Review of UAG (Urban Armor Gear) case for Note 2 w/lots of pictures!!!Tips


  1. twister6

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    Here is it, review of long awaited Urban Armor Gear (UAG) Samsung Galaxy Note 2 case! URBAN ARMOR GEAR

    Since I don't own iPhone or S3, my experience with previous UAG cases was based on reading only reviews from others, and it seems those cases were quite popular with a huge fan base. Note 2 case introduced a new design, and that generated a mixed reviews. I'm personally looking at the case as is without comparing it to previous models.

    The case came in a nice packaging box, nothing too fancy but with a clear display and highlights of the features. In addition to the case, UAG included a screen protector, a small screen cloth and a squeeze for sp installation. I can't comment on sp since I already have one installed, but I have a feeling its a basic one. I can comment it had a good cut, although didn't feel as thick as some other 3H film screen protectors.
    Also, as part of new "vent" design, it came with 2 inserts in orange and black. Those are interchangeable and you can use either one. There has been a lot of discussion about quality of material used on these inserts (in other forums) and perhaps some people had higher expectations. These inserts are cardboard cut outs with diamond textured design and some thin laminating layer on color side. Each insert is colored on one side, while white on another side. In theory you can make your own inserts. Those have two side cut outs that align with guiding small pins inside of the case. Once you put down the insert, you better keep the case horizontal while inserting the phone, otherwise the insert will move. When phone is inserted into the case - inserts stay dead on, although if you shake the phone you will hear it move a little bit. Don't get me wrong, it looks cool as hell, and could be easily fixed with a little piece of scotch tape holding it down. The vent itself should keep air circulating which is a good idea while charging the battery.

    The case is VERY light - amazing considering the high level of protection it offers at a minimum added bulk. Of course, just like any case it adds some bulk, but when you compare to other case with equivalent level of protection - this is feather-light! The construction is composite where inner protection bumper and outer shell are molded together. Yes, I would consider the inner rubber (hard TPU material) to be a bumper since
    it doesn't wrap around the back of the phone. The outer shell made of a very high quality impact plastic material, definitely not some cheap brittle stuff. The inner side of the plastic shell has honeycomb pattern, while the outer side is smooth and has sort of sandblasted finish. I do have to note, plastic does feel a little slippery in your hands. I have heard this will go away with time, but I still have to point it out. But since they have vent cut out in the back and also hard rubber bumper around the edges of the screen, you still get an acceptable grip when holding it in your hand. The rubber bumper doesn't pull away and fits around the edge of the phone very snugly. The only place where it pulls a little bit is at the bottom in the aread of micro-usb connector, but very slightly. It also offers a very nice lip to protect the screen of the phone when faced down, and a VERY good corner protection with some extra material while still keeping it slim and not exaggerated around corners like
    some other designs do. Furthermore, the back of the phone has 4 subtle stands in a shape of a torx screw head. Those are of course not real screws but rather rubber bumps, but functionally it's brilliant since you can put your phone down on the back and it will keep it from sliding!!! This little design detail is so subtle yet brilliantly functional and adds to "urban" style of the phone.

    Port openings are very generous; mic openings big enough for a clear sound, micro-usb opening is wide enough to accommodate after market connectors, headphone jack should accept a connector up to 3/8". S-pen opening deserves a special mentioning. It's not your typical rectangular opening, and narrows down while still giving enough room for a nail to grab the edge of s-pen when pulling it out. Just a very nice detail. Speaker grill has a cross line which makes speaker design with a battery cover of the phone to look partitioned and cool next to the grill design. Camera and led flash openings are partitioned - a very clever idea for glare-free flash photos! Volume and power buttons have a very unique design to make them look like a separate external buttons. These buttons have a
    separate slit opening along one side to make them push easier. I very clever idea! I have documented all these details in my pictures.

    Another comment I would like to bring up is the color of the case itself. Since I choose Navigator to compliment my white GN2, I want to mention that white of the case is a few shades brighter than white of the phone - not a big issue since those two colors don't come in contact. I do want to mention also, there is a little flex when you push down on the vents. I assume that was always part of the design even with solid back on iPhone/S3 cases. With vents cut outs, it's more visible now. I would say it could be looked as positive and negative point. Positive since it absorbs some shock if case falls down flat on its back, and negative since you are opening back door to lint and dust getting under the vent.

    Overall, its a very unique design that offers both a visual eye candy and a decent level of protection to the phone. I tried to be fair in my review and describe all the positive and negative points I found, IMHO. But in my personal opinion - I highly recommend it!

    As usual, I will leave the rest to the pictures. Please keep in mind due to case being white, my camera had a hard time focusing.

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  2. twister6

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    I guess you can consider this as the first mod :) Actually someone else done it before, but I'm elaborating on details with more pictures!

