The Case-Mate Tough Case for Nexus 4, is one of the few high quality dual layer cases that were released for the Nexus 4. This case was released a year after the release of the Nexus 4, which is quite disappointing, because by the time Case-Mate decided to release this case, the Nexus 5 was introduced to the world. Despite all that, if you’re looking for a premium dual layer case – than the Case-Mate Tough Case for Nexus 4 is definitely a case to consider.
The Case-Mate Tough Case for Nexus 4 is made out of two layers: A TPU bumper and a hard polycarbonate shell. The bumper is made out TPU, a shock absorbent material, which will protect your Nexus 4 very well from drops on the sides and on the screen. The glass back of the Nexus 4 is unfortunately completely exposed. We expected the bumper to feature a raised lip around the back of the Nexus 4 (just like raised lip around the screen), but there isn’t one. This is where the hard polycarbonate shell comes in: It has a very soft cushion inside it (see video below), which according to Case-Mate – should protect the back of the Nexus 4 from drops. We find the soft cushion layer to be too slim to protect the glass back of the Nexus 4 from serious drops , so you should take into consideration. The case has a very generous raised lip, which will protect the screen of Nexus 4 very well from drops.
The build quality of the Case-Mate Tough Case for Nexus 4, is very good. The cutouts for the camera, speaker and ports are perfect, and so is the feedback you get from the volume and power buttons. Case-Mate cases have always been solid looking and this case is no different. The Black version is a bit boring, but the Violet Purple/Pool Blue version is very beautiful. The installation is very easy, and the case sits very well on the Nexus 4.
The Case-Mate Tough Case for Nexus 4 is released after the release of the Nexus 5, but that doesn’t mean this case isn’t good: This case looks and feels great, It will protect your Nexus 4 from scratches, hits and drops on the sides and on the screen. The back is unfortunately completely exposed (see video below) and the soft cushion which supposed to protect it is very slim. this case is available in 2 colors.
Where to get it?
$35 on Case-Mate Official Website.