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DownTheCross

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Hello everyone, sorry for long post!
I've read thru this thread and seen all of your great cases and recommendations! So many of them looks so slick, however, i work as an electrician on large construction sites. This means that my phone won't survive with just any case, dust from drilling in concrete and plaster and such destroyed my last phone pretty good! It truly get in everywhere, even between the case and the screen and clogs ports!
I bought a case from aliexpress with built in screen protector, the kind of case you screw together, it even has dust mesh covering all ports. But the case has terrible quality, the rubber block over the charging port falls out on its own, the built in screen protector feels like normal window type glass and creates rainbow streaks all over, and fingerprint doesn't work...

Does anyone have recommendations for a solid water/dustproof case either with built in protector or room to add one?
I haven't put a TON of mileage on it yet, but the Otterbox Defender Pro was a lot nicer than I expected it to be as far as tolerable feel and size, definitely has solid protection. Dust cover over the USB port is nicely done, wireless charging works if you use that.
The 21U is ip68 dust and water protected, so as long as you hit it with some compressed air every now and then you shouldn't get terribly clogged ports and at least the internals are protected.

As far as screen protection I just use a standalone tempered glass one, I tried the Amfilm ones and the install just wouldn't work out to my satisfaction as far as being centered and the glue absolutely refused to spread to the bottom left corner, so I I some Whitestone film protectors, every single one from the 3 pack peeled off with the final step in one spot or another, and then I got the Whitestone tempered glass and it installed nearly flawlessly the first time, only a hairs width off center with the selfie-cam, fingerprint works, feels great, looks sleek, no issues with my PHNX MNML or the Otterbox.
 

TheAddam

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I haven't put a TON of mileage on it yet, but the Otterbox Defender Pro was a lot nicer than I expected it to be as far as tolerable feel and size, definitely has solid protection. Dust cover over the USB port is nicely done, wireless charging works if you use that.
The 21U is ip68 dust and water protected, so as long as you hit it with some compressed air every now and then you shouldn't get terribly clogged ports and at least the internals are protected.

As far as screen protection I just use a standalone tempered glass one, I tried the Amfilm ones and the install just wouldn't work out to my satisfaction as far as being centered and the glue absolutely refused to spread to the bottom left corner, so I I some Whitestone film protectors, every single one from the 3 pack peeled off with the final step in one spot or another, and then I got the Whitestone tempered glass and it installed nearly flawlessly the first time, only a hairs width off center with the selfie-cam, fingerprint works, feels great, looks sleek, no issues with my PHNX MNML or the Otterbox.
I've actually been looking at that one, but i haven't gotten a good look at the dust/water sealing for the ports and speakers/mics! Dust gets in everywhere and it's not so much that i can't blow it out of the ports, it's more that it gets inside the case and rubs in between the case and the phone and scratches and rubs of the paint and scratcges the glass areas! Would you mind terribly to upload a few photos both from the inside and outside on the top and bottom of the case?
 

felloffthetruck

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    I've actually been looking at that one, but i haven't gotten a good look at the dust/water sealing for the ports and speakers/mics! Dust gets in everywhere and it's not so much that i can't blow it out of the ports, it's more that it gets inside the case and rubs in between the case and the phone and scratches and rubs of the paint and scratcges the glass areas! Would you mind terribly to upload a few photos both from the inside and outside on the top and bottom of the case?

    Maybe Lifeproof FRE or Catalyst will make a sealed case for the S21 line of phones?
     

    DownTheCross

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    I've actually been looking at that one, but i haven't gotten a good look at the dust/water sealing for the ports and speakers/mics! Dust gets in everywhere and it's not so much that i can't blow it out of the ports, it's more that it gets inside the case and rubs in between the case and the phone and scratches and rubs of the paint and scratcges the glass areas! Would you mind terribly to upload a few photos both from the inside and outside on the top and bottom of the case?
    No problem, there's not really any specific dust filters or anything unfortunately, but the holes are pretty deep and the rubber seems like it'd stop more than would slip by, I haven't had any dust or particulate get inside the case when I've been using it, but I haven't really gotten out to really put it through some rough stuff. 20210323_222030.jpg20210323_222042.jpg20210323_222051.jpg20210323_222110.jpg

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    The stuff you can see in it is just from having it laying out because I forgot to put it up the last time I took it off lol
     

    kipue

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    Hello everyone, sorry for long post!
    I've read thru this thread and seen all of your great cases and recommendations! So many of them looks so slick, however, i work as an electrician on large construction sites. This means that my phone won't survive with just any case, dust from drilling in concrete and plaster and such destroyed my last phone pretty good! It truly get in everywhere, even between the case and the screen and clogs ports!
    I bought a case from aliexpress with built in screen protector, the kind of case you screw together, it even has dust mesh covering all ports. But the case has terrible quality, the rubber block over the charging port falls out on its own, the built in screen protector feels like normal window type glass and creates rainbow streaks all over, and fingerprint doesn't work...

    Does anyone have recommendations for a solid water/dustproof case either with built in protector or room to add one?

