So I had the chance to review the Ballistic Tough Jacket as well as a shiny yellow Ballistic case for the Samsung Galaxy S5 over the week, and there was a lot to love about them with only a few minor quirks
The first of the two is the Ballistic Tough Jacket case. I was sent the all black version of the case which went perfectly with the all black model of the galaxy S5 so the color scheme worked fine. Out of the box the ballistic promises to have drop proof protection for up to 6 feet which is pretty standard in cases like these as well as six-sided drop protection. This is handy for someone like me who has a habit of putting my phone at the end of a table and it falling.
The material of the case is rugged but has a great feel in the hand. The rubber edges give a good drip as well. The case seems to be a bit thicker than other cases on the market, but for the protection, I think it’s well worth it. The only issue that I have with the case is when it taking the case off, it almost always takes off the back of my Galaxy S5 with it. It’s not a big deal, but it certainly is worth mentioning. I used a standard galaxy screen protector on this case and it seemed to line up perfectly with the case, and it didn’t damage it at all.
Coming in colors like all black, pink and grey, white and black and red and black, the tough jacket has some pretty nice colors if you don’t want to be too vibrant.
Up next is the Ballistic Samsung Jewel case. Surprisingly this case while thinner, and for sure more glittery, offered the same 6 ft drop protection that the tough jacket. Seems as if all of the Ballistic cases offer the same drop protection, just with some different elements to please each individual. This case however didn’t have that extra bulge feeling, and the top and bottom aren’t made of the same thick rubber that the Tough Jacket had.
If I had to say anything bad about the Jewel case if the fact the buttons, even after using for about a week are still stiff, which makes it virtually impossible to press. Even though I had the case in a glitter yellow, it also comes in pink, black, blue, and clear. I’ll stick with the yellow for when I’m feeling like a shining star, though.
The ballistic jewel for the Galaxy is available on their site for $19.99, while the Tough Jacket costs $34.99.
Source: Manufacturer supplied review sample
What I Like: Drop Protection of both devices; The funky yellow color made me stand out;
What Needs Improvement: More colors for the Tough Jacket; Make the Jewel cases buttons a little easier to press