Google Nexus 4 (LG) Case Review: Poetic Borderline Bumper
I’ve just purchased the Poetic Borderline bumper case for my Nexus 4 yesterday and since I’ve found out that a lot of fellow Nexus 4 owners are looking to get this instead of the immensely overpriced OEM bumper, I’ve decided to do a quick review about it to help you decide if this is the right case for you.
First and foremost, this does not completely protect your Nexus 4 since the rear glass cover [and front] are exposed for reasons that are pretty obvious, it is solely meant to keep the display and glass back from getting in contact with surfaces that can cause scratches on your precious smartphone, it doesn’t provide the best protection from impact either since the bumper is relatively thin. Simply, this case is designed to protect your Nexus 4 with aesthetics in mind, this is no Otterbox case so you’re better off looking for something else if its shortcomings put you off.
The bumper is made from a hybrid of thermoplastic polyurethane that can be in colors blue (the one I chose), green, purple, red, yellow or black. The hard rubber is matte, deep grey and slightly glittery, overall it looks great and fits the Nexus 4 snugly, no signs of flimsiness whatsoever, the cutouts for the ports and microphone pinholes are perfectly aligned too and it doesn’t much bulk to the phone, a definite plus!
The volume rocker and power/screen lock keys are protected by the hard rubber-like material, without the case, I used to find it rather difficult to hit the lock key at times since it’s almost flush within the phone’s body but this bumper makes it easier to identify the buttons since the keys are raised a little bit, it isn’t hard to press either.
It’s worth mentioning that this bumper aids in keeping the loudspeaker from getting muffled when the phone is rested on its back, the back is slightly raised so the sound easily spreads underneath the phone thanks to the overlapping rubber lips surrounding the front and rear glass panels. I can easily hear my phone ringing even when placed on top of a glass coffee table.
So far, I’m really loving this case, its price tag of $28 ($8 tax + shipping) is definitely worth it compared to its $55 counterpart from LG. It feels good, looks great and protects my Nexus 4 for a reasonable price. My only gripe with this bumper is that it makes the back of the phone somewhat hollow due to the way fits the edges of the phone, it gets more apparent when typing but it’s not something users won’t get used to.
Nothing’s feels better than holding a completely naked Nexus 4 in the hand, the combination of subtle curves, rubberized edge, glass front/rear panels and the overall solid build quality of Google’s current flagship smartphone makes for a very beautiful but frighteningly fragile device, that’s why it’s just appropriate to take a great care of it since these things are pretty hard to come by — despite its relatively cheap price tag.
If you’re a Nexus 4 owner and want to protect your investment without hiding its beautiful rear then the Poetic Borderline is definitely for you.
Note: This is the second version of the Poetic Borderline case which addresses the ‘peeling’ issue that plagued the previous version. (Click an image to enlarge). Article written by Kevin Go.
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