I have been using an Otter Box, one of the Defender series I think, at any rate, one that covers the entire phone including hard plastic screen protector built in and a latex or whatever soft surround that protects the top, bottom and sides of the case, for quite some time. The only thing I haven't liked is the bulk of the thing. So, I am looking for advice on which of a couple of paths I should take.
First, I could go with the current equivalent of my current case. It is strong protection, but as I said, it makes the phone a bit unweildy. I like Otter Box and had planned on staying with them, but I would happily take suggestions of other similar cases that might protect as well or better, as long as they are not even bulkier than the current case on my iPhone 4. The 5s is smaller, so I am hoping there might be some models that keep the bulk and extra weight down.
Second, I could go with something more like the Otter Box Commuter or an equivalent if anybody can suggest such. These seem to protect the phone along the rim, but have enough of a lip along the edges on the front and back to keep the screen and the camera lens in the back recessed. It also allows for an adhesive screen protector to be used.
Third, I could just go with a decent latex, or whatever material they use, skin. Something that can also be used with an adhesive screen protector.
I know each has their advantages and drawbacks, what I would like to hear about is some real user experiences and some input others might have on how durable the 5s really is sans extra protection. I don't want to set myself up for a broken phone the first time the phone falls more than two or three feet, but I also would like to stop feeling like I am carrying a plastic brick around unless it really is important to have that much protection.