Shock absorbing armor for the iPhone 12 Mini.
The iPhone 12 5.4″ device may seem like a conundrum in a world favoring increased screen real estate. However, several have tried mega screens and found they lacked portability, pocketability, and packability. For those interested in the mini iPhone 12, rest assured that the case market is quite favorable. The Hybrid TEK Hardback Drop Protection Case arrived in a 4 1/4 inches wide by 7 1/8 inches tall by 3/4 inches thick hanging case. The main focal point of the cover was the 4 5/8 inches tall by 2 3/8 inches wide, slightly-raised and glossy image of the Hybrid TEK Case. I loved the black border, the white/grey design, and the ITSKINS logo along the bottom of the image. Amazingly, the image design captured the realistic textured feel of the case itself and nearly represented the true size of the device. The company name was listed along the top left of the panel, while the 3M ANTI SHOCK 10 FEET drop icon was listed along the top right. You will find several icons surrounding the image detailing the main features of the case: 1. Textured Hardback, 2. Shock Absorbing. 3. Responsive Buttons, 4. Antimicrobial Defense Shield. 5. HEXO XTRA. Along the bottom of the panel, you will find a red rectangle detailing the “Fits iPhone 12 (5.4”) icon,” and a grey rectangle with the product name. Conveniently, both the spine and side access flap utilized a red color to denote utility for the iPhone 12 Mini.
The red-colored spine listed the drop protection icon along the top, “ITSKINS Built TO OUTPERFORM” along the middle of the panel, and the Black/Transparent color scheme along the bottom of the panel. The opposite panel, the opening flap, had a centralized “Open” notch and a lower 100% recycled icon. The rear panel of the Hybrid TEK case, like the Supreme Frost Case, was divided into three main sections. The top 1/2 of the panel provided a picture of five young adults balancing atop a ramp and a phrase, “IF IT CAN PROTECT THEIR PHONES, IT WILL PROTECT YOURS!” Beneath the image, you will find two descriptive paragraphs. The section detailed the HEXO Xtra air pocket technology, the 3-meter/10 Feet drop protection, and the slim build. The lower half was divided into an upper black/red table that detailed the 3X Military Standard 810G, 7 Patents, 570 Days of Research, 1300 Drop Tests, and drop certification. The lower section provided a multi-lingual description of the features, the WWW.ITSKINS.COM website, a QR code, product manufacturing labels, and an SKU barcode. The top hanging panel, the lower panel, and the entire inner tray were made of recycled cardboard material.
To access the ITSKINS HYBRID TEK case, I lifted the side flap, opened the cover, removed the 1 13/16 inches wide cardboard belt, and then lifted the 0.8-ounce case off of the white cardboard pedestal. The pedestal provided a QR code to squad.ITSKINS.com, and requested users to upload images/videos to Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram. The case’s inner flap provided a colorful overview of the 5 3/8 inches tall by 2 3/4 inches wide by 1/2 inches thick TEK case. I loved the oblique image of the phone/case, the demonstration of the HEXOTEK XTRA SHOCK STOP hex-tube shock dispersal system, the shock absorptive corners, and the IMPACTHANE antimicrobial protection layer. The specialized layer promised up to 60% microbial death in 5 minutes and 99.99% microbial death within 2 hours. Although we are still actively living in a COVID-19 pandemic, the packaging did not specifically mention what organisms the case protected against. A quick search of the website provided a bit more information but not much more beyond basic information about yeast, bacteria, and viruses. Regardless, I have to believe that every bit of protection helps.
Like the cover image, the main focal point of the Hybrid TEK case was the 1 1/16 inches wide by 1 1/8 inches tall camera cutout with a raised bezel. I loved the contrast of the black rim against the textured clear backing plate and the IT SKINS logo along the bottom of the panel. The case’s right side had a 7/16 inches wide by 1/4 inches tall volume mute toggle cutout and dual 3/8 inches wide by 1/16 inches tall plastic volume buttons. The opposite side had a 9/16 inches wide by 1/16 inches tall power button. The bottom of the case had dual 3/8 inches long by 1/8 inches tall speaker cutouts flanking the 1/2 inches wide by 1/4 inches tall oval lightning port cutout. To install the Hybrid TEK case, I aligned the volume toggle with the cutout, pressed the top, left side, and lower panel of the phone into the case. I could not have been more pleased with the precision cutouts for the camera, volume toggle, lightning port, and speakers. The smooth back panel paired nicely with the rubberized side/top and bottom panels. I liked the texture, the feel, and the grip-feel that was provided. Additionally, the reactive plastic buttons had a pleasant click-feel and proved to be quite responsive.
With so many case companies vying for your attention, make sure that you find one that is both protective and visually appealing. The clear/checkered textured backing allowed the color of the phone to dominate the experience and allowed the Apple logo to shine through the panel. I was impressed with the amount of protection afforded by such a lightweight device. To test the quality of the drop protection, I dropped the phone onto each corner, the front panel, and the back panel from approximately waist height onto my hardwood floor. After several drops, I removed the phone from the case and evaluated it for cracks/scuffs/breaks. I was pleased to find no damage to the screen, to the phone back/sides, or to the outer case.