11-27-2015 03:33 PM
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  1. Android Curious's Avatar
    Hi all.

    I'm getting close to pulling the trigger on a Note 5 (my first ever Android device) and I want a case that offers true drop protection. Some cases claim to handle drops, but they don't really hold up in reality.

    I'm considering the Pelican Voyager since I'm happy with the Pelican Protector on my iPhone 6. Frankly I'd rather have the Protector since it's not as bulky as the Voyager, but it's not available for the Note 5.

    Anyway, I'm looking for any feedback on the Voyager and/or suggestions on other "true" drop protection cases.

    Thanks!
    11-13-2015 08:32 AM
  2. Knightstalker's Avatar
    I've been leaning towards this one...Rhino Shield Products for Galaxy Note 5 still in the "tryout" phase of the samsung promo, but 99% i'm getting myself the note after 3 weeks of using it... love it...
    Geezer Squid likes this.
    11-13-2015 08:45 AM
  3. Android Curious's Avatar
    I've been leaning towards this one...Rhino Shield Products for Galaxy Note 5
    This case has no back. I use one of those air-vent mounts in my car which requires a back to hold the magnet (I'd rather not "stick" the magnet directly on the phone). Otherwise this case looks pretty impressive!
    11-13-2015 08:59 AM
  4. maf113's Avatar
    The Rhino Shield Case is available as a kit with a 5 layer clear screen protector for both the front and back.
    11-13-2015 11:43 AM
  5. Android Curious's Avatar
    How is the Rhino Shield Case in the pocket? Meaning, can you easily slide the Note 5 in and out of your pocket with this case on? Or does it "snag" on the way in or out?
    11-13-2015 11:51 AM
  6. Android Curious's Avatar
    The Rhino Shield Case is available as a kit with a 5 layer clear screen protector for both the front and back.
    Where is that? I only see the bumper and the Front screen protector. Where's the Back?
    11-13-2015 11:55 AM
  7. maf113's Avatar
    My mistake. Getting confused with another product. I am going to claim old age for the error.

    Posted via the Android Central App
    11-13-2015 12:51 PM
  8. Soylent_Green's Avatar
    Otterbox Defender.
    11-13-2015 05:23 PM
  9. ColoradoHiker's Avatar
    I dropped and broke the screen on two of my earlier smart phones, and then purchased an Otterbox Defender for the replacement. I don't know about perfect protection against all drops, but I can say that I didn't break a phone since getting the Defender, and I have dropped the phone a few times.

    I also recently changed to the Note 5. Before I purchased it, I bought a new Otterbox Defender and had it ready for day 1. As I am frequently on a project site and out in the field, I need a rugged case, and this seems to work.

    By the way, I also am using the Samsung fast wire charger. The fast charger works well with the Defender case.
    11-13-2015 05:51 PM
  10. doctordwaynewilliams's Avatar
    If you want something that protects against drops and still feels slim I would go with the Tech 21 case. That's what I have and I'm very happy with it.
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    11-14-2015 12:20 AM
  11. jerry12's Avatar
    To me the OtterBox Defender is the best for protection.
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    11-14-2015 04:59 AM
  12. Android Curious's Avatar
    To me the OtterBox Defender is the best for protection.
    How bulky is the Otterbox Defender in your pocket? Especially when wearing jeans.

    Also, anyone know how the Otterbox compares to the Pelican Voyager?
    11-14-2015 10:16 AM
  13. ColoradoHiker's Avatar
    How bulky is the Otterbox Defender in your pocket? Especially when wearing jeans.
    Well, it is large, but smaller than some people's wallets. You may want to also consider the holster. That can provide extra screen protection not available in your jeans pocket.
    11-14-2015 11:38 AM
  14. Android Curious's Avatar
    You may want to also consider the holster. That can provide extra screen protection not available in your jeans pocket.
    I've always hated the thought of using a holster... but with this phone I might have to give it a try.
    11-14-2015 12:41 PM
  15. vdeng's Avatar
    There's that dinosaur case
    11-14-2015 12:49 PM
  16. Android Curious's Avatar
    I just took a look at the Otterbox Defender and I thought it was pretty darn bulky. I'm not sure I like it. Frankly, the Pelican Voyager was pretty bulky too. There's gotta be SOMETHING out there that provides real drop-protection without being quite so bulky, right??

