Early in my BlackBerry device owning journey a case was something I always wanted to have. Not so much for protection, but more for convenience and looks. As I have moved on to more sleeker devices like the 9900 and now a white Z10, the need to make it look better with a case has completely disappeared. My only real use for a case now is for protection.
With Casemate’s new line of Z10 cases we now have well made cases from a trusted brand that offer great protection and also style. MyTrendyPhone sent over the brushed aluminum variant and I have been taking it for a spin for a few days now.
My first impression of the case is that it looks great. The real brushed aluminum inlay on the back is very slick as is the polished Casemate logo. The case consists of 2 pieces shown below.
The inside of the back cover is a soft, rubberized material. Only the inlay on the back and the black part where the logo sits are metal. The rest of the case is plastic. the pieces snap together tightly and securely. I haven’t found an easy way to pry it apart yet because I haven’t had to. It does come apart with some effort though.
The case adds a little more bulk than I thought it would. I do like the raised edges around the screen that protect it when it is laid on a desk or table, but I find them to be a little too high for my liking. Also, when viewing in landscape, the swipe up from the bottom gesture is a little trickier. There is still enough room to do it, but you have to consciously avoid the raised edge. Not a big deal, but worth mentioning.
Mmmm, delicious Z10 Casemate sandwich. Notice the notches where the 2 parts of the case connect to each other, ensuring a secure fit.
The volume and play/pause/voice control keys are accessible, but not as easy to get at with the case on.
Overall, the case looks great, but there are a few functional items that take some getting used to . The case sells for about $50 USD.
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