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Nexus 4 case round-up
« on: March 21, 2013, 05:44:39 PM »
Since owning my Nexus 4 I have tried a number of cases, ranging from full TPU cases to bumpers. Whilst I have not tried all the cases available for the Nexus 4 I believe the cases here are some of the best and are well worth the money.


Cruzerlite Androidified A2 TPU Case

I've admired Cruzerlite cases from afar for a long time. I've wanted a Cruzerlite case for a long time but my last Android phone was a Samsung Galaxy S2 and since Samsung released multiple regional variations of the S2 and me being from the UK and owning the International GT-I9100 and Cruzerlite only doing S2 cases in the form of the US variants I was out of luck until I got my Nexus 7.
I love my Androidified Clone Army case for my Nexus 7 so ordered an A2 case before receiving my Nexus 4.
Upon first inspection the case looks very nice, it's a soft TPU style case with a single Android on the reverse. It has cut-outs for the power button, volume rocker, headphone jack, noise-cancelling microphone, voice microphone and USB port.
Overall a high quality case, offering all-round protection for your Nexus 4 but...
The case has grooved sides, probaby for added grip but this is also a possible downside. While this feels nice in the hand it adds some extra thickness to those sides where the power button and volume rocker cutouts are thus making those cut-outs deeper and those buttons harder to reach and press.
The other disappointing thing I personally have found with this case is the back. Now I own one of the clear colour choices (I actually own two of these, Smoke and Teal). The clear back shows off the glittery back of the Nexus 4, this is mostly matte where the Android is but glossy in the other areas and that's where the problem lies. Where the glossy area meets the high gloss of the Nexus 4's glass back it causes some sticking of the case to the glass and this looks terrible. Honestly it looks like a poorly adhered screen protector, almost like air bubbles but the other way around. With a screen protector poorly applied, air bubbles appears in usually small areas but with this case it's everywhere else that looks like the air bubble and the part that has stuck being the lesser.
I have noticed this is only relevant if the Nexus 4's back glass is clean, after leaving my Nexus 4 face down for a few hours and it picking some dust and then putting it in the case this does not happen...

Summary

So, if you don't mind putting a dirty phone in a case your okay and otherwise this is a very nice case.


Cruzerlite Androidified Clone Army TPU Case

This case from Cruzerlite is very nice and is my case of choice for my Nexus 7. The case has a a repeat pattern of Androids on the back and much like the A2 case it has all the cutouts needed for the power button, volume rocker, speaker, camera et cetera.
I prefer this case to the A2 because whilst protecting your Nexus 4 from drops and knocks it isn't nearly as bulky as the A2 and it doesn't have the extra grip on the sides making it easier to reach the power button and volume rocker.
The case wraps around the phone nicely protecting all sides and has a nice lip that means the phone could be placed face down and the screen would not come into contact with the surface but this is as with the A2 and many other cases, a possible downside because of the Nexus 4's curved display. The beauty of the curve on the display is swiping from the edge of the screen but the lip prevents this and is especially awkward when using PIE in Paranoid Android, LM Launcher, or one of the Ubuntu style app launcher overlays.

Summary

I have a solid Black Clone Army Case and I like it very much, it offers all-round protection whilst being stylish and interesting.


Rearth Ringke Fusion

The Fusion by Rearth is an interesting case, the sides are a soft TPU type plastic although not as malleable as either of the Cruzerlite cases and almost bumper in style but with a clear hard plastic back so it protects the whole of your Nexus 4. This obviously allows you to show off either the glittery back of your Nexus 4 or if your feed up with the glittery back, something like a dbrand skin.
The Fusion case offers camera, rear speaker, headphone jack, noise cancelling microphone, charge port, voice microphone cutouts but the power button and volume rocker are both covered. Whilst these covers are defined and are quite prominent they lack any feel when being pressed. The Nexus 4 losses the click of the power button when pressed (volume rocker too) and occasionally requires more than one press to perform the action required.
On the back of the Fusion case, in the four corners are four raised areas or as I'll refer to them, feet because having the clear back to show off the back of your Nexus 4 you wouldn't want this clear plastic back to get covered in scratches.

Summary

The Rearth Ringke Fusion is an interesting concept and very nicely done. It offers all round protection whilst still allowing you to enjoy the beauty of the Nexus 4 but is let down by the loss of the power button and volume rocker click feedback.


