As I mentioned a few blogs ago, I had certain qualms about covering up the beautiful M8 with a case. The phone just looks too good to cover up. That being said, not long after writing that blog, I dropped the phone and it skidded across my dining room floor. Needless to say, I was mortified. While it didn't get any damage aside from a few barely noticeable scratches on the back, my qualms about buying a case were quickly overcome by my intense desire to protect the phone from all future harm. Of course, being that it was my birthday that week, I never got the chance to go out and buy a case before two cases were sitting in front of me.
What model is the first case? Umm... I have no idea. You see, in my hurry to protect the phone, I opened up the packaging and consequently threw away the packaging as I was not at home when I received the case. Regardless of the model, this case looks GREAT.
Here are a few highlights:
The back is clear which allows you to be ogle at the beautiful phone.
The texture of the is "grippy" for lack of a better term, meaning less drops.
It's a soft and rubbery case and I've always thought soft and rubbery cases absorb more impact. (This is not based on any scientific evidence. This is just my personal opinion.)
The case has a cut out around the power button that allows the use of the IR blaster.
There are, however, a few drawbacks to the case.
As you can see above, the case is very easy to scratch. It's actually really bad. Within the first 2 hours of owning the case, I had several scratches on it. The picture above shows the case without the phone and, even though the case is clear, you can clearly (no pun intended) see the scratches.
Furthermore, the cut out that allows me to use the IR blaster also causes another unintended drawback. As it is a cut out, the button sits far back into the phone itself and thus the power button ends up being recessed and harder to press.
Similarly, the volume buttons do not stick out too much and thus are also harder to press than not having the case on.
Spigen Slim Armor
First off, let me start by saying that this case comes enclosed in some nice packaging! I know that may not be a big deal to some but it was just nice to see Spigen go the extra mile.
The Spigen is made out of two pieces: a softer inner rubber piece and an outer harder piece. This gives you the feel of a hard case without the extra bulk and the shock absorption of a soft case.
Outer Piece: (I apologize for the blurry pictures.)
Together, the case looks very snazzy.
Unfortunately, there is one drawback to this case. It may not affect everyone as not everyone uses it, but the case does block out the IR blaster.
On the other hand, this makes the power button VERY easy to get to and press. In fact, every button, including the power button is extremely easy to press with this case. This is a huge plus, especially when you are trying to press a button on the phone in the dark.
The last thing I want to touch upon is that, while this case isn't as grippy as the the first case, it is still grippy enough to avoid being flung out of my hands and skidding across my dining room floor.
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