OtterBox Symmetry Clear Case Review – Samsung Galaxy S7

What we think

The OtterBox Symmetry Clear Case, specifically the Samsung Galaxy S7 version, is a sturdy case that provides good protection, at a very competitive price.

There are different designs available, but we especially like the clear case because it allows you to show your phone off more – it looks very fashionable. Unfortunately though, we have had some issues with the left and right sides of the case being too close to the touchscreen edge, affecting certain swiping actions, so it isn’t perfect.

    Pros

  • Attractive design
  • Great fit
  • Very good price
  • Strong general protection

    Cons

  • Dust gathers around ports
  • Others protect screen better
  • Can affect swiping at edges

    Rating

  • Performance:4.5 out of 5 stars
  • Features:4 out of 5 stars
  • Design: 4 out of 5 stars
  • Value:4.5 out of 5 stars
Overall rating: 4.3 out of 5 stars

Design

The Symmetry Clear Case is a very basic design, yet I really like the look of it. The clear version is my favourite option out of the different colours offered, because I can show off almost all of my phone while the cover is on.

OtterBox offer the case in Black, Glacier, Whetstone Way, Rosso Corsa or Paris Blush (that’s black, grey, blue, red or pink, to me and you), as well as Graffiti.

The case is made from synthetic rubber and polycarbonate, meaning it is very slightly flexible, but still strong enough to withstand impacts from dropping it.

These materials also mean the case has a good level of grip, which can be highly beneficial compared to the slipperiness of the Samsung Galaxy S7 on its own, as you are much less likely to drop it as a result now. The back is slightly slippery, but still a great deal better than the loose phone (which is just like an eel, frankly), and the sides provide good grip.

It isn’t the slimmest phone case available, as a result of it offering greater protection to your phone than some thinner ones might. However, I definitely wouldn’t say it’s a bulky case at all, and I can still hold my phone easily with one hand, and it slips into my pocket pretty easily too, so I’m pleased with the size.

Unfortunately, the screen isn’t massively protected by this case. The edges do rise up slightly, which means if you put your phone face down on a table, there is a bit of a screen bumper at least, but if you want your screen completely protected then you should really consider a flip case.

I personally favour styles like the OtterBox Symmetry Clear Case as it means I never have a flap getting in the way of my phone when I try and use it, but this comes down to personal preference.

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Functionality

It works very well, quite simply. My phone is protected all around the edges, with a slight rise on the front to help provide a bit of a screen bumper. My phone hasn’t been damaged at all so far, even with a fair few drops, which is all I could ask for really.

The phone pushes into the case quite easily, and fits incredibly snug, making me confident the phone won’t ever pop out of the case when it gets dropped, which has been a problem with some phone cases in the past.

All of the ports are easily accessible still when the case is on, with the holes fitting perfectly around each port. The buttons for the volume and power work great too, so there are no problems with respect to these. A fair amount of dust does gather around the edges of these holes unfortunately, but it’s not a big issue.

It’s quite annoying to get the phone out of the OtterBox case, because unless you push the phone through the hole for the camera at the back, you can’t really get it back out. This unfortunately means I have to push quite hard against the camera lens, and this doesn’t exactly seem like a good idea. I’ve not had any issues with the camera yet though, and in fairness you’re unlikely to ever want to get your phone back out of the case.

After a fair bit of use, I’ve noticed the back of the case has quite a lot of scratches. Although I was slightly annoyed by having scratches showing, I then realised that this was arguably a good thing – these scratches would be all over my phone had I not used the case, which definitely shows to me it’s worth having one, and that this case does a good job of protecting my phone.

The main issue I’ve had with this case is that when I need to swipe at the very edge of the screen, on the left or right side, the case has sometimes impeded me because of how close it is to the screen. This is an annoyance, rather than a problem, as it just means I usually need to take more care to swipe right at the edge to make sure the screen registers it correctly. However, it would definitely have been better if the case was not quite so close to the edge of the screen.

Price

On the official OtterBox website, the Samsung Galaxy S7 Symmetry Series retails for £29.99, and at the time of writing the Clear Case version is not available, although other colours are available.

The Clear Case version is available on Amazon though, and is currently available for £17.58, down from £24.99. I think £25 is a good price for this phone case, and any less represents great value for money. I would have hesitations about paying £29.99 for it, as there are some very fancy cases available for not too much more money, but if you just want a fashionable, straightforward case that will protect your phone, this is it.

Conclusion

OtterBox’s clear Symmetry case is definitely worth considering, especially if you are one of those people who loves to have a clear case to show their phone off. If you fancy a block colour then they have other variations available, but for incredible protection you could find better, either elsewhere or with the (more expensive) OtterBox Defender.

The issue with the sides being impeded is a bit annoying, but it doesn’t stop you using the phone at all, and we think it’s a very good price for very good protection. If you really want the front of your phone covered, or just happen to prefer to have flip cases, then obviously this isn’t the one for you.

Your new Samsung Galaxy S7 costs a lot, and for not that much money at all, you can get a strong, fashionable, comfortable Otterbox Symmetry Clear Case to protect your precious investment very well. It performs better than the slimmest cases, but isn’t uncomfortably bulky, so I’m very happy to protect my phone with this case.

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