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PC+TPU Edge Bumper for iPhone® 5/5s/SE - Black
This bumper case is designed to fit around the outside edge of your iPhone® 5/5s. It is made of a TPU inner ring molded to a polycarbonate outer ring. The bumper covers the volume and power buttons with TPU material, which allows the controls to be manipulated, while keeping out dust and dirt. It has cutouts for all the other controls and connections.
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The design of this bumper complements the style of the phone very well, and if you don't see the naked phone side by side, it doesn't seem like the phone has a bumper or cover attached. I've gotten to the point where when I look at my iPhone with the bumper off, it looks too delicate somehow, like something's missing. The phone still fits in my pocket very well, and the only drawback of this grippy rim, is when it's in the pocket of some floppy material like gym shorts, it can be difficult to extract because the fabric clings to it a little bit. That might be an advantage when it's in a shirt pocket, though, so you be the judge on that. Now that I think about it, I've only had it fall out of my shirt pocket once, and I do frequently carry it there, so that's just one of those things that's a trade-off, so what advantage or disadvantage that might be to you, depends on how you will use it.
I've dropped my phone a couple of times, and there has been no apparent damage to the phone, or the bumper itself, until about a week ago, I dropped it on a cement pool deck, and the phone landed on the corner. The shiny hard plastic now has a small scar from this, but there was no cracking of the bumper, or any damage to the phone. I have noticed one very recent development, which I reflected above in the Cons remark above, is that the sides of the harder plastic are much thinner where it is cut away for access to the speakers and headphone jack. This part of the bumper has always been the weak spot, and when you grasp the phone by the bottom edge, sometimes the sides will slip off and you end up pinching the sides together. There has now developed a crack in the hard(er) plastic at the thinnest part. The rubbery plastic is still holding, but it seems likely that it will fail sooner or later. Still, to keep things in perspective, I know people who have to replace their phone cover every month, because they break, and this one has lasted 4 months of daily use already, and although it is cracking, I feel it will be ok for another month or two before it fails. That makes these a great value at the reasonable price of $5 or so. I definitely recommend this bumper, and although I'd like to see them beef up material around the speaker and connector area, I definitely feel it was worth the money, and I'd definitely buy it again.
PROS: Great Price
Significant protection with minimal added bulk
Very durable and strong
CONS: Slightly weak around Speakers and Plug area
All the problems stem from the "rubber" material used as the soft part of the case.
The TPU/rubber substrate is too hard, which leads to several problems:
1. The volume and power buttons are a molded part of this rubber, and because it is not flexible enough, they are difficult to press, even when the case is not on the phone. They feel like they're attached too much to the hard plastic frame which isn't allowing them to press in enough.
2. The rims around the edge of the screen and back are not very flexible, which makes it very tough to put the case on. I felt like I was going to scratch the sides of the phone with the case.
3. Because those edge rubber gaskets are so stiff and fit so tight, they would peel any decal or screen protector right off when you put the case on.
So I bought a generic black and clear bumper for $5 shipped. Here's how they compare:
+ generic had softer rubber substrate
+ generic installed easier
+ Monoprice seemed a little more secure
+ Monoprice cutouts were better
+ Monoprice frame is thinner overall
- generic so thick the silent switch is tough to flip
+ generic has metal buttons mounted on a soft rubber membrane, looks 100x classier
+ generic's buttons communicate the phone's "clicky" feel
- generic's rubber is not perfectly trimmed and feels like little edges need to be trimmed
- generic's transparent plastic is super ugly. I found one in all black and ordered it
Overall I'm sticking with the generic one until someone provides an Apple-quality bumper case like for the 4/4S.
PROS: I got it days before the iphone was even released, giving me peace of mind on day one
Extremlely thin. Several people thought it was part of the design of the phone
Just enough lift on front and back to keep it off the table
CONS: Fit almost too snug. Feels like a lot of force to get it on and off.
Volume buttons are small and very hard to push
Power button very spongy
Would never be compatible with a rear decal or screen protector
PROS: excellent fit (except one thing, see con)
front and back lip of the case protect the aluminium back and front screen
protects the phone very well from drops
CONS: the opening for the lightning connector is not large enough. with some manipulation it will fit. A more permanent solution can be obtained with an x-acto knife (only reason for deduction of a star)
PROS: Very small profile, absorbs shock, slides in & out of pocket easily, protects phone from falls, buttons / holes all well designed
CONS: I'd like the TPU part to be black instead of grey case wraps around front far enough that it pushes the side of my Monoprice screen protector and causes a "bubble"
PROS: Low cost and fit well to iPhone 5. All openings are at right size that makes connecting accessories function well.
CONS: A bit too plastic looking and the name Monoprice on the side,but not a big deal. I like this product. It's design and build quality seems way beyond its low cost. Good job, Monoprice.
PROS: Fantastic and cheap.
My only complaint about this case is that it does not work with the 30 pin convertor. If the access on the bottom were just a tad larger it would be great. I have a car hookup with the old style 30 pin connector and have to use an adaptor for my i phone 5. Whenever I want to use it I have to pull the case away. This is inconvenient and has damaged the case. But thats my fault i guess.
Not Grippy (Unlike latex cases, you can remove it from your pocket easily)
Unobstructive (For the most part, see cons)
CONS: My only complaint about this case is that it does not work with the 30 pin convertor. If the access on the bottom were just a tad larger it would be great. I have a car hookup with the old style 30 pin connector and have to use an adaptor for my i phone 5. Whenever I want to use it I have to pull the case away. This is inconvenient and has damaged the case. But thats my fault i guess.
PROS: Nice tight fit. Nice price.
CONS: Lightning connector cutout too small.
PROS: Great price. Snug fit. Low-profile bezel.
CONS: Bottom opening is too small to accommodate Lightning-to-30 pin adapter. Can be forced, but rigid plastic cracks. Also, small as it is, phone is so thin that the bezel completely changed the feel of the phone in your hand.
Unfortunately, the case will begin to crack at the bottom where the hole for the speakers is located. First one side and then the other. I have decided this is the price to pay for a minimalist design and I don't know how this might be improved while keeping the size small. Each case lasts me ~6-months before being so weak it needs replacement.
I now purchase 5x cases at a time and replace as necessary. Even the cost of 5x cases is less than the bigger and clunkier cases at retail outlets.
PROS: Great fit. Has protected my iPhone5 from numerous drops. Completely eliminates scratching when laying phone on surfaces. Minimalist design looks good and is not obtrusive. Doesn't make the iPhone too big after inserting.
CONS: Case cracks at the bottom where the hole for the speakers is located.