Best Hard Case for Nexus One?

froboebel

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Hi,

As i am eagerly awaiting the release of the Verizon N1, I figure I will try to kill some time by deciding what kind of armor I'm gonna dress it in. Currently I have a Storm 1, and have a Case-Mate Barely There Case. This case has probably saved me from a lot of damage since I am sort of prone to dropping it. It is a good case, although when I first put it on, dirt would get under it and scratch the back of the phone more than if I had the case off!

Well anyway, my dilemma is balancing protection with style. I disliked my Storm case because of its thickness. It was thinner than a lot of the cases my friends had, but nothing beats the naked-feel.

My question to you guys is, is there a case out there that offers a thin coverage, feels well in the hand, and maybe prevents a couple scratches here or there? The feel of the phone is extremely important to me.

Another question I need to consider is this: My Storm's screen is not a glass screen. I am pretty sure that if it was, I probably would have cracked it by now. Does anyone have any tips/feedback for a clumsy future Nexus One owner?
 

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I have mine wrapped in an invisible shield by zagg, and I keep it in the neoprene sleeve that came with it. Only problem with the shield is that I found the film on the glass face seemed to be messing up the proximity sensor.

After un-installing and re-installing all my apps, I pulled the shield off the face and have not had a problem since. The shield does nothing for a drop, but the sleeve that comes with it should do the job.
 

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I have the Seidio Innocase 2 which I really like. It fits snuggly on the device and I barely notice I have a case at all. I also use use the Boxwave ClearTouch Crystal screen protector that doesn't use a liquid solution to put on (static cling). Fits on perfect and doesn't mess with the touch sensitivity at all.

Only problem with the combo is I have a small bubble that I can live with. I have read of others filing down the Innocase 2 to remedy this with success. Either way I can deal with a small bubble in the corner giving me that warm and fuzzy knowing my N1 is protected.

Innocase II
www[DOT]seidioonline[DOT]com/product-p/csr3hnx1-bk.htm

Boxwave ClearTouch Crystal
www[DOT]boxwave[DOT]com/products/cleartouchcrystal/cleartouch-crystal-screen-protector-nexus-one_3770.htm

had to add the "[DOT]" to the links cause I'm too newbie to post links.

Thats my preference though.
 

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I do like the Innocase that I bought for my brother-in-law's iPod. And in that picture it looks like it almost fits better than it did on the iPod. 1 mm thickness seems pretty standard for cases huh?
 

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I avoid most hard cases as many of them will actually end up scratching the device after a period of time.
 

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I avoid most hard cases as many of them will actually end up scratching the device after a period of time.

That's what's nice about the seidio innocase. It has felt on the inside to help keep it snug and prevent scratches from the case. There is also 0 play between the case and phone, further preventing brush type scuff/scratches.

No doubt allot of hard cases can potentially cause scratching, but again I'm very comfortable and confident in this case. No endorsement intended, was actually my first seidio product...just a happy customer.
 

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That's what's nice about the seidio innocase. It has felt on the inside to help keep it snug and prevent scratches from the case. There is also 0 play between the case and phone, further preventing brush type scuff/scratches.

No doubt allot of hard cases can potentially cause scratching, but again I'm very comfortable and confident in this case. No endorsement intended, was actually my first seidio product...just a happy customer.

I'm not a fan of Seidio cases but it is nice when cases include the soft interior. They should all be that way IMHO.
 

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Okay I received it today and promptly dropped my N1 on the driveway. It's not a coincidence, since I felt safer I went ahead and checked my email in a situation I usually would have waited and I simply dropped it. Protected it perfectly. I could tell the second it hit the concrete that the Nexus was fine. Had a dampened or muffled type of sound. Caused a slight scuff on the case mate but I was surprised how small and hard to see it was. All I did was rub on the scuff with my finger and it faded quite a bit.

It's a little slicker than I would like. I would prefer a more rubbery feel for the outside part of the case. Could be why I dropped it. Then again a softer rubbery outside might have scuffed worse.

The rubber trim sits slightly above the screen so it protects nicely. The screen protector they send for free is of the static cling variety and I have bubbles I cannot get rid of no matter how hard I try. Not so bad I feel the need to remove it but an anal person will be bothered.

Here's a review someone posted on youtube and it mirrors my results. Gives a good idea and look at the case:

YouTube - Casemate for Nexus One

That said, if you decide to go with the seido innocase, don't forget they are available in the android central store. Seido makes good cases I just wanted to try something different.

edit: oops, they also send a free micro fiber cloth(like the ones for camera lenses) for cleaning the screen. I gotta mention free stuff.:)
 
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Siedio. It's protected well. It does seem to dog into the screen protector a bit but nothing that a little care when putting it on can't cure. I like the feel is the innocase. The problem I have with silicon cases is that they pull lent and are hard to pull out of my pocket sometimes.
 

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