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TAVIK Outer Edge Bumper Case for iPhone 5/5s Review

Looking for a case that offers protection without concealing the sexiness of the iPhone 5S? TAVIK’s Outer Edge Bumper Case could be the answer. This case protects the more exposed areas without sacrificing the iPhone’s natural beauty. Some bumper cases have a loose fit and offer very little actual “bump” protection. Fortunately, TAVIK’s Bumper Case has neither of those shortcomings.

The packaging itself shows how much TAVIK cares about their product. The bumper is packaged in beautiful box that you may not even want to throw away after removing the case! It sure makes you feel good about your purchase right off the bat. Upon removing the case itself, which is very securely placed in the box, you’ll notice the smooth feel of the co-molded, rubber and plastic case. It is sturdy and not at all flimsy-feeling. Putting the iPhone 5s into the case is simple and straightforward. And again, it fits securely without bowing on the sides like some of the cheaper bumper cases. Looking around the edges you see that the volume and power buttons are built into the case. This should make pressing the buttons easier, however, it actually makes the power button more difficult to press. There is also a cut-away for the Mute switch. Looking at the bottom of the case, the cutaways for the speaker, mic, headphone and lightning port are adequate with no obstructions.

 

Aside from offering protection from bumping the corners of your phone, the front and back extend out for about millimeter. So you can set your phone down on the desk or table without worrying about scratching the back or especially the screen. Another problem we find with many full-cover cases is that they obstruct the flash and sometimes even the camera itself. Not so with an outer edge bumper case. If you take a lot of pictures this is a good choice for you.

Verdict

TAVIK’s Outer Edge Bumper Case barely adds any weight to your svelte iPhone 5/5S, and manages to still provide it with adequate protection without getting in the way. So if you’d like to keep the sleek look of the iPhone while having the peace of mind knowing that your phone will not be easily damaged, this is a great choice.  The case is available in 5 two tone color options – Cyan/Black, Black/Charcoal, Black/Red, Pink/White an White/White. It’s available now for $29.95 from the Apple Store or from TAVIK directly.

The Good: Lightweight, lets you show off the iPhone’s good looks, Solid construction, lots of color choices.

The Bad: The Power button is a little difficult to press.

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  • cipher

    The Bad: The Power button is a little difficult to press.

    More than just a little – and the volume buttons are no picnic, either.

    Some reviewers have stated the buttons soften up over time, and I did try one on a phone belonging to an Apple Store employee, and it seemed a little softer. I’m trying it out now, but I’ll probably return it.

  • Cobretti

    The power button/volume controls are kind of difficult, but do break in just fine in a week or so. Great case!

  • Judge Gerald Alch (Ret.)

    Count me among the obsessive-compulsive screwballs who is about to jump off a cliff as I seek the best looking protector for my iphone 5.Don’t cover the phone’s beauty–don’t make the phone heavy in the hand and feel good when you splash it around. For me, the most important thing is the grip of thE phone in your hand. I want it to feel comfortable in its grip. Some cases are beautiful—like the Spigen special armor s which is gorgeous but which makes the phone slippery to hold. The pixelskin hd solves this problem but covers just about tHE entire phone.

    GO FOR THE MOST COMFOTABLE NON-SLIPPERY TAVIK RUBBER BUMPER. IT FEELS SECURE IN YOUR HAND AND EVEN THOUGH THE BACK OF THE PHONE IS NOT COVERED, WHAT’S’ THE WORST THAT CAN HAPPEN? YOU DROP THE PHONE AND GEY IT NICKED. WHO CARES? YOU CAN THEN SWITCH TO A CASE WHICH COVERS THINGS UP. IN THE MEANTIME, YOU’LL ATTRACT THE EYES OF THE WORLD. BUT THE TAVIK BUMPERCASE AND SWING A LITTLE. THE WHOLE THING IS SUPPOSED TO BE AN EXCITING EXPERIENCE. IF YOU DROP THE PHONE AND IT SHOWS SOME DAMAGE, SIMPLY PUT YOUR MOUTH ON THE EXHAUST OF YOUR CAR AND SLIP SOME SCHLEPP A DOUBLE SAWBUCK TO START THE CAR. AT LEAST YOU’LL BE MAKING YOURSELF LOOK LIKE A WINNER.

    THE TAVIK RUBBER BUMPER IS THE WAY TO GO. YOU’LL THANK ME (IF YOU CAN FIND ME. DAEGANICHT!