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This CHOETECH Quick Circle case is a decent case and the cheapest case you are likely to find with Qi Wireless charging capabilities. Since I have owned both this case and the original LG QuickCircle Wireless charging case, I thought it would be useful to compare the two for those who are wondering how this case stacks up against the more expensive LG product. Right off the bat, you should know that this case tries to completely knock-off the LG quick circle case and it does a decent job but with a few important drawbacks that detract from what would otherwise be a great case with good bang for the buck. To keep this short and sweet, I'll list out the pros and cons for the case
- Cheapest quick circle case ($16 at time of review) with Qi Wireless charging capability
- Replaces LG G3 phone back cover, thus retaining a slim profile for the phone
- "For LG G3" text missing on newer batches. Depending on whether you'd like to have it or not, this could be a Pro or Con
- "For the price", the overall fit and finish is pretty decent. No glaring manufacturing defects are observable and the back cover has a textured feel that makes it more grippy
- Plastic ring for quick circle animation works well
- Wireless charging seemed to work though I was unable to check efficiency of this case v/s the LG case.
Cons (compared against the LG case)
- The front flap feels REALLY cheap. It is light weight, and hardly ever wants to stay on the screen. You can easily see this in the video review I've attached. It makes the overall case feel cheap and assures negligible protection for the screen if you were to drop the phone.
- Overall finish is much poorer in comparison to the more expensive LG case. The backing, while nice, looks nothing as nice and uniform as the LG case. THere are some minor imperfections in the corrugated pattern on the case back which make it look less appealing than the LG case
- The soft cloth section of the case that folds back is poorly executed. It looks decent when brand new, but after folding back a few times, it develops creases as it looks like the top cloth like material is just glued onto some backing. The creases look terrible and make it look very cheap. Unfortunately I forgot to show this in the video. In comparison, the LG case does not have a thin layer glued onto a backing, so it looks uniform and folds back perfectly with no creases.
- The back is a bit thicker than the LG case. This is a minor nit pick, not really a con. But in comparison, the LG case is slimmer
- This is a personal thing, but on the original LG case, the front has "LG G3" printed in a muted gray color in a really sleek font. I actually really like it as it adds a little something to the front panel and improves the aesthetics imo without looking tacky.
The biggest thing that sets the LG case apart from this case is the fact that the front flap stays glued on due to a static electricity type effect that keeps the screen attached to the top flap. I REALLY like this as it removes the need for a magnetic latch, and the case looks much more elegant. The slight downside is that this static charging of the screen makes it also pick up more lint/dust in your pockets so you may have to wipe the screen clean a few more times a day.
Overall, the CHOETECH is a good case for $16. If you were comparing it against an LG case selling for $60, the LG case becomes a less interesting value proposition. However, the LG case can be bought from third party retailers like Expansys (where I bought mine) for ~ $35, and these are authentic LG cases. At that price, the LG case is definitely the better product for me. I've already dropped my phone on its front face in the LG case and the front flap stayed glued on and did a wonderful job protecting the phone. This case on the other hand would have likely resulted in a shattered screen as the flap is always trying to open up as I've shown in the video. If you have to spend another $10 or more for a magnetic latch, you might as well spend the $35 or so to pick up an authentic LG case that looks better and works better without needing an additional, obtrusive magnetic latch.
PS - I apologize for the potato quality video. I can't recall the last time we had sunshine this winter, and between gloomy ambient lighting, and depressing "soft white" CFL lighting, I picked the former as the lesser of the two evils for the purposes of shooting my first video review.