Another week, another Galaxy Nexus case review. Google’s flagship phone continues to be a hot property in the world of Android, despite the recent flood of exciting new handsets at this year’s CES. As you might expect, accessories for this cutting-edge device are in abundance right now, with Samsung’s official case solution being the focus of the review you’re about to scroll through.
Review submitted by literally drowning-in-accessories reader Damo.
Like Case Mate’s Barely There case, this Samsung offering is constructed from rigid plastic rather than soft silicone or TPU. It clips onto the phone to provide a surprisingly snug fit – certainly much snugger than the one the aforementioned Barely There case offered, which felt a little bit loose in places.
The case is coated in a matte finish, which grants some much-needed grip. There’s an unusual mesh-like texture on the back, which is made up of small holes. This makes the case stand out from other alternatives, but obviously means that bits of dust can get inside, so you’ll want to get used to removing the case and giving it a good clean every now and then.
Another trait that Samsung’s case shares with Case-Mate’s is the fact that it doesn’t cover all of the phone’s edges. At the top and bottom of the case, there are gaps which show the Galaxy Nexus’ bare plastic. The handset isn’t quite as exposed as it is when placed inside the Barely There case, but it goes without saying that if you desire all-round coverage, you may wish to look elsewhere.
This example is good for keeping your phone scratch-free, but it won’t allow it come away entirely unscathed from a massive fall or sudden impact.
One other thing to note is that the Samsung case doesn’t have an aperture to allow access to the three charging points on the right-hand side of the device. This might seem like a negative, but it’s impossible to fit the Galaxy Nexus into either the official desktop dock or in-car dock when it has a case equipped, so a cut-out on a case is about as much use as a chocolate teapot. In fact, because this case covers the charging pins, it actually means they avoid being exposed to possible damage and gunk – which is a definite plus in our book.
Despite the fact that it doesn’t offer quite the same level of protection as the TPU FlexiShield case (our current favourite), the Official Samsung Mesh Vent Case has found a place in our hearts here at Eurodroid. It could be because it allows unhindered access to the power and volume controls, or perhaps it’s because it looks so aesthetically pleasing (after all, when you’ve paid £500 for a phone, the last thing you want is to clad it in a case which makes it look like a sub-£50 effort).
All we know is that it’s one of the most appealing cases we’ve yet seen for the Galaxy Nexus, and ideal if you want moderate protection that doesn’t unduly increase the handset’s girth.
The Official Samsung Mesh Vent Case for the Galaxy Nexus can be purchased from our excellent friends at Mobile Fun for £11.95. If you’re not convinced, check out our FlexiShield and Case-Mate Barely There reviews instead.