If you own a Samsung Galaxy Note 4, you (or someone) paid a pretty penny for it. As such, it’s usually a good idea to provide some minimal protection. Gorilla Glass may be seriously hard and tough, but even it has limitations. Therefore, smartphone case.
I had experimented with and tested a number of different cases for my old Galaxy Note 2. I found that the extremely protective, multi-piece cases added entirely too much bulk for my liking. These phablets are large enough as is it. And the really thin ones didn’t do much at all. So if you’re looking for that sweet-spot option to protect your Galaxy Note 4, read on about the Dualtek case from PureGear!
Design & Installation
The PureGear Dualtek case for the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 features a combination of TPU and polycarbonate materials to provide the best of both worlds. The hard polycarbonate makes up the back, while the sides (all the gray areas) consist of the slightly flexible TPU. Not only does it provide good shock protection, but the Note 4 can go in and out without causing stress points. And you get some good grip to boot. If you’ve ever had a polycarbonate-only case, you might know what I mean if the case cracked when inserting the smartphone.
Total protection in either white or black
Color options come in choice of matte black or glossy white. Although the white matches my own Galaxy Note 4 better, I prefer the look and texture of the black. It’s a hand-feel thing. But when it comes to surface sliding, the pair are equals.
The back of the PureGear Dualtek case for the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 has a trio of nubs that keep it raised 1mm up from flat surfaces. This is great, since it prevents the case’s back from turning into a graveyard for scuffs and scratches. But the minimal amount of friction sends the smartphone spinning from any small bump.
When it comes to overall construction, the PureGear Dualtek case is very clean with no seams or unevenly-fused edges. Except for the inside area right around the S-Pen opening – only if you’re really looking. Despite being a single-piece case, the PureGear Dualtek comes in a bit thicker and protective than similar and/or basic cases. This is due to the silicone pad on the inside of the case. It keeps a 2mm buffer between the PureGear Dualtek case and the back of the Galaxy Note 4.
It’s an interesting design choice, considering that a flat drop would end up concentrating all the force through the area of the silicone pad. It’s true that the silicone will absorb some of the shock, but then why not have silicone lining the whole thing instead of a rectangular strip?
Fit & Protection
The edges of the PureGear Dualtek case go up and over the front of the Galaxy Note 4 screen. It extends in without venturing too far, making it friendly for all types of screen protectors, perfectly-aligned or not. This edge covering lets you set the smartphone face-down without letting the screen touch…