SGP Neo Hybrid EX for iPhone 4: Round Two (Review)

Discussion in 'iPhone Accessories' started by Austin M., Aug 17, 2011.

  1. Austin M. macrumors 6502a

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    This is using my new review system. I look at the most important aspects of the product, not in a linear way. Tell me what you think!

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    Well, look what we have here, yet another SGP product. This is their newest case, the Neo Hybrid EX 2. In case you didn’t know, the original Neo Hybrid EX had a number of problems that people reported, ranging from broken dock connector openings, to extremely difficult installation, the list goes on and on. SGP realized this and has now released the second iteration of this case with almost the exact same look, the only visual difference being the volume button coverings and the Neo Hybrid 2 logo. With that being said, did SGP improve on many of the problems of the original EX? Let’s find out.

    The Original Problems
    I probably won’t be the first one to admit this, but there were a plethora of problems present with the Neo Hybrid EX. The most annoying (at least in my opinion) was the difficulty of the installation, which literally took people forever to get on, and if they didn’t go slow enough or gentle enough, the fragile bottom piece located on the dock connector opening would snap in half. If you take a visit to the original MacRumors forum about the original, you can see a ton of examples of all the dock connector pieces snapping. Small ports and non third party accessory compatibility was also one of the many problems.

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    The New Updates
    Thankfully though, SGP has realized all of the complaining people wanted an updated version, and here today among us is the second iteration of the Neo Hybrid EX. There are a lot of updates, some very apparent, and some not so apparent. The case is a bit looser, so it’s a lot easier to install. It only took me about a half a minute or so. If you take a little deeper look, you may also find it apparent that both the volume rockers and the sleep/wake button are a bit thicker and stick out of the openings a lot more, which makes for a more responsive and tactile feel.

    The New Problems
    Even with the new updates to the original EX, the EX still has some letdowns. The first being the ports and the openings. While it is nice to have some fresh, and more responsive buttons, it doesn’t mean you have to leave all of the other ports out as well. The dock connector and the headphone jack still don’t feature support for third party accessories and will only work with Apple branded products. Actually, I found that even Apple’s own dock connector was a rather tight fit. So you are going to need something very, very small for this to work. Did I mention how small it needs to be? Alright, there is one more problem, probably more of a nitpick, but it will annoying to some people. The sides, bottom and top all creak like crazy for me and seem to flare out slightly from the side. Even the slightest pull on the sides will make the case un-adhere from the sides of the phone.

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    The Design
    Well, let’s stop with all the whining and the amending. The design of the Neo hybrid EX II is actually very cool looking in my opinion. While it certainly isn’t the most fancy case in the world, it gets the job done in terms of style, simplicity, and ease of use. Since the case is very thin, you shouldn’t notice it very much. Also, the case comes in a plethora of different colors and looks, so if you ever want to switch and swap colors, SGP sells the frames as a separate bundle, with including matching port protectors! Lastly, if you have the white iPhone, you will be in for a treat if you get the Infinity White version of the case, which basically blends in with the white iPhone 4’s glass and adds a little bit of solid bumper protection overall.

    SGP’s Ultra Crystal Screen Shields
    There is one last little thing I would like to touch on, and that is SGP’s screen shields that come with the case itself. You get both a front and back (that’s a really good deal) and are, in my opinion, some of the best screen shields available. Instead of going into installation, let’s talk about everything else. They feel great, to say the least, super smooth, with absolutely no reduction in clarity. If lined up perfectly, all the cutouts are spot on, the front facing camera now features its own cutout, unlike the older versions I have tried. Also, since this shield does not extend all the way to the edges, it leaves room for third party cases.

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    Final Thoughts
    Well, I do have a few mixed feelings for the new Neo Hybrid EX II. While there are a lot of good and rather substantial updates over the original, there are a still a few problems that need to be addressed with the case. If you aren’t planning on using any third party accessories with this case, want a simplistic, protective, and stylish companion for your iPhone 4, and need something in a bumper style design, this may just be the case for you. Also, don’t forget that this comes with both front and back screen shields, so you’ll be in luck if you need some glass protection. The Neo Hybrid EX II is available for $31.99 (which may be a tad bit expensive). Follow the links for more info.

    Rating: 3/5

    SGP’s Neo Hybrid EX II @SGPStore
    SGP’s Neo Hybrid EX II @Cretouch
     
  2. bandofbrothers macrumors 601

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    Nice review and thank you.

    I just dont like the colour but thats my opinion.
    I can see that discolouring after a while !
     
