Top positive review
Solid case offering good protection
on May 21, 2014
My old case broke rather suddenly, and I was looking for something inexpensive to replace it on short notice. For eight dollars this case is hard to beat. The double-layer protection is good and survived a hard fall onto a tile floor with no damage to the case or the phone.
The case itself is not too bulky, finding a good balance between protection and size. It doesn't protect the surface of the screen at all, though raised edges on the rubber wrap will prevent it from falling face down onto a flat surface. If you carry it in your pocket (in which case you're wasting the belt clip you bought with it) you'll want to make sure the screen is protected by a rub-on type sticker.
The buttons work fine, though as the rubber is fairly squishy you make need to hit one twice every now and then, but not so often that it's irritating. The mute switch is easy to get to, unlike with a lot of these cases.
The only issue I have with it is the small bit of rubber that runs across the bottom of the phone between the Home button and the charging port. This bit is unsupported and is constantly getting pulled and snagged as I put the phone back in its case, and gets slightly stretched when I use the phone. I don't see it lasting very long, but if it were to be removed it wouldn't really make the case offer much less protection either. This is not a Lifeproof case and shouldn't be mistaken for one.
The belt clip gives a pretty secure grip, though if you put it in charging port first the issue with that unsupported piece of padding is worse. I find putting it in on-switch first gets mostly around this, but some may not like doing it that way. As the belt clip is hard plastic and it grips onto the softer "rubber" shell of the case, I imagine sooner or later somethign will wear out and it won't hold as well, or will tear up the outer shell, but time will tell on that.
In summary, I've paid a lot more for cases that I liked a lot less. At the price level, it would be hard to beat this one.