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Old April 23rd, 2013, 10:37 PM   #51 (permalink)
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What's up with people posting links to ******* and then getting their post removed? I noticed a bunch of cheap cases on the site that look pretty good (including the S-view flip cover). Is the site legit? I'd rather not pay $60 for the cover and the site has it for $30.

Too good to be true? Probably...I was hoping it was some sort of monoprice but for smartphone accessories.

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Did you say you ordered 3 cases? lol sweet - I've thought about that. Sometimes you want a different look or bulkiness based on what you're doing that day..
Yeah! Lol it sounds impractical, but my wife and I ordered the phone at the same time so we'll have options as far as which case to use and when. And yeah...exactly like you said some days we want it sleek and other days might want a bulkier case
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What's up with people posting links to ******* and then getting their post removed?
It was spam.

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Is the site legit? I'd rather not pay $60 for the cover and the site has it for $30.
As the company are located in mainland China (Shenzhen) I seriously doubt that any of the branded products are genuine.
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I haven't decided if I will get a case or not. I know they are for protection but I really hate increasing the size of an already large phone as I carry mine in my dress shirt pocket. I have had 3 different iPhones, EVO, EVO LTE, S3 and more and never once dropped one enough to cause damage.

It has gorilla glass 3 so not even sure if I will add a screen protector.
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I have the manual (but not the phone!), and it says 'Do not use a screen protector. This causes sensor malfunctions.'
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'Do not use a screen protector. This causes sensor malfunctions.'
coughBULLCRAPcough

ZAGG (as an example) have Invisibleshields already distributed and ready. They wouldn't invest time and money in tooling up for the S4 if they were likely to see returns due to "sensor malfunctions".
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I got my Spigen Ultra Fit Case today. (Not the hybrid one.) I figured this one would probably arrive before the phone ever did. Gotta love having a case before the phone.







Now I am just waiting on my Hybrid case to get here -- it will be the daily driver.



I am really digging this hybrid case from Spigen. I noticed on their site that it says you can customize the look with different colors. Do you know if they sell the colored bands separately? I like the idea of changing up the band color every once in a while. They say you can but they don't give you the option to purchase the entire case with one color and then order additional band colors.

Also, it would be really nice if the bands were a colored metal. I understand the impact shock absorption of the plastic but if I see it correctly, there is the rubber plastic under the band for absorption, correct?

Again, I really like the looks and function of this case.
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coughBULLCRAPcough

ZAGG (as an example) have Invisibleshields already distributed and ready. They wouldn't invest time and money in tooling up for the S4 if they were likely to see returns due to "sensor malfunctions".

It does say in the user manual page 8:

Do not use a screen protector. This causes sensor malfunctions.
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I just preordered my phone from Verizon, so now I'm looking into getting a better cover. I'm essentially looking for three things, the first and most important being a kickstand. I'm coming from an HTC Thunderbolt and it was the most useful feature of any phone I've ever seen.
The second would be a flip cover, preferrably the S View, but that would come into trouble with most kickstands... if I could find a way to get both, I'd do that, but I don't think it'll happen.
I'm also curious as to what might affect the phone's capabilities in terms of material. Like the Wi-Fi signal or whatever.

Anyone else looked into any of this stuff?
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I just preordered my phone from Verizon, so now I'm looking into getting a better cover. I'm essentially looking for three things, the first and most important being a kickstand. I'm coming from an HTC Thunderbolt and it was the most useful feature of any phone I've ever seen.
The second would be a flip cover, preferrably the S View, but that would come into trouble with most kickstands... if I could find a way to get both, I'd do that, but I don't think it'll happen.
I'm also curious as to what might affect the phone's capabilities in terms of material. Like the Wi-Fi signal or whatever.

