Review: Spigen Neo Hybrid vs Verus Dual Layer vs Spigen Fit Series [Thin Fit]- PICS

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  1. jmxp69, Sep 19, 2014
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    jmxp69 macrumors 6502

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    Verus Titanium Silver
    Serviceable with the standout problem of replacing all my nice black Amazon lightning cables with stock white Apple in three cars, next to my recliner in man cave, @ desk, in travel bag, on nightstand. etc..etc.. Kind of annoyed about this. They really buried the mute switch too.


    Pros:
    - Inner rubber layer fits better than Spigen. No sagging.
    - Metal rail isn't as tight, makes removal easier.

    Cons:
    - Doesn't accept Amazon charge cable.
    - Really have to dig your fingernail in to get the mute switch to move.
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    The switch is recessed pretty far. I have no finger nails and can still reach it, but it's not tactile and really not a one handed affair.
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    No go on the Amazon cable. Doesn't snap in. Didn't try Apple cable but I'll assume it works fine or they're going to have a real big problem on their hands.
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    Back looks good. Rubber is tight around the logo. No sagging like Spigen. Branding is subdued.
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    Spigen Fit Series Thin Fit

    Not much to say about this one. Typical snap on rubberized case. Fits nice, all ports are easily accessible. Minimal impact in aesthetic of the phone. Also minimal protection.

    Pros:
    - Simple on off
    - Easy access to controls/ports
    - Keeps the phone nice and slim


    Cons:
    - Minimal protection (really, just prevents scratches on back and keeps it off the camera lens if you lay it on its back.


    I'll let the pictures do the talking for this one.
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    No problems with Amazon lightning cable.
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    Spigen Neo Hybrid Space Gray

    I'm disappointed with this case and will send it back. The metal frame is really tight and the rubber back sags around the Apple logo. It's just not a good fit and it's not good enough for the phone. Buttons are ok, not great. I have to hunt for the power button where on the Verus it's got a pretty positive and easy feel.

    Pros:
    - Amazon lightning cable works
    - Probably the more luxurious and high-end looking of the three
    - Protection on-par with Verus. Wouldn't expect much difference between the two on this point.

    Cons:
    - Rubber on the back SAGS! Not cool Spigen. You should know your audience better. This case made it on my phone long enough to get a few pics and right back off it went.
    - Metal frame is just a little too tight for my liking.
    - Buttons feel a little mushy compared to Verus.

    Might be hard to make out, but the shadow at the 2 o'clock position above the Apple logo is a gap.
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    I'm pressing down on the top of the opening and you can see that shadow go away.
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    And there, it's back when I let go. Low rent.
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    Amazon cable fits though.
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    Hope this helps. Fire away.
     
  2. cheapa55 macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks for the review. I like the Verus as well when looking at your pictures. I saw one at a mall on thursday before the phone was released but they were selling it for $35.
     
  3. bobbydd21 macrumors regular

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    Do you like the Versus or Spigen more? I'm not sure what color you got in the cases but if it is Space Grey, is the color of the Versus similar to that of the Spigen? From the pictures on Amazon it kind of seemed like the Versus was darker than the actual space grey color.
     
  4. jmxp69 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    $10 cheaper @ Amazon

    If I didn't have Amazon cables all over the place, this would be a done decision.
     
  5. Kisey macrumors 6502a

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    There were concerns about the metal sides degrading signal. Did you notice signal being affected? I assume no since the bands are now across the back of the phone.
     
  6. jmxp69 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Updated OP: Verus = Titanium Silver. Spigen = Space Gray. iPhone = Space Grey.

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    Too early to tell. Anything I say here would be a guess. I'll update in a few days after I've had a chance to use the phone in various conditions with the two different styles.

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    Spigen is sloppy. That back should just be better.
    Verus didn't accommodate the Amazon cable.

    So they both leave something to be desired. The Spigen sag just looks bad, the Verus has a functionality gap for me because I prefer black charging cables in my cars and on my furniture.

    I also tried putting the Spigen band on the Verus rubber but it didn't fit. Something would have broke/ripped.

