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Aftermarket Replacement Battery Covers (Blk Carbon Fiber Reviewed: 5/16/2013)

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For those of you that dislike the stock battery covers for you S IV, I found some nice looking replacements on amazon while browsing for accessories:

Blk Leather[Review Added 5/11/2013]
http://www.amazon.com/Leather-Plastic-Material-Replacement-Battery/dp/B00CILRQO2/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1367431609&sr=8-5&keywords=leather+replacement+cover+s4







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Wht Leather [Review Added 5/11/2013]

http://www.amazon.com/Aftermarket-Product-Leather-Battery-Protective/dp/B00CIJ7A4K/ref=sr_1_11?s=wireless&ie=UTF8&qid=1367431661&sr=1-11&keywords=leather+replacement+cover+white+s4








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***Review: Well I finally got the leather replacement covers in...The black version has an black leather-like material on the back. White version is slightly off white leather-like material. Cut outs and fittings are great. Camera and flash cutouts are more flush with the backing than stock so it seems like better protection from scratching when left on a table. Speaker cutout no longer has the slight bump that you feel on stock. I love the roman numeral "IV" opposed to the "4" that comes stock. Quality feels awesome and I can't leave finger prints on the back of my device now. Also my device isn't twinkling like a twilight vampire on the back (for me that's a plus). S-Beam and NFC still work with the aftermarket as well. Only gripe is that protective plastic cases no longer 100% fit now as the aftermarket battery cover is slightly thicker than stock.

Blk Carbon Fiber
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http://www.amazon.com/Plastic-Material-Replacement-Battery-Samsung/dp/B00CILXESE/ref=sr_1_1?m=A11TB872LL3R2P&s=merchant-items&ie=UTF8&qid=1367431801&sr=1-1&keywords=black+carbon+fiber+s4

Wht Carbon Fiber


http://www.amazon.com/Plastic-Material-Replacement-Battery-Samsung/dp/B00CIM700G/ref=sr_1_3?s=wireless&ie=UTF8&qid=1367431702&sr=1-3&keywords=carbon+fiber+replacement+cover+white+ s4

***Review Added 5/16/2013*** Ok...so the carbon fiber variant finally came in. Shipping took a long time (from China) This black version of the carbon fiber replacement battery cover feels similar to the leather variants. I do believe the material is the same if not similar. It does feel nice in my hands and adds a little bit of bulk just as the leather ones did. The camera lens is protected with this cover as it was with the leather one and the speaker cutout is the same. I will use the black carbon fiber more than the leather (i'm a sucker for carbon fiber). I would recommend this over one of the carbon fiber skins as this will not semi peel off and annoy the s*** out of my hand. Installation was as easy as the leather variants and the battery door matches perfectly with my device. I am not worried about cleaning the black version as I don't feel like it can pick up dirt/grime very easily. Signal does not suffer from having the back cover on, NFC and S-Beam work fine as well.
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1st May 2013, 07:27 PM |#2  
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Oh wow !!
did you end up ordering something?
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Oh wow !!
did you end up ordering something?

I bought all 4 as my girlfriend got the white s4 and I got black mist. I personally wanted the phones to have a better feel to them and I see most reviews of the s4 people are whining about it as well. As soon as I get them in I will post a review of the fit and quality as the pics from amazon are not that detailed. The leather ones just kills it for me btw can't wait for that one.
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I just ordered the black carbon fiber one, can't wait!

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I had the white carbon one for my SIII, and let me tell you, that thing attracts dirt like nothing else.... went through two of them in the 10 months I had the device and there's a reason why the letters don't have the silver "metal" emblems embedded in these battery doors anymore - they fall off!

Just a word of warning - I really liked the looks of these for the SIII and I wouldn't waste my money on one this go 'round.....
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I had the white carbon one for my SIII, and let me tell you, that thing attracts dirt like nothing else.... went through two of them in the 10 months I had the device and there's a reason why the letters don't have the silver "metal" emblems embedded in these battery doors anymore - they fall off!

Just a word of warning - I really liked the looks of these for the SIII and I wouldn't waste my money on one this go 'round.....

Damn well I guess ill find out when they come in if these newer versions work out
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Damn well I guess ill find out when they come in if these newer versions work out

Sorry! To show how crappy they are, the manufacturer sent me the 2nd one for free after I took a pic of how one of the letters fell off - I threw out that one before listing my SIII on eBay because no one would have wanted it, as bad as it looked!
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Sorry! To show how crappy they are, the manufacturer sent me the 2nd one for free after I took a pic of how one of the letters fell off - I threw out that one before listing my SIII on eBay because no one would have wanted it, as bad as it looked!

fingers crossed that they improved the s4 version
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I had one of these for my S3. It was great because it added a bit of friction plus was just thick enough to protect the camera lens. Just ordered this one.
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Is an alumium cover a no go because of reception or can it also be used?

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I had one of these for my S3. It was great because it added a bit of friction plus was just thick enough to protect the camera lens. Just ordered this one.

I agree with the point about friction, but damnit that thing got dirty! Did you have yours for long?

Now I kind of like the smooth surface again only for the fact that I can use the PuGoo I have placed around my house - on the bathroom mirror, on a cupboard door in the kitchen, etc.... Love that stuff and was kind of disappointed the carbon was too coarse for the it to securely attach to the PuGoo, safely, it would stay for a few seconds and then give out because it couldn't grip it well enough, unlike how your hands could grip the back case nicely when out and about, and I would use the PuGoo about 1% of the time compared to how often I had the phone in my hands, hah
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