My $3 eBay case review w/ pics (recommended)

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  1. map1978 macrumors 68020

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    Hey guys and gals, I'm sure there's a bunch of you on these forums who know I like to review cases. Well I have spent countless money on brand name cases throughout the years. I tried a bunch for the iPhone 5 as well. I recently retired the black/slate and went to the white version. The white just had the classic Apple feel to it and I loved the mirrored tapered edges. So, I was on the hunt for a case that was minimal and would show off the phone.

    I am not one for dropping my phones, so I prefer thin minimal snap type cases. That doesn't mean I'm not a fan of say the Tones case and hopefully the Magpul line soon.

    I started with the clear Incase Snap case and it looked great. Then it had me thinking. Why am I still paying tons of money on cases that I'm not going to keep and just going to sell for much less than I paid for. That Incase was $32 with tax, so I returned it. I then went on the hunt on eBay and one case caught my eye. It's only $3 shipped? So I bought 2 (just in case).

    This snap case had everything I was looking for. It's beyond slim, it has clear sides, a matte backing to prevent fingerprints, prevents scratching, and it keeps the look of the phone. I was just looking for a case that would prevent scratching the back of the phone when I put the phone down on any surface.

    Now I know this isn't the case for everyone, but I wanted to share a few pics of the case and the link. This is a great case for anyone looking for this style case and doesn't wanna spend tons of useless money on just plastic. US seller too and got the case in 3 days. This is NOT my eBay page so don't think I'm promoting my page.

    Here is the link

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/181002449912?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1497.l2648

    Here are the pics
    Enjoy :D
    Hope this helps others!
     

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  2. JNGold macrumors 6502a

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    Great find. Thanks for sharing. I just put in an order for one just to have around if I ever "tire" of my bumper-style cases.
     
  3. aphexacid macrumors 6502a

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    2 Questions before i order:

    You didn't shoe the top, where the lock button is...Is it open like the bottom?

    2nd, it doesn't look like it, but does it have a lip that comes up over/above the glass?


    If i can get an answer for those 2 questions, this might just be the perfect case i've been looking for!

    I have been using a POS Spigen Ultra Thin air frost. Its such a cheap piece of crap, but i paid $25 for it. :(
     
  4. JNGold macrumors 6502a

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    From the pics you can tell that the answer to both of your questions is, "no". It's the typical ultra thin snap on case which pretty much has the same design with minor variations.
     
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  6. map1978 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    The top looks exactly the same as the top

    It comes right up to the glass and no lip or lay on table design. It gives a nice smooth touch right across the glass.

    Hope this helps
     
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  8. map1978 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    This exact case? It's not a soft touch matte finish so I can't see it discoloring at all.
     
  9. aphexacid macrumors 6502a

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    Top looks exactly like the bottom you mean?

    i ordered 2 of them! Your pic looks sorta like it should be open on top, which is what i want. And i also don't like a lip that comes above the glass, so this should be perfect.

    Hopefully it doesnt yellow, that would suck!
     
  10. Rocko1 macrumors 68020

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    If this case had lay on table protection I would be all over it.
     
  11. aphexacid macrumors 6502a

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    This style case with 'lay on table' lip is so much easier to find.

    I've bought so many cases looking for one that has ZERO lip, and all of them have had at least a slight lip
     
  12. bananataffy macrumors regular

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    the open top and bottom kills it for me but for 3 bucks and free shipping from the US, i might give it a try.
     
  13. ViperDesign macrumors 6502a

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    never understood why people would lay their phone face down? Whats the point?

    I bought a case like this, but it was just under 5
     
  14. mysterydate macrumors 6502

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    Maybe there's sweet laser-engraved art on the back, or lovely bamboo to look at. Just a theory. :)
     
  15. bananataffy macrumors regular

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    i'm with you on this. i find it really strange many people seem to have this obsession with being able to lay the phone on the screen. doesn't seem practical to me. i'd rather it have no lip, the thinner the better.
     
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    Hey, Map1978, great review! Very informative and insightful. I was curious, though -- does the case protect against small phone drops? Or is it mainly used as a protector against light scratches, abrasions, and nicks?

    Thanks in advanced.
     
  17. cheenofly macrumors member

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    In for 1. Couldn't sleep on that price. I have the Spigen Glas t.R screen protector already and from your pictures, it should still fit. I prefer having my phone naked but rather be safe than sorry.
     
  18. map1978 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Yea oops, sorry man! I attached a photo of what the top looks like. Exactly like the bottom.

    I'd also, like to add that this case fits perfectly snug and has NO creaking anywhere.

    Hmm, I'm not thinking this would survive a fall, but if it fell on a corner, it might absorb enough to save the phone but destroy the case. I think it's more for light scratches and nicks to be honest.

    I bought it because I wanted a slim case that kept the look of the white iPhone and not have to worry about scratching the back when I put down the phone anywhere.

    Hope this helps
     

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  19. ViperDesign macrumors 6502a

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    Very true!
     
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  21. map1978 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Sorry, no video for this one
    It's pretty straight forward and the pics are enough to explain the case IMO
     
  22. Rocko1 macrumors 68020

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    Stop the screen from being damaged if something drops on it.
     
  23. bananataffy macrumors regular

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    like an anvil?
     
  24. Rocko1 macrumors 68020

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    No, my anvil would destroy the phone no matter the case.
     
  25. bananataffy macrumors regular

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    oh okay. i'm wondering what else would likely fall on top of your phone which would damage the gorilla glass and not damage the phone itself, even with a case on.
     

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