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Old August 14th, 2013, 10:46 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I just got my new galaxy S4 from the insurance today. The old one crashed the glass and the lcd. :P

On this one I want to protect very well (the claim cost me 50) so Im looking for a good heavy duty case. I noticed the "otterbox defender" is all over the internet but I think that is a bit to much because the phone pass from very thin to look like a proper brick.

anyone have any idea or experience?

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What were you using as a case before, if anything?

(FYI, I just have the cheap case Costco included for free.)
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Old August 14th, 2013, 10:51 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I wasn't using anything at all.
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-On this one I want to protect very well (the claim cost me 50) so Im looking for a good heavy duty case.

-I noticed the "otterbox defender" is all over the internet but I think that is a bit to much because the phone pass from very thin to look like a proper brick.

Those are mutually exclusive. The Otterbox is that way because that is what it takes to adequately protect phones.

IMO, a proper case should have hard plastic completely on the outside, and silicone/TPU on the interior. The plastic distributes the shock from a point evenly over the phone. Otherwise, the silicone simply transmits the shock to the phone with a little bit of buffering. Despite how most cases are made, look for ones with 2 layers and the outside being plastic.

For complete and total protection, go with this. It's the only one I have found that provides a standard rating for drop protection.
Seidio's waterproof case available for preorder; shipping 19 Aug
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I dont really need a waterproof case but I only can find this brand in the states...
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I have the spigen slim amour case. It is very well made and combines a rubber and polycarbonate body.
Good as it is I love my phone naked.
If you are interested you can buy it off me cheap.
It is slate blue and black rubber. (the rubber is a hard rubber not the soft silicone type)
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Check out the Speck candy shell cases. There very appealing, had a hard shell with a rubber interior layer and is not bulky at all! I love the way it looks and feels worth the money
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Sorry if im posting double i dont see my pist...check out the speck candy shell cases! Not bulky and has the hard layer with a rubber interior layer, comes in the coolest colours too. Very worth the money. Heres a couple i have bought.
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Now I see I double posted, sorry my phone is being weird.... :S
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I use the Outterbox Commuter case for my S4. (Not as bulky as the Defender)
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Do you still use screen protector with that cover?
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Who is that question to? If me, no, I hate screen protectors, they may protect but make the screen look worse than if scratched. Just means I have to be extra careful.
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The question was for istsalgood
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Who is that question to? If me, no, I hate screen protectors, they may protect but make the screen look worse than if scratched. Just means I have to be extra careful.
I watched a youtube video on how the s4 screen doesn''t scratch. He took a knife to it in all directions, a fork, a penny..ect. Not sure if that is true? But if so then you really don't need a screen protector.
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I watched a youtube video on how the s4 screen doesn''t scratch. He took a knife to it in all directions, a fork, a penny..ect. Not sure if that is true? But if so then you really don't need a screen protector.
That Is a lie because my s4 was already with scratches on the screen before it crach. And I was very carefully with it.
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Ah okay well I wasn't chancing it anyways. I have a screen protector on nine and I can't even tell it's there.
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That Is a lie because my s4 was already with scratches on the screen before it crach. And I was very carefully with it.
If you really had been careful with it, it wouldn't have been scratched. Your definition of careful must be very different to mine.

I am careful and I have had an iPhone 3, Galaxy S2, iPhone 5 and a Galaxy S4 all of which saw very heavy use. I have never dropped any of them and haven't had a single scratch on a screen in 5 years.

That's careful.
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I watched a youtube video on how the s4 screen doesn''t scratch. He took a knife to it in all directions, a fork, a penny..ect. Not sure if that is true? But if so then you really don't need a screen protector.
The video is very true. It is extremely difficult to scratch the Gorilla Glass with a knife or key or most other metal objects, but get a grain of sand between the glass and another hard surface and see how un-scratchable it is!!

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I guess I'm very careful with my phones.... My phone has become a fashion accessory I guess you could say. I change cases with my outfits and consequently have a huge case collection. (Moving from the S3 to the S4 hurt a little). I buy all of my cases from amazon.com for at the most, 5 bux, usually around a dollar. I don't care for bulk or for cases which detract from the lines of the phone and as I said earlier, I guess I'm careful.

I can't say that I've not dropped my phone, because I have, but I've never broken a phone or scratched a screen. No, I don't keep my phone in my purse at all - I can't hear it ring in there despite the claim that the volume is amplified in some way when the phone is in a pocket or purse, so I keep it in my hand 90% of the time.

I say all that to say, that for my use of the phone, cheapy cases have served me quite well over the years.
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I am using speck candyshell grip. Excellent protection and worth the money. My younger brother using otterbox defender series and it's good too. Real waterproof case. However I find defender series too bulky and not my style.

Both of us bought our case mobijoystore.com
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6067886[/URL]]Do you still use screen protector with that cover?
Yes I do. Probably don't need it, but since my phone is an investment, I choose to protect it. I use a Zagg Invisible Shield. (The case and screen protector cost a lot less then replacing my phone.)
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Had The Defender ...selling it for $30 (actually two cases and one belt hook). I just found it too bulky for me. Looking for a minimal rubber bumper.
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