Anyone else looked into any of this stuff?
seems like you could just use the s view as a stand
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I've come to the determination that I am just way too damn indecisive. I'm just gonna order them all from Amazon, except Otterbox commuter, and send back what I don't want. Always been a Otterbox fan but the buttons on my wife's S3 are hard to push with the OB. Gonna get her a few trials too why I'm at it. I'll post some pics and thoughts once I get them.
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I just preordered my phone from Verizon, so now I'm looking into getting a better cover. I'm essentially looking for three things, the first and most important being a kickstand. I'm coming from an HTC Thunderbolt and it was the most useful feature of any phone I've ever seen.
The second would be a flip cover, preferrably the S View, but that would come into trouble with most kickstands... if I could find a way to get both, I'd do that, but I don't think it'll happen.
I'm also curious as to what might affect the phone's capabilities in terms of material. Like the Wi-Fi signal or whatever.

Anyone else looked into any of this stuff?
Like this? SEIDIO | SURFACE with Metal Kickstand Case for Samsung GALAXY S4
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seems like you could just use the s view as a stand
After glancing at the images on Wholesale Galaxy s4 case Wallet Stand Leather Cover Case For Samsung Galaxy S4 IV i9500 DHL Ship, Free shipping, $2.61-4.3/Piece | DHgate , I see what you mean. I didn't think it could support the weight of a smartphone, but that just shows how much I know... do most flip covers do that, S View included? And is the S View worth $60?
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Just order, (--I'm deleting the link on this--)
Well I know that the dx box thing is spam/ scam from what someone said earlier, but that actually looks pretty awesome. I'm still considering a case, and I've always gone bare with my phones. But the option of just replacing the battery door with something that looks cooler is something that I'm interested in. So if anyone comes across something legit to that extent, post it!
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Default Just ordered my black Galaxy S 4 S view cover...

from mobiles fun.co.uk..suppose to arrive tomorrow.

They are now in stock for those who are interested.
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How much did it cost?

Ha ha ha what a rip off just checked and its 44.99 if you're not here to promote it you have paid far too much money for it, its like 32 on amazon
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I've come to the determination that I am just way too damn indecisive. I'm just gonna order them all from Amazon, except Otterbox commuter, and send back what I don't want. Always been a Otterbox fan but the buttons on my wife's S3 are hard to push with the OB. Gonna get her a few trials too why I'm at it. I'll post some pics and thoughts once I get them.
This guy does a quick review of the casemate toughcase and the otterbox commuter case in a seperate video. IMO the toughcase is a little better when looking at the versions for the sgs3 which I have compared directly on mine (toughcase) and a friends (commuter) sgs3's. By the looks of the videos of each it appears that the casemate will likely be a little better again since it appears that they are both unsurprisingly refreshes of the previous designs. IMO advantages of the toughcase as I compared on my sgs3 were better grip both in the hand and when set on car dashes and the like and better coverage around the circumference of the phone for drop protection while actually being slightly slimmer doing it. Both seemed like good cases to me but neither would be acceptable to the folks looking for cases that were as svelte as possible.
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I've come to the determination that I am just way too damn indecisive. I'm just gonna order them all from Amazon, except Otterbox commuter, and send back what I don't want. Always been a Otterbox fan but the buttons on my wife's S3 are hard to push with the OB. Gonna get her a few trials too why I'm at it. I'll post some pics and thoughts once I get them.
Are you talking about the power and volume buttons on the Otterbox commuter for the GS3? I had the same issue but it seemed to loosen up a little down the line. I guess I ended up getting used to it. I did like the design and it protected it well from a drop. I ordered the commuter box for the GS4 and it should get here tomorrow or Monday I think.
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My wife has the Seidio Active case with kickstand for her S3 and we both like it a lot. The photos make it look like it adds tons of bulk to the phone but it's actually very slim in your hand.

Here is the S4 version I'm probably going to buy.
SEIDIO | ACTIVE Case for Samsung GALAXY S4

Not sure yet if I'll bother with a screen protector.
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I hope Urban Armor Gear (UAG) comes out with a line for the S4. Their S3 cases are nice and I own several of them.
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Are you talking about the power and volume buttons on the Otterbox commuter for the GS3? I had the same issue but it seemed to loosen up a little down the line. I guess I ended up getting used to it. I did like the design and it protected it well from a drop. I ordered the commuter box for the GS4 and it should get here tomorrow or Monday I think.
Yes the power and volume buttons. They have loosened up. I do really like the look of the case compared to others for the GS3. It is my wifes phone and she has the white case on white phone. Looks nice. The buttons are fine for me she just thinks they aren't tactile enough for her liking. Her friend has a Incipio dual pro and the buttons are really easy to push. The silicone is loose at the top and sides though. I like the tighter fit of the OB personally.
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I had a Seidio Active case and holster for my Note 2. It was really nice. There were a couple of things I didn't like about it:
1) the soft black inner rubber part felt almost greasy when you hold it. It was kinda secure and yet felt a little slippery.
2) with the kickstand, you can't reverse the phone in the holster and have the screen out, which I like to do on occasion.

