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Tips [Case][Review] TPU-Cases Matte back black

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by cds0699, Sep 17, 2011.

  1. cds0699

    cds0699 Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    This is a review of a case made by TPU-cases.com of their Matte back black case.

    TPU-cases.com: http://tpu-cases.com/index.php?main_...roducts_id=147

    1st impression:

    I received the case prior to getting my Epic 4G Touch, and after opening it up and taking a brief look, I was rather impressed by the case. The materials used are good quality and it looks well made. Initially I did notice that the surface of the case is a little slippery, but its nothing too bad. Overall I had a very good 1st impression of the case.

    There was a screen protector included but I fail pretty badly trying to put those on. I normally don't use a screen protector on my phones, but I wanted to give it a try for the sake of review purposes and I was unable to get it installed correctly. This may be user error, but it looks like it may be a combo of an error of mine and the screen protector... it was addressed here by the owner of TPU-cases, OneStepAhead.

    After I got the phone:

    I received my Epic 4G Touch at 10am on the 16th, launch day. After getting everything set up and activated through Sprint, I installed the case before leaving the store. I was very impressed at how well the case fit, it was a perfect fit. Installation was very easy as well, I had zero trouble getting the case on properly.

    One thing I noticed about the phone is that the camera on the back was going to come in contact with whatever surface you lay the phone on. I noticed that right away and was instantly hoping the case would solve that issue, and it did. When you install the case, it sets the camera back in a little so that the lens of the camera doesn't make contact with the surface, which I loved. Also on the front of the phone, the case provides a small lip around the whole phone, which provides a little protection for your screen if you were to set it on a table with the screen down. Overall this helps protect your phone and TPU-cases did a good job.

    When I was trying to decide on getting a case for this phone, I was worried about the case taking away the benefit of the thinness of the device, which was a main selling point of the phone for me. I was pleasantly surprised that this case doesn't add much thickness at all, its only very minor and it still preserves the overall slim profile of the device, which is great.

    I was also wondering about use of the ports and buttons on the phone with the case being there. The headphone jack, power button, micro usb port, and microphone are all easily accessible and unaffected. I did plug a Samsung headphone into the 3.5mm headphone jack without a problem. The power button is easy to press and is uncovered. There is no problem plugging the micro usb in to charge... the speaker and microphone is uncovered as well.

    The only small downside to this case is the volume rocker. When I press the volume rocker to adjust the volume, you definitely have to press it a little harder than normal, and there is a cover over top of the buttons. You can still control the volume, it just is not as easy as I would like it to be. This is not anything that is going to stop me from purchasing the case, and as a whole it's pretty minor to me.

    Pictures:

    I took 4 pictures to hopefully show the points I've made in this review for you all. I apologize is the quality of the pictures isn't great, it was taken with another cell phone camera as I was taking pictures of the new phone. If anyone would like additional pictures of the case I'd be happy to take them.

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    Conclusion:

    As a whole, this case I got from TPU-cases.com is great, and I'd highly recommend taking a look. The value you get for a very small price is awesome and I will be buying more cases from them (I like to change cases from time to time). Thank you TPU-cases for providing a great product. I give TPU-cases a 9/10 and the only point taken away is for the volume rocker.

    If anyone has any questions I'd be happy to answer.
     

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  2. cary328is

    cary328is Android Expert

    Great review OP! Hope you posted this on Amazon for TPU as well. By the way, my phone escaped flawless after my daughter accidentally knocked it off the dinner table (about a 3.5' drop) thanks to the TPU case.
     
  3. toolwarrior

    toolwarrior Well-Known Member

    You should post that for TPU on Amazon, as well, Cary. :D
     
  4. whatsitsname

    whatsitsname Android Enthusiast

    You can tell it is a quality product just by the etched TC logo on the back. They really took the time to make this case look and feel high quality. BTW I love the feel of the case. Reminds me of cowhide leather (somewhat). lol
     
  5. cds0699

    cds0699 Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    Yep, I posted it on Amazon, here, and xda also.
     
  6. VGPOP

    VGPOP Android Enthusiast

    I'm looking for cases now as well.

    My Epic is naked now.
     
  7. WifiMaxed

    WifiMaxed Android Enthusiast

    Be nice if it had a kickstand. A screen this size is meant to be propped up and enjoyed over latte @ Starbucks :b
     
  8. cds0699

    cds0699 Android Expert
    Thread Starter

  9. sara12rara

    sara12rara Newbie

    How fast does TPU-cases.com ship? I ordered this case yesterday in the matte smoke since the matte black is out of stock. (I don't like gloss cases.) I got my phone today so I am really hoping to get this case fast! My first Touch Pro 2 got dropped in a parking lot and dinged up the very 1st day I had it. I am very hard on phones!
     
  10. schnelle34

    schnelle34 Newbie

    Just ordered the matte black, it doesn't say out of stock anymore. In fact the bottom of the page says "480 in stock" right now
     
  11. toolwarrior

    toolwarrior Well-Known Member

    I got the gloss black case and I gotta say, this thing looks damn slick. :D
     
  12. pappabacon

    pappabacon Well-Known Member

    Just got mine, now I just need the effing phone.
     
  13. cds0699

    cds0699 Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    Mine got here pretty quickly, I think it took 2 days?
     
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  14. sara12rara

    sara12rara Newbie

    Thanks. If mine is delivered as fast as yours, hopefully I'll get it by Wednesday or so.
     
  15. VGPOP

    VGPOP Android Enthusiast

    I just ordered it. It says they will have it available to ship this Wed 9/21. Hopefully I get it this week.
     
  16. cant wait to get my case lol
     
  17. Javeline4

    Javeline4 Newbie

    Yes, I love this case. Just like the OP said (cds0699)
    it would be 10/10 if it were not for the volume rocker being covered up.
    I wonder if enough of us inquired about it, would they cut it.

    I sent their CS feedback about it.
     
  18. SixOne 9

    SixOne 9 Newbie

    I love this case too. I got the high gloss smoke and may get another one just to switch it up.
     
  19. VGPOP

    VGPOP Android Enthusiast

    Now they said estimated ship date is Thursday, 9/22.....mhhhhh

    :thinking:
     
  20. ratchetjaw

    ratchetjaw Android Enthusiast

    Just ordered me the smoke and gloss one, I have the kickstand one now but took it off yesterday and have been liking the naked feel/look but worried about the camera getting scuffed up so trying this one
     
  21. gsxr150

    gsxr150 Well-Known Member

    I purchased a matt smoke. SWEET! Got it today, and love it. Just enough grip on the side, and nice looking back with the matt finish. You can even see "Galaxy S II" on the back. It's more of a grey, which I like.
     
  22. JSchu22

    JSchu22 Android Enthusiast

    I just got mine as well and I guess I'm not as pleased as everyone else. Its a bit longer on each side so that the bottom corners of the case aren't flush with the corners of the phone. If you press up on the corner, the side bows out a bit. Other than that I like the matte feel. I hope it shrinks down a little.
     
  23. VGPOP

    VGPOP Android Enthusiast

    I ordered mine on Monday 9/19 and the only update I see is:

    09/21/2011 Sent Shipped From Teapplix

    That's it.
     
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