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Neowin Member Reviews: Case Mate Tough

It's that time of the week again where we showcase a review submitted by a member in our forums. Remember that we consider all reviews that are submitted here. Who knows, your review might make the front page!

This week we've selected another review from Nexus18 for his Case Mate Tough review, you can view his previous review on the HTC One S posted two weeks ago here.

Introduction

Firstly a huge thanks goes to MobileFun for providing me with the Case Mate Tough, they have a large range of accessories for any mobile device, so it is worth checking them out.

Many people are against cases for mobile devices as they don't like covering the mobiles aesthetic finish, compromising the thinness, weight and sometimes the feel of the device. Especially in the context of the HTC One S. Nevertheless, one doesn't want to play Russian Roulette with a £400 device; all it takes is one moment of carelessness or bad luck to undo even the most meticulous of owners. Especially when the HTC One S is prone to bad chipping marks. One bad fall and you face the possibility of a ruined mobile, a postage bill, and a week or two without the phone as it's getting repaired, and a bill at the end of it all.

Of course you could say "well then get a pouch", whilst this is fine when the mobile is not in use and is in the pouch, it doesn't do much good when you are actually using the device, which is when you are more likely to accidentally drop it and I personally find it more of a hassle trying to get the mobile in & out in the first place and thus more likely to drop it.

There aren't many cases to choose from for the HTC One S as the mobile has only been out for a few weeks now and still isn't released in certain parts of the world either yet, so hopefully in the next few weeks, we will see a lot more arriving.

I personally prefer the minimal thin hard plastic cases as they don't add much bulk at all and keep the front of the device looking very clean, however, there is one fault with the majority of this type, they don't cover all edges, particularly the top and bottom of the mobile, where as the rubber skins etc. do.

So onto the review now, it won't be too long as there isn't an awful lot to talk about, but there will be plenty of photos...

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5 Comments

I never use cases to protect my phone. I think the phone itself should handle regular use. These things are of course very nice when it comes to accidents with the phone (e.g. dropping it on the floor).

Nice review Nexus18! Lot's of details and pictures!

Sidenote: Would be cool if forum users could use the Neowin "verdict box(es)".

The review was very informative, like the thickness and weight comparisons.
Nice!

If you got a metal phone and is prone to dropping the phone, a case is a worthy investment.
Maybe not an expensive CM Tough but at least a cheap TPU case that covers all around including top and bottom.
Never get 'Barely There' cases, learnt the hard way when my Desire 'kissed' the floor and left it with battle scars.
Luckily the case is free, lol.

Wonder how plastic phones like those from Samsung fare from a drop to the floor.
At least the plastic won't chip.

iron2000 said,
If you got a metal phone and is prone to dropping the phone, a case is a worthy investment.
Maybe not an expensive CM Tough but at least a cheap TPU case that covers all around including top and bottom.
Never get 'Barely There' cases, learnt the hard way when my Desire 'kissed' the floor and left it with battle scars.
Luckily the case is free, lol.

Wonder how plastic phones like those from Samsung fare from a drop to the floor.
At least the plastic won't chip.

True, I have very rarely dropped my mobiles. In the two years that I had my Samsung spica (with no screen protector or case), I think I dropped it maybe three times, two times were on carpet and one time on the hard concrete floor in M&S and it wasn't damaged at all, the back came flying off, but there are zero marks on the screen and casing

Samsung's mobile are very good for durability especially the galaxy S2 as you can see in this test

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=elKxgsrJFhw

Might feel a bit on the cheap side but the "build quality" and "durability" is great.

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