The Seidio Active replaced an OtterBox Defender that I found entirely too bulky and heavy. Of course, the Note 2 was well protected, but I didn't care for the additional bulk and weight. I didn't care for the built-in screen protector either. While it seemed very well engineered and worked very well, I never quite got used to feeling my finger touch the screen and then touch the surface of the device... a double touch. Also, the power button was very hard to push and when I did, the case creaked and my finger hurt! And lastly, the hole in the screen protector for the home button tended to be a bit of a dust vacuum.
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You mean these?

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I ordered the orange one.
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Let me know if this interferes with any of the signals (ie wifi, 3G, 4G, cell signal, NFC, bluetooth etc). Having metal casing for a device that needs to transmit and receive different signals (without an external antenna) usually has adverse effects. Just curious if this case causes any problems
I wouldn't expect a reply, just FYI. Apparently these are kind of spam.
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How did you determine how the case works with the phone without having the phone?

IS this case not a flip case that attaches to the back door and places a flap on the front?

If so, it has a thousand variants by a hundred manufacturers.
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Has anyone spotted the Otterboxes for the S4 at any retail locations?
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I just bought and received my case for my S4 and it's perfect. It's a great price too. I think it's only for a limited time so you should jump on it. I'm ordering extra cases for my kids. If you want a good case for a great price check it out on Amazon. The brand name of the case is Cellto
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Well, I received my Otterbox COMMUTER case and I have to be honest - I am pretty disappointed. Mainly in comparison to my previous Otterbox cases.

I had the Otterbox Commuter case for my GS3 and I liked it a lot. The matted plastic seemed sturdy and it really enveloped the phone except for the corners and it kept it held the rubber inside in place securely.

Then I bought the Otterbox Commuter case for my iPhone5 and noticed that the plastic did not seem as sturdy and I also noticed that it did not really surround the phone as much and the rubber insert was used as the frame for the area around the buttons. This bugged the hell out of me because everyone knows that the rubber eventually stretches, and without the hard plastic frame to secure that part, it is only a matter of time that that area will expand. So it feels like the top part of the phone is rubber and the bottom part and the back is hard plastic. To top it off, the top layer of the rubber started coming off after a week. :-/

Fast forward to today - my Otterbox Commuter case for my GS4. I thought it would be built like the one for the GS3, but boy was I wrong. It was designed with the same concept as the iPhone. The hard plastic frame is more for the bottom half and the back (where there are no buttons), and the top part on both the left and right side is the rubber insert that is not held down by any hard plastic. So even visually, the top part is a tiny bit wider than the bottom because it's not secured with the hard plastic. Given time it's just going to expand.

So, while it looks fine from a distance, the hard plastic is a bit glossy which to me looks cheaper and the rubber part is just covering more of the edges that I would like without it being secured down. It's not like as if the rubber was like the hard rubber in the Speck cases, but it's a soft rubber that is maybe a little bit hardened in the corners and the exposed top.

I don't know - maybe in reality the hard plastic is stronger and the rubber won't expand, but I already don't like the fact that I can easily stretch open the rubber that is not covered by the hard plastic.

I probably didn't do a good job describing it - but compared to the GS3, which for the areas of the buttons - the hard frame covered that area with the rubber insert covering only the buttons - it just doesn't feel as sturdy and it makes it feel like they want the rubber to stretch out so you buy a new one.

Anyway, are there any other cases out there that are similar? I like the added protection but do not want a Defender case (too bulky) and don't really want a Speck case (I have that for my Note 2 and it has it's own rubber stretching issues).

Most of the cases above seem more for minimal protection and aesthetics.

