Cush Cases Extinguisher Series Heavy Duty Cover Case for Amazon Fire Smartphone (Blue)
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- High quality two piece heavy duty protection case for the Amazon Fire Phone
- Inner TPU case wraps around the Amazon Fire Phone with a lip around the front edge of the glass.
- The outer poly carbonate hardshell provides extra protection to the back, side and corners.
- Accessible to all buttons, connectors, speakers and camera.
- A kick stand on the back of the shell can turn your device into a small media center.
High quality two piece heavy duty protection case for the Amazon Fire Phone. Inner TPU case wraps around the Amazon Fire Phone with a lip around the front edge of the glass. The outer poly carbonate hardshell provides extra protection to the back, side and corners. Accessible to all buttons, connectors, speakers and camera. A kick stand on the back of the shell can turn your device into a small media center.
This is a four star case, but for the price I have to give it five. The cheapest case at the AT&T store was around $30 and didn't look any better than this one -- in fact it wasn't as nice.
This gives full access to all of the necessary holes and the cameras all over the phone. It makes the phone less slippery and provides moderate drop protection, although the screen still needs a protector. It fits snuggly and the grippy parts on the back feel good in my hands. I am a butterfinger, so I need help not dropping my phones. This also keeps it from slipping off of my shoulder when I do the ever-so-stupid neck to ear hold to free my hands. It looks cool and works relatively well.
There is also a little kickstand on the back that works pretty well -- better than a boot to the head. This is all really nice for such a low price.
The good: It is fairly thick and well-ribbed, which makes it easy to grip and offers at least a little drop protection (and, no, I did not test that part). It also projects forward above the screen about 1/16-1/8 inch. That's enough to keep the screen clear of a lot of surfaces and reduces scratch potential. The stand in back is potentially useful; but only if you want to use the phone in horizontal mode for widescreen video.
The bad: I did not find it at all easy to remove; and in the process, the black outer portion separated from the colored inner portion at the corner. The two portions do not snap together; so the only possible repair involves glue. The operating buttons on the phone are covered with pushout buttons on the case. While they do operate the buttons underneath them, I found the one covering the On/Lock button to be unusually stiff and difficult to operate. On the other hand, the Camera/Firefly button is unusally soft and easy to press. This may be due to the location of each on the phone; but the end result is a lot of time spent in battery-draining Firefly mode (since it can be engaged without unlocking the phone screen). Finally, the openings on the bottom of the phone for the microphone, speaker, and USB port are cutouts with a downside of the USB opening being rather tight fitting for the USB plug. I was wondering why the phone wasn't charging until I noticed that the thick case was resisting the charging plug and literally pushing it back out of the port. I was using the Amazon ultra long charging cable with their standard charging adapter. Even after I spread the opening in the case wider to allow the plug to seat properly, the slightest movement of the phone made the case squeeze the plug out until it stopped charging the phone. I had to find a much smaller and shorter portable hard drive cable to fit into the case's cut out.
The ugly: I bought the orange case and the color that arrived didn't match the soft orange pictured in the item description at all. It is more like Safety Neon Orange. The up side is that I can spot the phone from 50 paces away. Haha.
To sum up, you get what you pay for. The case has several really good features and a lot of issues; but considering the inexpensive price, the trade-off might be well worth it.