Category: Cell Phones

Samsung Galaxy S8 Hands-on Review

Samsung Galaxy S8
Samsung Galaxy S8

The first thing I want to talk about is screen: it’s big, it’s high resolution, it’s bright. Its aspect ratio is stretched out, so wide-screen content fits it better. The extra visual real estate is nice but using it one-handed is not very easy.

The second thing is the design. I mean, visually it looks amazing but it’s more than that. This is the first phone that I’ve used where the curved screen felt really comfortable in my hand. When it comes to phones, I don’t care too much about millimetres and grammes and stuff like that I just want to feel comfortable my hand and most curved screens just don’t feel good in the hand. But this one does and that’s because of the frame. The transition from the front glass to the frame and then to the back glass feels almost seamless, there’s just nothing with texture. It’s really nice to hold but it’s also really slippery. I would strongly recommend getting a skin for S8, or even a case.

The other things I like are the wireless charging, the headphone jack and Bluetooth 5.0. I love the micro SD slot, the USB-C port and the performance feels really quick so far.

The camera hardware is similar to the Galaxy S7 Edge. But, let’s be honest, the camera on the S7 was awesome, so it’s not too big of a deal to me that they didn’t upgrade the camera. The front-facing camera has improved quite a bit and considering how many selfies I take every day I think this was a good call.

So this device has a large screen that is super bright and has high resolution so there’s a lot of pixels to process and the battery size isn’t huge, so I wasn’t expecting amazing battery life. The first full day of use I end up the day with thirty-one percent left. Relatively heavy use over the course of the day. At night I charged it back up, watched some YouTube videos with maximum volume and maximum screen brightness, highest resolution (WQHD+) and when I checked it eight hours later it was at thirty-six percent. The screen on time was basically the same. I think that’s not bad I mean on iPhone 7+ I’d probably got some very similar numbers.

The facial recognition is awesome – it works fast and it’s reliable. I tried it with sunglasses and it didn’t work very well.

Samsung Galaxy S8
Samsung Galaxy S8

The fingerprint scanner isn’t in the best location. I have to stretch for it but since the facial recognition is so good I’m totally fine with it being on the back.
The Galaxy S8 is packed with a lot of cool techs. But hardware specs aren’t everything. For me, the user experience is by far the most important thing when it comes to any kind of device. And with this, there are a couple things that kind of detract from the user experience.

The first is that on-screen home button. I think it could or should be a little bigger. And the haptic feedback isn’t good, it feels like a regular phone vibration.

The speakers are also not stereo and I know a lot of people don’t care about this. But I consume most of my media on my phone and it’s so weird watching a super high-res video that looks gorgeous on the screen while having tinny audio that just comes out from one side of the phone. It just feels off.

The screen is also difficult to use one-handed. So a wide phone like the Google Pixel XL is already wide and a little bit uncomfortable to use but it’s okay – I manage. The S8, because of the tall screen, the vertical stretch is crazy.

The last thing is, probably, my most personal opinion I know a lot of people are going to disagree with this, but I don’t love where they’re going with Bixby. And this time it comes with a dedicated hardware button which you cannot reassign to some other function.

So if you’re interested in this phone and you enjoyed the S7 Edge user experience (as I did) you’re going to love the S8. It’s just a basically an elevated version of this phone. Truly next level hardware, you’re going to love it.

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3 Best Samsung Galaxy S8 Cases

Power your phone and show off your style. There’s a whole range of cases and accessories made just for Galaxy S8.

1. Defender Shockproof Protective Case for Samsung Galaxy S8

defender case cover for samsung galaxy s8At first, I was skeptical about the fit. When I took the case out of the packaging, the gold part fell right off. I was scared that my phone could slip out if the it ever fell off while I was using my phone. However, once on your phone the case is snug. There is no way that bottom part is falling off without you intentionally pulling on it.

All of the cut outs align perfectly with the buttons and I am able to use my charger and headphones with the case on. The case is not “ultra thin” but it’s a good size that does not make your phone feel bulky. The coral and gold colors are the exact shade as they are in the picture. The layer of felt/cloth inside the case is a nice touch. It feels so soft and will definitely help keep the back of your phone scratch free.

