Ballistic Every1 Case for the Samsung Galaxy S4

The Ballistic Every1 Case turns the Samsung Galaxy S4 into something different. Something ... dangerous. OK, maybe not dangerous. But it certainly turns it into something that's a little less prone to danger.

The case comprises two parts: There's a front cover that includes a plastic protector for the display, and holes for the front-facing camera, speaker and various sensors. It fastens onto the back shell via some pretty sturdy grommets. You're going to want to mind the instructions on the inside of the box, and even then I needed a little extra help to pry them open. (And once fastened, I've had no concerns about them coming loose.)

There are cutouts for the secondary microphones, and flaps over the microUSB and 3.5mm ports. The front home button also is sealed in rubber, as are the power and volume buttons, but all are still perfectly functional.

The back of the phone is mostly a big, glossy piece of plastic. The black one we have here tends to show every fingerprint and even the smallest scratches. But it also shows you how thick the case is, with the exposed camera and speaker a few millimeters deep. (Again, they're exposed, so don't go dunking your phone in water with this case on.)

This also is where you'll find the plastic kickstand. It's not all that sturdy, so you can prop up the phone vertically, but it'll keep it standing horizontally without too much trouble. The screen protector is functional, but it does degrade the quality what you see on the screen a little bit. And there's a small gap between it and the glass. You get used to it, but it's still a little annoying.

The talking points include "engineered drop protection." And while certainly a case of this stature will offer up a bit of a cushion — it's got "air gap suspension springs" on the inside of the outer shell — we probably wouldn't go around dropping a perfectly good Galaxy S4 just for fun.

The Ballistic Every1 Case for the Samsung Galaxy S4 is available from in either black on black, or black and red.

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