OtterBox has been traditionally known for their Defender and Commuter series protection cases. These cases offer maximum protection for your smartphone, but slim or stylish isn’t a word one would typically use to describe them. OtterBox is entering a bit of new ground with its Symmetry line of cases in both being thin and offering a little bit more style. I got my hands on one of the limited edition “Brazilian Pop” Symmetry cases and this may be my new every day case. Over the next few paragraphs I’ll tell you why.
The Symmetry series is a dual material case with a soft rubber inner shell and a more rigid polycarbonate for the back. Many cases have these, but in most cases, it’s in a 2-piece design. Symmetry is a piece that gives you the protection of a 2-piece case with the ease of use of a 1-piece TPU case. Compared to other slim cases, the lip on the front seems to be slightly taller. This raises the odds the impact won’t affect the phone’s touch screen. Yet it’s not too the point where it adds noticeable bulk. The polycarbonate on the back seems to be designed to add a bit of extra grip. The case has a very solid feel to it for a slim case. It just feels good in your hand.
Getting the phone in and out of the Symmetry case is dead simple, but it’s a tight enough fit where it won’t be coming out on its own. You have to work on it a bit to get it out, but not enough to be frustrating. This was a good design choice by a company that clearly knows how to build a case. The cutouts for camera and ports are designed to give plenty of wiggle room while not compromising the rigidity of the case. All the buttons are completely functional, though you might have to give a bit more effort to reach in for the selection switch.
For the style, once again, I have the Nina Garcia “Brazilian Pop” finish. I didn’t go with this one because I’m a huge Project Runway fan. I’m not and didn’t have a clue she existed until I saw the press release. I got it because the design spoke to me. There’s a valid question a lot of you may have, why get an intricate design on something that’s going to be scratched up. First, I tried scratching it with my nails. I couldn’t scratch it, but I have guy nails so I moved up to a quarter. Still looked perfect. Then I went to a blade, and the scratch was barely noticeable. OtterBox did a fantastic job making the designs on the backs of these cases extremely durable. In my opinion, they’ll maybe outlast your phone.
Pricing and Availability
The Symmetry Series costs between $39.99 and $49.99 depending on what finish you get. Mine was at the higher end of this scale. There are currently 14 to choose from including the Limited Edition Brazilian Pop. The more intricate the design, naturally the higher price. Pricing is consistent whether you have an iPhone 5/5S or Galaxy S4/5. This is a premium for the case to be sure over other 1 and 2-piece offerings, but in my mind the higher price of this case means a better value compared to other cases in this class I’ve tested. For availability, you can find them at most retailers including Best Buy stores and Amazon.
To be honest, I didn’t quite know what to expect here. I worried it would be too thick and cumbersome or be something that didn’t live up to the hype. What I got was a slim case that is OtterBox through and through. If you’re looking for a 1-piece soft or 2-piece soft/hard case, spend a bit more and just buy this instead. Its a work of art. I’m not just talking the design of the Brazilian Pop or the other stylish versions, what I’m saying also includes the plain versions. It’s art is engineering and OtterBox designed a case that combines the best of 1 and 2-piece designs into a package that’s better than anything in its class.
- Good Protection
- Back is durable, bordering on scratch proof
- Easy access to ports
- Brazilian Pop Finish is Amazing
- Maybe a little pricy