This is a TPU (thermoplastic urethane) case; TPU is a semi-hard plastic which is firmer (holds its shape better) than a gummy case, but isn't a true "hard shell" case. TPU can be thinner than gummy (because it holds onto the phone better) but of necessity is thicker than the thin, hard shell, plastic cases - in terms of drop protection, it is inbetween gummy, which absorbs heavier impacts, and hard shells, which absorb none.
The TPU also forms a raised ridge around both the front screen and insets the camera lens into a "well". The front raised ridge lets you place the phone screen-side down on a nightstand without fear or scratching (eventually scratching?) the glass front, and… Read more
Very effective during tattooing. The morning of my two tattoos, I applied EMLA cream (2.5% lidocaine/2.5% prilocaine) to the tattoo areas. My artist had recommended Topicaine 5%, which is 5% lidocaine, and told me it works faster (EMLA requires at least a 2 hour or more soak period to work, at which point it is remarkable, with effects lasting 1 hour). So I put the EMLA on an hour before my appointment, then she switched me to Topicaine on one side, I went to lunch for 45 minutes, then she started the work.
The pain level was much higher than before with EMLA alone (but soaking for a longer period) and I had to interrupt the tattoo to ask her to replace the Topicaine on the other… Read more
Don't laugh, I bought this mainly to open beer bottles overseas. Which is funny, because I almost never drink beer, but I was overseas a couple of months ago, shopping in a local supermarket, bought a beer, and couldn't open it in my room because the bottle caps aren't twist-off like they are here. Surprisingly enough, the next day in the supermarket I couldn't find any of our classic old cheap and simple "church key" bottle openers, only some horribly dangerous and expensive things that looked like they belonged as part of Freddy Krueger's collection from Nightmare on Elm Street. Being the gadget hound that I am, I resolved to find something simple and cheap when I got home so I wouldn't… Read more