Provides: Protection from scratches/scuffs and minor drops
Minimum Requirements: iPhone 5
Availability: Out Now
We continue our run through iPhone 5 cases with a look at Cygnett’s Carbon Fiber UrbanShield, which is one of three slim UrbanShield designs (also available in black and silver). In this instance carbon fiber is referring to the appearance, not the feel, as the design is under a clear sheet of plastic.
There are a couple of drawbacks to this. The first is that the shiny plastic acquires and highlights fingerprints, so you’ll be cleaning the case often. The second is that it makes the case look cheap, and kind of fake. I’m not sure why that bothers me, as it is only a $30 case, but carbon fiber designs generally have a more professional, rugged look to them that the Cygnett UrbanShield is lacking.
The carbon fiber appears only on the back of the case; the rest is a rigid matte plastic that has a soft, comfortable feel to it. It slips nicely around your iPhone 5 and leaves the top and bottom open for easy access to all switches and ports. The mute switch is easily accessible, but the volume button opening is a bit tight and requires some extra attention. A tiny lift around the edges of the screen protects it when set face down, and removing the case is a simple matter of pushing back one of the sides and popping the iPhone out.
There’s really not much else to say about the UrbanShield. It offers decent protection to the back, sides and corners of the phone, and an included screen protector will keep that safe from scratches, too. There’s no significant drop protection here (see their WorkMate for iPhone 5 if you need that), but that’s a sacrifice you have to make with slim cases such as this.
Cygnett’s Carbon Fiber UrbanShield is an unremarkable case, but those looking for a contemporary, minimal design may find enough to like.
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