[Review] Urban Armor Gear iPhone 5s composite case

Having just tried out the iPad Mini 4 folio case by Urban Armor Gear, I was thrilled that they were willing to send me an iPhone 5s case to review as well. I was really impressed by the quality and protection of the iPhone case and was looking forward to testing out some more of their products.


The specs for this phone case are listed as:

  • Armor shell and impact resistant soft core
  • Feather-light composite construction
  • Over sized tactile buttons
  • Easy access to touch-screen and ports
  • Scratch resistant skid pads and screen surround
  • Meets military drop-test standards (MIL STD 810G 516.6)

My first impression is that the case slips around the phone easily and perfectly. The buttons are easy to press, unlike some other highly protective cases that I have tried out. The volume buttons also stick out a little bit so they are easy to press in case you have gloves on, or are pushing them while mulit-tasking. I have a tempered glass screen protector on my phone, and this case has no problems fitting around it.


Since the case is so slim-fitting and sleek, it’s quite surprising that it meets military drop test standards, but I have no doubt that these claims are correct.


I really like the slightly rubberized parts of the case that keep the phone from sliding around on a desk or table. I actually wish the entire back of the phone had more of a grippy material to it – similar to the back of the iPad Mini case I recently tested out. As a matter of fact, I think my dream iPhone case would just be a smaller version of this iPad Mini case! I would really like a super high quality folio case for the iPhone.


Overall, since this case is SO protective and SO light, I would recommend it to just about anybody looking to provide some awesome protection to their phone and doesn’t want the bulkiness of an Otterbox case or the high price of a LifeProof case. The only thing that keeps me from giving this case an absolute perfect rating is the fact that the majority of the case is so smooth, which could make it slippery in a lot of conditions.

Also, I really like the clear version of this case because it allows you to customize your phone a little more, putting anything behind the case (and covering up the apple logo!).

You can purchase this case from their official website HERE. It comes in a couple different color options. Expect to pay about $35.


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