Magpul Field case for 5s Review

Discussion in 'iPhone Accessories' started by chibamac, Oct 17, 2013.

  1. chibamac macrumors 6502

    chibamac

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    So my Magpul OD Green got delivered today and I thought I would say a couple of things.

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    Being Canadian I found it best to order from Ebay. The seller was rustyvelvet
    I miffed some important details about renewing my credit card on Paypal and that resulted in the seller getting payed by echeque which clears much much later. After unsuccessfully trying to fix things with paypal The seller simply told me not to worry and put it in the mail the next day. Really? Amazing!

    rustyvelvet, if your reading this I want to thank you for being awesome! A huge recommendation to her for anyone who wants this case via Ebay.

    Now on to my mini review.

    Since may of you have the apple leather case I decided to use this as a basis of comparison.

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    The inside of the apple case has micro suede which I happen to love. The inside to the Magpul is a smooth plastic surface. I'm guessing it would be a good idea to remove the magpul and clean any dust / lint once in a while. The Apple on the other hand probably doesn't need to be removed as much because of the suede. When I removed it the phone looked brand new.

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    You can see the diference in thickness between the two cases.
    To my surprise, the sleep awake button on the magpul is easier to push than the apple. This is probably because of the button size and tactile difference.

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    The volume buttons are easy to feel / find as well. Their stiffer than Apple leather case but not as stiff / awkward as the Spigen SGP Tough Armour.

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    The amount of room to plug in the lightning connecter seems to be the same.

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    While the apple is shaped differently than the magpul they both fit the Monoprice cord I have without any problems.

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    The Camera cutouts look to be the same size. No weird flare / ghosting to report while using flash.

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    The Feel of this case seems to be a polarizing feature on here. I'll say that over all it's the best plastic material I have come across. Grippy and solid. The inclusion of raised square outlines make it a pleasure to take out of tight jean pockets. The anti fingerprint mat surface is a pleasure to hold and use. As others have said, the case is designed to feel as if it's part of the phone.. No creaking flexing etc.. I can understand how Magpul has become so well known for their gear.. Outstanding!

    I Love my apple case for meetings and dressy affairs but wanted something tougher for vacations and everything else. This Magpul Field Case is it.

    Hope this helps!

    Chiba
     
  2. Nipommu macrumors regular

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    good review. thinking of getting this but couple of things worry me like if the spigen glas.t and if its hard to take on and off. nice car btw
     
  3. chibamac thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks Nipommu,

    I'm glad you brought that up. While I don't have spigen Glass.t I do have their Ultra crystal screen and have no problems whatsoever. Puting the case on is easy. Taking the case off is much easier than the apple case!

    Chiba
     
  4. mdehoogh macrumors member

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    I have a TechArmor Ballistic glass protector (I think it's .4mm) with the Magpul Field case and there are no problems. The Magpul covers up the edges but leaves the entirety of the screen uncovered so any screen protector should be alright.

    chiba, what car mount is that? Also you said it fits fine with the 6' monoprice cable, do you happen to have their 10' cable to test out (the connectors are different sizes on all their cables)
     
  5. cmichaelb macrumors 68020

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    Great review.

    I've been using Magpul cases since the 3GS and they use the same material they use in their rifle magazines. So I picked up one for my 5S immediately.

    They cases are very inexpensive here in the US and are thin, light, and can take TONS of abuse.

    I just wish they made their Executive Field case for the 5S. I have three of those for my 4S and LOVED them. They are even more streamlined than the regular Field Cases.

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  6. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    I love Magpul cases. I had the field case for my 3GS and bought the executive for my 4S. I prefer the executive though.
     
  7. chibamac, Oct 17, 2013
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    chibamac thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks Cmichaelb,
    This is my first product from Magpul but definitely won't be my last.
    It ended up costing me around 22 bucks canadian including delivery. That's not bad when you consider I spent over 30 for a Spigan tough armour that just sits in a drawer. The Magpul is definitely a keeper

    Thats the Airframe car mount made by Kenu. $25 from the apple store and the best solution in my case. I have a 3' , 6' and 4 inch cables. None of tem give me any trouble with the Magpul / apple cases. Sorry, No 10 foot cable here to test out.

