Ballistic iPhone 5 Smooth Series Case hands-on
At its core, the Ballistic Smooth Series Case for the iPhone doesn’t add the normal bulk associated with rugged cases. Rather, its rubbery-like casing covers the handset from head-to-toe – with an almost sealed quality to it. As its name implies, it’s quite smooth and sports a very clean finish that manages to repel dirt and debris. On the corners of the case, there are interchangeable bumpers that help to absorb the impact in the event it’s dropped. In our quick testing, it’s able to safely protect the iPhone 5 from a drop of 5 feet onto the hard pavement. Still, we’re a bit worrisome if it were dropped from higher height.
We can’t say that the Ballistic Smooth Series Case is the most stylish thing we’ve seen out there for the iPhone 5, but unlike some of the beefier rugged style cases, it’s nice to know that we can still tuck the handset into our pockets – and without any major bulk protruding out. Last thing worth noting, the $29.99 price attached to the case is something that’s reasonable, and not wallet-busting like some of the other alternatives out there.
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1. darkkjedii (Posts: 10080; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
The iPhones far too beautiful to go in a case like that.
6. billybuttpounder (banned) (Posts: 105; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)
But the iphone HAS to be in a case due to it being constructed so poorly. Finish rubs off, scratches easily, glass shatters, and the frame bends.
Premium build quality indeed LOL.
8. stealthd (Posts: 911; Member since: 12 Jun 2011)
None of that has anything to do with poor construction. Anodized aluminum scratches, same thing happened months ago with an HTC phone that had black anodized aluminum. Glass isn't indestructible, it's the same gorilla glass in the iPhone as every other smartphone, and it's all luck whether or not it shatters.
9. darkkjedii (Posts: 10080; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Stealthd I'm so done with that billy guy. It's not even worth the headache, he's new to this site yet immediately falls n with the we hate apple crowd which shows the follower that he is. He'll b ignored by me from here on out.
14. stealthd (Posts: 911; Member since: 12 Jun 2011)
I would think you'd be ignoring almost all of the comments, that seems to be the crowd that gathers here the most.
16. darkkjedii (Posts: 10080; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
It shouldn't b that way, but its littered with apple hating droiders.
21. BattleBrat (Posts: 1038; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)
No, hard anodized aluminum can take a fair amount of abuse before it'll show the metal beneath and it wouldn't just "wear" off, you'd have to take sandpaper to it, apple probably didn't like the colors available LOL, Where Apple completely screwed the pooch is the frame bending issue go to macrumors and check it out, some iphone 5's are bending WTF!?! Well made? NO, they are not, well polished, well finished, yes, but not well constructed. They would have been better off going with a magnesium back, it can take a hit better.
23. BattleBrat (Posts: 1038; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)
*digs through iphone news* Wait, PA reported about the iphone bending NOW!?! I submitted that iphone bending crap to them MONTHS ago What has PA been doing all this time!!!
24. billybuttpounder (banned) (Posts: 105; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)
This. All the anodized aluminum parts in my Mustang look as good as they did the day I installed them 1-3 years ago. That includes control knobs, shifter, engine parts etc. If a no name Chinese company can figure out how to do it right, surely the brilliant minds at apple can do the same? Hell, my anodized valve stem caps are still flawless, and they're exposed to rain, snow, salt, heat and cold.
2. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5527; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
I would go for an Otterbox Commuter case instead.
4. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3868; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
Honestly, case thickness doesn't bother me too much. As long as I know my device is protected, I'll take the added dimensions. It's satisfying to drop your phone, and know it's perfectly fine just by the sound of the low *thud* when it hits.
10. darkkjedii (Posts: 10080; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Yeah I gotta agree with u on that one bro. I hate putting my iPhone in a case cuz I love the look of it, but I know me and a case is definitely best with my clumsy hands lol.
13. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3868; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
Some cases can look really good, actually. Have you seen the Otterbox for the DNA? Looks pretty good. Now if only more cases were like that lol. The Ballistic SG case on my GS2 looks pretty nice though, I like the look of it. I intend to get the same case for the Nexus 4 as soon as it's released.
17. darkkjedii (Posts: 10080; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Yeah I've seen it, a guy at my job has one...nice looking case too.
25. billybuttpounder (banned) (Posts: 105; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)
And the shoddy build quality of the i5. You uh, you left that part out LOL.
18. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5527; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
Not the Commuter series. You are thinking about the Defender cases.
22. BattleBrat (Posts: 1038; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)
I have a commuter on my RAZR it only makes it as thick as a DROID X without a case. The Droid RAZR is as thick as a 4th gen iPod touch BTW
15. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1106; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)
I don't like the Otterbox Commuter for the iPhone 5. It actually causes drops because the case is so slick it falls out of my wife's hands often. At least it protected it from the drops.
19. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5527; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
"At least it protected it from the drops."
That is what it is supposed to do. Think about how the phone would look absent the case (w/o the case, it is more slippery). The Otterbox case made both the GS III and Note II much easier to hold (less slippery) for me. Personally, I wait to buy a phone until an Otterbox Commuter case is released for the phone.
5. amiaq (Posts: 378; Member since: 30 Jun 2012)
It's a Justin Bieber of smartphone! It won't look though regardless what it's wearing.
7. meccausa02 (Posts: 5; Member since: 13 Jan 2012)
I have one of these cases for my Samsung Galaxy.. Love it.
12. meowcenary (Posts: 187; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)
If it was a real ballistic case, the internals of the device would be wraped in gel for shock. The shock would be from drops and high explossives. Then the outer case would be of some dyneema fiber.
20. dorianb (Posts: 347; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)
Honestly it doesn't look THAT BAD. Please tell me that yellow button isn't included though.