KHOMO Black Rubberized Texture Samsung Galaxy S3 Back Cover Review

I did some shopping on Amazon the other day and found a couple covers for my Samsung Galaxy S3. I don’t normally use a case with my devices because I don’t like to add additional bulk. But the SGS3 is slippery and could really benefit from adding some grip. The KHOMO Black Rubber Back Cover is one of the cheapest Samsung Galaxy S3 cases I’ve found so far. Let me show you.

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This cover is not flashy. It’s just a thin Black snap on cover that has a smooth matte rubber feel to outer surface.

Pull the existing shiny Blue cover off the back of the phone and snap this one in its place. It’s fast and easy.

The cover lines up perfectly, snaps on perfectly and feels great in your hand because it adds absolutely no bulk whatsoever. So, I must love it right? No, not really. Here’s why… Although it feels good in my hand and does provide extra grip, the rubber surface has a tendency to show grease marks and dust. But the biggest issue is that it provides no additional protection to the camera lens. I have my phone on the desk beside me and am constantly sliding it around, picking it up and putting it down. If the lens is coming in contact with the desktop, it’s going to start getting scratched and I don’t want that. So for that fact, the KHOMO cover is $6.99 down the drain for me.  BTW: this cover is also available in Pink if you are interested in buying one.

 

Product Information

Price:$6.99
Manufacturer:KHOMO
Retailer:Amazon
Pros:
  • Inexpensive
  • Easy to install and remove
  • Provides more grip that stock cover
Cons:
  • Does not offer added protection to camera lens
Posted in: Android related, Cases, Covers, Reviews

{ 21 comments… add one }

  • Kismet September 30, 2012, 9:23 pm

    I would love to start a Kickstarter for sapphire crystal replacement lenses for smartphones.

  • SR71 October 1, 2012, 4:00 am

    So if you don’t normally use a case, surely the you have no protection for the camera lens in any case?

    I’m also a bit undecided about cases, I’ve found that the friction and dust from cases seems to scratch the phones more than not using one, but I guess do offer a bit of impact protection.

  • Julie October 1, 2012, 7:55 am

    @Kismet I would pay for that! :)

    @SR71 True… I don’t normally use a case, but since I just bought this brand new SGS3, I want to protect the lens for awhile… so that’s why I’m looking for the best way to do that.

  • David Brown October 1, 2012, 9:13 am

    I just bought the “Hyperion Samsung Galaxy S III Extended Battery HoneyComb TPU Case Black” to go with the new Extended battery “Hyperion Samsung Galaxy SIII 4200mAh Extended Battery + Pebble Blue Back Cover” and I have to tell you it is amazing I am getting two plus full day use out of my S3 and I do use it quite a bit. This case you have reviewed would be great if it fit my thicker S3. I am glad you have the S3 now we can see all the reviews of accessories that you will come across.

  • Julie October 1, 2012, 10:29 am

    @David Brown Thanks for the info. How much thicker does that special battery/case make your S3?

  • David Brown October 1, 2012, 3:29 pm

    It is about twice the thickness but it is actually much more confortable to hold.

  • David Brown October 1, 2012, 3:36 pm

    I will email you pics

  • David Brown October 1, 2012, 3:40 pm

    not quite twice as you can see in the email I sent…sorry about quality but I am at work.

  • Mark Troy October 2, 2012, 1:31 pm

    Thanks Julie
    That seems like a great deal although I have started using the Zagg skins stickers for the backs of my phones. I got a custom one printed for my GS3 and am very happy. Doesn’t really add any thickness but does protect it and stops it from being so slippery.
    It is more expensive than your case but you can customize with a gadgeteer logo!

  • Julie October 2, 2012, 2:04 pm

    @Mark Are they hard to put on without getting bubbles?

  • Mark Troy October 2, 2012, 2:22 pm

    Julie
    Not at all. It looks really nice and has no bubbles. I’ve done the same for an Ipad 2 and my Galaxy Note. You might think it would peel off coming in and out of pockets but I’ve even found that to be great.

  • Julie October 2, 2012, 4:47 pm

    @Mark I’ll have to take a look.

  • Albert October 15, 2012, 4:47 am

    @Julie
    If you don’t have any use for the KHOMO batttery cover any more, would you be willing to sell/ship it to Germany?
    Because that’s exactly what I’m looking for since I’ve got my S3, and it’s impossible to buy it over here. Amazon will not ship overseas.
    Regards, Albert

  • Julie October 15, 2012, 7:19 am

    @Albert sure. Email me your mailing address.

  • george November 18, 2012, 12:02 am

    anyone else who has one of these for sale contact me please.

  • mbgolfer06 December 10, 2012, 10:31 pm

    the writer of this review is a retard…this “khomo” is only a battery cover. It is not a case, it is only meant to replace the original battery cover with something that can provide some additional grip.

  • Julie December 11, 2012, 7:16 am

    @mbgolfer06 Did I say it was anything different than a cover? I’m not seeing the point of your comment.

  • Tim December 19, 2012, 8:09 am

    This is exactly the *type* of replacement back I’m looking for! But sad to hear no good protection for the camera… Any good alternatives?? Thanks!

  • Julie December 19, 2012, 8:17 am
  • Anthony April 12, 2013, 10:40 pm

    this battery cover looks awesome. now if it had a metal kickstand like the seidio, that would make it so much better.

  • Tom January 6, 2014, 10:05 am

    Why not cover the lens with a small piece of clear tape, or cling wrap and then put the cover on? Just replace the clear cover if it gets marked up.

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