Protect your phone in style with the perfect marriage of metal and plastic
Unfortunately, like many experiences this year, the excitement of the iPhone 12 Pro max release was blunted a bit by the COVID-19 Pandemic. We have been asked to increase our mask usage, to improve our hand sanitization, to socially distance, and to self-isolate. To reduce the risks of contamination, I have used Woosh products, alcohol/microfiber towels, and my HomeSoap UV-C device to keep my electronics clean. What if a device was infused with antimicrobial protection? The x-doria Raptic shield is just the device you need for the situation.
The Raptic Shield case arrived in a 4 1/2 inches wide by 7 1/2 inches tall by 11/16 inches thick retail hanging package. Despite the attractive title, clearly printed at the top left, the 10 FT Drop tested 3 Meter Military Grade logo along the upper right, and the surrounding silver border, the main focal point was the large image in the center of the cover. Raised, glossy, and incandescent, the six-inches tall obliquely angled image of the Raptic Shield case was quite visibly appealing. Between the image, the “For iPhone 12 6.7” logo along the bottom right of the cover, and the drop rating logo along the upper left, the main panel efficiently covered the phone case’s main features. The left side panel had a geometric V-shaped design with the RAPTIC name in the center, and the left panel had the SHIELD name on a flat black panel. The rear panel provided a raised, glossy image of the front/back of the case, the product name along the top, the drop rating logo along the bottom, and warnings along the panel’s bottom. The top panel housed the black plastic hanger, and the bottom panel provided some product legalese.
When I returned to the front cover, I lifted the front flap and saw the incandescent case behind a clear plastic window. Not only was I able to directly visualize the case, but I was also able to touch it through the tiny window cutout physically. The inner surface of the flap felt a little darker than the vibrant cover/back panel. I liked the dark shades, the red font on the black background, and the case’s diagramed images. The top image detailed the clear polycarbonate shield, and the military-grade machined metal protective case. The bottom image showed the interior air pockets designed to absorb shock. Surprisingly, the packaging described the case’s ability to protect the phone from a ten-foot drop onto concrete but did not mention the antimicrobial protection.
I removed the 1.90-ounce case from the inner white tray and slid the cardboard faux phone out of the case. I positioned the volume toggle of my iPhone over the opening of the case and pressed the edges into the case. It was a little difficult to install but not overly problematic. Starting with the rear panel, the main feature was the 1 1/4 inches wide by 1 3/8 inches tall camera cutout (inner dimensions) with a raised bezel. The grey-colored plastic camera rim extended along the top/sides and bottom of the case. There was an incandescent 1/8 to 3/8 inches thick layer surrounding the inner grey layer. My favorite aspect of the case’s back was the centralized clear plastic window contained within the grey border. I loved that I was able to see the Apple logo and the pacific blue color of the new iPhone 12 Pro Max. The remainder of the case (sides/top/bottom) was made of the same grey plasticized material that surrounded the case’s camera/backing. Along the right side of the case, you will find a 17/32 inches wide by 1/4 inches tall mute toggle cutout, two 1/2 inches wide by 9/32 inches tall volume buttons with raised dots, and the RAPTIC logo. The opposite side had a single 1/2 inches wide by 9/32 inches tall power button (with a raised dot) and the shield name along the bottom edge. Each of the side panels had an indented flat/smooth section that measured 5 inches long. The top and bottom had slightly expanded ribbed texturing, which enhanced the grip-feel of the case. Along the bottom of the case, you will find two speaker ports (7/16 inches wide by 1/8 inches tall and 5/8 inches wide by 1/8 inches tall) flanking the centrally placed 9/16 inches wide by 1/4 inches tall lightning cutout. The grey plastic layer extends upward and above the screen’s surface, allowing for a degree of glancing screen protection.
If you have ever seen a car with iridescent paint, you know that it catches the light and shimmers. The case’s metallic layer will catch the light and change between a purple, green/blue color. The images on the cover/rear panel of the case suggested that there would be more green with a touch of purple. Yet, in reality, the case had quite a bit of purple with a surrounding rim of blue-green coloration. The color difference was not that big of a deal, but I liked the color palette on the packaging better. One aspect that I had not initially considered regarding the case was that the metal layer could get cold if used outdoors. As it was <32 degrees on my way to work this morning, I needed gloves to avoid a slight sting of cold on my skin. On the other hand, the plastic edges did not get cold and felt comfortable in my hands. The raised bezel on the screen and camera/backing allowed me to rest the phone face down or face up without scratching the screen/camera. I loved the expanded top/bottom edges, the camera cutout, and the lightning port. I did find that the case seemed to attract lint (see pictures) even when I cleaned the surfaces with Woosh. Lastly, the design of the case will allow you to wirelessly charge your iPhone 12 Pro Max. If you have not been to the X-Doria website, I would encourage you to check out their wares. As a bonus, X-Doria will give you 10% off your first order when you enter your email and will include free shipping (as of the writing of this review) Protective, stylish, responsive buttons, wireless chargeable, and cost-friendly, what more could you want in a case?