Slim, yet Satisfying! Minimalistic Protection for your iPhone.
Even though the latest Flagship iPhone 12 Pro Max has just released, we cannot forget about the previous iterations of the iPhone. If you are upgrading to the previous generation of iPhone, making the switch from Android to Apple, or simply want to slip into something a little less bulky, look to companies like Grip2ü for your case-needs. One of my favorite features of the modern smartphone is the ability to accessories and to fit them with cases to suit your need. Sometimes a wallet style case may work better for you but other times you may require something a bit more event/waterproof. Perhaps you may want something lightweight and functional to serve as your everyday carry option. For the latter option, may I introduce you to the Grip2ü Slim case.
The Grip2ü Slim case arrived in a 4 9/16 inches wide by 7 7/16 inches tall by 3/4 inches thick retail hanging case. Despite the vividly bright emergency-cone-orange side and top panels, the cover panel stole the spotlight. Surrounding the centrally located clear-plastic window, you will find the Grip2ü name along the top, the “SLIM” name along the right, and four detailing icons along the left: Grip Design, Slim Design, Precision Cutouts, Changeable Bands. One of my favorite aspects of the Grip2ü packaging design was the small cutout along the clear window’s bottom right. I loved that the company displayed its product in this manner. Drastically superior to a flat image, Grip2ü chose to provide a clear visual and tactile representation of their case. Even though the case was designed for the 2019 iPhone 5.8 iPhone 11 Pro, the case should also work for the iPhone X. Both the left and right side panels had an emergency-cone-orange colored surface with the Grip2ü name, logo, and #PreventTheDrop in the white negative space. The white-colored back panel provided the name/logo along the top and five detailed icons along the middle of the panel: Grip Design, Slim Design, Precision Cutouts, Wireless Charging, Changeable Bands. As a bonus, the company provided this information in several languages plus English.
Accessing the phone case could not have been any easier. I was able to access the phone case by gripping the thumb cutouts along the case’s front and back and sliding out the inner tray. If desired, you could also press down on the hanging hook to assist with the process. Within the inner tray, you will find the 1.05-ounce, 2 7/8 inches wide by 5 3/4 inches tall by 8/16 inches thick, black-colored case. The back panel had a 1 1/8 inches wide by 1 3/16 inches tall camera cutout along the top left and the Grip2ü logo along the top right. You will find a 1 5/8 inches wide by 3 1/2 inches tall, black-rubberized holding strap along the bottom of the case. I loved that Grip2ü chose to indent the lower section of the case rather than leaving the case flush. Without this added feature, the grip strap would have been truly uncomfortable. However, I was able to insert my four fingers without any irritation or excess squeezing. If your fingers are on the wider side, you may only be able to add three fingers.
When I turned the case over, I was able to see the tension bars for the posterior wrist strap and enjoyed the inner felt-like surface. The right side panel had a 3/8 inches wide by 1/4 inches tall volume toggle cutout and rubberized volume up and down buttons. Interestingly, the buttons were attached by a small strip along their middle section. The same button style was employed along the power-button side of the case. The lower section of the case had a 2 3/8 inches wide (top) by 2 1/8 inches wide (base) and 3/8 inches tall trapezoid-cutout. This design allowed for unrestricted access to the lightning port and speakers. The installation process proved to be an easy feat. Install the case by aligning the volume toggle with the cutout. Once aligned, you can slide the phone in at an angle. Press the left/right side panels into the case, and the process is complete. The outer texture looked smooth but actually had a rather pleasant grip-feel. Combined with the posterior grip-strap, the Grip2ü case should decrease the chances of a drop.
Despite the lack of information regarding drop protection, I can attest that the case will protect from bumps, scuffs, and even the raised bezel will give some glancing protection to the screen. Starting from a one-foot height and then progressing to a two height, I dropped each of the corners, the back and screen of my wife’s iPhone X, onto my hardwood floor. I was pleased that there was no visible damage to the phone, the screen, the case, or the phone’s function. I suspect that the case would protect from a more serious fall, but I did not want to tempt fate with my wife’s phone. Without an iPhone 11 Pro to review the case, I did use an iPhone X. Other than a slightly off-centered volume toggle, the review would have been the same for the iPhone 11 Pro. I loved the slim design, the cutouts for the camera, the lower trapezoidal cutout, the grippy nature of the outer shell, and the posterior grip. My only complaint was with the rubberized button design. The silicone-rubberized soft-squishy button feel seemed unresponsive compared to those of other case manufacturers. All features considered, I would give the case a 9.5/10 design for a simple silicone/plastic shell case.