I use my phone all the time. It also spends a lot of time flying around in my purse. I’ve had it for a week so far and I don’t see any discoloring or scratches on the case yet. I will keep you updated if/when I do see something.

Overall I’m very happy with the case. It looks classy and protects your phone very well. The quality of this case is great.

2. Slim Leather Case Flip Cover for Samsung Galaxy S8

leather case flip cover for samsung galaxy s8Usually, they are simply as expected and don’t warrant anything being said. That is not the case for this product. First, the packaging is fantastic. The box looks and feels really good. The case itself comes in a little felt pouch which I thought classed up the joint a bit. There is also a little card thanking the customer for purchase and giving warranty details. Very nice touch.

The wallet itself is great. I bought this one specifically because I tend to break screens and a portfolio case is the only way I have found to keep from doing that. I do not plan to keep cards or money in this wallet as I have a small wallet that I really like, so I can not speak to that portion of this product. However, I can say that without cards in the wallet, the magnet is very strong. I have the utmost confidence that I will not be breaking this screen while my phone is in the case. The stand portion seems to work fine. I have a feeling it will be even better once I break in the leather a bit more.

I really like my S8e, and only issue has been finding the right screen protection and case that works! Problem is whatever screen protector applied would have edges popped up when typical cases were installed making the screen protector bubbled to the point of wanting to rip it off the device. So decided to try a flip wallet cover again to use without a screen protector and let the wallet flap be the protector . Problem with past flip wallets I have tried on previous devices is the “clasp” or magnetic closure was a pain, and made slipping the phone in and out of a pocket difficult. Bottom line on case is it has clean minimal lines, good looks, fits in pocket easily, slim profile, and simply just works well. Since it is new can not attest to durability- only thing could be the point of wear on the leather at the “hinge” ? Just will have to see how it holds up!

3. England Series Leather Cover Case for Samsung Galaxy S8

leather cover back case for samsung galaxy s8

This is a back cover and not a full phone case so if you are considering this you (hopefully) understand that this offers minimal protection from drops. If you want that, go with an Otter Box or one of the Spigen armor cases. That said, I wanted a case for my new S8 that offered a little more grip and would offer some protection. I also wanted something that would work with the wireless charging feature of the S8.

The case is still new but appears to be well made, fairly rigid and fits surprisingly well. All buttons are easily accessible and the fit is great but not too tight to take off. The leather has just enough grip when compared with just the phone without case.

I love this case. Fits great, looks really nice and the quality is pretty good. It’s rubbery enough that it seems like it should offer pretty decent drop protection. Also there isn’t any cheesy looking logo stamped anywhere, giving the case an understated, classy look. The case fits great over the buttons and doesn’t hinder functionality in any noticable way. I bought three cases when I got my new S8 and this is by far the best. Highly recommended.

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HUAWEI P10 Hands-on Review

I’ve said this many times: Huawei makes great phones. They’re built to last and their software won’t cause you many headaches after you get used to it. All the Huawei phones I’ve tested in the last couple of years worked very well, even after I’ve been using them a while (which can’t be said for many Android phones).

But while the company’s latest flagship, the Huawei P10, follows in that path, it has one pretty big flaw: it’s boring. It doesn’t bring any truly exciting features, and it’s not even keeping pace with competitors.

There’s no huge screen. No waterproof design. No significant design changes compared to the last year’s model, the Huawei P9.

The only major change between this model and that one is the placement of the fingerprint sensor, which also replaces Android menu buttons, from the back of the phone to its front.

That’s right: When every other major phone maker is removing buttons from the front of their flagships, Huawei is actually adding one.

HUAWEI P10
HUAWEI P10

A new button and little else

So let’s start with the fingerprint sensor. It’s a nice thing: No moving parts, resides under the glass, reads your fingerprints fast, and after a while it’s nearly as good as using the standard Android menu buttons (which can be enabled in the settings).

But does it offer any advantages over the onscreen buttons? Absolutely not. It’s located right below the screen, so it prevents Huawei from making the screen any larger, contrasted by the big screen of the LG G6, which also launched during this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

The button’s “home” and “back” gestures (a simple long and short presses) worked well, but getting the recent tasks to show up — which is supposed happen when you swipe the button left or right — didn’t always happen for me.

