Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Quick Review : Hybrid armor case for MotoG

Quick Review : Hybrid armor case for MotoG


Hybrid armor case for MotoG


What were my needs
  • 2 material case (hard plastic and rubber)
  • the screen being protected when in bag
  • less than 20€
So i bought this for 5$
i won't use the belt clip or the kickstand features, so they won't be much reviewed here, refer to the seller description (that is pretty good)

Device 'in case' in Numbers:
w/o cover : 133*70*17mm for 180g
w/ cover (but no clip) : 135*75*18mm for 200g
nude device : 143g




What's in the box ? (device sold separately ofc)
Hybrid armor case for MotoG





<== face up













Hybrid armor case for MotoG






Face down ==> 












The case fits perfectly to the device : 
Hybrid armor case for MotoG



Hybrid armor case for MotoG





Features (useful ones ... or not : depends on you needs) :
The belt clip & the kickstand
The belt clip can be rotated by 180°, and can be use as a kickstand thanks to a small piece
Hybrid armor case for MotoG

Hybrid armor case for MotoG

(on the picture above, i had already removed the clip so the small part on the right is the piece that locks the cover and the clip together : i could be easy to re-assemble when needed)


Hybrid armor case for MotoG




buttons and holes
Hybrid armor case for MotoG

Hybrid armor case for MotoG

Hybrid armor case for MotoG

Hybrid armor case for MotoG

in hand : (you can see the embedded kickstand in the middle)
Hybrid armor case for MotoG
Hybrid armor case for MotoG

Pros

  • Fits perfectly the device (which is linked to first 'con')
  • The power and vol up/down buttons are well protected and still can be easily accessed
  • Looks like it will correctly protect the device from falls
  • Cheap (5$), but with a good quality feeling
  • Belt clip that is well made and modular (quite easy to remove)
  • The 2 microphones holes and the 3.5 hole are correctly placed and well sized
  • Good grip in hand

Cons

  • The Case is quite difficult to place on the device and need some time to do it properly ! (make sure the vol up/down and power buttons are well placed before clipsing the hard plastic piece.
  • The case with the cover/belt clip is far too thick for me, since i only wanted to keep that cover to protect the screen i removed the belt clip.
  • The device feels really heavy and bulky (but that also gives the 'good quality' feeling).
  • Case embedded kickstand isn't really working (not centered enough to be stable).
  • Cover Belt clip can be used as a kickstand too, but i don't see the use ...
  • Dust sticks a lot on the rubber piece.
  • the hole for µUSB port is a little too small for Motorola's original cable or my Sony, but i'll try to find a cable with a smaller male port. It doesn't matter that much : that's rubber : it just needs to be forced a little to plug and it will get it's place back after charging complete
  • There is a very little flaw in the rubber piece : 
Hybrid armor case for MotoG
Modifications:

  • Removed belt clip from the case cover to reduce thickness, and added an old bios sticker that i had under the hand :
    Hybrid armor case for MotoG

  • Finnally, i didn't kept that 'bios' sticker and put a glow-in-the-dark plastic piece instead: 
Hybrid armor case for MotoG

Hybrid armor case for MotoG






If you want to find it, it is available under different names on ebay : 
  • Hybrid Kickstand Armor Impact Hard Holster Case Cover
  • Future Armor Belt Clip Holster Kickstand Combo Case
  • black rugged rubber tank case cover stand belt clip holster
  • Hybrid Advanced Car Armor Case with Kickstand
[...]
  • and many more ... '-_-