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Old April 6th, 2014, 10:32 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question What durable (light to heavy duty) case goes on and comes off easy?

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I recently just switched my service over to Verizon (love the service) and bought a Note 3 (love this phone). I was using an S3 with an Elago Breathe case. It was a great case but more for light duty use. The Note 3 is so nice I would hate to have it covered all of the time so I would like to swap cases based on my situation. The slim cases go on and come off easy but when you get into cases like the Otterbox they seem to be a “put it on and leave it on” type of a case. I just want something mainly for protecting against drop and slight bangs. I “think” the Otterbox defender would be overkill and very large. So out of the light to heavy duty cases what ones go on and come off easy?

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I'm sure there are threads out there for cases, but depends on how much protection you want. TPU cases are easy to remove but offer little protection.

A moderate case is the spigen cases.

Try amazon search and you find a case that fits your need. Good luck
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A moderate case is the spigen cases.
I have both the Spigen Slim Armor and Neo Hybrid cases, and find Spigen to be the best combination of protection and style for me. Both go on and come off easily, and look great. Their only drawback is that the case thickness around the headphones plug is so thick that I've had to get a thinner 3.5mm extender plug to make sure my earphone connection is always good.

And add their GLAStR 9H tempered glass screen protector, if you use screen protectors.
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I bought a case similar to an Otterbox off Amazon that is MARVELOUS in protecting my phone but no where near easy to get off.

My more stylish cases are just that~ stylish with no protection.
Hope you can find one that works for you.
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I'm sure there are threads out there for cases, but depends on how much protection you want. TPU cases are easy to remove but offer little protection.

A moderate case is the spigen cases.

Try amazon search and you find a case that fits your need. Good luck
There are plenty but none that answer this question. Leave it to me ask it lol.

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Defender really does not seem that bulky to me. It does seem to protect well.

It is a real pain to get off though. Seriously! Lol

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I have both the Spigen Slim Armor and Neo Hybrid cases, and find Spigen to be the best combination of protection and style for me. Both go on and come off easily, and look great. Their only drawback is that the case thickness around the headphones plug is so thick that I've had to get a thinner 3.5mm extender plug to make sure my earphone connection is always good.

And add their GLAStR 9H tempered glass screen protector, if you use screen protectors.
Is that an issue for a lot of the cases?

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Good question.
I can't believe it has not been asked before. I couldn't find anything on line to answer this question.
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I can't believe it has not been asked before. I couldn't find anything on line to answer this question.
It's very relevant if you need to swap batteries.
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There are plenty but none that answer this question. Leave it to me ask it lol.

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My mistake. On another Android forum there is a whole sticky thread dedicated to note 3 cases. Last time I checked it was up to 25 pages or so.
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I can't believe it has not been asked before. I couldn't find anything on line to answer this question.
Did you do a Google search. I hate to promote another Android forum but this has been discussed before elsewhere.
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Defender really does not seem that bulky to me. It does seem to protect well.

It is a real pain to get off though. Seriously! Lol

Good question!
I noticed that today, almost the same size as the Commuter. I would get the Defender but as you said...PIA to get off.
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Did you do a Google search. I hate to promote another Android forum but this has been discussed before elsewhere.
If you have a link to info that you feel will help him, please feel free to post it.
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If you have a link to info that you feel will help him, please feel free to post it.
Here you go. I was mistaken. Enjoy reading the 117 pages on the Note 3 cases thread

http://forums.androidcentral.com/showthread.php?t=312921
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It's very relevant if you need to swap batteries.
I know that is why I am shocked. I am an expert "searcher" too lol.
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Is that an issue for a lot of the cases?
Thickness near the earphone jack hole? If a TPU case is going to protect the phone it has to be at least a few mm thick, and you don't want the hole in the case to be much larger than the hole in the phone, so that will prevent some thick plugs from sitting all the way down. And you can forget right-angle plugs altogether. But there are some pretty slim plugs out there for a couple of bucks, and a snip and a little soldering will put one on the end of your earphone cord. (I don't like the idea of an extender - it puts too much torsion (sidewards pressure) on the jack if you puch the plug to the side a little bit. (Basic physics 101 - the longer the distance from where the force is applied, the more pressure it creates. It's inch-pounds, that's inches times pounds, so the more inches [of length between where you're leaning against something with the top of the plug] the more force.)