Ah, well - just my opinion on the Otterbox commuter cases... At least for me, I liked the GS3 version better.
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Again, if you are the type that is looking at otterbox defender you owe it to yourself to also take a look at the Casemate toughcase. Same concept but with better materials and providing more protection while managing to be less bulky. Honestly, otterbox needs to up their game because their product is no longer competitive with comparable offerings on the market and they can only coast so long on good will.
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Again, if you are the type that is looking at otterbox defender you owe it to yourself to also take a look at the Casemate toughcase. Same concept but with better materials and providing more protection while managing to be less bulky. Honestly, otterbox needs to up their game because their product is no longer competitive with comparable offerings on the market and they can only coast so long on good will.
I just picked up a casemate tough case and I love how it keeps the phone slim yet the materials are still very structurally rigid. Im still waiting on my other cases to arrive but this is my favorite so far
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URBAN ARMOR GEAR

I ordered the orange one.
How is the grip on that case? It looks like a cool case. I wouldn't mind that case , looks neat and slim.
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Simply bought a PU leather battery door, just the same I did have for S3.
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How grippy is that case? It's not clear if it's rigid plastic or rubbery neoprene, though the ad copy mentions "soft-touch coating".
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Well, I received my Otterbox COMMUTER case and I have to be honest - I am pretty disappointed. Mainly in comparison to my previous Otterbox cases.

I had the Otterbox Commuter case for my GS3 and I liked it a lot. The matted plastic seemed sturdy and it really enveloped the phone except for the corners and it kept it held the rubber inside in place securely.

Then I bought the Otterbox Commuter case for my iPhone5 and noticed that the plastic did not seem as sturdy and I also noticed that it did not really surround the phone as much and the rubber insert was used as the frame for the area around the buttons. This bugged the hell out of me because everyone knows that the rubber eventually stretches, and without the hard plastic frame to secure that part, it is only a matter of time that that area will expand. So it feels like the top part of the phone is rubber and the bottom part and the back is hard plastic. To top it off, the top layer of the rubber started coming off after a week. :-/

Fast forward to today - my Otterbox Commuter case for my GS4. I thought it would be built like the one for the GS3, but boy was I wrong. It was designed with the same concept as the iPhone. The hard plastic frame is more for the bottom half and the back (where there are no buttons), and the top part on both the left and right side is the rubber insert that is not held down by any hard plastic. So even visually, the top part is a tiny bit wider than the bottom because it's not secured with the hard plastic. Given time it's just going to expand.

So, while it looks fine from a distance, the hard plastic is a bit glossy which to me looks cheaper and the rubber part is just covering more of the edges that I would like without it being secured down. It's not like as if the rubber was like the hard rubber in the Speck cases, but it's a soft rubber that is maybe a little bit hardened in the corners and the exposed top.

I don't know - maybe in reality the hard plastic is stronger and the rubber won't expand, but I already don't like the fact that I can easily stretch open the rubber that is not covered by the hard plastic.

I probably didn't do a good job describing it - but compared to the GS3, which for the areas of the buttons - the hard frame covered that area with the rubber insert covering only the buttons - it just doesn't feel as sturdy and it makes it feel like they want the rubber to stretch out so you buy a new one.

Anyway, are there any other cases out there that are similar? I like the added protection but do not want a Defender case (too bulky) and don't really want a Speck case (I have that for my Note 2 and it has it's own rubber stretching issues).

Most of the cases above seem more for minimal protection and aesthetics.

Ah, well - just my opinion on the Otterbox commuter cases... At least for me, I liked the GS3 version better.
I agree. This one is much different than the GS3. Nowhere near as secure. I actually went to the AT&T store and picked up the Speck Candyshell. I have tried a lot of cases thus far and without a doubt, this is the vicest feeleing in the hand. Looks pretty good too.
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Do not use a screen protector. This causes sensor malfunctions.
Zagg has cutouts so the screen protector doesn't go over any sensor. Most screen protectors do, I'm sure there's a few that don't but that's something to look into when purchasing a screen protector.
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I have the Spigen Neo Hybrid case and am really pleased with it. Doesnt add much bulk to the phone and feels good in the hand. The phone feels well protected.


