This case comes in three parts, two harder plastic edges (one for the top and sides of the phone and the second for the bottom. These clip together around the back piece with the design on it. The design is awesome. It looks even better than the pictures. In person, it has an almost 3-d effect and I have gotten many compliments on it. I feel that after taking the phone case on and off after a while that the hard plastic edges will break, but for the price I definitely recommend it! The edges will protect the phone but the back design is very thin so there is minimal protection there, though if you are looking for protection and want to spend less than $10 you're probably not going to be able to get a pretty design as well.