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Spigen Slim Armor Case

cases Samsung Note 5



Overall the Spigen Slim Armor Case looks nice with a cross between sleek and rugged. The back’s material is worthy of the Note 5’s appearance. Some of the cases I have tested the material feels cheap, but that is not the case with this one. My one knock on this phone is the case is kind of boring. The front lip protrudes pretty far out which is good for protection but can kind of be an eyesore if your phone is a different color.  – 8.5


gripI was actually a little surprised with how this felt when I picked it up. I thought it had a pretty slippery grip. In fact, I don’t even know if it has what I would call a grip at all. When laying screen down, it is more difficult to pick up than all of the cases I have tested. I am not sure the grip provided by the case is preferable to the grip provided by the phone. That’s not good.. – 2.0


protectionWell, this is the good news about having a bad grip: it should protect from a lot of drops. It isn’t bulky, but you can tell it is made to protect. Even with the protruded lip, somebody who values protection would still be well suited to buy a screen protector. I consider this phone a mix of utilitarian and attractiveness and I think they came up short in both trying to please all. – 8.5


accessibilityAll the ports are cut precisely, except there is no port the Sim card, which is common on a lot of cases. Being a thicker case the ports are a bit more recessed and the S Pen can be a little tricky to get except from the side where they left a notch out. Not a problem once you get used to it. I am guessing in order to shave some size off, the volume rocker and power button sit flush on the case making it a touch more difficult to quickly find the right button. The audio jack has plenty of room and would accommodate most any plug you could throw at it.  Overall it is good for the size of the case but I prefer more easily found buttons for the volume. – 8.0


featuresIf you are buying this case, or even looking at it my guess it is for the kickstand. In fact, this is the first case I bought because I wanted a kickstand too. The kickstand works but it is very flimsy. I can’t imagine these standing up to any major use for an extended period of time. I am also not thrilled with the angle it sits at and I personally feel it would have been better served a bit more tilted back, like where you would want a laptop positioned but that really is just splitting hairs. It is easily viewable from a sitting position and I doubt most would find the angle objectionable. – 9.0



If you need a kickstand and don’t want a flip case this is pretty much your only bet. Like you, I wish my overall opinion of this case was better. It isn’t bad but I feel like it is trying to be too many things. I could overlook most of the negative, but the grip is really my main problem with it. Just writing this made me pick the phone up many times and each time was the same uncomfortable non secure grip. I don’t like it, but if you need a kickstand this is a relatively high end looking case, if not a little boring, that does a nice job of protecting it without impeding the accessibility. I just can’t recommend it due to the grip.


Appearance - 8.5
Grip - 2
Protection - 8.5
Accessibility - 8
Features - 9