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And what does it mean when it says that it includes one set of "Jelly Bean Home Button"? Look under the included section.
The Jelly Bean Home Buttons are set a of three small thick stickers, one orange, one black and one white. They look like they will stick on the home button, don't know why though
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URBAN ARMOR GEAR

I ordered the orange one.
Damn! Those would be it. I checked their site a few weeks ago and didn't even see anything about the S4 mentioned.
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I have the Speck Candyshell. It's ok and will do until I find something better. But I find it a bit slick.
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I have the Spigen Neo Hybrid case and am really pleased with it. Doesnt add much bulk to the phone and feels good in the hand. The phone feels well protected...
I got the same one. Very nice case. It's very slim, and certainly won't protect like one of the crazy Otterboxes, but I prefer slim and non-intrusive. If that's what you prefer too, you'll love the Spigen!
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Damn! Those would be it. I checked their site a few weeks ago and didn't even see anything about the S4 mentioned.

that's what can happen in a few weeks!


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Going naked till my slim armor arrives. Glas.tr slim should be here tomorrow
I have the Glas.tr slim on mine and it's absolutely fantastic. I had it on my original Note and loved it so much - and it's like having nothing there. I installed it in my steamy bathroom to make sure nothing was flying around.. One thing I didn't realize that would come with it was a soft protector for the back cover as well. So, I had just those two things on the phone until I got a case for it.

Edit: I got the one without the rounded edges. Didn't find a use for paying more for rounded edges when I was going to get a case to surround it.

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The Jelly Bean Home Buttons are set a of three small thick stickers, one orange, one black and one white. They look like they will stick on the home button, don't know why though
I believe they are meant so that the button isn't too recessed. I know I received them for every glass Spigen screen protector that I ever bought because it made the button a little recessed due to the screen protector, and I got them with my glass protector for the GS4. It's actually not bad looking once it's on, and it creates a little higher profile button. Not sure why it would come with a case though.
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How grippy is that case? It's not clear if it's rigid plastic or rubbery neoprene, though the ad copy mentions "soft-touch coating".
i have this seidio case. now i'm just waiting on the phone. it's not very grippy out of the box, but all seidio soft touch cases are. they get grippier with use, but will never be grippy like a tpu case or the like. not really an issue for me though. the kick stand is awesome and comes in handy especially considering they kept the form factor very slim.
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I recently bought a hybrid case that came with a belt clip which will only work with the case it came with, but I'm not digging it so I bought this one. Anyone know of a belt clip or belt case that will fit the phone with a case on it? I know a lot of leather cases on ebay will only allow room for the phone.

I refuse to keep the phone in my pocket.
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I use a large leather case I bought at Target with a slim case from Best Buy with no issues. Cost about $15.
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I recently bought a hybrid case that came with a belt clip which will only work with the case it came with, but I'm not digging it so I bought this one. Anyone know of a belt clip or belt case that will fit the phone with a case on it? I know a lot of leather cases on ebay will only allow room for the phone.

I refuse to keep the phone in my pocket.
Hi sincarafan. I merged your thread with the existing case thread. If you'll look through Amazon there are case and holder combos and a few just the holster. I wanted a case and holster myself. I received one today and ordered another today. Like Pappy said, there are also some leather (faux) cases it would probably fit in and attach to your belt.
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Just ordered my Infinity White Neo Hybrid from Spigen last night off Amazon

$38.00 with shipping (kinda expensive but it seems to be an awesome case based on looks and reviews)

I'm excited to throw it on my naked White GS4 and give it that Tuxedo look
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How is the grip on that case? It looks like a cool case. I wouldn't mind that case , looks neat and slim.
It sort of feels like those nerf footballs that are shiny but still have that tough spongy feeling. It grips really well and to me, it still feels slim. I like it a lot
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I just received my Spigen Slim Armor case.

It doesn't add much to the phone as far as bulk but it definitely makes the phone easier to grip and keep hold of. The back plastic part of the case isn't nearly as slippery as the back of the phone is and the TPU parts of the case are very firm and again, very easy to keep a grip of.

All important parts of the phone are exposed through the case so you won't lose any functionality with various ports and whatnot.
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