I recently had the opportunity to test out Urban Armor Gear (UAG)’s new composite case for the iPhone SE. As the iPhone 5/ 5S has the same dimensions, it can also be used on these as well as the SE. The case is designed to be tough and protective, yet lightweight. UAG states it meets military drop standard MIL STD 810G 516.6.
It comes in a choice of 5 colors – Black, Ice, Ash, Magma (red) and Cobalt (blue). The case has a dual layer design with a hard outer shell and soft, rubberized impact-resistant core. The 2 layers are fused together with the shell being the outer layer on the back and long sides of the case, and the rubberized core being the outer layer on the corners, short edges and around ports.
The UAG iPhone SE case is very light, weighing in at just one ounce, and although it isn’t a slimline case it doesn’t feel too bulky in use. It fits easily in my jeans pocket. All the ports are easily accessible with large cutouts around them that make it easy to use accessories such as headphones and charging cables. The only interference I found was when trying to use it in a docking station. With the iHome Dual Charging Clock Radio, the case stopped it from charging in the docking station, but you could still easily charge via a cable. I like that the case comes in a variety of striking colors but that it is also translucent so you can see the style of the iPhone beneath. The volume control buttons are large and flexible, making them easy to use. The case feels comfortable to hold, and isn’t slippery in the hand or on a hard surface.
The case does not come with a screen protector, though you could use one with it. The front has a slightly raised bumper to stop the screen hitting the ground if you drop it face first. The case is very easy to put on but a little trickier to remove, I’d recommend starting from the flexible material by the button covers and working out from there.
Overall, I really like this case for a protective yet light everyday case. It looks good, gives good access to camera, ports and buttons, provides dual layer protection against drops, and weighs a mere ounce. If you want a waterproof case or one with a built-in screen protector this isn’t the case for you, but if you don’t need those features it is a great everyday case for the iPhone SE, iPhone 5 or iPhone 5s.
Available from UrbanArmorGear.com MSRP: $34.95
NOTE: A product was supplied by the company for review purposes, no other form of compensation was received, all opinions stated in the review are those of the author and have been offered honestly.