OtterBox Commuter Case for HTC EVO 4g
Author: Josh Maronde
Editor: Shawn Knight
Date: 11-01-2010
Provided by: OtterBox

Installation of the OtterBox Commuter case for the Evo is extremely easy but the plastic screen protection film has serious flaws. Before you put your phone in the case you will want to apply the screen protector. The directions on the inside of the box are a little clearer than the small four step instruction rectangle but I recommend you check out the installation videos at the OtterBox website.

Step one is to clean your phone's screen with the provided yellow cloth. Next, hold the edge of the screen protector while you use tab number one to expose the adhesive side of the screen protector and finally carefully apply the plastic film to the phone's screen. The process works best if you start at one end of the phone and let the film bend/roll its way to the other end.

In theory the film will have hardly any air bubbles and you can use the provided hard plastic tool to work those out. Finally, use the number two tab to expose the touch side of the screen protector to the world and work out any remaining bubbles with the provided tool.

Here is the problem I have with these new OtterBox "plastic film" screen protectors with adhesive. Unless you apply your screen protector in a dust free clean room where hard drives are repaired and processors are made, odds are that your screen protector will have a bubble in it. Murphy will make sure a microscopic dust particle finds its way to your screen as you apply the film and this particle will be permanently stuck in the screen protectors adhesive. There is no way to remove this dust particle and it will create a permanent air bubble.

I'm a bit of a perfectionist and looking at this reminder of failure each time I used my phone wasn't an option, therefore I chose to remove the screen protector.

The remaining steps of the case installation involve you wrapping the Evo with the silicone shell and lastly putting the silicone wrapper in the OtterBox polycarbonate armor. Both steps are about as easy as putting your shoes on.

Let's move ahead and wrap things up with a conclusion.

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