Waterproof Aluminum Case Gorilla Glass Screen Cover for Samsung Galaxy S3 Review
Waterproof Aluminum Case Gorilla Glass Screen Cover for Samsung Galaxy S3 i9300 Review
I ordered the case from this guy http://www.ebay.com/usr/cyfentech
from eBay. The total was $27.00 with free shipping.
I asked him if the case had a rubber home button like the photo in the description, which he replied and said yes, but it did not have one.
Shipping took 4 days instead of 3, because the usps can't find my house
Now, the box looks exactly the same as the Lunatik Taktik case for the iPhone, because I read somewhere on eBay that they were made by the factory which makes the Lunatik cases.
Here is the case itself, It has a pretty strong silicone interior structure, it has real aluminum on the back and front, but It does NOT have gorilla glass!
I'm not surprised, that it doesn't but, it has a great screen protector that fits perfectly on the screen, no air bubbles or anything!
I did notice if you have the case in direct sunlight you can see tiny dots on the screen protector, but that is just my OCD
You may have a rainbow effect on the screen for a while, but it went away for me. It also came with a cleaning cloth. Also it should be noted, that the front camera and sensors do not have cut-outs. The case also has a hole on the side for a phone strap. The case adds some weight to your device.
The case came with 6 screws, with a pouch containing 2 extra ones and a tool to screw them in.
Once I assembled the case, I noticed that their was quite a large gap, even after the case was tightly secured together!
Basically, they sent me 4 screws that were too long, making the case not secure. I fixed this by using a Dremel tool to grind the screws down to the correct size. This could be a pain in the ass for some people if you don't have a grinder or file of some-sort
The power and volume buttons were easy to press, but the home button can be a little
hard to press hence the large bezel.
The volume and mic ports have some metal mesh coverings that are supposed to "Splash-proof" your phone. I pored some water on the ear speaker, but the water went through it
Call quality sounds fine, and my dad said my voice sounded fine, so no problem there!
The port covers for the micro usb plug and audio jack seem to be alright. The micro usb cover is very
narrow, so the power cord that came with the Galaxy S3 is the largest plug you could fit in there. My Belkin car charger seemed to work, so if your plug is about the size of the stock cord that came with your phone or smaller, you should be good.
The audio port is narrow too, so if you have any right angled audio jacks on your headphones, you would probably need and extender or something. My Apple Earpods seem to work if you need a a reference.
The camera, flash and speaker cutouts are fine, the speaker has that metal mesh cover, and the camera and flash are open.
Since the case is made out of aluminum, you will see signal loss. This is a major issue for me, since coverage is not that great where I live. At my house without the case I would get 2 bars of 4g LTE in my bedroom, with the case on I get 1 bar. Without the the case I would get 1 out of 4 bars of 3g in my Chemistry class. With the case I am roaming a lot of times indoors. I'm running Carbon ROM 4.3, but I flashed a stock based ROM, but it did not make a difference. Wifi strength is reduced slightly but not too noticeably.
In conclusion, the case is not too bad for $27.00. It is obviously not waterproof, but it could probably withstand a day at the beach or fishing at a river. Only two major issues would be the signal reduction, and the screws being too long. If you dropped your phone in this case, I doubt it would do anything because of the silicone truss and aluminum bezel. If you like a rugged case, or if you like Lunatic cases, this is as close as you can get!
Hope my review wasn't that bad, and sorry for some of the blurry pictures