Regardless of your experience, the button is just another way to do things, and perhaps it’s a mid-step toward actually placing the fingerprint sensor under the screen. And while that would be pretty cool (Apple is rumored to be planning something like that for its next iPhone), it’s not here now, and I don’t really care for learning new gestures to perform the simplest of operations on the phone.

Beyond the button, the design of the phone can best be described by an anecdote. When Huawei handed out the review units to journalists in Barcelona, absolutely everyone opted for the blue one. Why? Because it’s the only one that stands out — the standard white and silver colors look bland.

Don’t get me wrong: The Huawei P10 is a nice-looking device. But besides that button on the front, and a rougher surface on the back that prevents slippage, it’s very similar to the P9, which is in turn very similar to the P8. It’s an OK design that won’t wow anyone, and it’s getting pretty old.

HUAWEI P10
HUAWEI P10

A healthy mix of features

Specs-wise, the P10 is actually a hybrid between the P9 and Huawei’s bigger flagship, the Mate 9. It has all the Mate 9’s innards: the Kirin 960 chipset, the 20-megapixel monochrome/12-megapixel color camera combo, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage.

On the outside, the P10 is more similar to the P9, but it has a smaller screen — 5.1 vs. 5.2 inches. It’s once again a full HD (1080p) screen — a notch down from the current flagships, which typically boast 2,560 x 1,440 resolution. If you want that many pixels, look towards the 5.5-inch Huawei P10 Plus, which I haven’t had a chance to try out yet. It also has a slightly larger battery (3,200 vs. 3,000 mAh), a nice improvement but not one that will make you rush to buy it.

With GeekBench 4 benchmarks, the Huawei P10 performed a little better than the (already great) Huawei Mate 9. Its multi-core score was the best around, while the single-core score lagged only behind Apple’s iPhone.

There’s absolutely nothing bad about these specs; in fact, the Huawei P10 performs great and has never felt slow in daily use, no matter what I threw at it. But there’s also nothing entirely new; it’s essentially the Mate 9 in a smaller body.

Software gets smarter

The Huawei P10 comes with Android 7.0 and the latest version of Huawei’s UI software, EMUI 5.1. You won’t notice many visual differences compare to EMUI 5.0, which was introduced on the Huawei Mate 9.

For this version of the software, Huawei decided to focus on performance. The phone now responds to touches quicker and even prepares the next app you might want to use in advance for an even faster response. A feature called Ultra Memory is a RAM optimizer that learns from your usage habits and frees the RAM from the stuff you probably won’t need.

One new feature that will be familiar to anyone who’s ever used Google Photos is Highlights. The phone will automatically sort your photos and create highlight reels of the best ones; this happens in the background when the phone is idle, so you don’t have to worry about slowdowns. To see how it works, open the Gallery app and tap on the Discover tab.

Generally, I like the last few iterations of EMUI and the new version is not an exception. It’s solid, stable, easy to get used to and fairly unobtrusive. Die-hard stock Android fans might disagree, though.

An evolutionary upgrade

There’s absolutely nothing bad about this phone. It’s a hybrid of last year’s P9’s size and the newer Mate 9’s features, and it looks OK and performs great.

That said, there are few innovations here, and the new fingerprint sensor is not reason enough to go for this phone — in fact, I’m not even sure it’s a step forward.

Furthermore, while competitors such as LG are showing waterproof phones with beautiful, large screens, Huawei appears to be lagging behind. The price is 649 euros in Europe, which is on par with top Android flagships and a hundred euros cheaper than the iPhone 7. But it is also a whopping 100 euros more expensive than its predecessor, the Huawei P9, was at launch, and I don’t see how that price jump is warranted with what the P10 has to offer.

Huawei P10

The Good

Good specs – Great build quality

The Bad

Too similar to its predecessor – New fingerprint sensor isn’t an improvement – Pricey

The Bottom Line

The Huawei P10 is an all-around solid phone, but it does not stand out in the crowd.

