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Case Review: Urban Armor Gear Outland and Aero
The first case I bought for the HTC One was the Incipio Feather as I have always preferred to use thin cases for my phones. If you want to read my opinion on this case and see a few photos, here's the link to that review.
As a fan for Incipio cases, I thought of buying the DualPro for those times when I need more than only back scratch protection but I also considered the Urban Armor Gear (UAG) as it was a single piece case instead of the two piece setup like the DualPro and many other "tough" cases. I ended up buying the UAG in Outland (Orange).
The first thing I noticed when opening the case was the extremely good quality of the hard back. It's plastic but it feels very smooth and has a premium feel to it. The other thing I didn't expect was the color to look so awesome. The color is great and fits the silver aluminum of my phone very well. It is not a bright orange like we may think after seeing stock photos of the case. Instead, it has a little pale (lacking a better way to describe it) look to it, which I ended liking even more.
The black top and bottom have a different material that is more tough and the corners are a bit raised to give even more protection. This material is like rubber, but doesn't feel sticky like other cases, which is good. The volume rocker buttons are a joy to press. These buttons are VERY EASY to press, solving one of the main complains many of us have with them as they are far too flush with the body. The power button has a hollow cut in the middle to allow the IR blaster to work but it made the button a little harder to press. It's not a complain, but I needed to apply a little more force for it to press. Once I got used to it, I forgot about this.
This case doesn't add too much bulk like the DualPro or the Otterbox cases. It's more bulky than any thin case out there for sure, but being a single piece case, it's less thick. It also add a little weight, but you won't feel like it is too much. Instead, it makes the phone feels even more solid.
If you are looking for a more protective case, this one should be at the top of your list. The scree lip is sufficient for not worrying about putting your phone face down on any surface and I liked that it wasn't too recessed because it can make typing harder when pressing buttons at the screen edges.
I really don't have any complains about it. I've read that some people had problems with the flash ghosting photos taken in the dark with the white version. I don't normally use the flash, but I will update this review if I see if the flash reflecting on the case and causing some ghosting on photos with flash on.
Update 1: There are issues with the Outland and Navigator (White) case if you take photos with the flash on. The case reflects/bounces the light introducing artifacts or ghosting in the shots. I posted a few test photos with the Outland and the flash on in this same thread. So far, the Outland and Navigator colors are confirmed to have this problems. Perhaps they have already updated them but I don't know.
I don't mind this issue as I don't take photos with flash very often on my phones, but I already contacted Urban Armor Gear and they agreed to exchange my case without returning the Outland. In their email they recommended me to get the Aero (Dark Blue) or Scout (Black).
Update 2: NastyNeil and I received the Aero case and the problem is not present. You can view his photos with flash on here.
Update 3: I just posted photos on the Aero case. The color tone is awesome!