    If you use Apple charging cables, Verus IS the answer IMHO.
     
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    I understand the color names but what color exactly is "Titanium Silver"? Is it significantly different than Space Grey?
     
  8. H2K03 macrumors member

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    Thank OP for the review. I picked up the Spigen Fit Series in Gunmetal Gray myself.
     
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    Verus on:
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    Verus off:
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    It went back to 2 dots when I put the Verus back on. So it does look like there's an impact.

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    I think it's pretty darn close to Apple Space Grey. I would consider it an appropriate color choice if you're trying to match.

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    The Verus doesn't sag. If you like the bumper style and don't have a problem with the charging port and Amazon cables, it looks great on the phone.
     
  11. jmxp69 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Tried to get a couple of pics to show the color of the phone and the Verus metal band together.
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  12. bobbydd21 macrumors regular

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    Thanks for the pics! Looks great! Definitely much more of what I was expecting with the color than what I saw on Amazon. Can't wait to get mine. I ordered mine yesterday morning with Amazon Prime but it still hasn't shipped which leads me to believe they may be updating their supply.
     
  13. jmxp69 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Go Gators! :)

    Got this e-mail regarding the Verus. My Verus frame doesn't fit as tight as the Spigen frame, but I didn't view it as a problem.

    Unfortunately, it has come to our attention that the “Iron Shield” product
    has been shipped with a slight and minor issue. You may or may not be experiencing issues
    but some common threads that have been developed are one of the following:

    Metal frame is slightly loose and moves around freely even after proper installation

    To explain this issue, the first set of Iron Shield products came with a rubber TPU
    that was slightly smaller than the frame size. We have revised this product and have
    an updated version of the Iron Shield available.

    With that said, we will automatically ship out the Revised TPU part [Free of Charge] to
    Everyone who purchased this product. (Revised TPU will be available within a week)
     
  14. vomhorizon macrumors 6502a

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    I use the fit on my ip6, as the OP said - it really offers minimalistic protection. It feels great however, and really keeps the slim profile of the ip6. I am a jump customer so have some insurance for my phone so will use it but i agree its only slightly better than not having a case at all :)
     
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    I really like the Versus case. Too bad they don't have it for the Plus. Looks like it wouldn't fit my RocketFish thunderbolt cable.
     
  16. Shanewilliams macrumors 6502a

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    @jmxp69

    I'm assuming that is the Smooth Black Spigen fit series that you are talking about in the first post? Does it provide a fair amount of grip? I purchased the crystal clear version of it and it is very slippery and IMO easier to lose a grip on then the iPhone 6 without a case. I love the case itself, but hate the fact that every time I take it out of my pocket I'm worried that I'm going to drop it.
     
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    I have the Spigen Hybrid Neo. Its pretty good but I agree that the fit is tight. I had to slip the rubber out and put that on first, the put the metal frame over it. I was fairly close to bending the metal frame.

    There is no sag on the back for me. But, I keep my nails very short and am finding the silent switch a bit hard to reach.

    Definitely like the low profile so will hold onto it until something else jumps out.
     
  20. jmxp69 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    It's a rubber/texturized back. It's not slippery at all. Good grip.
     
  21. brianbunge macrumors 6502

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    Have you heard anything back from Spigen about the sagging issue? I'm really wanting to pull the trigger on either the Neo Hybrid Metal or the Iron Shield. I do have some aftermarket cables but they aren't as big as the Amazon cables. Otherwise I'd probably go Iron Shield without question.
     
  22. bobbydd21 macrumors regular

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    Get the Versus. I had both and the Versus is much better. It's rounder so it feels more like the iPhone 6, no sag at all, not nearly as difficult to put on and take off, buttons are easier to push, etc. trust me lol
     
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    Sounds good. Did you happen to try it with any aftermarket cables? I've got some monoprice cables that work with the 5s Apple leather case just fine so I'm wondering if they'll work with the Verus too.
     
  24. bobbydd21 macrumors regular

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    I am not sure about that. The openings are pretty small and it does have complaints about not fitting many aftermarket cables.
     

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