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Best Car Mount Phone Holder for Smartphones

44699924529e36236dc88e4fdfa8081a-image-400x480I received this product at a discounted price for an honest review. I really like this product. It is made very well with really good material. I like that you can adjust the stand to where you want it for the phone you have. I like that the charger comes with two different plugs depending on the phone you have. I have had it on my dash for a week now and it’s never slipped or even started falling down. I like that the charging adapter that hooks to the base is magnetic so that if someone calls you can easily get your phone without unplugging anything. I like that I now have a place to put my phone…

  • The silicone backing of the rubberized car mount holds your phone firmly in place
  • Allows for phones to be used for navigation or dialing without excess motion
  • Convenient magnetic charging port with super fast micro USB 2 in 1 cable.
  • Charge your phone easily and quickly while traveling
  • The charger is magnetically held in place and moves for tangle free cords,Adjustable for all cell phones sizes and car dash styles

This is a very different design and I like it! I’m currently using a suction cup mount, which works well most of the time. However, when the windshield heats up, the suction cup falls off – that’s really annoying.

This kit comes with the pad, 2 stands, cigarette adapter cord, magnetic 2 in 1 cord (Micro USB + Lightning Connector),

Everything is easy to put together except for the stands. I had to stretch and pull the pad in various directions in order to place the pads where I wanted them (you’ll have to mess with the pad 4 times for each of the stands since the stand have 4 pegs – a total of 8 pegs). Good thing though, once the stands are in place, there’s almost zero chance that they will fall out. There’s a ton of holes to choose from so feel free to experiment on placement of the stands.

The bottom of the pad is sticky (it’s not glue or adhesive so won’t leave any residue on your dash). You’ll want to remove the plastic protective film before placing this on your dashboard. The pad stays in place. I’ve done a bunch of running around since I’ve installed this thing and the whole thing has stayed in place. Speaking of stickiness, be warned, if you have pets, their fur is going to find their way on to this pad.

I like that there is a lot of unused space in the front of the pad; great for holding my key fob, sunglasses, and even my cigarettes. The top is grippy, so anything I throw on there stays in place.

The stands are capable of holding a large phone that has a large case. It held my wife’s phone just fine (Note 5 with Otter Box Defender). Charging is very quick, on par with the newest rapid smart chargers.

The material is easy to clean; remove the cables, use soap and water on the pad, then let air dry.

Overall, very happy with this mount. I won’t be going back to my suction cup!

I hope you found this review useful.

I am a product tester and as such did receive this product at a discount, however I am not required or requested to write any form of review in order to receive the discount.

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iPhone 7 Plus Cute Cartoon Smart Touch Case Window View Flip Cover

Cute Cartoon iPhone 7 Plus Smart Touch View Window Flip Case Cover, compatible with iPhone 7 Plus, designed and Manufactured by TAGreat only, a professional manufacturer of cell phone case and tablet case and ebook case since 2008.

Unique Creative Design, with a soft sensitive silicon slide bars to answer the phone without opening the case and soft silicon well protected your iphone glass screen not to scratch comparing with the metal strip bar, the smart silicon slide buttons are ingenious sensitive enough to answer/decline the phone even with tempered glass screen placed. Perfect cut outs for the speaker phone and microphone, built in stepless stand while folding into a kickstand position to watch videos hands free, magnetic closure to auto lock the case, also the front cover can magnetize to the back cover when completely flipped open.

Viewing window, able to see some information like incoming calls, messages, time without case open. Your iPhone will fall in love with this ultra slim thin lightweight professional protective functional user friendly iPhone case.

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iPhone 7 Plus Smart Touch Case S-View Window Flip Cover

I have to say that this is nicer than I expected. I received it in great condition, no issues. I ordered the gold color because the rose gold was an add on item (I hate that). Anyway, it is still nice and looks really good on my phone.
It fits well & it was very easy to put on my phone, it just popped right in. The inside part of the case is like silicone…soft and bendable. I have been using this for several days now and have no complaints.
It shows you perfectly the date and time through the window. Does not show notifications, you have to open it for that.

My favorite feature is the swipe to answer. It worked great and I love that I don’t have to open it up to talk on the phone. I can hear the caller perfectly and they have no problem hearing me either. It’s great!! If anything, I recommend this for that feature alone. I have had no problems swiping. If it doesn’t work on the first swipe, it does on the second. It also stands on it’s side nicely and does not fall. I use it to watch Netflix, etc most days and it has really worked out for me. Your power cable and headphones hook in with now problem and the buttons on the sides are all easy to use.Though you do have to open it up to adjust the sound/volume buttons. The only time I find that to be frustrating is when I need to turn the volume up for the other person when I’m on a call. Otherwise, this is a pretty solid and nice case.

