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By reaeg, Member on 22nd June 2013, 07:56 PM
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I'm looking for a good bumper, not a full case, just a bumper. I think that's the best balance of drop protection for added bulk.

My reasoning is that if I drop my phone, the most likely thing to break (and most expensive to fix) will be the screen. Even in high-performance cases like the Otterbox Commuter, the only thing protecting the screen is the lip. I don't care about all that protection on the back of the phone; I can easily replace the battery cover if it gets damaged and if a lip is good enough to protect the screen, it should be good enough to protect the back.

This leads me to think that the most important part of drop-protection is the lip and a high-quality bumper with a good, thick, shock-absorbent lip will have the best drop-protection/bulk ratio. I think it would give much better protection than the thin cases with minimal lips like the SGP Slim Armor.

Are there any bumpers like that out there? What does everyone recommend? Right now I'm leaning toward getting the Roocase Bumper and adding a high-quality battery cover like oddspec did here:

http://forum.xda-developers.com/show...8#post42813168

I've seen a lot of posts about aluminum bumpers but it seems to me that they wouldn't add any screen protection. If your phone falls face-down, the screen will just slam against the hard aluminum which isn't an improvement. Can someone with one comment?

I'm interested in any comments on my thinking as well as bumper recommendations. I used an Otterbox Commuter on my last phone and it works very well but after staring at it, I can't help thinking that there's a more efficient way to get the actual level of protection I need.

Thanks, everyone.
 
 
22nd June 2013, 10:11 PM |#2  
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I always recommend the UAG case, it's not bulky and it is great for protection. I've dropped my S4 so many times and not a scratch on it.

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22nd June 2013, 11:14 PM |#3  
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I dropped my phone from 1meter on concrete, and is fine.. I use aluminium bumper only. The bumper is scratch, but not deformed. Look my treed
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23rd June 2013, 12:25 AM |#4  
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23rd June 2013, 01:41 AM |#5  
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Also recommend UAG case. By far the best combination of thin/protective/attractive.
23rd June 2013, 03:07 AM |#6  
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Originally Posted by valentinrascu

I dropped my phone from 1meter on concrete, and is fine.. I use aluminium bumper only. The bumper is scratch, but not deformed. Look my treed

I saw your review, thanks for the reply. Is there any kind of soft buffer material between the aluminum part of the bumper and the screen?

I see in the pictures that there's a rubber looking material inside the bulk of the bumper but it looks like the glass rests directly against aluminum.
23rd June 2013, 03:15 AM |#7  
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Originally Posted by elflip88

I always recommend the UAG case, it's not bulky and it is great for protection. I've dropped my S4 so many times and not a scratch on it.

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I appreciate the response but I'm looking for just a bumper unless someone can give a strong argument that a full case will protect the *screen* better.
24th June 2013, 07:17 AM |#8  
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24th June 2013, 02:36 PM |#9  
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UAG all day. Bumpers imo make the phone feel way too wide. They also tend to tear at the charging ports when there is less material. So that leaves aluminum bumpers only. Curious about how much weight a metal bumper would add.... Uag is feather light.
24th June 2013, 03:34 PM |#10  
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Originally Posted by fritobandito86

UAG all day. Bumpers imo make the phone feel way too wide. They also tend to tear at the charging ports when there is less material. So that leaves aluminum bumpers only. Curious about how much weight a metal bumper would add.... Uag is feather light.

It depends on which bumper you get.

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24th June 2013, 06:22 PM |#11  
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Might want to look at Tech21's D30 mesh case. They've some quite impressive videos on YouTube.
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