My i-Blason case is thick enough to protect, it sticks out a good 1/16" past the glass, so if the phone falls flat, face down, on a flat surface, the case takes the shock, and it has a relatively large hole where the earphone jack is, so even my right-angle plug fits in with plenty of room to spare.

But it IS a PITA to get on and off, so I mainly just leave it on. (The holster is a handy feature too, if you want to wear it on your belt.)
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This i-Blason case should fit your needs, Amazon.com: i-Blason Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Note III N9000 Prime Series Dual Layer Holster Case with Kickstand and Locking Belt Swivel Clip (Black): Cell Phones & Accessories

here's a link to my original thoughts about the case when it first arrived posted in the Note 3 cases? thread. Since then I've only grown to like it more.
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Thickness near the earphone jack hole? If a TPU case is going to protect the phone it has to be at least a few mm thick, and you don't want the hole in the case to be much larger than the hole in the phone, so that will prevent some thick plugs from sitting all the way down. And you can forget right-angle plugs altogether. But there are some pretty slim plugs out there for a couple of bucks, and a snip and a little soldering will put one on the end of your earphone cord. (I don't like the idea of an extender - it puts too much torsion (sidewards pressure) on the jack if you puch the plug to the side a little bit.
A legitimate concern, but so far I've had good luck with the extender I bought. Here's the link for anyone who has the same earphone plug seating problem, and wants to try it. Amazon.com: D & K Exclusives® Black 3.5mm Headphone Adapter Jack for iPhone 4, 4G, 5, 5S 5C Samsung Galaxy S3, S4, Note 2, Note 3, iPad,Tablets: Cell Phones & Accessories
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My mistake. On another Android forum there is a whole sticky thread dedicated to note 3 cases. Last time I checked it was up to 25 pages or so.
Do you have the url?
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Do you have the url?
Post #15 above I posted the URL link.
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I've used the Incipio and Platinum cases, and been happy with both of them. Overall, I would say the Incipio case fits the bill both in durability and ease of removal. Just a word of warning, though, both cases have a large opening for the S pen, and mine has a wear spot on it from where it was left exposed to the inside of my pocket.
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I think I am sold on the UAG. I saw some drop tests compared to the commuter and I would say they are equal. Given that fact I am picking the UAG because it is different as far as the style and I like that. Thanks for all of your help.
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I would try holding and seeing a UAG in person. I've heard it can be quite bulky

I used to have a Trident Cyclops case. Just took off the screen protector. It was an awesome case. Protected my note 3 from many drops on concrete by my kids.

Only reason I've switched cases because got the Anker extended battery, which necessitates a new case. Going to use the Seidio dilex extended case
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I'm using the spigen ultra fit no slip case. My wife uses one too. We like them a lot, and they are cheap

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I've got the Otterbox Commuter case. Funny I should run into the thread as I can attest to how well it works.

On Thursday I was watching some guys working for my local natural gas company installing a new gas line from their new main line into my house. Was standing there next to the 3 ft deep hole they had dug to expose the new gas main and holding my phone about chest high, I'm 5' 10" tall. The phone slipped out of my hand and fell to the sidewalk and then bounced into the hole hitting some rock on the side of the hole. The contractor rescued the phone from the bottom of the hole and handed it back to me. Only thing I had to do was wipe off some mud that got on the case. No scuffing on the case, no problem with the phone working. All was well. I also had sense enough to get an screen protector as well and that may have saved the glass from a scratch.

The Commuter is a bit of a pain to get off but no so much that it would keep me from buying the case. I have no reason to take it off anyway.
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Otterbox Commuter !!!! NOT DEFENDER !!!!!
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I just got the seidio dilex case. Easy to put on and off. Only reason I got it was because of my Anker 6400 mAh extended battery requires a new case.

But it feels good in the hands and easy to take off
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I used to have a Trident Cyclops case. Just took off the screen protector. It was an awesome case. Protected my note 3 from many drops on concrete by my kids.

