Samsung Galaxy S4 Case Review: X-Doria Dash Pro Case for Samsung Galaxy S4 Review
Editor's Ratings (1-5): 4.5
What's Hot: Slim and light, covers the front and back of the phone, and has built-in stand.
What's Not: Doesn't cover the corners of the phone.
Reviewed by Tong Zhang
X-Doria is a brand of cases from Doria and it includes three models for the Samsung Galaxy S4 Android smartphone, the Dash Icon, the Dash Pro and the Engage From VR, all priced at $29.99. The Dash Pro case is slim and light and it's made with nice looking faux leather. It covers the entire Galaxy S4 save for the corners and it has a built-in landscape stand. The X-Doria Dash Pro comes in four colors including two solid colors and two with printed patterns.
The X-Doria Dash Pro Case for Samsung Galaxy S4 is made with thin faux leather that looks very much like soft grained leather. The case is in portfolio style with a phone pocket on the right that's form fitting for the smartphone and a cover on the left to protect the screen. Both the front and the back covers have rigid inserts to protect the phone against any scratches, bumps and nicks; and the sides of the case use only leather which is sufficient at prevent mars and pokes to the sides of the phone. Oddly, the case leaves all four corners open; and while this does invite potential scratches to the uncovered corners the rigid back and the front covers should take some of the shock should you drop the phone at short distance. The case feels incredible slim and weighs only 1.4 ounces.
The X-Doria Dash Pro Case for Samsung Galaxy S4 comes in two solid colors, black and dark tan, as well as patterned blue and red. The interior of the Dash Pro has a different color, giving a nice contrast or compliment to the exterior color. The black one has a teal blue interior, the dark tan one has a lime green interior while the patterned two colors have lighter shades of the exterior colors. The X-Doria logo on the front cover matches the interior color. The case is very easy to use and the surface is grippy.
The X-Doria Dash Pro Case for Samsung Galaxy S4 is a very functional case. It has generous cutouts for the side buttons including the power button and the volume rocker. The case leaves most of the top and bottom of the phone open, exposing the top mic, IR port and 3.5mm audio jack as well as the bottom charge/sync port and bottom mic for easy access. The case has a perfect cutout for the back speaker and large enough cutout for the camera lens and the flash to fully illuminate. There's also a slot cut on the front cover that lets the sound through the earpiece so that you can make a call on the phone while the front cover is closed.
The front cover of the X-Doria Dash Pro Case has rigid inserts with three ridged slots. It provides three viewing angles in which you can position your Galaxy S4 in landscape mode for media viewing and video chatting. The angles aren't flat enough to use the on-screen keyboard comfortably. The smartphone can sit steadily in standing position and the built-in stand is very easy to use.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 is a slippery phone, and the X-Doria Dash Pro Case gives you the grip you need to handle the phone safely. The case has a nice faux leather look in all four color options, and it doesn't add much bulk to your slim device. We like the front cover that's rigid and protects the large screen and functions like a built-in stand. The case ignores the corners of the large phone but it does give you access to all ports and buttons.