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I have been using Nite Ize cell phone cases since 2008 back when I had a flip-phone. After nearly losing my phone when an inferior case slipped off my belt, I found these fantastic Nite Ize cases!
These belt clips are incredible; note the little curved, hook-like section at the lower end of the clip. This, in conjunction with the ridge on the other side of the clip, is what holds the case securely onto your belt, or onto the waistband of your pants. In the six or so years that I’ve been wearing these cases, I can only remember a few times where the clip has worked its way up my waistband to the point where it would let go. In fact, the opposite is usually the case, where I sometimes struggle to get the clip to let go when I’m getting undressed in the evenings. The clip is made from a durable plastic that is not only strong enough to withstand the abuse that the case/clip is subjected to in my work studio where I often catch it on machinery as I round a tight corner, but also to withstand opening it forcibly each night when I change out of my work clothes. The plastic is also more comfortable to me because it feels warm up next to my skin, unlike a metal clip. As if that wasn’t good enough, the clip mates to the case itself via a swivel with 8 detent positions. The swivel allows me to angle the case so that it’s easier to slip the phone in and out. Imagine a quick-draw gunslinger, only with a smartphone, and then you get the picture.
When I first started shopping for cases, I wanted a case that looked good as well as being rugged so that I could transition from the metal cutting studio to working with clients and still look sharp. The three cases I purchased over the years were all made from a black ballistic nylon, which basically has the feel and texture of stiff denim, the kind you would expect in work jeans. The beauty of this material is that it’s tough as nails and continues to look good year after year. Aside from the metal shop, I also have been known to slide across a rough concrete floor while changing the oil in my car, and my cell phone case still looks good – I just brush off the dirt and keep going. As if that wasn’t good enough, the case itself has a thin layer of high-density EVA foam to help cushion against shocks. None of my phones have ever sustained damage while riding in one of these cases, and I put them through the ringer nearly every time I go to work.
My Galaxy 2 and my Galaxy 4 have both fit nicely into these cases. I particularly like that the side panels are made from a thick band of elastic that allows the case to expand slightly while gently hugging the phone. Basically what this means is that my phone is secure enough in the case to not bounce around but easy enough to pull out and answer a call. In addition, both cases have pockets that are handy for storing flat things like business or credit cards, magnifiers, or foldable phone support stands. There is even room for my earbuds though I have never carried them in the case.
I currently own and use two types of these cases, one with a hook & eye (Velcro) closure, and one with a magnetic closure. I purchased the hook & eye version to use when hiking because I use my smartphone as a compass, and the magnet closure was causing me to have to recalibrate the sensors in the phone.