Samsung Galaxy S4 Case Review: iSkin exo Case for Samsung Galaxy S4 Review
Editor's Ratings (1-5): 4
What's Hot: Strong protection, perfect cutouts, comes in three colors.
What's Not: Not available in white, adds bulk, doesn't come with screen protector.
Reviewed by Tong Zhang
iSkin's first case for the Samsung Galaxy S4 is a semi-rugged case that not only protects your large smartphone from scratches to the back but also provides a good amount of shock and impact protection. The iSkin exo Case comes in a mix of glossy and matte finish exterior, a brushed interior and in three colors including black, blue and pink.
The iSkin exo Case for the Samsung Galaxy S4 is made with non-toxic thermopolymer plastic that has some thickness and fits the phone nicely. The case wraps the entire back and sides of the phone, providing good protection against scratches and bumps. The case covers all corners of the phone and should absorb some shock should you bump it or drop it on a hard surface. The material though feels rigid when the phone is installed, it has good flexibility that makes it very easy to put the case on and take it off of the phone. To help protect the front display when you put the phone face down, the iSkin exo for the Galaxy S4 has raised the side bumper edges to create a barrier so that the case touches the surface instead of the front glass.
For the strong protection, you do get a case that adds bulk to the Galaxy S4. The Samsung smartphone is ultra slim but it's large nonetheless. The iSkin exo case adds enough bulk to the sides that you actually feel the phone is noticeably wider when you're holding it in hand. The iSkin exo Case currently comes in black, blue and pink but those who chose a white Galaxy S4 and wanted to keep it that color will have to look elsewhere since the iSkin exo doesn't offer that color. While the case offers the barrier to the display it doesn't come with a screen protector.
The iSkin exo Case for the Samsung Galaxy S4 is a very functional case. The case protects the side buttons including the power button and volume rocker. These buttons are easy to operate under the case cover. The iSkin exo offers cutouts to ports that need openings. The top cutouts give you access to the audio jack, top mic and the IR window and the bottom cutouts leave the sync/charge port and the bottom mic open. On the rear of the phone, the case has a cutout for the camera/flash cluster that gives the lens full view and the flash enough space to fully illuminate. There's a small cutout over the rear speaker grill to let the audio though. All cutouts on the iSkin exo Case are perfectly aligned with the ports.
If you're looking for a case that covers more of the phone than the Cygnett's Mint Feel case, the iSkin exo Case gives your phone much thicker protection and it coves the corners and the top and bottom of the phone. The case also protects the side hardware buttons from wear and tear and offers cutouts to everything you need to use on the phone. We like the strong protection the iSkin exo Case provides and the available colors. And we wish there were a white one for the white Galaxy S4 owners. Though it doesn't come with a screen protector, if you pre-order the case on iSkin's web site right now you get a free screen protector with your pre-order.