After using the Incipio NGP, and also nothing, this offers the best of both worlds.
The Incipio is a tank, and I'll use that case for when the likely hood of a sharp object or corner will crack the back after a fall., such as when working on the car and possible dropping it over tools or tool chests. This thing has saved my iphone from many tough falls, like asphalt. The case still looks new.
When I need to travel light, I've used nothing, but realize that if I put my iphone down on any surface the camera lens is prone to scratching. Plus, if it falls, it's toast.
For the best of both worlds, this case is awesome.
-raises the iphone just enough so that if it falls on its face or back, the iphone never touches the surface
-Matte rubber edges for front and back
-Glossy grippy stripe edge in the middle
-perfect button placement, has cut out for noise reduction mic.