Originally Posted by ahanuban
Any first impressions? How thick is it? Battery life? Protection factor? Looks? Thanks!
Sorry for the slow response. I was holding out to write a full review with pics n whatnot, but for now, I'll just say it does what it says it should do. It definitely adds about a full battery's worth of charge. It works by essentially acting as a power source your phone can drain from (like it's plugged in). Once it drains the Mophie, it switches to using the phone's battery automatically. (There's also a switch on the Mophie, if you'd rather it drain the battery on the phone first before switching to the Mophie. I don't think it makes a difference, either way). Since the Mophie acts as an external power source, you can't tell by looking at your phone how much juice the Mophie has left, but the case does have a 4-light power indicator that will tell you if you push a button, so that's not bad. Long story short:
Does what it's supposed to do (adds about a full battery charge to your Nitro)
Looks pretty nice, actually (well built, nice material, solid, doesn't trap hair or dirt but just grippy enough to hold easily)
Good phone protection (it does cover all sides/corners as well as the edges of the face, so no matter how you drop the phone short of face down onto a protruding object, it will be fully protected by the Mophie)
LED indicator for charge level of the Mophie
Versatile charging abilities (can charge the phone and Mophie simultaneously or separately)
Access to USB port even while using Mophie (it has a pass-through USB, so you can still synch to pc, charge, etc)
Cheap enough, in my opinion (50 bucks for a battery/case of this quality isn't too shabby) *EDIT* Now it's 30 bucks! Definitely cheap now.
FAT (basically doubles the phone's thickness. Not sure how it compares to one of those double hyperion batteries with the alternate battery door, but the good thing about the Mophie is it DOES act as a case as well, unlike the extended batteries+door)
Can't see exact charge of Mophie case on the phone (though, again, you do have the led indicator)
When putting on the Mophie, it can be tricky to shove the little usb door on the phone back far enough so that the power button on the case reaches the one on the phone properly. If you don't shove it back far enough, you just have to press the power button on the Mophie really hard to get it to work on the phone. If you manage to shove it back just right, though, the power button on the case feels great, almost exactly like pressing the power button on the phone directly, as do the volume buttons on the case)
Overall, I'm not sure I would use it day to day, since I keep an extra fully charged battery with me at all times, and I'd rather not add the extra thickness. But if it comes down to using the extended batteries or the Mophie (for, say a long distance flight or traveling or something), I'll definitely choose the Mophie for the sake that it acts as a case to protect my phone should I drop it from my clumsy hands.