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Review: Hybrid Heavy Duty case and Xtreme Guard Screen Protector for Nokia N9

If there was an award for the most alternative Nokia N9 user, I would probably win it, followed closely by Arie, who is trying to make his iPhone more and more like a Nokia N9. Why am I the most alternative Nokia N9 user?

Naturally, if I came across anything that improved or changed my experience with the above, then I'd try it, especially considering how clumsy I am. I came across a cheap "Hybrid Heavy Duty" case on Ebay for AU $5 including shipping. Cheap enough, so I thought I'd try it. I came across a good deal for an Xtreme Guard screen protector for the Nokia N9, 2 for $6 shipped, so I thought I'd try it too.

Hybrid Heavy Duty Case

The case is bulky, much much thicker than the stock case that comes with the Nokia N9. This makes me happy, as I've always felt modern smart phones are too thin, and prone to being dropped. The corners bulge out slightly, presumably to be able to cushion a blow. I'm not so convinced at the effectiveness of the plastic backing, but it may make a difference. I'm not exactly willing to test dropping my Nokia N9 from the 16th floor just to test it though! http://everythingn9.com/dropping-the-n9/

 

I like the case a lot. It does suffer from some pretty poor design choices though. It is clear that the Chinese who made this case, have not actually used a Nokia N9, nor was one sent to them for use with designing. It would have been designed on dimensions alone. This presents a few problems:

  • Poor and inconsistent design at the top, where the USB door is. On the one case, it has an area cut out to be able to open the door, on the other case, this whole section is covered by plastic, which means you cannot open the USB door.Major design flaw in the second instance, as it means you'd have to take the Nokia N9 out, just to charge. Or just cut a hole into the case :D . In this pic, there is no USB door anymore, as it broke :(

  • The underside of the Nokia N9 is curved. This case has a flat back. This means the Nokia N9, ever so slightly, is susceptible to rocking on this curved surface in the case. Outside the case however, it does sit flat on a flat surface, so it is a fair compromise.

Overall, I will use the case. It is not perfect, but I actually prefer it over the stock Nokia N9 case, even if it makes me feel like I'm carrying an iPhone.It can be bought at the following location: http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Hybrid-Heavy-Duty-Defender-Hard-Case-Cover-Screen-Protector-Stylus-For-Nokia-N9-/330866380647?pt=AU_MobilePhoneAccessories&hash=item4d092c4f67 .  (PS, do not bother with the screen protector, and especially the stylus that comes with the case, they're useless).

Screen Protector – Xtreme Guard

How on earth did I continue using cheap screen protectors, compared to this one?

You may remember my controversial post on why screen protectors in my opinion, were necessary? http://everythingn9.com/screen-protectors-are-they-necessary/ . Well, I am the paranoid one who really does not want to pay for a new screen, so screen protectors on my phone are essential.

I've been using this one for about 2 months now, the same screen protector, and it has been flawless. Hard to take photos of it, but it adequately covers the whole screen, and also covers the curved parts. It is a "wet" screen protector, so it requires water to apply it, but it is BY FAR superior to regular screen protectors, where you get a 10 pack for $2 from eBay. Strongly recommended. It has a strong rubbery feel which is a bit hard to get used to, but small inconvenience for the benefit.

It can be purchased from here: http://www.xtremeguard.com/Nokia-N9-Screen-Protector-p/nokia_n9_screen_protector.htm

From time to time they do have sales. At the moment, 40% off storewide, so it comes down to $3 US per protector. Definitely cheaper than a new screen.

 

 



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About the author

Shaun

Thanks for reading my post. I'm Shaun, a self-confessed phone enthusiast (addict) who has owned various phones, including a SE k800i, Nokia e71, Nokia N900, HTC HD2, Nokia Lumia 800, and the Nokia N9. I work for a Medical Software company, and lived in Johannesburg, South Africa for many years. I currently live in Brisbane, Australia. Follow Arie and I on Twitter: @EverythingN9 or on Facebook: www.facebook.com/EverythingN9

1 comment

  1. N9_user

    good to know about this, I would usually use my old N97 as a backup phone when I would go camping, off-roading or generally doing stuff that I was afraid might damage the N9

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