I recently purchased the Blackberry Storm and since it is my first exploration in to the world of touch screen phones I thought I might want to protect it. The salesperson at my local cellular provider was fairly high on the Body Glove snap-on case. Let’s check it out.
- Snap-on hard case covered with a textured glove material
- Ultimate custom fit for maximum protection
- Removable knob for a low profile
- Adjustable kickstand built into clip
- Kickstand allows for multiple viewing angles
IN THE BOX:
- Snap-on Case
- Belt clip
- Snap-on replacement plug
- Snap-on replacement knob
Opening the box, I discover five pieces: main front-face plate, back plate, belt clip, small snap-on replacement plug and knob. The plates are lightweight and feel fairly strong. I took the front-face plate in my hand and I was surprised at how sturdy it was, especially since it is between 1/16″ and 1/8″ thick.
The front and back plates are covered with a textured rubberized material. This material adds to the sense of durability of the case. The fact that the exterior is coated in a textured rubber provides a great amount of grip. The case feels similar to a wet suit, which makes sense because Body Glove prides itself in being the “Ultimate Watersports Brand.”
The rear plate has an hole near the center where you can insert the replacement plug if you want to carry the phone in your pocket or purse. If you want to utilize the belt clip, you must insert the replacement knob in the rear plate. I decided to pop-in the knob because I am not one who likes much in my pockets.
With that decision made, I placed the Storm in the rear plate and applied the front-face, snapping the halves together. It was very easy, not require alot of pressure to secure the pieces together.
The case fits the Storm perfectly, like a glove – a joke off the manufacturer’s name. All of the Blackberry options are easily available through cut-outs and recessed sections in the case. The Storm’s buttons on the sides are especially accessible with the case allotting approximately 3/16″ space around each key.
The cut-outs on the back plate flawlessly allow for the camera lens, flash and speaker to serve their purposes. I did find it difficult to wipe clean the lens and flash from debris particles with the case applied but that is about it.
The case provides no protection to the actual touch pad of the Storm, so I would definitely recommend investing in a screen protector too.
The belt clip is probably the coolest feature of the Body Glove case. I know you are probably thinking “how can a belt clip be cool?” It clips to your belt/purse, it allows the phone to rotate and it easily accepts and releases the phone via the case’s knob. Nothing spectacular, I know. This clip meets all the normal requirements but the cool feature included is the kickstand.
The kickstand is a component of the belt clip, resides on the outer portion of the clip, furthest from the attached phone. and while the clip is attached to your belt/purse the kickstand is not accessible.
With the phone attached to the clip and the clip removed from the belt, you can utilize the kickstand to hold your phone on your desk/counter. The stand has three catch-points, each provides users with a different angle. Consider the fact of the three catch-points, the ability to swivel the phone 360-degrees on the clip and the Storm’s functionality to view the screen vertically and horizontally and the Body Glove snap-on case gives users six different view angles/positions.
The one negative I discovered regarding the belt clip is it comes off too easily. Twice during my three week trial my phone was secured in the clip and the phone and clip just fell off my belt. Once while picking up my little girl and another time while getting up from my office chair. Lucky for me the case served its purpose in protecting my phone from harm.
Wrapping up, I was very impressed with the form, fit and function of the Body Glove snap-on case. The textured rubber molding and the ability to easily access all of phone features are great.
The unique kickstand feature built-in to the clip accessory is what makes this gadget special. It is just serves as a delighter, extending the use of your phone by propping it up on your desk or counter top.
The big negative I have with the case is the fact that it is too secure. I had extreme difficulty removing my Storm from the case. Once it snaps into place, it is on there and you are going to have to work to dislodge the phone.
All-in-all, I would strongly recommend the Body Glove snap-on case to protect your Blackberry Storm.