    I've actually been looking at that one, but i haven't gotten a good look at the dust/water sealing for the ports and speakers/mics! Dust gets in everywhere and it's not so much that i can't blow it out of the ports, it's more that it gets inside the case and rubs in between the case and the phone and scratches and rubs of the paint and scratcges the glass areas! Would you mind terribly to upload a few photos both from the inside and outside on the top and bottom of the case?
    How about sticking some clear tape or something similar on the edges and the back?
    Adhesive tape can leave residues after a while, but surely there should be something out there that is specialized to counter this issue?
    It would not be visible with the case on and then easy to take of I expect.
     

    TheAddam

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    No problem, there's not really any specific dust filters or anything unfortunately, but the holes are pretty deep and the rubber seems like it'd stop more than would slip by, I haven't had any dust or particulate get inside the case when I've been using it, but I haven't really gotten out to really put it through some rough stuff. View attachment 5258379View attachment 5258381View attachment 5258383View attachment 5258385

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    The stuff you can see in it is just from having it laying out because I forgot to put it up the last time I took it off lol
    Thank you very much! More detailed photos than the creator managed to take themselves! The case looks nice and sturdy! But the lack of anything cover the majority of the ports leads me to believe that the case itself isn't waterproof at all but solely relies on the phones own ip rating, a bit of a bummer!
     

    TheAddam

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    How about sticking some clear tape or something similar on the edges and the back?
    Adhesive tape can leave residues after a while, but surely there should be something out there that is specialized to counter this issue?
    It would not be visible with the case on and then easy to take of I expect.
    That's... That's actually not a bad idea! Perhaps even one of those wrap style coverings could be paired with a waterproof case! Thanks for the tip!
     

    kipue

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    I'm able to find only bulky cases in the market. Already this phone is heavy, I don't want add more weight. Any recommendations?
    A bit thick but to me the best balance is Rhinoshield. Adds some bulk, but not too much weight.
    Below that, I found is Spigen Liquid air (I think that's the name). They are good material, light, add a little grip and have just enough protection for screen and all around.
    Then you have Pitaka, cannot do lighter, and might as well use a Dbrand skin, it's just a little more protection than that. Also, VERY expensive for what you get :)
     

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      Dbrand case with Naked skin.
      The case is Super grippy. I love it. The skins can be readily exchanged for others.
      A+
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      I've just bought one of the generic cases which includes an S-Pen slot on the back. Quality is decent and, although getting the S-Pen in and out is a bit difficult due to the elastic fabric being brand new, it seems a good purchase. Got it on eBay from China for the equivelavnt of about £6 with free postage. There are some here in the UK with faster postage but the mark up is significant.
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      Rhinoshield Case with custom printing job.
      It's the carpet pattern from "The Shining".

      Nice and sturdy case.
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      Mous vs Dbrand. Which is better in the looks department?

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      Hate to peel my Swarm skin off the camera

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      I do love Mous (might get a second one in fact ^^), but the Dbrand Grip is better overall.
      It's more comfortable in hand, less heavy, and less bulky.

      I took another style of sticker for the camera bump from dbrand that works better with more cases, because I did not want to fall in the same issue that you have ;(
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      What Dbrand skin you using on the camera bump?
      Flat black?
      The black matrix, which is flat, so it does not stand out so much.
      But yes, the flat black would have been even better.
      I'll make pictures tomorrow to show the effect with various cases and you can judge.

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      I've got Samsung Leather Cover

      Pros:
      - cool look
      - the phone is very firmly attached to it
      - does not enlarge the dimensions of the phone too much
      - protects the island with cameras well

      Cons:
      - it doesn't stick out too much from the screen side, so it's a bit dangerous to put the screen down
      - skin prone to scratching (damage)
      - the phone sways a little when you put its back down
      - it's hard to take it off the phone, I'm afraid that I will damage it when I will try to remove the phone from it
      - it holds in the hand on average, but still a bit better than a bare phone

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      Hello all,
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      So today I received the "Rhinoshield Solid Suit".
      Looks - I like it. It's quite simple and elegant. I chose the carbon style. To me, it is what I look for in cases.
      Fit - Really good, the case is really snug on there and will not move. You have to really want the phone out.
      The ports work well with all the cables I could try.
      Protection - I feel confident that it offers a good protection. It's very thick (a bit much maybe, makes a huge phone really huge :D). There are raised lips on top and bottom, but they are on even level to the center of the screen on the sides. The camera array is well protected, and now the phone won't wobble so much when put on its back. A good plus in my book.
      Feel - This is where I would say this is a good case, but not great. The plastic on the sides is actually quite hard and does not offer the good grip of more soft plastics. The buttons are very tactile, but don't click too loudly, so a good plus there. Also, the carbon part is quite soft, it has a good texture, that does not catch fingerprints, but I'm unsure if it's a sticker?

      Overall - Good case, good protection and feel. But it's not so grippy, so minus points here. Probably a bit expensive and middle of the road in my opinion!

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