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Old September 9th, 2013, 12:53 AM   #1 (permalink)
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It looks like it can handle some pretty severe drops but after I get a screen protector on mine I'm going with a Note 3 Flip case in black. I like that paper notebook look.
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It looks like it can handle some pretty severe drops but after I get a screen protector on mine I'm going with a Note 3 Flip case in black. I like that paper notebook look.
Have you ever used a glass screen protector?
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Nope. I've used T-mobile branded, Zagg, and Ghost Armor polymers and I've found Ghost Armor to be the easiest to maintain. If I were using a case like this Spigen though I would probably give a glass screen protector a try.
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It looks very sharp....I'll probably buy it to add to my collection.
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Mobile fun UK have it for sale on pre - order for 19.99
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From my previous reviews of S4 cases from Spigen, including Neo Hybrid (which btw - make sure to purchase ONLY from Spigen directly on Amazon or eBay store, you will see a ton of knock offs within days from CH, Spigen manufacturers their stuff in Korea), it does look sharp and offers an OK protection, but NOT the best protection because they make lip to be too shallow. It barely covered a thickness of their own tempered glass screen protector and they had 2 versions of screen protector, one with a reduced thickness.

Reduced bezel will be a challenge in a design of the case. Tempered glass is one of the best options for display protection, I had my VITREO on Note 2 since spring time and can't imagine any other way. Just my opinion, which is based on a ton of my own reviews Without a doubt, Spigen cases and screen protectors are TOP NOTCH, but keep in mind that you could be locked into their ecosystem because from S4 experience other tempered glass screen protectors didn't work with Neo case, and even some regular quality screen protector were a bit too tight on the edges. Don't know if it's going to be the same with N3, but my advice is to not rush into plopping premium pre-order price but rather buy a few $1 TPU cases from ebay to hold you over once you get a phone, and do more research once a phone is released to compare other cases and hands'on reviews. In general Spigen, Seidio, UAG, Case-Mate, and Trident will be the way to go.
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I've used a Spigen glass screen on my note 2 and it reduced sensitivity significantly. Came off after a day.
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I've used a Spigen glass screen on my note 2 and it reduced sensitivity significantly. Came off after a day.
Spigen never made tempered glass screen protector for Note 2. If you got something with a Spigen label off ebay from HK, it's probably fake. Note 2 display is curved toward edges. Tempered glass is thick and not as flexible, thus it will not stick well to the edges, so Spigen just bailed on that. MIME was another company which failed with 1st attempt and then got is kind of right with 2nd. Seidio VITREO got it right but at a expense of shrinking the glass profile to cover only visible part of the display, not the bezel part.

IMHO, tempered glass provides the best experience for your display where it feels just like a native glass, it's super clear and smooth to touch, and gives you shatter protection with 9H hardness rating.

As much as I'm on a fence about Note 3 upgrade since I still feel my Note 2 does everything I need, I want to get Note 3 just to test all the latest accessories with it I probably will have a review unit from Verizon for about a month once it's available; will try to align all case reviews around that time to post it here in the forum
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I'm using a Spigen SGP Slim Armor in Slate Gray on my Galaxy S4. Of all the cases I've bought for my various phones, this is by far the best.

If I decide to sell the S4 and buy a Note 3, I've already decided I'm putting a slim armor on it.
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The Note 3 manual says:
" Do not use a screen protector. This causes sensor malfunctions."
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The Note 3 manual says:
" Do not use a screen protector. This causes sensor malfunctions."

From memory this warning was also in the Note1/2 manual. I use protectors on both of my Notes with absolutely no issues.
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Talking about screen protectors I have always used one. I was considering using one of those flip cases and no protector. Any opinions?
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Is a screen protector a must? Is it not gorilla glass 3?
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Talking about screen protectors I have always used one. I was considering using one of those flip cases and no protector. Any opinions?
On my Note 2 I use a flip cover AND and screen protector. But I'm pretty OCD.
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Is a screen protector a must? Is it not gorilla glass 3?
The Galaxy S4 is Gorilla Glass 3, strangely the Note 3 is not.

