I’ve shown off many a case here on Phandroid, highlighting the best the interwebs has to offer in keeping your device safe and blemish free from life’s mishaps. Today’s case “review” is a little bit different in that I have officially found my first case I am not only unhappy with — I feel the need to warn others who might be enticed by its low $5 price tag.
The brand is Poetic and the product is their Palette case for the HTC Droid DNA (my latest Android daily driver). You may have seen this brand before thanks to their super cheap $5 Nexus 4 case found on Amazon. Reading positive reviews on that case, I was optimistic about their case for the DNA.
Taking a look at the case in-box, everything checked out. The box itself was of nice quality (featuring nice little knife accents along the front and back). Even after inspecting the case after removing it from the box everything checked out. The case is made of a simple piece of plastic, coated in a nice soft touch finish. What could possibly go wrong? Sure there were some blemishes along the edge but let’s remember — this is a $5 case. I can’t even buy #5 combo at McDonald’s for that price.
Finally, I slipped my phone into the case and lo and behold… the damn thing doesn’t fit. Well, let me rephrase that — the phone fits into the case just fine, it’s the case doesn’t really fit the phone very well. The case has the grip of a 6 month old baby and there’s a noticeable amount of “give” when pressing the phone into the case. It’s almost as if this case was made for a slightly thicker HTC DNA or one already wearing a case (double case protection?).
In any case, I am disappoint and I felt the need to share with everyone here so that they wont be duped by the same case. Again, I hear good things about their bumper case for the Nexus 4 and maybe I just received a bad batch. Had the case fit my DNA properly, I’d be raving about it. Especially for only $5. I’ve reached out to Poetic to see if mine was simply a defective unit. Will update this post once I hear more.