With mobile phones becoming more advanced and expensive as Android and Apple devices fight for control of the high-end market, it’s to no surprise that we all want to protect our devices from potential damage. Coming from the guys over at InnoBeta, this particular case is unlikely to protect from any severe knocks and bumps, but it will do a good job of protecting your treasured Xperia handset from any light damage. At the cost of significantly reducing the look and feel of the device, this phone case could well be a good option for those desperate for a mildly effective purchase.
Not one to remove much of the devices ergonomic design, the phone case is less of a plate of armour, and more of a second skin – adding a thin coating of plastic around the sides and back of the device. Application of the phone case couldn’t be any easier, with the plastic being thin enough to easily manipulate and stretch over the corners of the device. With its primary use being to defend from scratches and gentle knocks, this case does an admirable job. When put into action, this case was easily able to cope with being placed and moved across all manners of different surfaces. On assessment of the case, though it had been noticeably scuffed and marked, the phone itself appeared untouched and was left in pristine condition underneath the plastic coating.
For those that care about the physical appearance of the phone, you’ll be happy to find that the case does make use of a clear plastic design – something that forgoes some of the disruption to the signature sleek styling of the Xperia Z series. Unfortunately the shiny quality of the plastic does reduce the overall appeal of the device, removing the high-quality look of the phone’s metallic frame – a sure deal-breaker for those who want their phone to look as premium as it performs. For those like me that have their Xperia in a more exotic colour than the standard black and white models, you’ll be thankful to find that the colour will still shine through the case – albeit with dulled visual flair.
If there’s one thing that this case does really well, it’s adding a much needed sense of grip to the sides of the device. In an effort to feel as sexy as possible, the Xperia Z3 sports bevelled edges that unfortunately trade comfort for style. Rectifying this silky-smooth touch across the curved frame, the InnoBeta case offers more resistance, and your hand is unlikely to glide out of a firm grip ever again – surely a massive relief for all owners of this expensive handset. The design of the phone case continues to be thoughtful in that it also matches the same curvature of the phones design – trying its best to retain as much of the original quality as possible. Even with the case being worn the phone is still very much a slim device, but I can’t help but believe that the phone feels better in the hand without the plastic case. It’s honestly surprising how much difference this case makes despite how thin it is. The extra bit of bulk makes the device feel completely different, and the feel of the metallic and glass frame vastly trumps the feeling of the cheap plastic. I found that the case was also far more prone to feeling greasy and sweaty during use which was less than desirable and made use of the phone very uncomfortable.
In order to avoid removing any core functionality, the case is modelled around the various buttons and features that are built around the phones frame. That said however, because the buttons on the phone itself offer little feedback, the added bulk around them from the case makes the handset hard to ‘read’ with your fingers. This is the major downfall of this phone case, and it can make the device frustrating to use at times as your fingers fumble around trying to press the volume and power buttons in particular.
While it can offer good defence from light damage, this case is a little too polarising to easily suggest to owners of an Xperia Z3. If you don’t mind losing out on the premium look and feeling of the device – I suppose this case isn’t completely out of the question. For those who want to retain as much of the premium quality, you could do much better.
- Clear plastic design – transparency compliments the handsets colour.
- Easy to apply to the device.
- Defends well against light damage.
- Provides extra grip to the device.
- Feels grubby after use – greasy and sweaty.
- Makes it difficult to use and ‘read’ buttons on the device.
- Reduces the premium look and feel of the Z3.
- Will defend from light damage, but nothing more severe.
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