TUDIA Ultra Slim Melody TPU Bumper Protective Case for Motorola Moto G SmartPhone (2013 1st Gen Only) (Black)
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- Material : High Quality Thermoplastic Polyurethane TPU rubberized gel silicone skin case for Motorola Moto G
- Extremely durable and provides a soft comfortable grip for Motorola Moto G
- Soft touch feel on a durable flexi shell cover.
- Raised edges design helps protect the display screen from scratches when placed the device face down
- Unique design allows easy access to all buttons, controls and ports without having to remove the case
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NOTE: This case will only compatible with Motorola Moto G 1st Gen released in 2013, will NOT compatible with Motorola Moto G 2nd Gen 2014 released. This premium Motorola Moto G TPU flexi skin will protect your wireless device from scratches and scuffs, keep your wireless device looking like new. This long-lasting durable skin is made with top grade TPU material, protects your wireless device and gives it a nice soft comfortable surface. With openings for all buttons and connectors, the Motorola Moto G is fully functional equipped with this skin.
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Sometimes you will also find thicker cases, either TPU like this Tudia, or silicone or natural rubber. The silicone or natural rubber cases WILL depress under your thumb, they are that soft, but to give them structure with that degree of softness, they have to be thicker. Generally i don't like the silicone or natural rubber "gummy" style cases since most of them are pretty thick and I don't think I need that much protection, but the right ones, like Amzer, are perfect for a kid's iPad.
So basically the first case decision you need to make, is to choose your case from the spectrum of thickness and hardness, moving from ultrathin and light, to heavy and slightly squishy: polycarb which is rigid, for the ultimately thin and light protection (Ringke); TPU dense but flexible (this Tudia); and gummy (silicone or soft rubber) which has to be extra thick to stay on.
As you can probably guess, TPU cases hit the middle and have the best balance of thin and light vs. protection for me.
I used to buy "generic" cases for my iPod Touch's over the years - the kind that pretty much all look the same in the vendor ads here on Amazon, have amazing low prices (a buck or two), and vary slightly from vendor to vendor and even from the same vendor depending on their current generic inventory. Some were great and some were terrible, straight to the trash.
I don't recommend completely "generic" no-name cases anymore. I stick with well-known brands like Belkin and Griffin, or take a chance on an off-brand like this Tudia or the Ringke cases by Rearth. Both the Ringke and the Tudia have been excellent, and since they are branded and nicely packaged, I have a fair degree of certainty that what I review here will be what you actually get, unlike reviewing the completely generic, no-name cases.
So. I don't like the looks of this Tudia case. I will put up a picture and you will see why - those garish looking shiny dots on the back. The re-design for the Moto G second edition, 2014 5" phone looks much "cleaner" to my eye - you will see both old and new designs in my picture. Why did I buy this then?
Well, I didn't at first, when the 2013 Moto G was my daily phone, I used the polycarbonate thin shell Rearth, which looked great. When I got the 2014 Moto G, though, I wanted better protection because I was taking it on vacation, subject to jet lag and general stupidity and more likely to drop it. The Tudia for the 2014 edition worked so great, I decided to get one for my 2013 - this one - despite the garish shiny dots - which have zero effect on performance.
What do I like about the Tudia:
* Perfect fit, which means you wrestle a bit to fit it on.
* Perfectly aligned cut-outs for each microphone, the earphone jack, camera and flash, charging port.
* Good feel in the hand.
* Adds a reasonable amount of bulk and weight. Naked is still the ultimate compact 4.5" phone, but I'm using this for a Kindle reader and music player and web browser - everything but phone carrier - and want the extra protection.
* Nice wrap-over edge on the front protects the screen when you place it face down on a table, desk, or nightstand.
* The area surrounding the rear camera is cut in a little before the actual cut-out for the lens and flash, so you will have plenty of tactile warning that your thumb or fingers are about to brush over the lens - which helps me keep the lens clean for sharp pictures.
* Tactile indicators (subtle) for the on-off switch and volume rocker, and they work easily. These are pretty flat compared to the raised ridges on similar cases, but I can easily feel where they are and operate them. On the 2014 edition, they are conventional hard raised ridges.
At a dime under 10 bucks when I bought it, this is a real value. Built like a $30 case, and designed just as well, in some cases better.
But for me at least, it also has one significant flaw. Whereas the phone itself has very easy to feel and press power and volume rocker buttons on the right side, once you put the case on, it's very difficult to FEEL, without looking, where the power button is on the side of the case, and to distinguish it by FEEL from the volume rocker. If you're looking, you can find and pretty those buttons fine. But trying to do it just by feel/touch, it's very difficult. With the case, the button portions aren't raised much and the short length of the two volume rocker segments make them difficult to distinguish by touch alone from the power button.
Not a big deal if you're walking around in daylight with the phone and case. But let's say you're in bed at night and it's dark in your bedroom, and you want to reach for the phone to press/find the power button or to adjust the volume of something you're playing through the phone, it's very difficult to do without a lot of fumbling around. Without the case, though, the buttons on the phone itself are easy to feel and find.
My only problem with the case is the side buttons. There basically aren't any, just some slight impressions of where the actual buttons lie underneath the case. They are not as pronounced as the images led me to believe. The buttons are not hard to press at all, that is not the problem, the issue for me is that I like to be able to feel the buttons and do not always look at the side of the phone while trying to turn it on or adjust the volume. The lack of well defined buttons makes it hard to tell where they are by feel. Many times I have ignored calls by accident and turned off the screen while trying to adjust the volume. This is probably not a big deal for most but I ended salvaging buttons from an old phone and added them to the case by cutting out the indentations with a hobby knife. Works great for me now.