It took me a few looks at Samsung Galaxy S5 cases to find one that worked for me. I wanted something that didn’t make my phone too bulky but provided protection. That’s when Speck happened to email me about their holiday offerings and I decided to give one of the new Speck cases a try.
What really caught my eye was the Sound Amplification case with military-grade protection in raspberry/flamingo for the Samsung Galaxy S5. My thinking was that this case was going to solve a problem I had with a cheap-o case I picked up in the interim (I couldn’t use speaker or my car’s integrated sound system to talk on the go). Even better? With military-grade protection, I wasn’t going to worry about corraling all the kids with phone in hand on trips out to the garage or in the mall.
So, how did my choice hold up?
The Sound. When the product arrived, I was a little skeptical. There’s this really cool looking integration, the Speck exclusive Horn Design, where “sound is 2x louder and clearer” because it “equalizes the sound of your Samsung S5 for fuller, richer sound” by redirecting the sound from your speaker where it needs to go. My skepticism came because the design looked awesome, but I am not an engineer, so it didn’t look to me like this would really do the job. See?
I showed it to my brother who is an engineer and he got it, so I trusted. The only problem I’ve had with this was one call on the day of Evan’s birthday party. I tried to call a local pizza shop on speaker with my car off and all doors/windows shut. I ended up hanging up on them because the employee said, “There’s something wrong with your phone, I can’t hear you at all”, but let me be honest and say I think the issue was on his end – there was a lot of background noise and the shop I’d called before and after had no problems hearing me. But, I want to throw that out there that out of about 100 calls since, I did have “one issue”. Can’t win them all, right?
The protection. Thankfully, I haven’t tested the military-grade protection (I refused to throw my phone and have been very careful with it), but based on the thickness of it, I am sure it would protect if I did have an incident. That’s the thing, though. It’s solid and a bit heavier than I’d like in a case. (My last Speck case was super-light.)
Other thoughts. Also, Speck has cases with “grippy lines” (my words) on them that make it hard to lose my phone in the car. This one is smooth on the back, save for some scratches I’ve got on it now, so it doesn’t really “stick” to anything and slides everywhere. This part I’m not thrilled with, but am willing to work with for the protection. I love the color I chose, but there are three other color options in this offering, too.
If you are like me and searching for Samsung Galaxy S5 cases, consider this one. It might be the right fit for you, or Speck just might have other cases that fit your needs better. This particular case retails for $44.95 and was provided to me for the purposes of this review.
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