I find that fact quite puzzling.
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My take on screen protectors is that you have 2 types of protection. With a regular peta film one (talking about quality 3H hardness from reputable companies) you get a basic scratch resistance type of protection. It will be thinner but at the expense of a more plasticy feel, some trade off in touch sensitivity, and in some cases a subtle rainbow effect under fluorescent lights. And if you drop your phone and it hits a screen on uneven surface - your screen will crack. With a 2nd type of protection, you use a tempered glass which supposed to give you the best sensitivity and clarify, easier to wipe off fingerprints (trust me, even oleophobic screen protectors collect fingerprints since the coating will wear off after awhile), and a superior impact protection where glass will shatter leaving display safe. But a trade off is a thicker glass layer and no guaranteed scratch resistance, plus a much more expensive. In theory tempered glass will have at least 9H hardness rating, but after awhile even that get scratched when you have your phone in the pocket with other junk. Plus, a lot of cases are made with a thinner lip just enough to keep the display off the surface when you place the phone down, and having a thicker tempered glass makes it stick out.

If you are putting your phone into something like OBEX case - you don't really need extra screen protection. But, for example, Seidio passed on Obex for N2 (but have it for S3/S4) and most likely will skip N3 as well because they don't know how to handle S-pen port opening. If you are looking for Defender, we all know how well their plastic protector worked with N2 lol!!! For any other open face cases, I would strongly recommend either film or glass screen protector. For ultimate, go with tempered glass but do research about which case you want to use it with. As I mentioned before, N3 has a small bezel, might be a challenge for a design. As a minimum, look into a film screen protector where Spigen is always a top choice.

You can always replace a battery cover, but scratches on display will stay there staring in your face especially when N4 is released and you want to list your N3 "in mint condition"

But if you want to play russian roulette with a display, go bareback
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So should I buy this case or not? I usually wait till Seidio drops one because I like the whole kickstand add-on.
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A few years ago I decided that screen protectors weren't for me. Especially since I enjoy the tactile sensation of the Oleophobic coating. Therefore I developed a practice of dedicating my left front pocket as the place I carry my phone and nothing else. It's a terrific solution that has served me well. That plus carrying a small microfiber cloth to use during the day keeps my phone fingerprint and smudge free.
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A few years ago I decided that screen protectors weren't for me. Especially since I enjoy the tactile sensation of the Oleophobic coating. Therefore I developed a practice of dedicating my left front pocket as the place I carry my phone and nothing else. It's a terrific solution that has served me well. That plus carrying a small microfiber cloth to use during the day keeps my phone fingerprint and smudge free.
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I never felt the need to use a screen protector either. It takes away from the actual real feel of the phone. Every smart phone I've had I treated like it was my 3rd arm. I protected it! And I mos def don't let kids plays with my devices
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Did anyone notice that the price went up on these cases today?
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I'll be purchasing the Spigen Slim Armor model just like I have on my S4. I've been checking Spigens site daily, the price has not changed. It's $29.95

I will buy it from Amazon who typically will discount it between 20 - 30% from day one. I paid $14.95, no tax or shipping for the one on my S4.

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for a film protector you like Speigen? On an old HTC I used a zagg, and while it protected the screen, it really felt bad on the fingers. The HTC Touch Pro II I had, also had a stylus, and it just didnt slide over the zagg that well. Would a N3 stylus "slide" easily over a film protector? until today I never heard of a tempered glass protector.

For my droid bionic, I never used any protector, and 2+ years its lasted just fine (until I forgot it in my pocket and took a swim). Maybe its the gorilla glass on the bionic. If N3 doesn't have gorilla glass on it.. what does it have? surely with many other Samsung phone using it.. they should right? What type of glass is on the Note 2?
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What do you guys think of the Spigen Neo Hybrid ($34.99 on Amazon) vs the Slim Armour. The Neo Hybrid looks even more form fitting. Sort thinking that might be good, and as mentioned earlier if the phone was placed display down, the screen would not be touching.
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I think I'm holding out for a good kickstand case. I found myself watching a lot of movies/tv shows on the note 2 and having a kickstand makes that a lot more enjoyable
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From memory this warning was also in the Note1/2 manual. I use protectors on both of my Notes with absolutely no issues.
You're absolutely right--it was.
Personally I probably never use another screen protector ever again in life.
I find them to be a waste of money (but that's MY opinion people)!
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What do you guys think of the Spigen Neo Hybrid ($34.99 on Amazon) vs the Slim Armour. The Neo Hybrid looks even more form fitting. Sort thinking that might be good, and as mentioned earlier if the phone was placed display down, the screen would not be touching.
I find the Spigen Neo Hybrid a gorgeous very tempting case. Here's my take on it, as compared to my much loved Slim Armor model.

