Default LOVE MEI (Ebay) Aluminum bumper case review

I've always been a fan of bumper cases because they protect against the two main failure modes without adding a lot of heft to the phone, those being face down drops and edge drops.

I purchased this bumper to try out on my S5: http://www.ebay.com/itm/191134013378...84.m1439.l2649

It finally arrived today. The design is slightly different than shown in the pictures and different than other bumpers i have had (note 2, for example) in that it's a single piece of aluminum with a clasp at one corner. Looking at and feeling the clasp, it's a solid connection and the bumper fits perfectly on the phone. I suspect the clasp may fracture if you dropped the phone on concrete, but the bumper would probably stay on.

Button clicky-ness is well retained, port access is great, the giant LOVE MEI logo is atrocious and i'll be sanding it off promptly.

Signal strength does not appear to be impacted. I haven't done empirical tests but i did walk around the house a bit and speed tests on wifi do not indicate any impact.

I don't have a wireless charging back yet, but given the design of the bumper i'm hopeful that it will still work with the Qi back. We shall see. On to pictures...

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