    Yes, you can have GN2 in OEM Flip case going right into UAG case and it works! Of course, there are some limitations. You can flip the cover all the way around, unless you modify UAG case by cutting it's side (which nobody in their right mind going to do). And, because the left side is covered by flip case, UAG volume buttons will not be pushing directly on phone's volume, which makes it a lot harder to work BUT it WORKS!!! So here you go, an alternative to add flip cover to your UAG case :)

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  3. AdamdangA

    AdamdangA Active Member

    This is an awesome review, I have been waiting to see how this thing looks!
  4. h1r0ll3r

    h1r0ll3r Well-Known Member

    If I hadn't already bought an Otterbox Commuter, this case probably would've been my next purchase. Good review.
  5. PhilosoRaptor

    PhilosoRaptor Well-Known Member

  6. twister6

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    Now, checkout the first "official" mod to UAG case, posted in my place-holder post right after OP.
  7. twister6

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    Supply and demand law :) Give it another few weeks when UAG gets more in stock and you will see price being adjusted, in my opinion. Plus, they are good with running specials around holiday. When this case was introduced last month they actually had 25% coupon.
  8. GeneralPatton

    GeneralPatton Well-Known Member

    I don't really care for my Ballistik case, so I ended up buying the UAG in black. Should be here next week.
  9. twister6

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    Still trying to decide between Navigator (white) and Scout (black) for my white Note 2. Since my OP has pics with Navigator, I'm adding a new set of pics with Scout. Maybe some will find it useful for their own comparison.

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  10. LilBit

    LilBit Well-Known Member Contributor

    Wow!! Super awesome !! Thank's a lot!!
  11. twister6

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    If you guys saw my Seidio CONVERT review, you probably seen how excited I was about it's holster. Well, it just so happen that UAG case fits perfectly inside of that holster!!! Here are the detailed pictures of how UAG case looks with CONVERT holster - a match made in heaven ;) Beside a perfect fit, this holster has spring loaded latch which can be locked to prevent accidental opening.

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  12. twister6

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    Here is IMHO a must have MOD with CONVERT holster :) This is adhesive credit card pouch (3 pack for $5.99 from http://www.amazon.com/Cosmos-Adhesive-Credit-pocket-cellphone/dp/B00AZVTWPI/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1363361096&sr=8-4&keywords=adhesive+card+holder).


    Although designed for iPhone size, it fits perfectly inside of the holster, sticks very well even so it's not a flat but rather textured grid surface. Material is stretchy and soft, and easily holds 3 cards and a few bills. When phone is in, it doesn't even touch the screen, and even if it does - material is very soft. So now, you have your phone in a holster and no need for a wallet if you throw in your driver license, credit and atm card, and some money!


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  13. narutoninjakid

    narutoninjakid Well-Known Member

    How is this compared to trident aegis I can't decide I'm looking for best protection
  14. twister6

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  15. rabernet

    rabernet Well-Known Member

    The first thing the white one reminded me of was Storm Troopers from Star Wars! LOL

    Thanks for your review!
  16. narutoninjakid

    narutoninjakid Well-Known Member

    which offer better protection for the corners. If phone falls on corner i want to make sure some sort of protection is in place. it seems that the UAg reinforces corners but i dont really see that on the Aegis. what do you think ? is Aegis good enough?
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  17. twister6

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    UAG will offer a better corner protection.
  18. narutoninjakid

    narutoninjakid Well-Known Member

    IS this case better than trident im looking for protection and this case cost about 10 more but im willing to spend it if the case is really good. Also is any of the case soft plastic or is it all hard plastic. Does it absorb shock ? :confused:
  19. narutoninjakid

    narutoninjakid Well-Known Member

    I ALWAYS go for black cases but i think the white UAG case looks way better than the white one. What do you guys thinks ?
  20. twister6

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    What color is your Note 2? My thinking behind choosing white UAG with my white Note 2 was that 1) white shows details better, 2) I wanted to keep everything down to 2 colors, black & white. With white case you have contrast of black bumper, black corners, and can use black grill insert. I do have to mention that white color of the case doesn't match exactly white color of the phone, but since you have a black bumper, white of the phone doesn't come in direct contact with white of the case. Also after a few months of use, white color of the case hasn't changed, nor does it picked up blue off my jeans. The material itself is hard plastic with sort of sandblasted feeling. With black everything fades into one color, unless you use orange or other color insert. But hey, it's just my opinion.

    It will definitely absorb shock really well. I tell you one deciding factor - a number of people complained about UAG because of its squared off design. Aegis has a more rounded off grip that will feel more comfortable in your hand. So perhaps if you get your hands on both and try it out - you will be able to make up your mind? I have no problem and personally don't mind UAG grip ;)
  21. narutoninjakid

    narutoninjakid Well-Known Member

    i have the titanium one
  22. twister6

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  23. narutoninjakid

    narutoninjakid Well-Known Member

    yeah i was thinking that white has alot of different colors and contrast
  24. Johnny Doomzday

    Johnny Doomzday Well-Known Member

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    Is there a way to just buy the Holster?? i already have the UAG case
  25. twister6

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    Sure, just get CONVERT Add-on kit which includes holster and CONVERT add-on shell and frame. Keep the holster and sell CONVERT shell ;)

    SEIDIO | Convert Add-on Kit for Samsung Galaxy Note 2

    Anybody with SURFACE or BB Platinum (the same cases) can use that CONVERT shell on top of their case.
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