SUPCASE Google Nexus 5 Unicorn Beetle Premium Hybrid Protective Case (White/Gray) - Not Fit LG Google Nexus 4
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- Precise cutouts for Google Nexus 5; Not Fit Google Nexus 4
- All features accessible with case installed
- Made of high-grade soft thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) and hard polycarbonate (PC) materials to ensure great protection
- Snap-on cover for easy installation
- Sporty design; Multiple color options
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SUPCASE Unicorn Beetle Series Hybrid Protective Case provides a stylish but protective shield between your Smartphone and the accidental drop, scrape, or scratch. Made from soft thermoplastic polyurethane and hard polycarbonate materials, SUPCASE Unicorn Beetle Series Protective Case snaps on for immediate protection.
Compatible with Google Nexus 5 Smartphone, allowing full access to touchscreen, camera, buttons, and ports. NOT COMPATIBLE with Google Nexus 4.
High grade polycarbonate body with glossy finish; thermoplastic polyurethane bumper for shock absorption.
Designed with both protection and looks in mind, SUPCASE Unicorn Beetle Series Hybrid Bumper Case provides shock absorption and scratch prevention while maintaining a sporty profile. Multiple color options: once you pick a color, the choice is easy.
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Check out my video for more detail on the "headphone problem" (which is fixed with certain revised models-- see update below)
Why I like it:
Feels good in the hand
Relatively slim and tight-fitting
Clear back still keeps the phone's character
Easy to get on (although a bit more difficult to get off)
Works with Qi wireless charger Nokia DT-900 Wireless Charging Plate - Retail Packaging - Black
Bulletproof. Oh, wait... no.
Things that can improve:
Buttons have zero feedback (Revised models have BETTER feedback but are still a bit stiff)
There are thinner cases out there
Headphone port might be a little tight (Fixed on revised models)
Grey model ages fast, gets smudgy around the buttons and edges
Doesn't pay my wireless bills
I wasn't sure which case I wanted to purchase, so I bought a couple of them; this one and one by i-Blason (i-Blason Google Nexus 5 CandyGel Hybrid TPU + Hard Clear Case (Hybrid Black). For this, I selected the Clear/Gray model which gives my pasty white phone the exact boost in masculinity that it yearned for. One thing that surprised me was that the sides of the case weren't "rubbery" feeling. They're more of a matte, rigid plastic that has a very light almost sandy texture. This helps to get a nice, firm grip and will make an unintentional slip more unlikely. In contrast, the frosted clear back of the case is still relatively smooth. Unfortunately, the covered buttons now have no feedback whatsoever... the positive click is simply replaced with firm resistance followed by the desired action (powering on or changing volume).
Compared to the i-Blason case, which I also like:
This one feels a tiny bit bigger all around. Not only is the i-Blason made with more of a smooth gel-like bumper, but it's more form fitting and therefore noticeably slimmer in every dimension. It's also more difficult to get off (even though this one can be challenging as well). Even with the different material, the i-Blason shares the same lack of tactile feel on the buttons. As for the rear, whereas the back of the Supcase is frosted, the i-Blason is completely clear. Both case backs work just fine with my wireless charger.
Tight headphone port:
Regarding the headphone port, I tried two different sets of headphones and one set of earbuds (see my video). All of them worked, but one of the headphones (with a very standard green clad 3.5mm jack) needed a bit of force to seat properly. This is clearly a potential drawback and should definitely be considered if you use anything other than earbuds with your phone. The i-Blason had a much larger hole for the headphone port, reflecting better R&D. I'm betting that future versions of this case will rectify that shortcoming.
I like this case. It has a nice durable feel that's nice to hold. Even though the i-Blason was slightly thinner all around and had a better headphone port, that wasn't enough to get the job.
I contacted BrilloTech (the main seller of this product) a week ago about getting an updated version of this case. They replied in less than a day and offered to send me a new version free of charge. The only catch was that they didn't have the newer version in Grey/Clear... only in Black/Clear, Black/Black and Blue. The grey one that I had was looking a little smudgy around the buttons and edges anyway, so I opted for the Black/Clear.
The case arrived a couple days ago and it's an all around better case. It still has the same textured plastic bumper and clear back (although this new version is curiously missing the "SUPCASE" logo on the side-- there is no branding at all on the case). The most noticeable change of all, however, is the much larger headphone port. I tried several different headphone jacks and all of them fit with zero issues.
I also noticed that the cutouts around the buttons are a little deeper, meaning the plastic is a little thinner around those key areas. Whereas before there was no feedback whatsoever, there is now just the slightest hint of feedback and button presses require less force. This won't be enough for people who want the excellent feedback of the naked buttons, but it is still a clear improvement.
So, to recap, on new models:
Headphone port fixed (Black/Clear, Black/Black and Blue models for now it seems)
Better button feedback
No logo (at least on my Black/Clear version)
You immediately notice that that this is a very durable and sturdy case. It does not resemble a TPU case whatsoever. The bumper area is made of a soft-touch, non-glossy material that resembles the back of a Nexus 7 (2013), but more grippy. This is perfect since it makes the phone feel incredibly snug and secure in your hand. Unlike many TPU cases, which have visible seams showing worn material where the two pieces were put together, the bumper here is one material -- at least I can't see any seams.
The back is made of a different material = matte hard plastic. Not flexible TPU and not the brittle material found on the ultra slim cases from Ringke or Spigen. It's somewhere in between. The material feels identical to the silky smooth back on the white Nexus 5, but it's not grippy like the bumper on this case. The back is ever so slightly recessed into the bumper so you can feel with your fingers where it begins. The contrast of materials, however, is elegant and really gives a good feeling in the hand.
The case's silhouette mimics the Nexus 5's trapezoid design wonderfully. It even angles inwards just like the device itself, providing extra grip. I own a few of the standard TPU cases and this case feels leagues better. The camera cut-outs are extraordinarily precise. There's also plenty of room for the flash so it doesn't reflect off the case. I'm honestly surprised that it isn't valued a lot more.
My major concern lies with the headphone jack cutout. I couldn't get it to fit any of my headphones! I may have to search for a cheap adapter that will fit. In all fairness, the manufacturer shows a picture indicating that the cutout is small. A minor concern is the poor feedback from the buttons. While both the volume and power buttons respond normally when pressed, there isn't any click or real sense of it being pressed. For me, it isn't a issue since the buttons always respond whenever I intend to press them.
I ordered the white-gray and the clear-gray cases. For the white Nexus 5, the clear-gray is absolutely gorgeous. The Nexus logo is perfectly visible at almost any angle. The white-gray combination doesn't go well in my opinion -- the gray just comes off as dirty compared to the bright white.
Overall, I strongly recommend this case. Supcase really took their time to design something fabulous. Hopefully, I can find an adapter for my headphones.
after few exchanges email with their CS, they offered me a free replacement on my 1st order due to delay and disappointing power button. few days ago they email me if i want the black/black or black/clear since it is available now and the other color was not yet available so i choose the black/clear.
I received the new revised case yesterday and i can feel the improvement of the power/sleep button. it not perfect but you can feel the difference from the old version. the volume buttons got a little improvement also. the one big changes also was the headphone hole.. it got bigger to accommodate other headphones that wont fit.
The new revised case is now almost perfect (IMO).the fit and feel of the case is really nice with the new revised button feels good too.
Great job supcase! their customer service was great too!