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[Case][Review] TPU-cases Matte back black

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17th September 2011, 09:47 PM   |  #1  
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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.









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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17th September 2011, 10:36 PM   |  #2  
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Just ordered this case on Amazon last night. It's supposed to be delivered on Tuesday. Thanks for the review, now I know i'll be happy with it
17th September 2011, 10:57 PM   |  #3  
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ordered one today
i just ordered one these today and am looking forward to receiving the case soon.
18th September 2011, 01:04 AM   |  #4  
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I ordered the smoke matte translucent model. Can't wait!
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That looks great! My smoke case is in the mail. Can't wait to get it, my phone is nakey lol. From your review, ill definitely be buying more colors
18th September 2011, 02:01 AM   |  #6  
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Yeah I am very happy with the case, hope you all enjoy yours
18th September 2011, 02:41 AM   |  #7  
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I like the TPU case too and I will get one first as soon as I get my phone from letstalk, grrrrrr.

Eventually I want a casemate barely-there cause I prefer hard shell...but these are excellent cases, especially for the money.
18th September 2011, 02:46 AM   |  #8  
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I have one for my Evo and I too can't wait for an ET4G version
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Originally Posted by mrpickem

I like the TPU case too and I will get one first as soon as I get my phone from letstalk, grrrrrr.

Eventually I want a casemate barely-there cause I prefer hard shell...but these are excellent cases, especially for the money.

mines in the mail too, after seeing these pics i am feeling pretty good about the case although it feels nice....and a little naughty going completely naked
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That looks great! My smoke case is in the mail. Can't wait to get it, my phone is nakey lol. From your review, ill definitely be buying more colors

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How well does this protect your phone against being dropped?

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18th September 2011, 04:03 AM   |  #10  
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Originally Posted by firemedic624

How well does this protect your phone against being dropped?

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I haven't dropped it yet, but just going off the case itself, I think it would survive a normal drop. I'm not sure about a 10 foot drop onto concrete or worse, but I'd imagine it would stand up ok for most drops. The material used to make it is very flexible but sturdy on the phone. My only concern for drops would be the screen, and if it was dropped on an angle like a curb.

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