I got the Defender case in store the day I got my iPhone 5 and pre-ordered a Commuter series. I had the Defender for about 3 weeks before i got my Commuter. I definitely felt protected when I had my Defender and was skeptical about the Commuter, but I've already dropped my phone probably 9 times and the case doesn't even have a scratch. I like how much less bulky the Commuter is than the Defender. You can actually see my beautiful, white iPhone now! Also, the hard exterior allows the phone to more easily slide into pockets. The power button isn't really hard to push, it just takes getting used to. Great overall!