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FoneM8 - Samsung Galaxy Note Black Gel Skin Case Cover
on 1 February 2012
This gel case is an excellent choice for this phone, offering a modicum of additional protection without detracting from the phone's good looks or its operation. Indeed both are enhanced. Firstly, the phone is easier to hold due to the less slippery surface and, because the side buttons are operated through the case, one is far less likely to actuate them inadvertently - something that I had found very difficult to avoid doing, particularly when changing grip. It's still possible to do this, but generally it requires a deliberate squeeze to operate them with the case fitted. Secondly, the glossy finish and sleek curves of the case, in my opinion, give the phone a very classy look, and feel, while adding less than 2.5 mm to the thickness of an already very thin device. (With the case fitted, the phone's overall thickness is increased to 12mm, which is just 0.5 mm thicker than a naked iPhone 4.) Thirdly, the fit is snug and precise and the cut-outs are in all the right places, including for microphones and speaker, and do not interfere with the insertion of either USB or phone jacks. Nor do they make it any more difficult (at least for me) to extract the stylus. Finally, there is (I am assured) no noticeable echo effect when using telephony.
It is somewhat unfortunate that, with the case fitted, the phone no longer fits in the bespoke Samsung vehicle dock. (This would apply to any fitted case.) However this case is easy to remove and refit on the occasions when it is required to use the phone hands-free in a vehicle.
At 99p, this would undoubtedly be superb value for money. However, as the p&p charges are significant in comparison and increase with the quantity ordered, the true unit cost is somewhat higher. Nevertheless it's still good value and highly recommended.
One final point: The product is not labelled with any manufacturer's identification. This review is for the gel case supplied by FoneM8 in January 2012 accompanied by a card insert replicating the front of the phone, with a picture of some clouds against a blue sky, and carrying the text "Galaxy Noet/i9220".