 70% of its clear and then, at the bottom, you’ve got a piece of leather. I do believe this is real leather, it’s not fake, unless they’ve changed it between the iPhone 6 and iPhone 7 versions. But this case, despite the clear back, handled better than this OtterBox Symmetry.

So, if you have to choose between these two cases go and get the OtterBox Statement. If you want to customize yours and the customization is of interest to you, then just print a skin on the back of your iPhone something from like God deco girl and you’ve basically got the same thing. But the rubber portion of the case actually extends further back, so picking up the OtterBox Symmetry off a flat surface is easier. The clear back is slick, but because there is a rubber piece on the bottom, the iPhone sits quite well in your hand, and it doesn’t slide around easily on the back unlike the OtterBox Switcher which slides around like an air hockey puck.

The only downside of this statement is that the clear back will scratch over time despite being marketed as scratch resistant. The size of the Otterbox case also increases the bulk of the iPhone 7 Plus so we forgot smaller hands again you might want to shy away from these OtterBox cases for the 7 Plus or 6 Plus. So, all the iPhone 7 cases are basically the same as the iPhone 6 versions mostly because the iPhone 6 and iPhone 7 are kind of the same size.

General Review on OtterBox Universe

I don’t have an iPhone 7 version of the OtterBox Universe but I will say that if you’re looking for something with a lot of modularity, do check out the OtterBox Universe. I’ve got a polar Pro Bluetooth speaker on this box Universe and it’s pretty handy, it’s pretty neat, as there’s the battery packs as well as wrist straps. So if you’re looking for a relatively tough case that is very that can be very useful if you put enough money into the system, consider getting the OtterBox Universe. And for all intents and purposes the OtterBox Universe is basically an OtterBox Symmetry with certain pieces cut out from it. It’s incredibly funny how similar these products are, and I guess kudos to OtterBox for figuring out how to keep production costs low.

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So, if you need more information, again check out my website. There is Amazon by links so if you go to Amazon through my site, I get credit for helping you choose the right case for you. I don’t get sponsored by Autobots. They give me all these cases to review, which is awesome, but they don’t pay for any of the time and any of the iPhones that I drop in them. So, you know awesome that they give me cases, but again this is very unbiased, because I’ve got a ton of cases to go through. And I’m just helping you guys find the best one.