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    This is the best case so far I have two of these one shiny and one dull love them so far
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    Quote Originally Posted by DirkBelig View Post
    shipped. Ordered it Saturday morning; it arrived on Wednesday. (I searched for US-based sellers to avoid delays.)

    Is it the "best"? Probably not, but most cases (and accessories in general) are such a total ripoff. 20 cents to make and they get sold for up to $15. It looks just like the "Cimo S-Line Back Case Flexible TPU Cover for Google Nexus 4 (LG E960)" selling at Amazon for $8.93 and the "i-Blason Slim Fit S Line Flexible TPU Case for Google Nexus 4 Smart Phone E960 LG" selling for $12.95. The baggie was labeled "Zizo" but it's just the company that bought from the same commodity case mill the others bought at. I bought a Body Glove case for my OG EVO 4G in 2010 and it was $20 and so flimsy it broke in one place and I had to Scotch tape it together.

    I ran my GS2 naked, but the Nexus 4 gives me the willies setting it down on that glass back and with my dry hands, it's hard to keep a grip on the slick glass. The "ridges for her pleasure" should help prevent the easy slips and the lens is protected on its back and the screen when set face down.
    I have that case on my GS2 and it is a pretty good case. Not too big and does do a good job of protecting. I've dropped my phone a few times from around 3 ft. And had zero damage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ichisan76 View Post
    This is the best case so far I have two of these one shiny and one dull love them so far
    This is the one I ordered until I can get the bumpers. Does it have any cushion between the case? Or is it just a hard case?

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    This is the one I ordered until I can get the bumpers. Does it have any cushion between the case? Or is it just a hard case?

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    Its actually a hard case with the rubber feeling that wont scratch the back of the phone, I have one for my Xperia T and two for my N4
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    It also comes with a screen protector of which does not cover the whole screen
    Thanks
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    It also will be interesting to see if wireless charging will work through a case like the Otterbox commuter or defender. Have any of you tested to see how far away the phone can be from the Qi pad before it stops charging?
    I tested wireless charging using the Otterbox Commuter case for my GSIII. The Nexus 4 will charge on my Energizer pad with the inner rubber sleeve on the phone, but does not charge after the hard outer shell is added.

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    Quote Originally Posted by celliott96 View Post
    I just got my iBlason TPU case in the mail from Amazon. I got the clear/frosted color and it looks really good, but I just wish the whole thing was completely clear. It adds a good amount of grip on the sides, and some on the back. It doesn't want to slide off every non-level surface now . Believe me, once I slapped that case on my N4 I let loose a sigh of relief. I had survived a week without a case without sustaining any cracks/scratches. I would really recommend this case for now, at least until some of the bigger case manufacturers come out with their own cases. Personally i'm longing for a Speck Candyshell for the Nexus 4 .
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    i've never cased my previous phones so am pretty ignorant about whats good and who the top brands are. i plan on getting a cheap tpu case from amazon, but what should I look out for in the near future? i don't really want a hard case btw
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ichisan76 View Post
    Its actually a hard case with the rubber feeling that wont scratch the back of the phone, I have one for my Xperia T and two for my N4
    Some Pics:

    It also comes with a screen protector of which does not cover the whole screen
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    Thanks. Looks nice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobjohnson201 View Post
    i've never cased my previous phones so am pretty ignorant about whats good and who the top brands are. i plan on getting a cheap tpu case from amazon, but what should I look out for in the near future? i don't really want a hard case btw
    There are knock off bumper cases on Amazon now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by badbrad17 View Post
    There are knock off bumper cases on Amazon now.

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    i dont want a bumper lol i need to protect the glass back!
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    Put a screen protector on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by badbrad17 View Post
    Put a screen protector on it.

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    nah i really wanna case mine
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    I found this one on amazon seems pretty good from the reviews might give it a try link:Amazon.com: Diztronic Matte Back Black Flexible TPU Case for LG Nexus 4 - Retail Packaging: Cell Phones & Accessories
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    I bought this :



    As there weren't any others at the time. Seems pretty good :

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    Quote Originally Posted by peejay1977 View Post
    I bought this :



    As there weren't any others at the time. Seems pretty good :

    That looks good. I'm also wonder if the Kay's case has a good level of protection. It looks like there will be serious delays in receiving the Iconic Guardian case that I order back in November due to customs issues, and the Ballistic case is out of stock. I just need SOMETHING, and I need it ASAP, until a supercase like an Otterbox Defender is released.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FreakyLocz14 View Post
    That looks good. I'm also wonder if the Kay's case has a good level of protection. It looks like there will be serious delays in receiving the Iconic Guardian case that I order back in November due to customs issues, and the Ballistic case is out of stock. I just need SOMETHING, and I need it ASAP, until a supercase like an Otterbox Defender is released.

