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[3 REVIEWS!]Poetic Bumper, Hardback, Slimbook Video+Written Review

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by GalaxyNexus, Dec 27, 2012.

  1. GalaxyNexus

    GalaxyNexus Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    Poetic Borderline Bumper

    $9.95- Poetic Borderline


    This bumper gives you a slim minimalistic look. On the edge of the bumper you see a somewhat partly glossy finish and matte grey edges. All ports are easily accessible and the buttons are easy to push in. The bumper goes just over the back of the Nexus 4, but leaves most of the back exposed.


    The main purpose of the Poetic Borderline is to show off the beautiful back of the Nexus 4 at the expense of protection. The bumper as a whole gives one a much grippier phone and should ultimately result in less drops. The bumper has a lip that goes just over the screen; if one's Nexus 4 does fall face first, then the lip should somewhat reduce the impact of the fall.

    Final Verdict

    The Poetic Borderline is a high quality bumper and a great value for the price. At $9.95, this case is a steal. The case is available in six cool colors: Black/Gray, Blue/Gray, Green/Gray, Purple/Gray, Red/Gray, and Yellow/Gray. If one is interested in a slim profile bumper that gives minimal protection, this is the bumper for you.

    Poetic Hardback

    $8.95- Poetic Hardback


    The Poetic Harback is a poorly designed case. While it does offer a folio feature, the oddly manufactured case clearly lacks in simple everyday situations. As shown in the video review, the camera and speaker slots are flip flopped, resulting in the user switching the side the case is inserted. The folio feature is definitely a plus; however, the rest of the features are certainly lacking.


    The Poetic Hardback definitely doesn't give protection like a rugged case, but it does look like there could be issues with the phone falling out due to the claws holding the phone being quite small. The top cover is adequately padded giving the case some extra protection.

    Final Verdict

    Overall, the Poetic Hardback doesn't deliver in the two major criteria. Because the case is poorly made and there are so many design errors, the Poetic Hardback receives a final grade of 2/5 stars.

    Poetic Slimbook

    Amazon Link- Poetic Slimbook

    The Good
    • All ports are easily accessible
    • Magnetic Clasp
    • A TPU within a cover
    • Protection is adequate
    • The case is well made and stitchings are tight
    • Could insert credit cards and money but adding too much stuff won't work

      The Bad
    • The back of the case isn't magnetic so folding the cover back is uncomfortable
    • The case is pretty thick
    • You can't access the volume rockers when the case is closed
    • Doesn't lay flat
    • Only available in black

    Final Verdict

    The Poetic Slimbook is a nice value for $10.95, but far from the best case available. The thickness of this case is an issue for me, but may not be for others. If one is looking for a book style case, this might be one of your best options. The Poetic Slimbook receives a 3.5/5 star review.

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  2. sean76

    sean76 Android Expert

    Ordered mine yesterday! Post some pics
  3. Dmowry

    Dmowry Newbie

    Just received mine yesterday and I have to say this bumper is top notch. Very clean looking bumper. The black and dark grey look great with this phone and the power and volume controls have a nice feel. Glad I didn't wait for the official bumper to become available.
  4. GalaxyNexus

    GalaxyNexus Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    I'll try to. I'm currently at the airport about to get on another plane. I'll upload some pics the second I get the chance.
  5. sean76

    sean76 Android Expert

    Cool...Got an email this morning that mine is on the way!
  6. GalaxyNexus

    GalaxyNexus Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    Updated with reviews on Slimbook and Hardback!
  7. jirok

    jirok Member

    The bumper is pretty nice but im surprised at how fast the rubber started separating from the plastic gonna have to bring out the glue
  8. GalaxyNexus

    GalaxyNexus Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    Mine is fine. You may want to contact Poetic about a replacement.

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The Nexus 4 release date was November 2012. Features and Specs include a 4.7" inch screen, 8MP camera, 2GB RAM, Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, and 2100mAh battery.

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