Spigen Slim Armor iPhone 5S / 5 Case with Advanced Drop Protection and Dual Layer Design for iPhone 5S / iPhone 5 - Metal Slate
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- Two toned colors with a metallic finish
- TPU case layered with a polycarbonate midsection for extra durability
- Slim and form-fitted to the iPhone 5
- Compatible with Apple Ear Pods, and ear buds with L-shaped plug (within 6.17mm diameter) including Beats by Derider.
- Full body protective case
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SPIGEN SGP Slim Armor case for the iPhone 5/5S is specifically designed to protect the iPhone 5/5S at all angles. The TPU case features improved shock absorption on the top, bottom, and corners to effectively protect the iPhone 5 from external impact. Slim Armor is double layered with a TPU case and a polycarbonate hard case to provide additional protection in a form-fitted design. The polycarbonate midsection has a metallic finish and can be removed from the TPU. This allows the Slim Armor to be interchanged with different colors. The case fits precisely onto the iPhone 5/5S for a natural and sleek look, and the speaker opening is specifically designed to fully utilize the speaker without reducing sound quality. The polycarbonate midsection has a matte finish coating design to provide the best grip with a soft touch. Slim Armor is designed to highlight the two-toned colors and structural edges of the back of iPhone.
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Bought this sucker in June on 2014, it's August 2016 and besides some slight wear on the non rubber part and the junk that builds up between the case and phone like belly button jam on a fat kid. There is nothing to even remotely complain about. I mean it's survived Gronk spikes off the ground, left on my lap drops into pavement when I get out of my car, slips out of my hand, falls from the night stand, four year olds who think phones are frisbees, elbowed off couches. I could go on but hell your sick of reading and I'm sick of typing.
Overall, great reliable product that keeps your phone alive for the long haul.
Two years later, I am still using the same iPhone 5 (yes, 3 years strong) and the same case! It's definitely not the most beautiful case since it has been scratched up quite a bit as mentioned before, but let me tell you... I think it has saved my phone on more than one occasion. So, I'm bumping up my review from four to five stars.
AVERTED CRISIS #1: PHONE GETS THROWN AGAINST TILE FLOOR. Don't ask. Just know that everything breaks on our tile, yet my phone, slammed down against the tile with some force, survived the fall. Not even a broken screen (it did land screen up). The only thing that happened was the screen popped up a little on the side--not noticeable unless you're looking for it. Phone works as usual. I credit the case.
AVERTED CRISIS #2: PHONE IS SUBMERGED IN TOILET WATER. I sometimes keep my phone in my back pocket, and predictably, it finally fell into the toilet as I was taking off my pants. tmi? maybe. But despite the fact that the phone was completely submerged--pre-pee, thankfully--it still works. That was several months ago. Once again, I credit the case.
Basically, I will continue to use Spigen cases as long as I am able. I'll just mod podge over any scratches--if I care enough to do so. And my phone will be a survivor.
ORIGINAL REVIEW, Jan 2014:
I've had this case for nearly a year. It's extremely durable as a case and the feel is great. It's not too bulky, though of course if you like your iphone 5 to stay as slim as possible, you don't want a case at all. Personally, I find that it's easier for me to use the phone in this case than it is without the case--more ergonomic somehow.
My husband doesn't like the fact that the case causes the volume button to be receded. I don't mind--I got used to it and now don't even notice. May be a problem for bigger fingers (though I don't have tiny fingers!)
My only complaint is that the hard outer shell does get scratched up easily. I have the gunmetal color, and I imagine the scratches would be more noticeable on a lighter color--and would definitely bother someone who is very conscious about maintaining the look of their case.
Overall, as a durable, useful, and professional-looking case, I'd recommend the Slim Armor.
Otherwise, it fits well, it protects as much as a thin plastic case can, and it does not interfere with screen protectors that cover the full glass. The buttons are not cutouts, they're actual little buttons that cover the phone buttons for sleep and volume.
The quality here is what a phone retailer would probably charge between 20-40 dollars, as compared to the big 3 in their retail stores. Certainly this type of product should be in the 10 dollar range, but this is not ridiculously overpriced for what you get.
Ringer mute cutout is too small and bulkily to allow a normal size person to use the button. If you have nails, you'll be fine, if not, you may not like this fact
So after hunting all over the internet and literally looking at over 100 reviews, I made the decision to get this case. It is fantastic. It looks great, fits perfectly, and offers great protection for the occasional oops! There are definitely more protective cases out there, but this suits my need fine. Also, I came from an incredible 2, and with this case on, the Iphone is still thinner and narrower than the incredible 2 was with no case on it.
The build quality is fantastic, and I would highly recommend. However, my personally I would not use any of the jelly bean buttons that ship with the case. I hear they are a bear to get off if you try to remove them and the adhesive gets stuck to the button. All it would take would be a miniscule amount of adhesive to get down in that space next to the button and you'd be screwed. Apple keeps that button recessed for a reason. Fist off because pressing it turns the screen on, so if you keep it in a pouch, purse or pocket, it would be turning on all the time, also why subject it to unnecessary abuse. the other obvious reason I wouldn't recommend the button is because you only have 1 chance of getting it on perfect. What are the odds?