Ballistic HC review
The Ballistic HC case arrived today, and I have to say, so far I am impressed. I have only used it for a few hours, but I really like it. For those of you out there who are picture book kinda people like me, I have put all pictures at the end of my review (and one post after cause I had too many pics). Enjoy! This is my first review
The case is meant to protect, therefore, it is going to be bulky in order to achieve protection from numerous elements. The case has a 5 layer design, which includes the following: rubber inner lining; polycarbonate shell; rubber molder exterior to the plastic shell; Clear plastic guard over the screen, camera and proximity sensor; rubber jacket with built in port covers. The case has a small black micro mesh over ALL speaker and microphone openings, which is nice to keep out any dust. When I took my Otterbox apart to send back, there was a piece of table salt that had slipped behind the case through one of the openings. Also included is a holster, which can be ran over by a car and survive! (go to ballistics site and watch the video--pretty impressive. So to put the design in a few words, it takes on a sophisticated industrial look and feel to protect the ultimate smartphone from most of the elements.
EASE OF INSTILLATION & USE:
To install the case was not any harder than putting on any two piece plastic case. Clean your iPhone, place it in the shell, and snap crackle & pop and you are done! Now the nice things is you can get away with using the case with just the plastic molded case on, or if you want the ultimate protection, you cans throw on the rubber jacket, which has covers for any ports (dock connector, headphone jack & silent switch) As far as using the case, it isn't bad or that much more bulky than the Otterbox. The built in screen protector is noticeable that it is there, but doesn't take away from the overall beauty of the Retina display. The Belt clip is thinner in profile than the Otterbox and holds the phone securely, while allowing for a quick dismount. The port cover open fairly easily, and seem to stay in place nicely.
CONCLUSION & PERSONAL OPINION:
Well to sum it all up, this thing is bad to the bone. It will definitely protect against minimal precipitation occurrences, dust in any form, drop from various heights (within reason ) & the kids! I threw in personal opinion on this section, because while I may find it a little annoying, some may not. The thing that bugs me a bit is the outer jackets tends to want to pop out of place at the top when lightly brushed or grabbed. Nothing to major to get past, but definitely there. My verdict is, that this case is a keeper!