OtterBox Commuter / TL Cases for iPhone 3G / 3GS
Author: Shawn Knight
Editor: Airica Jones
Date: 12-11-2009
Provided by: OtterBox
Commuter TL Continued

Moving to the top of the case, we find a covered button over the iPhone's power button and a silicon plug used to protect the headphone jack when not in use. On the bottom we find two holes cut out for the microphone and speaker as well as another silicon plug that keeps dust and debris out of the docking connector.

Installing the iPhone in the Commuter TL case was a touch frustrating but once it is on, there shouldn't be any reason to remove it.

Getting the phone in the silicon casing is a breeze, but when it came to putting the outer shell back over the silicon, I ran into a little trouble. As per the instructions, I started by installing the top section then moved to the bottom. When trying to get the outer shell over the bottom of the silicon base, I found that the shell would catch on the silicon and stretch it a bit. It took a little work and prying / pushing but I eventually got the shell on properly without the silicon bunching up or stretching.

Here we have the finished product, sans screen cover, which I will get to in a bit. As you can see, the iPhone looks really nice in the Commuter TL which is surprisingly slim for an OtterBox case. One thing I really like about the TL is the fact that the Apple logo on the rear is protected by the hard plastic shell yet still visible. Do note, however, that the hard plastic shell only covers the spine of the case and does not encompass the sides.

All of the necessary ports, microphone, speakers and buttons are fully accessible without having to remove the case, unlike some previous OtterBox offerings.

That pretty much covers the Commuter TL. Let's move ahead and check out the Commuter series before wrapping things up with usage and findings on both models.

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