Samsung Galaxy S4 Case Review: Cygnett WorkMate Evolution Case for Samsung Galaxy S4 Review
Editor's Ratings (1-5): 5
What's Hot: Very protective with 3 layers of material, grippy, survives 10-foot drops.
What's Not: Adds bulk and weight to the slim phone.
Reviewed by Tong Zhang
In Cygnett's large selection of Samsung Galaxy S4 cases, the WorkMate Evolution case is the toughest when it comes to preventing damage to the phone. The WorkMate Evolution case follows the company's popular WorkMate series in making the cases into super protective carrying solutions that are suited for field work environment that might not be very kind to the workers' high-end electronic devices. The WorkMate Evolution for the Samsung Galaxy S4 improves upon the WorkMate design with 3 layers of protection, reinforced corners, deep ridges to separate the screen from surfaces and a very grippy back. The case comes with a heavy-duty screen protector to shield the screen from scratches.
The WorkMate Evolution Case for the Samsung Galaxy S4 looks and feels like a rugged case. Its 3-layer material is built based on a tough TPU inner chassis with rubberized PC shell and textured silicon inlay back that gives you excellent grip on the phone. The exterior shell and the TPU layer are separable which makes it easier to install the case or take it off without struggling with the phone. These two parts of the case have tighter integration than the ones found on Seidio ACTIVE case and the harder shell covers more of the phone as well when compared to the Seidio case that follows a similar design concept. The textured inlay on the back is non-removable. Another signature character for the WorkMate series cases is that it's built to protect your device from shock damage, and the WorkMate Evolution for the Galaxy S4 has certainly taken it to a new level. In the below video you'll see that the Samsung Galaxy S4 survives a 10-feet drop without a scratch or any crack on the screen while being protected by the WorkMate Evolution. The superior drop protection comes from the sturdy frame that has reinforced corners and the combination of rigid and cushy parts working together to absorb large amount of shock.
The WorkMate Evolution for the Samsung Galaxy S4 case is also quite deep, creating a pronounced edge that easily separates the front glass from any flat surface when you put the phone face down. Just to be certain though, the Cygnett WorkMate Evolution comes with a nice screen protector.
The protection the WorkMate Evolution case provides can certain win against any scratches, bumps and nicks but it does add some bulk and an additional 1.8 ounces to your slim smartphone. Currently the Cygnett WorkMate Evolution case comes in four color options, black, grey, orange and bright blue. Other than the black one, the case comes in two-tone colors.
The WorkMate Evolution case for the Samsung Galaxy S4 is a very functional case thanks to the necessary cutouts that give you access to ports. The top cutouts leave out the 3.5mm audio jack, the top mic and IR port for easy access. Be aware however, that the two-layer protection at the top of the phone adds some depth to the cutout, but so far all the headphones and earbuds we've tested worked with the case. The bottom cutouts leave the sync/charge port open as well as the bottom mic open for sound to pass through. The back cutouts give the camera and flash enough room to operate properly, and the case has speaker holes over the phone's rear speaker. All cutouts have perfect alignments.
Unlike the ports that need to be open, the buttons on the Galaxy S4 hide behind the inner layer of the WorkMate Evolution. The case has rigid rubber covering along the power button and the volume rocker. Under the cover, you'll less likely press the sides buttons on the Galaxy S4 by accident; in fact, it takes a firm press to operate the side buttons when the phone is in the case. The included screen protector has cutouts for the front sensors, earpiece and the home button.
So far the Cygnett WorkMate Evolution Case is one of the toughest cases we've seen for the Samsung Galaxy S4, and for those who are afraid to drop their phone and crack its screen, the WorkMate Evolution provides excellent drop protection. The case is very protective and easy to handle. The phone is very functional while in the case and we like the color combos currently available. It does add some bulk and weight though, but if you're out in the field and don't want your phone scratched or damaged, the WorkMate Evolution will do the trick.