BlackBerry Case Review: iSkin vibes for BlackBerry Z10 Review
Editor's Ratings (1-5): 4.5
What's Hot: Cutouts are perfectly aligned, grippy and comes in four colors.
What's Not: Change the look of the phone.
Reviewed by Tong Zhang
iSkin has released a thermoplastic case for the new BlackBerry Z10, the iSkin vibes. The case protects the smartphone's back and sides and comes with a screen protector that covers the front glass. The iSkin vibes for the BlackBerry Z10 is reasonably thin and lightweight and comes in four colors: black, pink, blue and purple.
The iSkin vibes for BlackBerry Z10 is a well made case. The thermopolymer material feels durable, impervious to scratches, nicks and bumps from objects that might otherwise irritate the surface of your smartphone when you store it in a bag or backpack with other items. The case is reasonably thin and only weighs an ounce. The design of the vibes resembles iSkin's vibes cases for other devices: patterned back with smooth sides. The material feels grippy in hand and it's sturdy enough that it won't lose its strength in shape any time soon. But it also has some flexibility so that it's easy for you to put the case on or take it off. The interior is smooth but not buffed to shine like on the exterior, and it won't scratch or mark your phone when you install the case. The iSkin vibes covers the entire back and all four corners and sides of the BlackBerry Z10 and it wraps around and covers the front edge of the smartphone. When you rest the BlackBerry on a table face down, the case will touch the surface instead of the phone's front side.
The iSkin vibes for BlackBerry Z10 comes in four very pleasing colors and the non-toxic, BPA and lead free material also has Microban antimicrobial protection that helps prevent stains, odors and discoloring. The case also comes with a screen protector that covers the display glass. The case, though reasonably thin and good looking, does change the look of the phone from unique style to a more generic block. But that is often the trade off to have protection for your device.
The iSkin vibes for BlackBerry Z10 has perfect cutouts for all ports and covers the buttons on the smartphone with easy-to-use protective button pieces of its own. The iSkin vibes has cutout for the rear camera and flash that has glare guard on the rim so that your flash won't bounce off and the cutout is perfectly centered around the camera cluster. The side cutouts for the ports are perfectly aligned, so are the bottom cutout for the speaker grill, the top audio jack and the top mic cutouts. The top power button and side volume buttons and play/pause/voice command button have stiffer pieces over them, and these pieces not only protect the buttons from exposure but also make using these buttons a lot easier than the naked buttons on the phone.
The iSkin vibes for BlackBerry Z10 is a no-grill grippy case that gets the job done and does it with a flare of style thanks to the design and colors. The case feels durable and is well made and fits the BlackBerry smartphone perfectly. The cutouts provide you the convenience and protect the buttons from exposure. We like the grippy surface and the fact that the case covers most of the phone and comes with a screen protector. It does change the phone's look though by transforming the unique look of the BlackBerry Z10 into a more generic rectangular block. We also like the lightweight yet protective material and the low price.