Case-Mate Tough Case for HTC EVO 4G LTE

The HTC EVO 4G LTE just set you back anywhere from $199 to $549; spending a small portion of that to protect it makes lots of “sense.”

The HTC EVO 4G LTE feels great in the hand. While it certainly seems well built and sturdy, I would not be very happy if I dropped this – either on the face of the device or on the back with the protruding camera lens.

A good case makes me feel better about the investment in the phone and it is good insurance against the unforeseen.

Case-Mate Tough case

Case-Mate take a similar  approach to the Sedio Active case with the Tough series. The case looks good, offers good protection and has some nice features.

Design

The Case-Mate Tough case is a two-piece design – similar to the Sedio Active and other cases with a soft inner layer and a harder shell.  The first piece is similar to a neoprene sleeve that slides over the entirety of the phone. The skin seems to be made of silicon and it fits the device well. It is not quite as snug as a similar design in the Seido Active case, but it fits well.

There are both indentations and protrusions in the silicon part of the case to house the Power/Sleep button, the Volume rocker and the Camera button.  Essentially, the buttons are covered by the sleeve but still easily activated.

The places for the buttons and the cutouts were done well on this case; very precise. The sleeve is a bit loose fitting, so I did have to be careful to make sure that the buttons were aligned properly.

back of case

 

There are cutouts in the silicon for the Headphone jack, the Microphones and the Speakers.

Once the silicon skin is slipped on, you snap on a harder plastic or polycarbonate case that clips on the sides.  The silicon case is indented on the sides – just place the buttons inside the indentations on the right side and snap into place

The hard plastic shell was a black textured rubber with a soft feel to the plastic.

Protection

Cases generally come in two varieties; those that look good and accessorize your phone and those that really protect it if it drops.

Case-Mate is trying to do both with the Tough case for the EVO 4G LTE. My sample came in a black rubberized shell with the black silicon skin underneath.  Because both layers were black, you can’t really tell that there are two layers of protection.

I feel very confident that if I dropped my phone, this case would protect it well.  Every part of the phone is protected. If I lay the phone on its front – the case extends beyond the screen, so it rests on the case.

If I lay the case on the back, the case solves one of the design flaws of the EVO 4G LTE – the protruding camera lens. With the case on, the lens now sits just a hair below being flush with the back of the case. I certainly feel like the lens won’t get scratched if I lay this phone down.

Attention to Detail

The Case-Mate Tough case is very well made, feels good in the hand and has some nice details.

back of case

One particular feature to mention is the way that Case-Mate handles the kickstand on the EVO 4G. When you put on the Case-Mate Tough case, there is an indentation in the back for the kickstand on the EVO 4G. It is recessed a bit – but still easy enough to reach in and open the kickstand when needed.

The wrap up

The Case-Mate Tough case for the HTC EVO 4G LTE is well made and offers good protection. It fits well – maybe just a bit loose, the cutouts and overlays are done well and it offers great protection. Access to the built in kickstand is a nice bonus allowing you to still have the unique functionality, but also have the benefits of protection. The added layer of protection also protects the protruding camera lens – which certainly gives me some piece of mind.

The good

  • Styling is very rugged
  • The case is not too heavy
  • Two-piece design protects well
  • Camera and front of device are protected

The bad

  • Case adds some bulk to a phone that is big
  • Taking the case off requires  a bit of effort

The verdict

This is a very good case to both protect your HTC EVO 4G and give it a little style. If you need a protective case – this is a great option for you.

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Case-Mate Tough Case for HTC EVO 4G LTE

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Geez, Gary...you almost copied word for word the review you did for the Seidio Active case. That's just lazy. Good thing you can't plagiarize yourself, huh?