Protecting your Galaxy S3 should be a no brainer. Choosing what kind of case in which to put your new, shiny phone can be confusing.
The Incipio SILICRYLIC case gets its name from providing two separate layers of protection for your Samsung Galaxy S III (S3.) The inner layer is made of silicone and the outer layer is a shell made of acrylic.
Incipio cases are knows for their style and use of quality components. Unlike the Incipio Feather case which I reviewed recently, the SILICRYLIC case is a case that is designed to really protect the Galaxy S3.
Incipio SILICRYLIC case
The Incipio SILICRYLIC case starts with a thin layer of silicone that slips on over the Galaxy S3. It was very easy to slip this on – it is actually rather loose fitting as far as these inner layers go.
The inner silicone layer has cutouts for the charging port, microphones and headphone jack. There is also a large cutout on the back for the camera, flash and speaker.
The inner layer has an overlay for the Volume buttons and Power button, which still allows the user to press the buttons through the case.
The outer layer of the Incipio SILICRYLIC case is made of a rubberized acrylic. It snaps onto the back of the device and is held in place by four prongs at each corner. Once snapped into place, the Galaxy S3 is covered by the inner layer on the top and bottom and around the edges and by both layers on the back and sides.
The Incipio SILICRYLIC case is designed as a protective case. The combination of an inner layer and a harder, more protective outer layer works well. This case has a softer feel than the Casemate or Seidio two piece cases. The Incipio SILICRYLIC also has a slimmer profile than most two piece cases.
It doesn’t seem that the reduction in thickness will adversely affect protection, but basic physics might argue that the bulkier cases will do a slightly better job if you were to drop your phone.
I found this combination to be just about right – the protection is very good against banging or scratching the phone and it seems like this case would offer good protection if the phone were dropped.
One additional note worth mentioning is that Incipio included a screen protector with the case which is a very nice touch.
Attention to Detail
The Incipio SILICRYLIC case is well made and the cutouts and overlays are just where they need to be. The material feels good in the hand and the two cases snap together quite easily and make a near perfect seam.
The headphone jack is cut out nicely and deeply so that it can accommodate all types of jacks – which is not the case for all cases for the Galaxy S3. The slim and tapered front seems to give case makers some grief when trying to design the opening for the headphone jack.
The wrap up
The Incipio SILICRYLIC case for the Galaxy S3 is a very good, protective case. The two piece design works well and is easy to get on and off the phone. The second, harder shell case snaps nicely into place and the soft feel makes this case easy to grip.
- Case doesn’t add as much bulk as other two-piece designs
- Case offers good protection
- Case extends over the front of phone protecting the scree if you lay it on its face
- included screen protector
- More time consuming to get on and off than a one piece design
- The button overlays protrude a bit making accidental pushing a possibility
The Incipio SILICRYLIC case is a very good option if you are looking for a true “protective” case for your Galaxy S3. The two piece design works well and that available color combinations can offer some style to your phone.