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.