on February 26, 2014
This is a sturdy-yet-lightweight case for my Optimus G. The TPU material is awesome; not bulky at all, provides a good amount of protection, not slippery but not an overly-high coefficient of friction. The one improvement needed would be a way to see the phone's notification light, which is a thin ring around the power button. Really, it's more of a mediocre design decision on LG's part, but if the case had facilitated it and made it visible, that would've been great; as it is, the case completely covers the button and ring
I tried using an Xact-O to make a cutout for the button, but that was a terrible idea; the phone's button was too recessed in the little cut-out area, and the light still wasn't visible when looking at the phone's front or back, only a little when you looked at the ring/power button head-on. So, I re-purchased the same case and left well-enough alone.
on January 11, 2013
Considering the usual dearth of well-designed cases for EACH AND EVERY AT&T smartphone (it's a curse AT&T gladly perpetuates in order to corner you--the market--and force you to buy their high-priced ones, regardless of quality)...these are fine.
Not works of art, but sensible, utilitarian, not-bad-looking, and again--they do their job.
After buying my E970 right after Christmas, I noticed--'Gorilla-glass' or no--the back of it had ALREADY SCRATCHED within a week, by simply slipping the phone into my pocket alongside my house and car keys.
This simply won't do--tired of dealing with smartphone 'hype', I decided to avoid all 'Customer Dis-Service' routes, stop being picky (although it really was going to get bad, without a case)...and just buy myself a case.
I went with this one after shopping around--even checking out what 'developers' said on XDA Developers forums--and finding that YET AGAIN, Otterbox's case for this 'model' phone wasn't 'actually' made for 'the AT&T one', and so, would not have fit (it was my first choice, too, and looked good).
Tough for Otterbox, for continuing to avoid AT&T Android phones (they failed to make a case for my last phone, too--an HTC Aria).
I'll list my reasons for liking this Diztronic case, same as I reviewed it on the XDA Dev's site:
*It helps you grip this massive, mini-tablet-sized phone, without slippage (otherwise--well, can you palm a basketball? You're ok then)
*It looks good--not too flashy or flamboyant, not 'over-done'
*It's functional--the cut-outs match every port I need (rear slot for speaker--'perfect', camera & LED--'flawless', charging port--'ideal')
*I like the texture as well--'grippy', not rubbery, if you can see that.
*Power button and side volume buttons 'intact'--in 'this case' (heheh), meaning 'there, and still tactile'. (Nice play on words, too.)
*It was affordable, yet well-made. Nice--thanks for that.
*I found ours easily on Amazon (yup--bought two, one for my GF, who's paying the bills on these things)
*It fits the phone PERFECTLY. I mean it--I had it on in under a minute, with no concerns at all that it could possibly break the phone during the process, or after. It's snug, and if it's stretched since I put it on, I can't tell--still perfect, after the first week, anyway.
So, that's it--it's a keeper.
The seller I bought them from let them 'qualify' for 'SuperSaverShipping', too, so I didn't have to pay to ship 'em. I paid $25 for the pair of these I bought.
Oh--I don't even notice whether it hides the notifications LED, or not. I hate that thing--I'm 'all notified up' with the various sounds made by the apps I use for personal messaging, already.
I DO know it DOES NOT affect the speakerphone--many bulkier, 'TPU'-style cases, cause your speakerphone to feedback, which is, just, forever, awful.
I also know that the 'Gorilla Glass' on the front of my E970 had BETTER NOT SCRATCH, or I'll be after LG with all my digital 'might' complaining about that junky, hypey, stuff. The back was supposedly made of 'lesser stuff'--the front, better NOT BE, because, as with MANY other cases, this one DID cause both my 'ill-advised' clear screen protectors to peel off as soon as I replaced this cover. If you could, 'somebody out there' might even have more success applying their clear screen covers WITH ANY CASE 'ON'. Just a suggestion, if you're 'good enough'. I had to throw both mine away, which made me VERY ANGRY! (as Geddy Lee once said, "Hey, five bucks is five bucks").
As for these things...worth every penny. Affordable, good-looking, well-designed-and-made, and highly functional.
on February 7, 2013
After looking far and wide for a half way decent case for my Optimus G, I finally opted for a basic Amazon TPU case, and I'm glad I did. This case fits perfectly on the phone, is very snug and doesn't add much bulk to the device at all. The front edge is shallow enough that it won't peel up the edges of a screen protector, and the material is very smooth, with no ruff edges or seams. My only criticism would be the logo on the reverse, but for this price and quality, I'll gladly show off their name.
on May 31, 2013
This case was one of only a few options available at the time of purchase, but has turned out to be great. One of my biggest concerns with this phone was that any case would make it so large that I couldn't fit it in my pocket (I wasn't in the market to switch to a belt-clip case). Luckily this one was perfect:
Size without case: .35" x 2.84" x 5.15"
Size with case: .46" x 2.96" x 5.27"
The fact that the phone is still less than 1/2" even with a case is fantastic. Also, looking only at height & width, the overall size of the phone increases by less than 10%. And I can confirm from experience that this case will protect the phone from minor drops (up to around a foot, largest of several accidental drops).
-Does not increase size significantly
-Easy install/removal of phone
-All ports easily accessible (i.e. case does not interfere with phone, except SD card - see below)
-Seems to offer decent protection from accidental drops
-Cannot access SD card when case is on (although not something I frequently need to do)
-LED notification around power button is obscured
-Lint & dust gets inside case easily (easily cleaned, but mildly irritating. This is a flaw I have seen in all flexible cases like this)
Overall, this is a good case for the phone. It will provide protection from scratches and minor drops, has a very small size increase, and appears to be quite well made. I expect it to last for as long as I have the phone & would definitely recommend it.
on May 28, 2014
It offers protection, and you barely know it there! When I first got this case, I didn't think it was thick enough protect my phone from hard falls, but I've been using the case for about 8 months with no incident. I come from a big family of boys (I'm the only girl), and things (including my phone) are constantly being passed around and thrown about. My phone can become a football, elbow rest, boombox, or flatscreen television at a moments notice, and despite several accident (being thrown against a limestone fireplace and falling downstairs onto hardwood), it still appears brand new. NOT EVEN A SCRATCH ON THE SCREEN. Either I'm lucky or the case does the job surprisingly well. Who knows.