    Chiba
     
  8. blcfla macrumors regular

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    Nice review, I just recently got this case for my 5, but switched to a 5S today, fits just the same. Got mine in Gray.

    Probably the best case I've had, love the feel and its just enough protection without making the phone bulky at all.

    Case removal is super easy like you said, worst case for removing is Poetic Atmosphere x100.
     
  9. webslinger85 macrumors 6502a

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    Great review. Did you come across any additional customs charges? i'd love a Magpul case, but don't want to pay up the wazoo for one.

    As well, the mount in your car, is that the Kenu Airframe? What's your opinion on it?
     
  10. chibamac thread starter macrumors 6502

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    The case went through customs but I didn't get charged anything extra. I'm not 100% on this but I think anything less than $50 you don't have to pay extra..
    That's my experience anyway.

    The Kenu Airframe deserves it's own review.. Very simple but works well for me.

    Up until buying the Kenu recently, I was using a much more expensive solution called Ram mount.

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    That Bit of kit oozes quality but as you can see, my phone is no where the the windshield but easily accessible / close to where my right hand rests naturally. As a result I found myself using the phone more while driving and not paying enough attention to the road..

    The Kenu Airframe on the other hand is close to the windshield and on the left side of the car. This forces me to set my gps and not use it as much which is better for everyone on the road (trust me).. It's also nice to have my second cupholder back. It may not be as easy to get in and out of like the X clip but it looks clean and stays put.

    Hope that helps!

    Chiba
     
  11. walmartmartyr macrumors 6502

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    What makes the car nice? The symbol on the steering wheel?

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    $22 is a ripoff. I found a seller on amazon.com that will ship to Canada for $3. The magpul case is $10. I've ordered 3 cases from them. They have no black 5s cases at the moment but have all the others.

    Action gear is the seller.
     
  12. Robster3 macrumors 68000

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  13. chibamac thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Nice bit of trolling Fella.. If you have to ask, you have probably never driven one :)

    I'll try and get over a potential 9 dollar loss. Thans for the tip :) At least this comment was more constructive, especially if you can show us a link.
     
  14. chibamac thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Nice review and great pics. I have both the Magpul Field Case and the Apple leather in black for my 5s and love them both. I use them as you do with the Apple case being the more "dressy" option and the Magpul the more "causal". I had a Magpul Executive case on my 4S for two years and loved it. I do wish they made the Executive for the 5/5s, but I can definitely live with the Field version.

    PS - Definitely a nice car... I drive one daily. ;)
     
  16. LithePanther macrumors 6502

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    I love the magpul case but I find the back design abrasive when I'm holding the case for awhile.
     
  17. chibamac thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Nice, we both have incredibly excellent / practical taste.

    While this is only the second day with said case, I haven't experienced any discomfort.

    Chiba
     
  18. predation macrumors 6502a

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    anyone have pictures of the gold iphone with the clear magpul?
     
  19. Ramio macrumors 6502a

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  20. chibamac thread starter macrumors 6502

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    yes :)
     
  21. Ramio macrumors 6502a

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    Nice to see you old friend :). This is sniper...the guy who bought and sold the planet ocean 12 times lol. Just read your review and will be buying this case soon for my 5s.
     
  22. chibamac thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Nice to see you too!
    Definitely et it from Rustyvelvet, she's in Texas as well! (unless my memory is tricking me) Great case and AMAZING phone!

    Chiba
     
  23. Ramio macrumors 6502a

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    I definitely will. Looks really cool and not too expensive. Loving the 5s and with this case, I'll be all set :)
     
  24. Dascoyne macrumors 6502

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    I'm an accessory junkie and my biggest problem with the Magpul is that it's such a good design I can't find excuses to justify shopping for more cases. In terms of functionality this case has the essential features covered like no other case. I still buy and try out other hyped cases, but I always come back to the Magpul. It's a workhorse like no other case.
     

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