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    I've noticed some reviews of Kay's cases complaining of branding slapped on the case. It seems random, however. Personally I just ordered a cheapie TPU case for now. Had been planning on going naked, but I've discovered I'm somewhat paranoid about what surface I put the phone down on without anything on the back (except the plastic it came with). Thought about the bumper case, but I'm not dropping $26 (after shipping) on something so minimal, thanks. At least, not without some proof it's actually worth it.
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    I ordered this from amazon after reading about it in an article. It looks promising, it was really cheap, and I like the fact that the edges are re-enforced! Check it out Amazon.com: Poetic Atmosphere Case for Google Nexus 4 Smart Phone E960 LG Clear/Gray(3 Year Warranty from Poetic): Electronics The only down side is it won't be available till January... But if your willing to wait, it may be worth it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by NotJustAPhone View Post
    I tested wireless charging using the Otterbox Commuter case for my GSIII. The Nexus 4 will charge on my Energizer pad with the inner rubber sleeve on the phone, but does not charge after the hard outer shell is added.

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    That doesn't sound promising fro rugged cases and wireless charging.

    I got this email back from Ballistic cases about wireless charging:
    Thank you for your interest is Ballistic cases. Our Ballistic SG cases for the Nexus 4 will not block the NFC and it should not interfere with the wireless charging. If we can assist you with anything further in the future please feel free to contact us.
    It will be interesting to see if they are correct about that. I have this nagging feeling though that as in your case the thickness/material of the case will prevent wireless charging from working.

    To answer the original question proposed by the topic creator:

    Sadly, it seems that we will have to choose between protecting the phone and the feel or using the phone / the convenience of wireless charging.


    IMO there aren't that many viable cases out there for this phone to protect it from a killer drop.

    The vast majority of the cases I see are of the hard plastic shell type, bumpers, large rugged cases, or the very thin soft plastic type.

    The hard plastic shell type are only worth buying if you are looking to change the look of the phone, prevent scratches, and make it a bit easier to grip. Other than that they won't protect it in a fall, and that is where the phone needs protection the most. For me these types of cases really aren't worth buying because I worry more about phone killing impacts than minor scratches.

    The thin TPU cases are a bit better than the hard plastic shell type. They also protect the phone's back against scratches, and make it a bit easier to grip. However, they also add a small amount of shock protection due to them being soft / able to absorb a bit of impact. This is good if you drop it squarely on its back, but these cases don't provide much / any corner impact protection.

    The bumper case from Google is an interesting choice. It adds little bulk, decent full face drop protection, and it won't interfere with wireless charging. The main problem with this case is that the back is fully exposed so no scratch protection, and there is very little / no corner drop protection. The big problem I have with this case is the lack of corner protection. Almost every cell phone drop I see has the device landing on a corner first. This bumper case won't protect the phone from that.


    The best protection type are the ruggedized hybrid cases like Otterbox / Ballistic. These types of cases have a thick silicone layer with a hard plastic layer. Cases like the Ballistic shell gel provide a lot of protection from drop damage due to the large amount of material on the corners. The only problem with these types of cases is the added bulk, and in the case of Nexus 4 possible loss of wireless charging ability.

    So, to answer the topic's question: It depends on what you are looking for in a case.

    You really have to pick between:

    Good drop protection, scratch protection on the back, good grip, but bulky, possible loss of wireless charging.

    or

    Little to no drop protection, good grip, slim, wireless charging should work.

    I myself am actively trying to make the decision before I get mine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AtomicFrost View Post
    That doesn't sound promising fro rugged cases and wireless charging.

    I got this email back from Ballistic cases about wireless charging:

    It will be interesting to see if they are correct about that. I have this nagging feeling though that as in your case the thickness/material of the case will prevent wireless charging from working.

    To answer the original question proposed by the topic creator:

    Sadly, it seems that we will have to choose between protecting the phone and the feel or using the phone / the convenience of wireless charging.


    IMO there aren't that many viable cases out there for this phone to protect it from a killer drop.

    The vast majority of the cases I see are of the hard plastic shell type, bumpers, large rugged cases, or the very thin soft plastic type.

    The hard plastic shell type are only worth buying if you are looking to change the look of the phone, prevent scratches, and make it a bit easier to grip. Other than that they won't protect it in a fall, and that is where the phone needs protection the most. For me these types of cases really aren't worth buying because I worry more about phone killing impacts than minor scratches.

    The thin TPU cases are a bit better than the hard plastic shell type. They also protect the phone's back against scratches, and make it a bit easier to grip. However, they also add a small amount of shock protection due to them being soft / able to absorb a bit of impact. This is good if you drop it squarely on its back, but these cases don't provide much / any corner impact protection.