    What about that Verus High Pro Shield case? Anyone have experience with it? Can it be dropped without any phone breakage?
    11-14-2015 06:14 PM
  17. ColoradoHiker's Avatar
    I just took a look at the Otterbox Defender and I thought it was pretty darn bulky. I'm not sure I like it. Frankly, the Pelican Voyager was pretty bulky too. There's gotta be SOMETHING out there that provides real drop-protection without being quite so bulky, right??

    What about that Verus High Pro Shield case? Anyone have experience with it? Can it be dropped without any phone breakage?
    Without any phone breakage??? Even the Otterbox doesn't promise that, and it is 3 times the price of the Verus. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. If you want a stronger probability of phone survival, you need to accept the bulk that protects the phone. Lots of cases out there, you need to decide what your tolerance is for risk of breakage, and how much you depend upon the phone. For me, I do not want to deal with getting a replacement phone while on a work assignment. It is a tool, not a fashion statement. YMMV.

    In the end, you need to be happy with your choice. Best of luck to you.
    11-14-2015 09:17 PM
  18. anon(5630457)'s Avatar
    I had the Pelican Voyager, but it was too bulky. I am currently rockin' the Otterbox Commuter case. It offers the best protection and it slides in and out of pockets easily. I dropped my phone on the cement with this case and nothing bad happened to the phone.

    Posted via the Note 5 on the Android Central App
    11-14-2015 11:19 PM
  19. Android Curious's Avatar
    Without any phone breakage???
    I'm only talking about an accidental drop, like from my pocket or when getting out of the car. Not a drop from a 3 story building.
    11-15-2015 07:09 AM
  20. Android Curious's Avatar
    I had the Pelican Voyager, but it was too bulky. I am currently rockin' the Otterbox Commuter case. It offers the best protection and it slides in and out of pockets easily. I dropped my phone on the cement with this case and nothing bad happened
    I also thought the Voyager seemed like it would be too bulky. Thanks for confirming this! I'll check out the Otterbox Commuter, thanks again.

    I'm wondering if the Verus High Pro protects as much as the Otterbox Commuter. But it's online only so I can't see it in person.
    11-15-2015 07:14 AM
  21. daves221's Avatar
    If you want something that protects against drops and still feels slim I would go with the Tech 21 case. That's what I have and I'm very happy with it.
    +1

    Posted via the Android Central App
    11-15-2015 09:42 AM
  22. MrMELTDOWN's Avatar
    I've always used the Otter Box Defender for all my smart phones since my first one, the Iphone 3. I don't care about the bulk nor does it bother me. I mean ferchriseakes, the note itself is bulky. Though the holsters on the defender are easy to snag and break the belt clips, I've broken 3 over the years. I just send them back for warranty replacement. I will also say you can get a knock off defender at many flea markets. Mine, the camo version, retailing for around $60, only cost me $10. However, I believe this knock off of mine *is* a genuine Otter Box as I can't find any difference to the one with the logo. The holster it came with has the logo and is identical also. I dropped my IPhones on hard surfaces too many times to count and they were never affected.

    Posted via the Android Central App
    11-15-2015 10:42 AM
  23. Knightstalker's Avatar
    If you want something that protects against drops and still feels slim I would go with the Tech 21 case. That's what I have and I'm very happy with it.
    I've used Tech21 before, and currently have one on my iphone... great, slim protection and good with small drops... iphone still in one piece from 3-4 foot drops lol
    rgriffin25 likes this.
    11-16-2015 10:58 AM
  24. Android Curious's Avatar
    Yeah, I'm just looking for protection from small drops. I don't want the phone to break from typical slips from the hand or pocket, etc. Which particular case(s) would you guys suggest for this?
    11-16-2015 11:15 AM
  25. Android Curious's Avatar
    I've used Tech21 before, and currently have one on my iphone... great, slim protection and good with small drops... iphone still in one piece from 3-4 foot drops lol
    Is the Tech21 the "Evo Tactical" case? If so, does this case easily slide in and out of the front pocket? Or does the rubber "stick" and get caught on the material?
    11-16-2015 11:28 AM
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