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Was worried but really like this case
on April 13, 2014
Was really concerned when I bought it but there werent a lot of options around and wanted it protected from day 1.
It was difficult to find something that didnt look cheap, add bulk, but still seamed to protect well. It seems that this case does all of that. I havent dropped it or anything yet, but seems pretty solid.
I'll rate the features 1-10...obviously my opinion based on my criteria above
Can't be more pleased. I got the silver one and it offsets the silver trim on the black phone perfectly. The color use is not overwhelming and adds enough highlight to still keep the phone clean and sharp looking. Its seems like the silver matches the color shown in the picture. Cant speak for the other colors.
I wanted something that would keep the dimpled back of the phone. I like that feature on the S5. This case covers it, but has its own design that mimics the feel. The "grip" really only works if the phone is lying on its back, as the sides are clearly plastic and like anything that you do not grip well, it can slip our of your hand. The only solution would be to have a case with rubber or gel sides which may add more grip, but wasnt something I was concerned about when purchasing.
The case has rounded outside corners, but the surface and back edges are more square with the case on. It actually makes the phone feel more durable to me.
Ports and Buttons: 7
All the ports line up well, perhaps with exception to the IR sensor and mic on top. Its ever so slightly off...negligible really. Both work perfectly regardless of this.
The headphones port is awesome. Plenty of space for any jack you need to use.
I had no issue with the case and the finger print sensor. The sensor itself is a bit touchy but had nothing to do with the case.
The surface lip seems large enough to do its job and protect the screen when placed face down. I put a spigen screen protector on as well and I think its protected from scratches pretty well at this point.
Someone mentioned the "metal buttons: being plastic and loose. These are both true, but the plastic doesnt bother mean. I prefer it, to be honest. The rest of the phone is plastic so I didnt really want 1 or 2 pieces of metal. The buttons do have some play in them and wiggle a bit, but its nothing that affects the performance of the buttons or phone. They dont feel like theyre going to fall our or anything. Not an issue for me.
The charger port...this was probably the one thing that bothered me at first, and why I rated this a 7. The first time I tried to charge my phone I could not get my finger in the slot to get at the flap that covers the charging port. The thin straight piece that is directly below the home button was severely in the way. What I did figure out though is if I had opened the port cover once or twice without having the case on I would have had no problem. The port cover is a little snug right out of the box. After opening it a few times WITH the case on I have no problem now and I've only had the phone for a day or 2. If you have abnormally short nails, however, or are prone to chewing them you will have issues with this. This issues was nearly a deal breaker for me and the case was going back until it loosened up a bit.
I like everything else about this case, so I was pretty pissed when I thought I had to send it back.
Short of the long, if you like the look of the case in the pics you will like the case even more in person and on your phone...at least for the silver border. If you're looking to be able to throw the phone off a bridge and have it survive then this probably isnt the case for you. If you're going to drop it out of your pocket or something then I think you're all set with this one. For what I was looking for, it has a perfect balance of aesthetics and protection