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Best iPhone 7 Plus Qi Wireless Charging Receiver Case

The Nillikin iPhone 7 Plus wireless qi charging case arrived professionally packaged and instructions were clear and concise.

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I bought a different case first and broke it soon afterward. There were two things that I hated about it. The Thunderbolt plug couldn’t be moved. That’s how I broke it. I pulled it out of the case and bent the plug. This one has a plug that will get out of the way so I can quickly plug into my phone. The other problem was that the bottom was thick enough that none of my headphones had plugs that were long enough so I had to take the phone out of the case if I wanted to listen to something in the car. So dumb. This one has full access to everything and the leather looks great. I can’t imagine what would make this case better. This case has an answer to everything.

I have had a few cases like this that are QI-based and they work well. This one though is top notch versus more basic. It has a leatherette covering to it, trimmed in chrome metal appearing plastic. This leather is a leather byproduct that has polyurethane incorporate into it(i had to do research). But for the price you can’t beat it because it looks very executive and top shelf.

The case fits my broken phone very snuggly and the cut outs for the buttons and charging/auxiliary ports are well-defined. The around the screen framing does stick above the screen a few millimeters so that it protects your screen when it’s facedown. I still recommend a glass screen saver to protect your phone even more.

After you place this case on your phone and plug in the lightning adapter your phone easily syncs to any QI charging pad. It syncs usually within one second. The charging speed for this QI case is one amp. This equates to the same speed as the wall charger that you received with your iPhone.

iPhone 7 Plus Qi Wireless Charging Receiver CaseIn conclusion, this is a great case that looks very expensive but is not. And also incorporates QI charging into your lifestyle. Which makes it convenient and easy to charge your phone without plugging it in.

I received this QI charging case for free in exchange for a fair and unbiased review. I am a registered nurse and my word/trust is my reputation!!! I will follow up with any negative results.

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Samsung Galaxy S7 edge Cartoon S-View Flip Cover

The Cartoon Samsung S-View Flip Cover folio case protects the smartphone’s screen when it is not in use and is easily flipped open for full access to the screen. The back cover provides a seamless replacement for the original battery cover and features a rubber seal to maintain the Galaxy S7 edge’s water resistance. When closed, the S-View cover offers instant access to critical features, thanks to the Samsung ID chip. View the home screen to check the time, weather and other status items. Accept or reject incoming calls with just a swipe, or reject calls with a preset message. If you miss anything, notifications are shown in the recent activity menu of your S-View cover unless phone security settings are activated. Swipe left to quickly access your phone’s camera without opening the cover.

The Samsung Galaxy S7 edge S-View Flip Cover will power on your Galaxy smartphone when opened and power down your main display when closed, a convenient option for those needing quick access to their phone’s features.

Additionally, these cases have been specifically designed for the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge smartphone. The back easily snaps on, replacing the phone’s standard battery cover, without making the phone bulky. Installing a Samsung phone case is simple and only takes a few seconds.

Samsung Galaxy S7 edge S-View Flip Cover
Samsung Galaxy S7 edge S-View Flip Cover

At first I deliberately ordered a cheap substitute since they claimed it works as good as original. It did not. The phone was constantly confused by the commands sent by the cover. Then I ordered – what I thought- a real (OEM) one for $35 from another vendor, but it worked as bad as the the first, cheap, cover. I returned it.

I am so impressed with this case; had no real idea what it could do when I ordered it. I was just looking for a case that really fit the design and style of the phone, and this was my fourth try among all the options out there. I was quite happy with a wallet style case I had found, but wanted to be able to see information without having to open the case all the time. This solved that and more. I love the S View and sleep/wake functions and am so impressed with how slim and compact the phone is when it’s installed. I went ahead and ordered the third party magnetic clasp that is referenced frequently throughout other reviews, since I am one who likes to keep the case closed when in my purse. I found it easy to install and very effective. I am particularly impressed with the color of this case. I wasn’t sure what to expect since the title says “Green” but the main picture is more of a Teal and the pictures by the Product Description were more Blue. The color is absolutely true to the first main picture and looks great with the customized screen saver options. This is a keeper!

