iPhone 5s Case Review: Booq Complete Protection Kit for iPhone 5/5s Review
Editor's Ratings (1-5): 4.5
What's Hot: Real tempered glass, ultra protective of the screen, thin and light case.
What's Not: Makes the fingerprint scanning home button deeper to reach.
Reviewed by Tong Zhang
Booq is expanding its product lines from backpacks and bags into mobile device protection and carrying solutions, and their Booq Complete Protection Kit for iPhone 5/5s is a unique way of doing that. Instead of selling a case that comes with a scree protector, the Booq solution is really selling you the screen protector that happens to come with a case. The screen protector in the Booq Complete Protection Kit isn't your run of the mill film protector, it's made with tempered glass and it provides ultra protection for the front glass of the iPhone 5 or iPhone 5s. The Kit comes with either black back case or white one.
The Booq Complete Protection Kit for iPhone 5/5s comes with a plastic snap case that covers the phone's back and sides. It's very thin and has brushed exterior and shiny interior. You can get the back case in either black or white, but no gold eddition is available at the time of this review. The case can certainly protect the iPhone 5 or iPhone 5s from scratches, bumps or nicks from keys and other small objects in your bag and its matted surface improves the grip of the thin phone.
The real piece de resistance is the screen protector that shields the front glass of the iPhond 5/5s. It's made with tempered glass and it's thicker than most film protectors we've seen. The glass screen protector is much more scratch-resistant and because it's more weighty than thin film protectors, it's easy to avoid any air bubble during installation. The glass protector is coated with anti-smudge oleophobic coating that won't show fingerprints and skin oil. Since the glass protector is thicker, the iPhone 5s' fingerprint Home button sits deeper, but it doesn't prevent it from working properly.
The back case of the Booq Complete Protection Kit for iPhone 5/5s is barely there and the iPhone 5/5s is very functional while in this case. The case has large openings on the top and bottom of the phone so that you have access to the power button, the mic, the speaker and the Lightning port easily. The case has a side cutout that's long enough for you to access the silence button and the volume buttons. The case has a rear cutout that leaves the rear camera and the LED lights exposed.
The front glass protector feels sturdy and slippery. It's sturdier than most film protector and should last much longer. The corners of the protector shouldn't peel or lift since it's glass, and the case comes with a cleaning cloth to clean the front of your iPhone 5/5s before applying the protector. The Kit also comes with two Home button gel pieces which work with Home button fine on both iPhone models, but not if you plan to use the Home button on the iPhone 5s as a fingerprint scanner for security.
The Booq Complete Protection Kit for iPhone 5/5s is a unique kit in a way that it's really about the screen protector but you do end up with a slim case. We love the tempered glass as front screen protector, and once you've used it, you'll wonder why you haven't used it before. The back case is very functional and protects the phone from scratches effectively. It only comes with black and white, however, and no word on if or when there'll be a gold version.