Tuesday, April 14, 2015
RoXolid Review- Spigen Slim Armor Case for the Samsung Galaxy S6
You have a nice, new, shiny smart phone, you know, the kind with ALLLLLLL the bells and whistles? 47,000,000MP camera, 1.21 Gigawhat battery, a personal assistant that says "Hi" to you in that all too seductive way? You're not going to just run around with that thing naked all day, are you? Of course not, but you also don't want to have your ultra-thin smartphone as thick as your last-generation smartphone. In working on our upcoming review of the Samsung Galaxy S6 we wanted to make sure all that gorgeous glass and aluminum was protected. That's where the Spigen Slim Armor Kickstand case comes into play.
RoXolid Review Specs
Who Makes It - Spigen
What Is It - TPU and Polycarbonate Kickstand Case
Colors - Blue Topaz, Champagne Gold, Gunmetal, Mint, Shimmery White
MSRP - $29.99
I ended ordered two different colors of the Slim Armor cases, one in Gunmetal and one in Blue Topaz. Both arrived in days, actually a day earlier than anticipated and before the Galaxy S6 was released. I was a bit disappointed that the kickstand "nub" on the Gunmetal kickstand was actually broken out of the box. No worries though as a quick email to Spigen resulted in a replacement (actually 4) being sent out. That's great customer service!
While it may appear that the kickstand snaps into the molded back it actually just rests there. When the phone is in the TPU and the back is on the pressure fit of the phone keeps the kickstand in-place. It seemed a bit odd but we'll see in-testing if it works or not.
There are a ton of ways to test a cell case. There are drop tests, scratch tests, throw your phone off the roof like an idiot test but for this test I thought "hey, why don't I just use it", so I did. Before I left the store with my shiney new precious I put the Slim Armor on it. The fit couldn't have been any better. It was snug enough that I didn't feel like the phone was going to fall out but I could also remove the phone if need be quickly and easily. I even discovered that I could remove the phone from the case without removing the molded backing in a pinch.
The volume and power buttons on the Slim Armor are really one of the shining spots on this case. They protect the buttons without inhibiting your access to them. I could easily feel my way along the case to raise or lower the volume or turn the phone on or off without having to look and search for them on the phone. At least for the most part. Coming from a Note 3 the Galaxy S6's power button is in a different location so I find myself reaching higher on the phone to power it on or off, but that's me just having to get used to the phone versus a defect or problem in the case.
At the end of the day I would honestly recommend the Spigen Slim Armor Case to anyone, not only with a Galaxy S6 but with any phone that the company makes one for.It is a great blend of materials and functional design that doesn't leave you feeling like you've buried your phone in something hideous. While it was disappointing that one kickstand was broken out of the box I was very impressed by how well Spigen handled my issue and sent out not just one replacement but several. This was my first experience with Spigen and after this experience it won't be my last. At almost $30 on the Spigen site it may be a little much for a TPU-based case but there are deals to be had for the savvy shopper out there. You invest a lot of money in a smart phone, you should spend a little coin to protect it too and with the Spigen Slim Armor you definitely get what you pay for!
Value - 7
Quality - 9
Performance - 9
Overall - 9