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Apple iPhone 7 Plus Hands-on Review

The iPhone 7 Plus is by far the best iPhone ever created, possibly the best phone ever created. However, because it is similar to previous iPhones, I will try to focus on whats new and whats so great about it. First the processor, its amazing, but so is the processor in just about every phone now a days. But considering this phone is more powerful then any MacBook or MacBook Air, or Even iPad ever created, its pretty remarkable.

Second, and this is probably the biggest, and greatest thing about this phone, is the camera, or should I say cameras. The iPhone 7 Plus hands down features the best camera on a phone I have ever seen. It is really fast to focus and to fire, and images are sharp and extremely color accurate. In fact, after putting this camera through its paces, I questioned why I even owned my Canon EOS 5D Mark III. But then I remembered, BOKEH. IOS 10.1 (which I beta tested) bring “Portrait Mode” which works, however not always. Also its not as good as a fast lens on my full-frame body, but there is definitely room to improve the portrait mode blurred effect. Overall this is a great camera.

One of the last great things about this phone is the display. When I first placed my order, I wondered if the display would live up to the claims. Wider-color gamut, 25% brighter. Well it definitely does. This is honestly one of the most color accurate displays I have ever seen, and boy does it get bright when it needs to.

Finally the added 256GB storage option is much appreciated, as I am a storage hog. Also I absolutely love the Jet Black color. this reminds of my first iPhone, the iPhone 3G. There are some negatives to this phone however, it definitely “Hisses” for one. However unless my phone is to the Apple Logo on the phone, I can not hear it. Also, the display is slightly (very slightly) more yellow then the iPhone 6s. However after using, I pulled out my iPhone 6s Plus, and though my iPhone 6s plus display was actually more yellow.

Apple iPhone 7 Plus
Apple iPhone 7 Plus

By now you’ve decided to buy this phone or not. And up until today, the phone is better, but not that much better than the previous iPhone 6 Plus (yes it is faster, yes the screen is better, the camera is better, and the new home button takes getting used to but works far better, and the water resistance is awesome).

Today, October 24, 2016 Apple released a new OS just for the 7 Plus. It includes Portrait mode for the camera. This is the feature I was waiting for. It works, thank you very much. It takes a little playing with and works best in daylight, not dim indoor lighting. The mode absolutely does soften up the background just like a portrait lens on a large camera (call it a dSLR).

Get the OS update like you would any time – Settings, General, Check For Updates. The update is pretty large, it takes about five minutes to install, and for some unknown reason makes your phone go through those heinous first five or six setting screens – location services, Siri, iCloud account, etc.

The mode is really simple – open the camera app, slide to the left – Portrait is a new shooting mode, between Photo and Square. The screen walks you through using the mode. The subject needs to be between 15 inches and 8 feet away. Touch to focus works. And when the camera has decided it found a subject and will apply the blurry background, Portrait Mode lights up in yellow. If it can’t find a subject there are messages on the screen to move closer or farther away, or there isn’t enough light.

Take the picture and there you have it. A beautiful picture with a soft background. The image is stored just like any other. The camera stores both the soft background and unaltered sharp background version. That’s really nice when working on the pictures later on. It does double the number of pictures in your library.

In portrait mode, the camera automatically zooms to about an 50-85 mm 35 mm equivalent focal length. That is a very flattering focal length, so portraits look very nice.

We finally got what we paid for with the new camera. Apple slid this update in under the radar.

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Best Rugged Protective Case for iPhone 7

Defender Series Rugged Protective Case for iPhone 7
Defender Series Rugged Protective Case for iPhone 7

Awesome case from an awesome company! I’ve recently became a fan of Defender after getting fed up with bulkiness of Otterbox cases and how quickly they cases wear out and look terrible after just a month or so of use. I didn’t want to deal with plastic screen protectors any more either since they’re easily scratched so I decided I wanted a case that was slim (I got really tired of the bulkiness of the Defender), protective (for those normal, accidental drops), and allowed enough clearance to install a glass screen protector (to prevent most scratches).

