I’ve had the opportunity to review the Incipio DualPro smartphone cases in the past for both the Moto Z/Z Play and Nexus 5X and was pretty impressed by their slim, dual layer protection. Our Incipio DualPro review for the Blackberry KEYone takes a look at one of three cases the company sent over for BlackBerry’s latest smartphone.
The Incipio DualPro smartphone case has the following features and specifications:
- Scratch resistant rigid polycarbonate outer shell
- Two layers of defense provides military grade drop protection
- Shock absorbing inner core keeps device safe from bumps and drops
- Soft touch finish
- Drop tested 12 ft.
- Dimensions: 6.10 x 3.07 x 0.55″ (154.94 x 77.98 x 13.97 mm)
- Weight: 0.1 lb (1.6 oz)
What’s in the box
- Incipio DualPro case
- 1-year warranty
Incipio’s DualPro smartphone cases feature a dual layer design. The inner layer is a soft, flexible, and shock absorbing and is encased in a rigid polycarbonate outer shell Incipio calls Plextonium. The inner layer wraps over the buttons on the BlackBerry KEYone, providing extra protection. The outer shell, which has a nice soft touch finish, wraps over and around the edges of the inner layer and around the buttons. Unlike other DualPro cases I’ve tested, the outer shell only covers the top ¾ of the back of the phone and doesn’t extend down and around the bottom edge.
The button coverage is nice and allows the buttons to remain responsive while the cutouts for the camera, speaker, headphone jack, microphone, and USB Type-C port are more than suitable for easy access.
As with a couple other cases from another company that I recently reviewed for the BlackBerry KEYone, the case isn’t quite thick enough and the physical keyboard just barely sticks above the edge of the case. I’m not sure why this is emerging as a theme with cases for the KEYone but it does make me wary about putting the phone face down while in this case.
Our review sample came in Navy, and due to the materials used there was a slight dual tone finish which I rather liked. The case is also available in Black or Raspberry.
Installation of the DualPro case is super simple. Slide the BlackBerry KEYone into the inner layer, then snap the outer shell over the inner layer in the corresponding groove. Removing the case is even easier, simply press down on the bottom corner of the case and the entire thing easily slides off as one piece.
The case fit nice and snug for the most part, although there is a bit of give when you press down on the top of the phone. It’s not much, and it’s not something most people would probably notice and you don’t have to worry about the phone slipping out because of this.
The Incipio DualPro case for the BlackBerry KEYone is tested for 12′ drop protection, and it feels sturdy enough that I have confidence it would survive a fall from this height. Considering most drops occur from a height of 3 to 4 feet, the DualPro case should provide ample protection for most users. Our short drop tests on wood and concrete while in the DualPro case easily protected the phone.
Even though the hard outer shell doesn’t wrap around the corners like it does on other smartphones, the inner layer is thicker on the bottom corners to make up for this. The outer shell does line up flush with the top edge of the inner layer given the flat top design of the KEYone.
The only issue I might have with the protection this case offers is if your KEYone happened to land face down. Due to the physical keys extending out slightly, landing face down could lead to some scratches on the key.
The Incipio DualPro is priced at $29.99USD and given the tight fit, easy installation, and 12′ drop protection, it’s a good value for the asking price.
The Incipio DualPro case for the BlackBerry KEYone is slim, lightweight, and offers decent drop protection for your smartphone.
*We were sent a sample of the Incipio DualPro BlackBerry KEYone case for the purposes of this review.
Incipio DualPro for BlackBerry KEYone$29.99 USD
- Nice soft touch finish on outer shell
- Easy to install
- 12' drop protection
- Reasonably priced
- Physical keyboard sticks up slightly over edge of case
- Outer shell doesn't provide same coverage as other DualPro cases
- A little bit of give at the top of the case