on 17 May 2014
This shell replaces the back cover of the Moto G (you take the original back cover off before fitting this). It is effectively a back cover with a built-in rubber bumper.
Fitting is reasonably easy, but I found I had to use a credit card to ease the rubber over the bottom of the phone. It fits neatly and precisely.
I would say the main benefit is that the rubber bumper makes the Moto G nicer to hold. Less slippery, better grip and more secure.
The buttons are covered by rubber and this makes them require a tad more pressure to operate but nothing major. Also be aware that the rubber lip around the edge of the phone creates a barrier that your finger may bump into when you swipe. The edge of the rubber around the screen is, inevitably, a little loose if you tug it, especially around the ports and buttons. Nothing to worry about, though.
Overall, a very nice, good quality accessory for the money. It makes the Moto G more pleasant and secure to hold so I'm keeping it on mine.
on 16 December 2014
I'm chuffed to bits with this case, which arrived a day earlier than advised.
I've had my Moto G 4G LTE for about 2 weeks now.
I'd already ordered a screen protector and a couple of cheap "trial," cases from Amazon in order to make sure that, as soon as I'd purchased it, that it had protection out of the box.
I was tempted, given that, the Motos have interchangeable backs to leave the back "naked," as I love the feel of the Moto in my hand and the "dimple," is very useful when holding the phone with one hand.
However, I decided that, even if I could change the back, there was no real protection for the sides and the power/volume buttons.
The 2 cases I'd ordered were OK, one was a clip on shell, but, like most of these left the top and bottom without any real protection, the other was a standard "S Line," TPU case, which was brilliant, other than the fact that it kept accidentally triggering the question as to whether I wanted to "shut down," the phone when I moved it, picked it up, or turned it to Landscape mode, which became a bit irritating....obviously it was gripping the power button too tightly.
For me, this case is the best of both worlds.
It combines the protection of a TPU case with the rubber bumper, which, when on doesn't feel that "rubbery," to me and which provides some good "grip," on the side, a real feature of the "S-Line," cases and the sleekness of the original Moto G shell on the back.
It wasn't as difficult to install as some efforts I've seen on You-tube, or read about in reviews.
I'm not sure how easy it'd be to damage the actual back, of the case and, as others have said, it's not very "grippy," on the back, but these are minor details for me, as it's replaceable and a lot cheaper on Amazon than on the official Motorola Website.
I've gone for the plain black one, in order to keep the look of the phone, as I bought it, originally.
I'll probably order a 2nd case, in order to have one at the ready, should this one ever get damaged!
In short, it looks and feels great and I'd thoroughly recommend it to anyone who wants to keep the feel and look of the Moto as it come out of the case, but who wants the security of knowing that there's some added protection there..
Oh and Gorilla glass, or no Gorilla glass, having seen a few smashed screens of late, I'd always recommend a decent Screen Protector and, if, like me, you can't fit the damn things and they're left with dust marks/bubbling, take it along to the Carphone Warehouse and they'll fit it in 5 minutes, for a fiver! :O))
UPDATE: 6 WEEKS IN!
I have to say, that, having used this for 6 weeks, or so, it does tend to pick up fingerprints and marks very easily.
I sort of wish that Motorola would use the same material for this, as they do for their Flip Shells.
That said, and having tried a few alternatives, I've come back to it, over and again, as I still think it's the best case out there!
on 5 January 2016
This case fits the phone very snug, it is a tight fit to put on, but once on there is no risk of any movement or the case detaching from the phone. It allows you to maintain the slim and sleek feel of the phone while holding it while also providing a little grip, slightly cushioned edges for if the phone may be dropped, and an elevated surface so the phone can be placed with the screen down without any risk of scratches.
In addition, because of it it being a Motorola customizable back it removes the need for a full case, while still ensuring that it is held in place as if you had one. It also allows you to add a bit of colour to your phone to give it a little more personality.
This is not a heavy duty case - simply a bumper case that is attached to the back of the phone and thus permanently on. If - like me - however you are not in need of a heavy duty case to protect from large impacts and just need something small to protect from bumps and scrapes then this item should be ideal for you.
Since attaching this almost a year ago I have still not needed to remove it from my phone so cannot comment on how easy/hard it will be to take off, but I imagine that like putting it on, there will be a fair amount of manoeuvring, squeezing and pulling required. This in my eyes is far from a negative, as it ensures that the item is an exact fit to your phone and for the time I have owned it, has shown no hints of even starting to come loose.