Sometimes when it comes our phones we’re just not that careful in how we handle them. The UAG Maverick Case by Urban Armor Gear takes this into consideration and has built a case that will hopefully lighten the blow when it comes to not being careful.
I’m hard on phones. There I’ve said it. I’m almost always dropping my device, whether it’s from not paying attention to where I set it, to it falling out after not fully placing it in my pocket. That being said, I normally don’t use cases on my devices.
I know, I know, I bring the scratches and dings on myself. Given the awesome leather backing of my LG G4 though, I was reluctant to put a case on my phone. Coupling that with the added bulk I often avoid cases like the plague. However, after my dog bumped the G4 out of my hand, and it subsequently getting a decent ding, I felt it was probably necessary to do so.
Enter the Urban Armor Gear (UAG) Maverick Ice-colored (clear) cell phone case. The case that was sent to me has black accent grips and a clear soft plastic. In the soft plastic are five accent screws that give the case an urban feel to it.
There is a cutout for the buttons, laser focus, camera and flash. The case has holes for all the sensors and mics like you’d expect. The case meets military drop-test standards (MIL STD 810G 516.6). The UAG logo is pretty prominent and given I gravitate toward more minimal logo advertising it’s really the only thing I didn’t like about the case. Though, the UAG logo didn’t really detract from the case.
When I first put the case on my phone I was pretty happy to see that the leather look could still be seen for the most part. An added bonus to the case is it’s light, and doesn’t add a lot of bulk to the phone. Unlike my phone in other cases, I found the phone in the Maverick case to fit into my pocket easily and it wasn’t a struggle to pull out.
On each side of the case is black accented grips that makes the phone easier to hold and lessened my worry of dropping the device dramatically. The corners are reinforced rubber, which is a godsend because whenever I drop my phone, a corner of the device always seems to find the floor first.
It should be noted too, that I don’t do drop tests for devices. Typically when I test a case it’s on my daily driver. Luckily (depending on who you ask) I’m clumsy enough I dropped the phone when it was inside the case. I cringed a bit but both the phone and the case remained unscathed with not even a scratch on it.
I typically switch out my battery later in the evening when I’m going out and cases typically make it difficult to pull the back off easily. The UAG is no different and I found that when I took the case off, the back of the phone came off with it. Wrangling the back of the device out of the case was a small chore, but not a deal breaker in the end.
The case comes with an HD screen protector to protect your phone from scratches but as I had a screen protector on there already — one with no dust or lint underneath — I didn’t use it, but I did save it for a rainy day just in case.
When I was approached to review the case I was a bit hesitant, mostly because of my aversion to cases in general. I typically find issues with cases within the first day or two and they tend to be taken off and placed in a pile in a drawer, never to be seen again. I haven’t felt that way about the UAG case.
The case retails for $34.95, which is bordering lower-end Otterbox territory but you’re getting a lot of bang for your buck. I’d happily pay the $35 for the military-grade drop protection and the minimal nature of the case.
It’s rugged, light and minimal (have I said that enough) and doesn’t get in the way of using the device, something a lot of cases can’t say. I intended to review the case then go back to a naked phone, however, the UAG case has made me a believer in that a case can be rugged and protective without the added bulk you get from a lot of other case brands.