Only reason I've switched cases because got the Anker extended battery, which necessitates a new case. Going to use the Seidio dilex extended case
Otterbox Commuter dimensions: 6.27 in (159.26 mm) x 3.47 in (88.14 mm) x 0.59 in (14.73 mm)

UAG dimensions: 3.5"X6.5"x0.6"

It does appear to be a little larger but the trade off is that it "pops in" easier.
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I like that case a lot. I used to have an Epic 4G it was naked 24/7. The build quality was better than my last phone (S3). I bought a Elago Breathe case for my S3 and thought that would be enough. My S3 slid off my lap in my backyard durring a BBQ and the screen cracked. The Elago case is a nice light duty case but didn't really protect the screen edges. Same things happened to my wife's S3 as well but at 18 months of usage as opposed to the 6 months in my case. I need to get her a light to medium duty case for her current S4 that she will use 24/7. It has to have some sort of impact resistant sides and corners and unfortunately that Spigen doesn't look like it will do it.

I am sometimes in environments that are not forgiving to phone drops etc. I am going to rock my UAG then, a light duty case for day to day use, and naked for when I am wearing a suit etc.
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Using a "Seidio" that has a hard frame back with 6 tabs along the phone. These wrap up around the top. Inside of that is a soft gel lining. You slide the soft gel on and then pull the hard frame tabs over everything. Quick and easy, solid protection and lite. Has a kickstand that folds out too.
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Using a "Seidio" that has a hard frame back with 6 tabs along the phone. These wrap up around the top. Inside of that is a soft gel lining. You slide the soft gel on and then pull the hard frame tabs over everything. Quick and easy, solid protection and lite. Has a kickstand that folds out too.
The surface? What about these 6 tabs?
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This is the case I use. Having a stand is paramount to me & there were very few that appealed to me at the time I bought my phone.



It doesn't come nowhere near the price of an Otterbox, has the same protection as the UAG, & the holster is a stand & out of the holster--that black ring on the back comes out--another stand.
For $11 I'm happy with it. Been using it consistently since Jan.
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I like the Spigen cases as well. They are very well made, fit well and the prices are not bad. I tried both the Slim Armor and the Neo-Hybrid and both were good but they added just too much bulk. The Note 3 is already a huge phone so adding even those cases made it too big for me. The Slim Armor was also a pain to get off. the Neo-Hybrid was easier to remove.

Then I tried the Ultra Fit and it's perfect for me. I use the black case on my while phone and I like the look. It provides enough drop protection for me. I also added a Spigen GLAS.tR screen protector it's been the perfect combination for me. The case does not add much in the way of bulk so the phone still feels slim. It also goes on and comes of very easily.

Here's the direct link to this case on the Spigen page:

Spigen Ultra Fit case for the Note 3
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I like the Spigen cases as well. They are very well made, fit well and the prices are not bad. I tried both the Slim Armor and the Neo-Hybrid and both were good but they added just too much bulk. The Note 3 is already a huge phone so adding even those cases made it too big for me. The Slim Armor was also a pain to get off. the Neo-Hybrid was easier to remove.

Then I tried the Ultra Fit and it's perfect for me. I use the black case on my while phone and I like the look. It provides enough drop protection for me. I also added a Spigen GLAS.tR screen protector it's been the perfect combination for me. The case does not add much in the way of bulk so the phone still feels slim. It also goes on and comes of very easily.

Here's the direct link to this case on the Spigen page:

Spigen Ultra Fit case for the Note 3
I am going to order the white version (black note 3) as my everyday casual case. I am glad to hear good feedback about this.
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Old April 16th, 2014, 10:16 AM   #36 (permalink)
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Using a "Seidio" that has a hard frame back with 6 tabs along the phone. These wrap up around the top. Inside of that is a soft gel lining. You slide the soft gel on and then pull the hard frame tabs over everything. Quick and easy, solid protection and lite. Has a kickstand that folds out too.
I think you're referring to the seidio dilex case?

http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00FEQ14B4/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?qid=1397661317&sr=8-1&pi=SY200_QL40

I got the same case but the extended version to fit my Anker 6400 mAh extended battery. Don't quite like the case because it made the phone too heavy for my taste
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I've had the Spigen Neo Hybrid and Spigen Bounce since before getting my phone. I picked up the Bounce since it was so cheap and to qualify for free shipping on Amazon. I think I paid $5.00 US for it. The Neo is better looking but is tougher on/off than the Bounce. I use the Bounce during my work week when I use my phone more due to feel, I get a much better grip.
Earlier this week upon removing the Neo, I had an issue, see my "broken bezel" thread.
The Bounce goes on/off easily and provides the same protection as the Neo IMO.
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