After trying different cases the Defender Defender Series (hereby referred to as TAT) case is best one I’ve found for me. It doesn’t add a lot of bulk to the iPhone 7; there’s a little but honestly I don’t feel that it’s much considering the amount of protection you’re getting in return. This case is a good trade-off between sleekness and protection. It’s “grippy”, so I never feel like I’m going to drop it by accident. The edges of the TAT case aren’t sharp either making it very comfortable to hold. If you’re someone like me who “fidgets” a lot with their phone (i.e., idly holding it and moving it around when you’re bored) then this case would be perfect for you.

The corners of the TAT case are thicker than on your standard slim cases so, at least in my opinion, they offer better protection for those drops that end with a corner of your iPhone taking the majority of impact. I’ve seen from multiple YouTube videos where “phone corner” drops, besides maybe the “face down” drops, tend to damage smartphones the most. There’s enough lip on the case to allow a screen protector (I have a glass screen protector on my iPhone 7 that just covers the actual screen, I’m not sure how well an “edge to edge” one would work with this case since the case wraps around the edges of the phone a bit) to be installed and still be raised up enough so that the screen doesn’t touch a flat surface like a desk to (hopefully) avoid scratches when placing the phone face down. Overall the case is very well constructed and honestly shows no to very little wear over time. My case, though I’ve continually used it over 6 months and had never taken it off, looks the same as the day I first put it on. There’s no way I could say that about my Otterbox. I’ll admit I’m very nit-picky about that sort of thing.

Defender Series Rugged Protective Case for iPhone 7As far as cons go, there aren’t that many. If you’re someone who likes to swap out cases a lot I will say that the TAT case is a major pain to remove. For me at least, it’s a very difficult process to remove the backplate from the TPU sleeve. Maybe there’s a method I’m not aware of that would make the process easier. You might be able to remove the phone from the case with the backplate still attached, I haven’t tried that yet as I generally don’t swap out cases that often (which I never do now after getting this one). Another issue was that at the time I was researching new cases I thought that this case would be compatible with the Defender holster (yeah I know I’m that guy with the iPhone attached to his belt; I don’t care how uncool it is I hate having lint and possibly scratches all over my phone by shoving it in my pocket). Unfortunately, due to the size of the corner bumpers of the TAT case it isn’t compatible with the holster. So I went to Bass Pro and picked up an even less cool Nite-Ize velcro holster.

One other con I had actually was resolved by Defender (which is one reason I called them “awesome” a few paragraphs up). I just happened to notice that Defender redesigned this case sometime recently and made a few very cool adjustments. One thing they did was increase the size of the forward facing audio speaker cutouts so that the sound was clearer. The other “major” change was that the nubs (I’m going to call them that anyway) on the back of the TPU that hold the backplate in place are longer, so the phone when resting on its back actually rest of the nubs instead of the backplate, making the phone less likely to slip around on a flat surface.

My original TAT case was purchased after this redesign, so the audio speaker cutouts on mine were much smaller (and way more prone to audio muffling at higher pitch sounds) and the case rested on the backplate which is much slipper than the TPU nubs. These weren’t that big of a deal, but I contacted Defender anyway to see what they’d say. I figured they would tell me I’d have to purchase another case if I wanted the redesigned model. They contacted me back quickly and requested a photo of my case, which I replied back with as well as mentioning that I really liked the case, I just wanted to see if they could do something like give me a discount code or something so I could get the redesigned one. The replied promptly letting me know that they received the photo and since I had the previous model case they would send my a whole new case, free of charge! That was really awesome of them and very unexpected. So, needless to say I’m a big Defender fan now. I got the new case installed and it’s great. I’m not going to guarantee you’ll get the same level of support I did, I may have just gotten lucky, but it’s something I want to share about them and how they took care of me.

If you’re interested in seeing the differences, I’ve added some photos to this review. I’ll apologize ahead of time for the picture quality, the lighting at our home was really bad the night I took them.

I realize isn’t an Otterbox and I don’t expect that I can throw my phone out of a 3rd story window and it not suffer any damage using this case. But for day to day normal use this is a fantastic slim case. It’s very well constructed and holds up extremely well over time with little to no wear. I highly recommend the Defender Series case from Defender!

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