Case-Mate Wallpapers will allow you to protect your phone while remaining Footloose and Fancy-Free
Whenever I think of a phone case, my mind immediately jumps to ultra-tacti-cool armor style cases. My wife, however, desires a lightweight, protective, yet stylish case. She could care less about a military-esque, robot-like, science fiction appearance. Case-Mate provides a plethora of cases that will suit the fancy of just about everyone. If you have never perused their wares, I invite you to visit their website. With their innumerable product SKU, I believe even the Shark Tank elite would be surprised.
The Case-Mate Wallpapers iPhone X case arrived in a 4 1/4 inches wide by 7 inches tall by 3/4 inches thick retail box. The company intelligently chose to utilize a clean, sterile, white background for their packaging. This choice allowed the metallic pink/copper logo along the top, the surrounding border and the side panel cursive “casemate” labels to pop. This also allowed the user to directly visualize the 1.19-ounce case through a 5 3/4 inches tall by 3 inches wide clear-plastic window. The case promised military strength drop protection, within a small 15/16 inches diameter circle along the top left of the clear window. The rear panel provided five icons that detailed the cushioned shock-absorbing corners, one piece seamless design, flexible sides for enhanced grip, shock absorbing materials, and metallic buttons. The bottom of the case provided some brief information about the lifetime warranty and also listed the case-mate.com website.
To access the phone case, grip the 5/8 inches wide by 1/2 inch thick black nylon pull tab and pull downward. The inner tray, with the 3-inches wide by 5 7/8 inches tall iPhone X case, easily slid down from the outer sheath. The clear polka-dotted semi-translucent surface of the Wallpaper case provided a vibrant/jubilant visual appeal. The case had precision cutouts for the vertical camera, lighting port, speakers and volume toggle. Each of these cutouts proved to be perfectly tailored for the iPhone X. Similar to the Case-Mate Tough Case, the outer packaging of the Wallpapers case detailed the flexible enhanced grip sides. I did not notice much of a difference between the back/side panels, as they both had a smooth texture. The back material was composed of a hard/rigid plastic, which did not extend to the sides. When uninstalled, the sides of the case felt a little squishy. However, when installed, the sides gripped the iPhone X snugly. The rubberized material acted like the coating on my shovel/hammer. It added additional grip to the tool and absorbed some of the shock.
I slid the right edge of the phone into the case (volume toggle side) and then pressed the top, left side and bottom into the case. The 5/8 inches wide by 1/4 inches tall lightning port cutout accommodated every lighting cable that I tried. The 5/8 inches wide by 1/8 inches tall speaker ports were well placed and allowed sound to freely escape the case. The 3/8 inches wide by 1/4 inches tall volume toggle was well designed and provided easy access to the button. Instead of squishy rubberized buttons, Case-Mate chose to use hard plastic buttons for the volume up/down and power buttons. I loved the click feel of the buttons and the overall responsiveness. Similar cases utilize soft, squishy buttons, which often leave me wanting more than a muddled experience. The back of the case provided a white/gold/black polka-dot experience, but left the Apple Logo free to shine through the case.
With our iPhone X case installed, I dropped the case onto each of the corners from a height of about three feet. Additionally, I dropped the case flat onto the back and screen of the case. Each of these tests was conducted over hardwood floors or onto my wooden front deck. Thanks to the slightly raised lip along the front of the case, the phone screen was not damaged. To simulate a real-life guffaw, I placed the Wallpaper protected iPhone X onto my lap and swung myself out of my Chevy Silverado. Similar to previous events, the rock-like phone/case dropped onto my concrete driveway and bounced off of the lower edge. Landing on the back surface of the phone case, I was pleased to find minimal damage to the case. The lower edge had a few nicks from the concrete and the back had a mild scuff mark. These were small concessions to make when the iPhone escaped unharmed.