Galaxy S4 owners, ditch your wallet for the CM4 Q Card Case!
Picking up where I left off last time, I’m back again with another Samsung Galaxy S4 case review. This time I’ll be taking a look at theCM4 Q Card Case, a wallet-style case designed to simplify life and protect your phone.
The Q Card Case holds 3 standard-sized cards (credit cards, ID’s, what have you) plus cash. I’m not sure I could ever fully replace my wallet with it, but it’s definitely nice for carrying the most important cards and having them easily accessible. And for those of you who don’t carry much in your wallet in the first place, the storage space might just be enough to serve as a replacement.
The case is made from an exclusive patented soft-touch rubber and premium fabric (aka faux leather), and features Natural Throw™ buttons to “maintain an organic connection with your S4″. Simply put, I’m not a fan of button covers — never have been, never will be. They generally make the buttons more difficult to press, which is the case here, as expected. To be fair, the Q Card Case isn’t the worst I’ve seen when it comes to tough-to-press button covers, but it’s certainly not the best.
The Q Card Case features a Lay-flat Screen Guard™ design — basically that same raised edge you see on many of today’s phone cases that helps to protect your screen from getting damaged when the phone is face down, only it looks like CM4 has actually trademarked a name for the “technology”. I like it.
The other notable feature the case has to offer is a Direct Channel Audio™ design, in which sound is redirected towards the front of the phone, allowing the user to experience much louder and clearer audio while watching videos, listening to music, or during conference calls. This is accomplished through innovative redirection of the phone’s built-in rear speaker and requires no extra power.
What I like:
Feels comfy — The soft-touch rubber feels very nice to the touch, and provides a bit of grip to keep the phone from slipping out of your fingers. The gripped surface is just enough to do its job, but not enough to make pulling the phone out of your pocket a task. Anyone who’s owned a case that took their entire pocket out with it when they pulled out their phone will appreciate this.
Protection without bulk — The Q Card Case isn’t going to stop any bullets, but it should hold up to normal day-to-day usage and protect against occasional spills. It also won’t make you feel like there’s a brick in your pocket, so that’s another plus.
Card holder — Like I said before, I’m not sure I could ever completely replace my wallet with this case (or any other like it), but it is a nice touch to be able to have your most-used cards right there on the back of your phone. Be careful though — now you’re not just losing your phone if/when you lost your phone.
What I dislike:
Button covers — They’re not the worst, but they’re not the best. They’re also a pet peeve of mine on pretty much any case out there, so don’t feel bad, CM4.
Pricing and color options:
You can pick up a Q Card Case from the CM4 website, or from Amazon using the links below. Either way you go, they’ll set you back $39.99, which isn’t a horrible price — I’m just cheap and would rather see them go for about $10 less than what they’re priced at now. You can get them in either Black Onyx, Mahogany Brown, Pacific Green, or Red Rogue. Be sure to stop back and let me know if you like it if you decide to pick one up!