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Otterbox’s new case offers a battery, speakers, Square reader and other swappable functionality

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Donny Stiteler
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I spotted an Otterbox case on the train ride in this morning that more or less confirmed my feelings about the company s products: big, bulky and protective.

But while there will always be a place for hyper-protective cases I know what I want my phone in the next time I go crab fishing , the company has clearly been looking for a way to offer up protection without effectively encasing the thing in Lucite.

Otterbox took steps toward shedding that image with the launch of its commuter series and the 2013 acquisition of LifeProof, a San Diego-based company that has largely done a good job designing protective cases that do a fine job offering protection without adding too much bulk.

The sky s the limit, really, and Otterbox is coming out of the gate with an impressive set of accessories for the iPhone/iPhone Plus case helped along by some high-profile partnerships.

Polar has created the lion s share of the plug-ins here, but other partners include a card reader from Square, Olloclip s four in one lens Influx s WiFi booster and Seek Thermal s thermal imaging camera.

Of course, as with any phone case, there s still a little mental arithmetic to be done with regards to whether the system is worth your while.

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