Incipio Cases – Protecting Your Investment!
I have run the gamut of cases over the years having various smartphones for my business. I also don’t just write a review because some manufacturer sent me products to use.
I actually put them through the wringer to make sure that MY reputation and integrity is protected.
If you have an iPhone or one of the Android smartphones, most likely you will keep it in a case so that it’s protected from bumps and such when in use. It’s the best way to protect the phone from accidental damage such as when gravity grabs it from your hand or off the desk and introduces it to the hard floor…and you discovered that the phone does not survive the 3 foot drop, or the screen now has an interesting design introduced from blunt force during the vertical or horizontal deceleration process.
Some folks don’t like cases since it adds weight to the phone itself. Some cases, like the super protection ones like the Otter line, weigh twice what the phone weighs (or it felt that way) and requires a special holster to be used when the phone is in that case. They do protect the phone but the additional weight and disassembly to get to the phone is a lot for many casual phone users.
My Galaxy S4, S5 Active, iPhone 3GS and 4 were in everything from the simple skin and edge cases to the ones that required that special holster.
Androids for the most part have replaceable batteries and memory cards that can be inserted so cases that require major disassembly make it rather a chore to get the phone out and change a battery or put a new memory chip in.
One day I felt like I was doing surgery to get the outside of the case open, then the inside shell and then the rubber protector. By the time I was done, I had managed to break two of the tabs that lock the case around the phone. The maker did warranty the cases and did take care of a replacement after a long, drawn out process that required photographs of the damage and I had to send them the same pics 7 times. Too many hoops and too much work for a $50 case.
Eventually I found a company that I have stuck with for my cases: Incipio. I don’t think I paid much attention to the brand until I noticed that I had used their product on almost everyone of my devices at some point in time.
The first one was on my 3GS and I had it on untilI went to the iPhone 4. Durable, lightweight and attractive, it truly protected the phone from the long days on the road running to clients in my computer business. I didn’t even pay attention to the brand back then, I just wanted something to protect the phone. It was lightweight and didn’t require hip surgery carrying it around all day on my belt.
I made the move back to Apple products a couple of years ago for my main business line. I got an iPhone 6+ and also bought an Incipio case as soon as I had it in my hands. Incipio sent me a case that had a kickstand in the back, making it easier to watch videos, do FaceTime and other online activities.
Last February I also changed service providers as signal no longer reached my house. Some clients and friends were quite concerned as they got a fast busy signal and I could not even call out.
With that change I picked up the new iPhone 7+. I thought I would be able to just put the old 6+ case on the new phone. Oops. Apple changed the size of the camera area on the back of the phone and the old case would not work.
I bought one of the Incipio cases at the Verizon store.
My iPhone 7Plus has been in Incipio cases for five months. I wrote to my contact and asked if they might be willing to have me review some of their cases.
This case was just under $35 and was more of a harder plastic with good grip-ability. Some cases are nice but it’s like trying to hold onto a wet ice cube – it just slips right out…at least the case won’t melt at room temperature.
The 6Plus Incipio case was in great shape after two and a half years of being carried in a holster and in various pockets on my cases when I was out shooting photography jobs or in a client’s office. It protected it when it fell off of a chair while I was on speakerphone with a support company for a problem. Thank heaven I also use Ballistic Glass for screen protectors. The Ballistic glass took the hit and the iPhone 6+ screen was perfectly fine. The way to handle that mess is to put a piece or a couple of pieces of STRONG packing tape across the broken ballistic glass screen protector and then remove it slowly, allowing the tape to hold onto the tiny pieces that might otherwise become dislodged and present a danger to barefoot walkers and pets.
I reached out to Incipio to let them know I had gotten a new phone and had loved their cases.
Incipio shipped me a few different cases to try out on my new phone a few weeks ago.
In the box were a few cases from their collections. The Stowaway has a place for up to three credit cards and or a license and a couple of cards and that same piece that comes out can be used for a kickstand.
Here’s a link to the Stowaway cases on Amazon-I don’t know what phones you have so there are quite a few choices, just click over to it and then use the search feature for your phone model in the upper left.
The other cases that were shipped to me included the DualPro, which has a flexible inner bumper and a rigid outer shell with a soft touch finish that lets you grip the case securely; and the Esquire series. The Esquire is definitely more fashion conscious with a fabric like finish that fits into any holster and really does look good.
The DualPro was one of the cases I had on my Galaxy S5 Active and is still on my LG G4. I like the feel of the case and the level of protection you get from it. It claims drop protection from 12 feet and under, but I ain’t about to intentionally test that on any of my devices.
Here’s a link to the Dual Pro cases for the different models – again, use the search feature to find your phone and compare prices and availability.
For the Esquire, I like to use that when I am heading out on the town and want something a little more fashionable than all black. I think my phone has been in this case for over two months. The pics show very little wear and my phone gets LOTS of usage.
Incipio also makes tons of other cases in various colors and configurations for a large contingent of brands including the Google Pixel, the Huwaei line, Samsung and of course Apple.
Here is a link to their Design Series which features more of the glam and has more choices for colors and such with special designs for the Dual Pro cases.
Incipio cases can also be had at Sam’s Club, Walmart and other retailers that carry cell phone accessories.
And now back to Bond, James Bond on my iPhone 7 Plus….I wonder what case Q Branch would give him?