The Neo Hybrid appears to have a flat back. After owning iPhones 4, 4S & 5, I can convey that they're flat backs makes them very slippery to hold and a bit uncomfortable. Built for style and a very sleek profile, I doubt the Neo Hybrid is as protective as the Slim Armor.

Ideally a slightly convex back makes a smartphone very comfortable and secure to hold. In addition if you look at the Slim Armor in Red, White or Blue on their site, it's easy to notice the Black Rubber (TPU) ends. These are cleverly designed to absorb impact should the phone be dropped. The TPU inner liner also serves as the "lip" that surrounds the entire perimeter of the front, thereby protecting the phone when placed face down on a desk or table as I do when at lunch etc.

Finally, Spigen's precise, very high quality manufacturing makes the two piece Slim Armor appear as a single one piece case once installed. I've had nothing but a secure comfortable and pleasant experience from the Slim Armor cases I have.

Hopefully I've answered your concerns
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I find the Spigen Neo Hybrid a gorgeous very tempting case. Here's my take on it, as compared to my much loved Slim Armor model.

The Neo Hybrid appears to have a flat back. After owning iPhones 4, 4S & 5, I can convey that they're flat backs makes them very slippery to hold and a bit uncomfortable. Built for style and a very sleek profile, I doubt the Neo Hybrid is as protective as the Slim Armor.

Ideally a slightly convex back makes a smartphone very comfortable and secure to hold. In addition if you look at the Slim Armor in Red, White or Blue on their site, it's easy to notice the Black Rubber (TPU) ends. These are cleverly designed to absorb impact should the phone be dropped. The TPU inner liner also serves as the "lip" that surrounds the entire perimeter of the front, thereby protecting the phone when placed face down on a desk or table as I do when at lunch etc.

Finally, Spigen's precise, very high quality manufacturing makes the two piece Slim Armor appear as a single one piece case once installed. I've had nothing but a secure comfortable and pleasant experience from the Slim Armor cases I have.

Hopefully I've answered your concerns
after reading more (on the Spigen site) I started to wonder if the slim armor was indeed better protection. Why would the neo hybrid cost more then, for less protection. It is more stylish around the outside edges. But the slim armor has more of the glossy finish material around the TPU.

the TPU does wrap the whole N3 with the neo.. and there is the plastic also. Which should absorb (possibly break then) if dropped on the edge.

i just dunno. I like the accent color to the neo versus the "wow look at me" color on the slim.
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after reading more (on the Spigen site) I started to wonder if the slim armor was indeed better protection. Why would the neo hybrid cost more then, for less protection. It is more stylish around the outside edges. But the slim armor has more of the glossy finish material around the TPU.

the TPU does wrap the whole N3 with the neo.. and there is the plastic also. Which should absorb (possibly break then) if dropped on the edge.

i just dunno. I like the accent color to the neo versus the "wow look at me" color on the slim.
The color choice "Metal Slate" is a matte color that resists fingerprints & provides a better grip than the other four choices, all of which are glossy. In addition the TPU used is also matte. I have both Red & Metal Slate Colors, thus I speak from first hand experience.
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The color choice "Metal Slate" is a matte color that resists fingerprints & provides a better grip than the other four choices, all of which are glossy. In addition the TPU used is also matte. I have both Red & Metal Slate Colors, thus I speak from first hand experience.
if I go with the Slim.. its the Metal Slate that I'd be going with. Was debating on if I want a black or white phone. Had black for the last bunch of them. Though with a case, the color wont show.
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Amazon is one of the select few that Spigen sells their cases through. They are also the first to offer significant discounts as inventory permits.com. An example is, I got my slate gray Slim Armor for my S4 for 45% off.

I'm very happy to report that as of today, Amazon is taking preorders on Note 3 cases. I ordered mine immediately.
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Does anyone no if the Spigen slim armor cases can fit into a holster? If so what holster?
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I've used a Spigen glass screen on my note 2 and it reduced sensitivity significantly. Came off after a day.
I had it on my Note and did not have any issue at all. I just got the Note 3 one in the mail today.
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Old September 30th, 2013, 04:22 PM   #36 (permalink)
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