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Protective, but limits functionality of iPhone
on October 21, 2012
The case itself it nice if you're not looking for something extremely sleek. The phone fits snug. I was a little worried about the phone getting scratched while putting the case on because of sharp plastic edges, but this didn't occur. Also these edges raise above the face of the phone about a millimeter when the phone is in. Not a problem, just something to know. Overall the case looks good.
However there are 2 problems that impede usability of the phone:
1) Creates audio problems. The border of the case goes entirely around the phone with grills on the bottom for speaker outlets. Unfortunately one of the iPhone 5's mics used for noise cancellation is on the bottom as well. This creates a problem when making phone calls depending on your environment. If it's a little bit noisy, you will get a static feedback that comes through your earpiece and is extremely disturbing during a call. Other people don't hear it, it is just on your phone. Using no case or other cases which don't cover the speaker/mic, this feedback doesn't occur.
2) The volume and power buttons are very stiff making them difficult to press. The material the buttons are made out of do not allow enough give, so you have to push very hard towards the front of the buttons to get the inside extension to click the phone.
Future revisions of the case may be able to correct these problems or Apple may put out a fix for the static feedback issue, but for now I'm using a case that doesn't cover the mic outlet.