    The bumper case from Google is an interesting choice. It adds little bulk, decent full face drop protection, and it won't interfere with wireless charging. The main problem with this case is that the back is fully exposed so no scratch protection, and there is very little / no corner drop protection. The big problem I have with this case is the lack of corner protection. Almost every cell phone drop I see has the device landing on a corner first. This bumper case won't protect the phone from that.


    The best protection type are the ruggedized hybrid cases like Otterbox / Ballistic. These types of cases have a thick silicone layer with a hard plastic layer. Cases like the Ballistic shell gel provide a lot of protection from drop damage due to the large amount of material on the corners. The only problem with these types of cases is the added bulk, and in the case of Nexus 4 possible loss of wireless charging ability.

    So, to answer the topic's question: It depends on what you are looking for in a case.

    You really have to pick between:

    Good drop protection, scratch protection on the back, good grip, but bulky, possible loss of wireless charging.

    or

    Little to no drop protection, good grip, slim, wireless charging should work.

    I myself am actively trying to make the decision before I get mine.
    I hear everyone going like HARD PLASTIC CAN'T PROTECT FROM FALLS. My old speck case protected from falls just fine. Never had a problem with my ipod but the case did get destroyed. hehe.
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    I'm going with the Ballistic!


    Otterbox can KMA.. I have to beg them to produce a case... whatever.
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    I went ahead and ordered this

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B009Y1...idcentral00-20

    looks decent enough. will post back here when I actually get it

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobjohnson201 View Post
    I went ahead and ordered this

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B009Y1...idcentral00-20

    looks decent enough. will post back here when I actually get it

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    Its the same s-line case that goes for 2-3 bucks on eBay. Just gotta decide if you want it shipped from China or spend a bit more and get it shipped from US. From what I have read the iblason branding isn't even on the case, just a watermark. Just selling a generic Chinese case with a brand name instead of calling it just s-line tpu. I think anyone at this pont could bulk order from China and then list on amazon with a brand name. Could even drop ship like a bunch on eBay do if you did not lie about shipping times.

    Being said its one I am using now. I ordered from eBay and received it in 2 weeks. I ordered a purple one for my wife that got here in 12 days. It adds a nice grip to the sides and the top and bottom are snug but the sides are not quite as snug as I would like. They bow out the tiniest bit. Worth the 2.50 it cost me as a temp case. I fell a lot better about just setting it down and either side now. And it does keep the speaker from being as muffled when you set it on its back.

    I have a Guardian in purple on the way for my wife. They just began shipping those so we will start getting reports on quality soon. I am still holding out for an announcement from Otterbox but if I like the ionic guardian I might just get that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SOLGarion View Post
    Its the same s-line case that goes for 2-3 bucks on eBay. Just gotta decide if you want it shipped from China or spend a bit more and get it shipped from US. From what I have read the iblason branding isn't even on the case, just a watermark. Just selling a generic Chinese case with a brand name instead of calling it just s-line tpu. I think anyone at this pont could bulk order from China and then list on amazon with a brand name. Could even drop ship like a bunch on eBay do if you did not lie about shipping times.

    Being said its one I am using now. I ordered from eBay and received it in 2 weeks. I ordered a purple one for my wife that got here in 12 days. It adds a nice grip to the sides and the top and bottom are snug but the sides are not quite as snug as I would like. They bow out the tiniest bit. Worth the 2.50 it cost me as a temp case. I fell a lot better about just setting it down and either side now. And it does keep the speaker from being as muffled when you set it on its back.

    I have a Guardian in purple on the way for my wife. They just began shipping those so we will start getting reports on quality soon. I am still holding out for an announcement from Otterbox but if I like the ionic guardian I might just get that.

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    how much was shipping from china? hell, ima cancel my amazon order and do what you did, thanks!
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    This is the seller I used for mine. Used a diff one for my wife's but they all come from the same place.



    1.91 with slowest shipping. Or do what I did and upgrade to epacket for .81 more. Should be first class mail when it gets stateside. In reality I don't know if there would have been a diff but estimated delivery time is saying there is one so for .81 cents I upgraded.

    Looking at it now that one listing in one color from one seller sold 388. Not bad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SOLGarion View Post
    This is the seller I used for mine. Used a diff one for my wife's but they all come from the same place.



    1.91 with slowest shipping. Or do what I did and upgrade to epacket for .81 more. Should be first class mail when it gets stateside. In reality I don't know if there would have been a diff but estimated delivery time is saying there is one so for .81 cents I upgraded.

    Looking at it now that one listing in one color from one seller sold 388. Not bad.

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    thanks man i think im gonna go with this one since its in the in the US and only a couple bucks more
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