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TPU Case for Moto X - Smoke
So you've got the brand new Motorola Moto X™ smartphone and you need a case for it? Look no further because Monoprice has you, and your phone, covered!
This case is made of TPU (thermoplastic polyurethane), a material that combines the flexibility of silicone with durability and protection of PC (polycarbonate). The case has cutouts on the top and bottom for the connectors and on the back for the camera lens, flash, and speaker. The buttons on the sides are covered with a thin section of TPU, allowing each button to be manipulated without exposing it to the elements.
MOTOROLA and the Stylized M Logo are registered trademarks of Motorola Trademark Holdings, LLC
Now... about the design flaw. This case has separate holes for the camera lens and the flash. The two holes are right next to each other leaving a thin piece of material that running between them. If you use the camera flash this material catches the light, throws it back into your lens, and ruins your picture. High-end case manufacturers who actually test their products realize this and used a different design. Reference the Otterbox cases for the Moto X.
I easily remedied this with an X-ACTO knife. I cut out the septum and shaved the sides a bit, joining the two holes into one egg-shaped hole. The camera works perfectly now and I'm probably the only one who notices the less-than-perfect edges of the hole.
PROS: + It's under $3!
+ Fits snugly, doesn't ruin Moto X's good hand feel.
+ Works great with Monoprice 10310 (Suction Cup Mount).
CONS: - Design flaw impairs use of camera with flash.
It's a standard TPU skin, thin, great fit, nice amount of grippiness to it despite being perfectly smooth. I wish it wasn't labeled "MONOPRICE" quite so boldly, but I'm willing to advertise a little for such a low price. I'm generally very happy with it.
The only drawback is the problem with the "flash hole" as noted by another reviewer. The opening in the case is a little too close to the camera lens, and far too close to the flash LED. In flash photos, the case itself catches a substantial amount of light from the flash, and a substantial amount of that light leaks back out again near the lens, ruining the picture. This should be easy to fix with an exacto knife or small sharp scissors, although I have not yet done so.
Monoprice, I'd be glad to send photos of the case as applied to the phone, and pictures taken on the phone, with and without the flash, with and without the case, for you to forward to the design folks.
PROS: Low price, thin, low price, grippy, low price, nice tight fit, low price, works perfectly in a clip-style holster from another vendor, low price.
CONS: Small hole for camera flash LED interferes with flash photos as noted in another review
PROS: Great fit, great grip, everything is awesome except for that one thing that everyone is complaining about.
CONS: Lack of color choices. Monoprice forgot to NOT put plastic between the camera flash and lens, which affects the picture quality.
One issue: The camera lens and flash have separate cutouts. When taking a picture with the flash, the light gets caught in the case and bleeds into the camera, ruining the shot. I recommend Monoprice revise the design so the lens and flash share the same cutout.
PROS: Great fit, great feel, nice look
CONS: Flawed design around camera area - flash bleeds into pictures
PROS: Well made and economically priced
PROS: Incredibly cheap and durable
CONS: TPU between lens and flash causes a washed out appearance. On the bright side, I just removed the excess plastic with a simple pocketknife.
PROS: Great fit
CONS: Design around camera, flash
PROS: Works great as a case to protect against small drops. Adds enough friction to stay in place on a table, etc, yet slippery enough to put in your pocket.
CONS: When taking a photo using flash, it washes out the picture, so just temporarily remove it for the photo, luckily it is easy to remove, and then put back on.