Bulky cases on already large phones is a problem for me, and the Nillkin Hard Case line looks to be a good option.
Having recently switched from my iPhone 5 to a Nexus 4, the main thing I have been getting used to is the extra size. Having 4.7 inches of screen to play with for browsing and videos is wonderful, but less so when attempting to type one-handed. It’s relatively easy with a naked Nexus 4, but when out working I always want that bit of extra protection.
The Nillkin Hard Case is very no frills, and arrived in a clear plastic package. Total cost delivered on eBay was AU$13.99 with a screen protector.
The Nillkin Hard Case is made of soft touch plastic, with a definite quality feel. The case exhibits no rough edges, and the fine dimpled pattern on the back is a nice touch.
I opted for the red version, though it’s slightly more magenta than I was hoping. For the Nexus 4, the Nillkin Hard Case is offered in black, brown, white as well as the red I chose.
The fit of the Nillkin Hard Case is excellent, clipping onto the phone easily with zero play.
The side buttons are neatly framed, and provide plenty of access.
The slim design barely increases the width or depth of the Nexus 4, making it just as easy to use one handed as when the phone is naked.
The top and bottom don’t offer the same protection you’ll get from the many TPU cases floating around on eBay, as the Nillkin Hard Case is quite open at the ends. The benefit is there are no problems using any style of headphone connector. microUSB connectors don’t foul on the case either.
There is a very small lip on the front edges of the case, just enough to keep the display from coming into contact with the surface the phone is sitting on. I wouldn’t trust it too much though, and it certainly won’t help if your phone takes a dive onto an uneven surface.
The Nillkin Hard Case is easy to recommend as a sleek, good-looking case to prevent minor scuffs and scratches. If you’re a bit rougher with your phone, however, you’d best look for something a bit beefier.
The Nillkin Hard Case for Nexus 4 can be purchased from many online retailers.
Price: AU$13.99 delivered (eBay)
What I Like: Quality feel, slim design.
What Needs Improvement: the red case could be redder.
Source: Personal Purchase