Spigen Ultra Hybrid Case for Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Review


Cases, in general, usually mask the design of smartphones that companies work hard on endlessly to perfect. Some phones are notable for their outstanding designs, so when a case is placed over it, those attractive qualities are dashed. Well, if you have the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and want to preserve its evolutionary design, the Spigen Ultra Hybrid Case seems like a suitable option.

Thanks to the clear hard back panel of the Ultra Hybrid Case, the phone’s original design is maintained – allowing us continued looks to the phone’s rear casing. In addition to that clear back casing, one that provides a small level of protection, the Ultra Hybrid Case features a flexible matte bumper around the sides, which is there to cushion the phone if it’s dropped. In our experience, even with minor falls, the case lacks the profound protection we get from Spigen’s other cases – so it’s pretty minimalistic with this one.

Unfortunately, the buttons covering the power and volume controls are flush with the surrounding areas, which makes it tough to distinguish them with our fingers. However, cutouts are found throughout the case to offer us access to the S Pen slot, 3.5mm headset jack, and even the heart rate sensor on the back of the phone. Looking around the front of the case, there’s a small lip to make the screen recessed – so it’s not necessarily in contact with the surface if it’s placed down on its screen. Visually, there isn’t much of an attractive quality to the case. That’s because it instead retains the handset’s original design with its clear cover.

At the moment, you can pick up the Spigen Ultra Hybrid Case for as low as $11.99 through Amazon – though, its normal retail price is $24.99. The sale price alone makes it attractive, specifically for those owners who want to show off the phone’s original, sophisticated design – as opposed to masking it with an ordinary case.


Pros

  • Inexpensive case
  • Phone's original design is maintained thanks to the clear cover
  • Little bulk is added to the phone

Cons

  • Design is boring
  • Buttons are tough to feel out
  • Minor protection against drops

PhoneArena Rating:

7.0

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3 Comments

1. kevin91202

Posts: 642; Member since: Jun 08, 2014

Would love to have a bumper case, i.e., without the clear back. the case lacks the profound protection we get from Spigen’s other cases – so it’s pretty minimalistic with this one. Unfortunately, the buttons covering the power and volume controls are flush with the surrounding areas, which makes it tough to distinguish them with our fingers. However, cutouts are found throughout the case to offer us access to the S Pen slot, 3.5mm headset jack, and even the heart rate sensor on the back of the phone. Looking around the front of the case, there’s a small lip to make the screen recessed – so it’s not necessarily in contact with the surface if it’s placed down on its screen. Visually, there isn’t much of an attractive quality to the case. That’s because it instead retains the handset’s original design with its clear cover. At the moment, you can pick up the Spigen Ultra Hybrid Case for as low as $11.99 through Amazon – though, its normal retail price is $24.99. The sale price alone makes it attractive, specifically for those owners who want to show off the phone’s original, sophisticated design – as opposed to masking it with an ordinary case.

2. loloonline

Posts: 3; Member since: Nov 24, 2014

Very Good

3. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

I bought one of these "Ultra Hybrid" for my M8 mainly for the transparent back, worst case i have ever bought. I got refunded half the value of the case because of a known manufacturer's defect in which the case comes scratched out of the box and it's pretty noticeable, the case itself is nice but the phone stays loose inside of it and if i push with a finger it goes up and down which resulted in some pretty nasty scratches on my phone's back. I'm now using it naked and have more scratches from this case than from the naked use.

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