  3. Austin M. thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah, I've had it for five days, I'll update the review if it starts to discolour.
     
  4. AnthroMatt macrumors regular

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    Thanks for the review. I recently purchased one myself (yellow/black).

    For persons with the white iPhone, it is worth noting that the included screen protector renders the white iPhone's proximity sensor useless about 98% of the time.
     
  5. Shenaniganz08 macrumors 6502

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    A) The heck are you complaining about its a BUMPER
    The original OEM bumper is a lot more restricive compared to the Hybrid EX

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    Why would a 3rd party company have to make things that are compatible with other 3rd party accessories, that would make them not fit as well as OEM or make them bulkier.

    If you want to use 3rd party accessories they make items like dock /headphone extenders for NON-OEM accessorizes

    http://www.radtech.us/Products/procable-shortz-30pin-dock-extender.aspx

    b) Ive had my original EX bumper since it came out, and am sick of reading that people say its hard to install/breaks easily. If you pay attention to the instruction manual ( and look at the silicone part) you can only install the hard case one way. As long as you follow the instructions installs are quick and I've never had a problem with the case breaking.
     
  6. Austin M., Aug 18, 2011
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    Austin M. thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    A: It does not matter if it is a bumper style case. I never said that 3rd party companies need to make their products more universal, the company that makes the case needs to make the dock connector opening bigger, and yes, it is a big PROBLEM for a lot of people. Also, it is a problem that the original was so hard to install, I read the directions. It's a design error, thats why they changed it.

    kthxbai.
     
  7. vong macrumors 6502a

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    Dang, I am so tempted to get this but I am afraid of the lint silicone attracts :(.
     
  8. Austin M. thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    The silicone actually has a glossy coat on it so there are absolutely no issues when it comes to lint and stuff along those lines.
     
  9. vong macrumors 6502a

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    ah, okay good good. planning on getting this again. i got the ultra thin and dropped my phone while at work... the top of my phone has a small dent :(
     
  10. bandofbrothers macrumors 601

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    Nothing ventured , nothing gained !

    Be brave and order one especially for the cost.
     
  11. JASApplications macrumors 65816

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    Nice Review and great pics! Don't like cases that attract lint though!
     
  12. Austin M. thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Lol, you always say that, but thanks. ;)
     
  13. skittles90623 macrumors regular

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    Austin M just said that it does NOT attract lint. I have the Color II and it's not like any old silicon case. Anyone who's ever used SGP stuff can vouch for that.
     
  14. vong macrumors 6502a

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    My neo hybrid ex did not attract a lot of lint, but there would be lint in my dock connector and headphone jack, whereas my ultra thin does not have the same problem.
     
  15. skittles90623 macrumors regular

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    hmm, that does happen. I guess apart from snap-ons, most cases will attract lint in those areas.
     
  16. yanki01 macrumors 68040

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    just got my neo hybrid II case in gun metal and love it. all buttons are very responsive and everything lines up perfect. i was always switching between the black and blue apple bumpers but the black was tearing and blue was ugly and dingy within a few months. not crazy about the price tag but with free screen protectors and being i havent bought a case since the bumper last year...why not?
     
  17. Austin M. thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I like mine a lot, I love the screen shields as well, rocking them right now as we speak.
     
  18. yanki01 macrumors 68040

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    the only thing i dont like which coming from the bumper is the non-grip feel it has. its very slick compared to the bumper i guess being its not rubber. i wish it had some type of grip. the bumper was easy out of the pocket as well. i compared it to my co-workers SGP neo hybrid ex and it is noticeably thicker ever so slightly. i dont mind, i have bid hands anyways. i havent put the screen protectors on yet. i never cared for the crystal screen protectors and never had one on my iPhone 4 yet. we'll see?
     
  19. AnthroMatt macrumors regular

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    Does the white appear to be staying clean or is it starting to discolor at all?
     
  20. Austin M. thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Haven't noticed any, just dirt that comes off with some water. I'm actually considering updating the review very soon because of the fact that the outer silicone is scratching quite a bit.
     
  21. yanki01 macrumors 68040

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    the outter band of plastic scratches pretty easy. i was golfing today and normally keep my iPhone in a cup holder in the cart and when the round was done, the speaker area and sides have some rubbing scratches.
     
  22. KingFrog macrumors newbie

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    your pictures are among the best i've seen on macrumors. really nice looking case. i'm starting to really like sgp stuff. luckily for me, i rarely use my auxiliary for my iphone, so i think i'm going to get one of these in blue.
     

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