Poetic Borderline Bumper

The Borderline is simply a bumper made of Thermoplastic Polyurethane, so like the Fusion allows you to show off the Nexus 4's glittery back but obviously being a bumper this offers no protection to the back glass of the Nexus 4.
It's has Glossy polycarbonate finish with matte edges, it has cutouts for the headphone jack, noise cancelling microphone, USB power port, voice microphone and again like the Fusion has covered power button and volume rocker. The Borderline however does allow you to feel feedback from the power button and volume rocker clicking and I've not had any problems having to press the buttons more than once unlike the Fusion.

Summary

There's not allot more I can say about the Borderline but it is a very nice case/bumper. It's great protection to the corners and edges buy not such great protection for the back glass.


Official LG Bumper Case

The official bumper is by far the most premium of the cases in this round up. Made with a quality not found in the other cases, the official bumper has the required cutouts, headphone jack, noise cancelling microphone, USB power port and voice microphone. The power button and volume rocker are separate buttons compared to the other cases and this can be felt under use, I'm going to use that word again, they give the bumper that premium feel.
The bumper is a black rubberised material with a gunmetal band flowing all the way around the bumper. The rear has a lip that allows the phone to be placed down on its back without scratching the beautiful glass back of the Nexus 4 and whilst the front also has a lip that holds the phone securely in the bumper the lip isn't as pronounced as all the other cases in this roundup and this allows much easier swiping of the phones screen especially when using Paranoid Android PIE or one of the Ubuntu style app launcher overlays.

Summary

The official bumper is very nice, it is stunning to look at and fits the phone beautifully. The quality of this case is second to none and easily worth the money.


Final thoughts

The official bumper is by far my favourite of the roundup, I love the premium feel and the low lip on the front.
I guess if your looking for all-round protection then the official bumper or the Poetic Borderline probably isn't for you but if you want something as beautiful as the Nexus 4 then I simply cannot recommend anything other than the official LG bumper case.

Will add pics when I can...

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« Last Edit: March 21, 2013, 06:57:38 PM by JayJ »



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Re: Nexus 4 case round-up
« Reply #1 on: March 22, 2013, 08:20:31 PM »
I don't like the bumper. I like the concept and everything but its over priced. Its two pieces that are glued together poorly and it falls apart. I love the concept for daily use and how easy it is to get on and off but its not worth $20.

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Re: Nexus 4 case round-up
« Reply #2 on: March 24, 2013, 10:30:18 AM »
Really, I did initially but when comparing the price to other branded cases like those above I didn't think it so expensive... I still like it allot and compared to the others in the roundup it's still the best in terms of quality. ;)

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« Last Edit: March 24, 2013, 10:33:28 AM by JayJ »

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Re: Nexus 4 case round-up
« Reply #3 on: March 24, 2013, 04:52:25 PM »
Really, I did initially but when comparing the price to other branded cases like those above I didn't think it so expensive... I still like it allot and compared to the others in the roundup it's still the best in terms of quality. ;)

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I really like the design and find it very functional but still feeling cheap. I just ordered a sedieo conversation case I'll let you know how that is.

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Re: Nexus 4 case round-up
« Reply #4 on: March 24, 2013, 05:21:05 PM »
Do you mean the Seidio Convert?

http://www.seidioonline.com/lg-nexus-4-convert-case-holster-black-p/bd4-hkr4lgn4.htm

I guess our ideas of quality differ, in comparison to the other cases in the roundup, the Official bumper is by far the best in quality but it's not Nuclear warfare proof unlike the Seidio... lol

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« Last Edit: March 24, 2013, 05:24:03 PM by JayJ »

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Re: Nexus 4 case round-up
« Reply #5 on: March 25, 2013, 04:28:18 PM »
Do you mean the Seidio Convert?

http://www.seidioonline.com/lg-nexus-4-convert-case-holster-black-p/bd4-hkr4lgn4.htm

I guess our ideas of quality differ, in comparison to the other cases in the roundup, the Official bumper is by far the best in quality but it's not Nuclear warfare proof unlike the Seidio... lol

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Lol that's it. I got it today and have to say I'm impressed. Its two cases in one so if you want a slimmer case it is also the surface case. And for when I take my N4 to the paintball field I know it will survive. Really neat case check out some YouTube videos.

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Re: Nexus 4 case round-up
« Reply #6 on: April 03, 2013, 08:17:52 PM »
I am using Poetic Hardback case. I love to keep it as a stand. And it gives solid protection when phone is in mY pocket  or anywhere else. The front screen and the  back always remain protected. 
Its cheap too
http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00A6X3ZVC
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