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Battery Case Review: Brando Power Case for Samsung Galaxy S4 with Cover Review
      #45502 - 10/24/13 01:07 PM

Battery Case Review: Brando Power Case for Samsung Galaxy S4 with Cover Review

Editor's Ratings (1-5): 4

What's Hot: Protects the phone while charging the battery, smart flip cover, easy to install and take off.

What's Not: Super slippery back and adds some bulk and weight to the slim phone.

Reviewed by Tong Zhang

The Brando Power Case for Samsung Galaxy S4 with Cover is an external battery charger for the Galaxy S4 that also functions like a protective case. It has a beefy 4500mAh rechargeable battery that adds many more hours of media playing and talk time to the Galaxy S4's built-in battery. It's also a protective case with a hard plastic shell and a front cover. The Brando Power Case is very easy to use and comes in black and white versions.



Design

The Brando Power Case for Samsung Galaxy S4 with Cover comes in a flip case form and it opens like a book. The smartphone holder on the right side is made with sturdy hard plastic with the built-in battery. At the bottom of the smartphone casing, you'll find a micro USB connector and you can slide your Galaxy S4 into the connector to charge. The Brando Power Case has a very nice design that helps you put the phone in and take it out easily. The top part of the case slides open, so that you can slide your phone in and out without anything blocking it, and once you're done, slide the top back. The case is form fit for the Galaxy S4 and protects the back and sides of the phone completely. The only thing that we dislike about the case design is the piano shiny paint that makes the case very slippery. As battery cases go, the Brando Power Case isn't too thick, though it does add noticeable bulk to your slim phone. The case also adds 4.6 ounces to your Galaxy S4.



The Brando Power Case for Samsung Galaxy S4 offers a front cover that protects the Galaxy S4's front glass. The cover is slim compared to the battery casing, and it has soft lining that's kind to your Galaxy S4's screen. The front cover has a cutout that's big enough to show the time, date, incoming caller ID and notifications so you don't have to even open the flip cover to see that information.



Features

The Brando Power Case for Samsung Galaxy S4 with Cover is a very functional case thanks to its clever design. The case has side cutouts that leave the volume rocker and the power button exposed for easy access. The top of the case leaves enough room for you to use the 3.5mm audio jack and leave the top mic and IR window open. Since the case takes up your Galaxy S4's connector for charging, it offers a charging port on the outside near the left corner so that you can charge the battery as well as your phone and sync your phone with computer. The case has a sound grill on the back to let the speaker audio through and a deep cutout for the camera and LED cluster that works well with the Galaxy S4's rear camera. The Brando Power case also has a sound hole near the bottom mic to let the sound through.



The front cover has a cutout for the earpiece so that you can take or make calls without opening the flip cover. The front cover also works with the display's auto on/off feature very well so that you can turn on or off the screen without touch any button. On the back of the Brando Power Case you'll find a small folding stand. It positions the Samsung Galaxy S4 in a comfortable 40-degree angle for media viewing, video chatting more, in landscape orientation.



Battery

The Brando Power Case for Samsung Galaxy S4 with Cover has a built-in Lithium battery that's 4500mAh in capacity. It outputs 800mAh and charges the Galaxy S4 fairly quickly. In our tests, the battery pack charged the Galaxy S4 from completely drained to 100% in 2.5 hours and it could charge the Galaxy S4 1.2 times. It can add hours of video playback and talk time to your Galaxy S4's internal battery and it takes about 6-8 hours to fully charge the battery pack via USB. The battery pack has a power on/off button and four LED lights that indicate the power level remaining in the battery.

Conclusion

The Brando Power Case for Samsung Galaxy S4 with Cover is a great choice for those who don't want to swamp phone's internal battery or those who want a battery and a case in one. It has enough juice to charge your Galaxy S4 completely at least once and if you only need to top up, the battery can last you for days on a charge. The case is very intelligently designed which makes it easy to use and your phone very function while inside the case. We like the cutout window on the front cover, the small but steady stand and how easy it is to slide your phone in and out of the case. The battery case is also extremely affordable. The only thing we wish were different is the glossy piano shiny surface that's very slippery.

Price: $36
Web site: Brando







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