Android Smartphone Case Review: iLuv Frill Hardshell Case with Pocket for Samsung Galaxy S III Review
Editor's Ratings (1-5): 4
What's Hot: Nice colors, cool design and very protective.
What's Not: Adds some bulk and no screen protector included.
Reviewed by Tong Zhang
iLuv has released several of their signature case series for the Samsung Galaxy S III including the Peanut Press and Snoopy series. The Frill Hardshell case Pocket has a unique design that includes not only a case for your smartphone but also a pocket for your credit cards, bills or business cards. The case is protective and comes in four colors: white with chrome pocket, black with chrome pocket, pink with white pocket and black with red pocket.
The iLuv Frill is a sturdy hard plastic case that's form fitting to the Samsung Galaxy S III. Both the exterior and interior of the case have a soft touch coating that feels very nice in hand and doesn't feel slippery or leave scratches on your phone when you handling it with the case. The case covers the back of the Galaxy S III as well as the two vertical sides and most of the corners, but leave the top and the bottom of the phone open. Outside of the hard shell, there is a injection molded pocket that goes two-third of the way up and can hold two credit cards, bills and other thin items. The space isn't huge but if you are just taking an ID and some money to the corner store, it'll work. The droplet holes give the case an interesting look and shows Antoni Gaudi's influence. The pocket does add some bulk as it's rigid plastic.
The iLuv Frill comes in four different colors and the case colors and the pocket colors match well in these cases. The case wraps around the sides of the phone and creates a nice barrier for the display so that when you put the phone face down, the display won't touch the surface. While the iLuv Frill adds some bulk it only weighs 1.2 ounces.
The Samsung Galaxy S III is perfectly accessible in the Frill thanks to the cutouts and openings in the case. Since the case doesn't cover the top and the bottom parts of the phone, you have access to the audio jack, sync/charge port and both mics easily. The case tappers the opening so the case hugs the phone at the openings. The iLuv Frill has perfect cutouts on the sides that leave the volume rocker and the power button exposed for easy access.
The Frill has separate cutouts for the rear camera, flash and the speaker. The cutouts align with the ports perfectly. The camera has full view from the lens and the flash illuminates fully. The back pocket opens on top and has a cutout on the bottom to help push the items out, and you're going to need the help because the soft touch surface is grippy for some items.
Protective and convenient, the iLuv Frill Hardshell case Pocket for the Samsung Galaxy S III is a great case for those who wish to carry their phone with an ID, a credit card and some bills when they go to the corner store or coffee house. It fits the phone well and adds very little weight. The soft touch coating feels nice and helps you handle the slippery phone much better. The case is hard and sturdy, and can certainly protect your Galaxy S III from scratches, bumps and nicks and can handle some shock damage. We like the colors iLuv offers for this case and the unique design makes the case stand out. No protective film is included for the front display but the case should work with anything you get on your own.