I have a thing about cell phone cases like some women have a thing about shoes. But I want them to be tough as well as cute AND I like a slim profile. I am a police officer in a major metropolitan area and I want to try to keep a feminine side in the rough and tumble world of law enforcement. I had been interested in OtterBox products but did not like the bulk of the cases. I have an Apple iPhone 5s and keep it in my vest pocket for quick access while in the field. As I ride alone, if I need to grab the phone to answer it before I can safely pull over to talk-a slippery case may cause me to drop the phone. I had a case similar to the Commuter and it was useful, I just didn't like that the lighter colors got dirty quickly and the material-although washable, did not come clean. When OtterBox came out with the Symmetry in the floral design (Eden teal) I looked for it for months to see what kind of material the exterior of the case was made from. If it was a slippery and smooth case, this would be a no go. I finally found a display and although the style I wanted was not available, I could feel the material and life was wonderful. The Symmetry is a tough slightly textured plastic shell whose attached softer rubbery plastic interior cradles the phone. It provides a good grip, the charger and earphone ports are deep and not flimsy, but they are exposed unlike other OtterBox products. The design gives permanent covers to the volume and power buttons. I do not remove my case for use on a charging station, but most don't accommodate my phone without removing any type of case regardless so I cannot address that issue. One negative about the design is that the sides that come up to protect the screen are shallow and interfere with the screen shield that I had installed on the phone prior to the OtterBox purchase. It does not come with its own shield. The only other drawback is that the floral design only comes in one style or color scheme. No matter, I love my OtterBox, she's tough but beautiful!
Pros: High quality, Durable, floral is cute!
Cons: single color choice in floral, does not come with screen shield