As much as I love supporting local companies check out the Seidio Surface case for these phones. We had three SGS4's with Commuter cases and ended up getting Surfaces with kickstands for all three of them. They're a PITA to get on and off if you use spare batteries whereas the Seidio just snaps in half, swap the battery and then back together. Naturally if you don't use different batteries this won't matter. The Commuter also adds quite a bit more size and I found the worst part about the added size also affected the functionality.. the front bezel. You can't reach the edges and with lots of apps these days now including a swipe from the side to access menus and such this is a HUGE problem since you can't get your finger close enough to the edge for the phone to acknowledge it. The Seidio comes in better colors IMO and the texture is perfect for not being slippery yet not snagging your pocket if you keep it in there. It fits very snug and the felt inside is a nice touch. The buttons are also WAY too stiff and you will constantly increase and decrease your volume since you have to firmly press the left side of the phone every time you press the power button on the right side of the phone. The covers for the ports are also in the way more than they're helping keep gunk out of them and the bottom of the plastic portion isn't cut out enough for the VZW chargers that have an LED on them to help see your port at night. They're rugged and for this price it's a good deal but I would pay a few bucks more an get the Surface.
Also, if you have an SGS4 and are a heavy user like me, order up the ZeroLemon kit which has two of their 3000mAh batteries and their rapid charger for like $20 on Amazon.com. The Seidio Surface runs about $20 too so you could order up both at the same time.
For protection, there's really nothing anything out there better than a Otterbox IMHO
The Seidio Obex offers better protection IMO and is waterproof. It interferes with the ports and such too much for my taste but if you want ultra-durable that's probably one of your best options. I do like Otterbox but there are better options these days depending on what your needs are it seems.
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'Build a man a fire and he stays warm for one night. Set a man on fire and he stays warm for the rest of his life.'
only cases I will ever buy for my phones going forward....my phones take a lot of abuse, this is the only case that can make my phone survive me. They will make your phone survive quite a bit of abuse!
Look at the reviews for every 1 star review for a fake product, stolen credit card number, item never being shipped, or fake product there are 1-2 5 star reviews that seem to have been bought (1 review on record). Buy at your own risk. Personally I will pass.
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