Case-Mate Hybrid Case for iPhone 3GS and iPhone 3G

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If you have been in search of a tough case that offers dual layer protection while keeping a slim profile the Case-Mate Hybrid Case for iPhone 3GS and iPhone 3G [iMore Store Link - $29.95] may just be the case you have been looking for. For the full review follow us after the break!

Getting your iPhone snug and secure in the Hybrid case is a pretty simple process once you get the hang of it. It's just a matter of two steps 1) put the silicon skin on, and 2) attach the outer hard shell. It may take you a few tries to get the volume rocker seated properly but once that is done you are good to go. My only real gripe with using the silicon skin is that it attracts dust so be prepared to clean it quite often if you are a neat freak like myself. At the end of the day, however, I am happy to trade a cleaning or two for top of the line protection.

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The Case-Mate Hybrid feels absolutely great in the hand with it's textured outer shell. It gives you just the right amount of grip to make sure your iPhone won't easily go flying out of your hand. And in the worst-case scenario, if you happen to have one of those moments where a drop is out of your control, rest be assured your device is very well cushioned by the the 2 layers of protection the Hybrid is constructed of.

Along with two layers of protection Case-Mate also delivers one sweet look with the grey outer hard shell in combination with the black form-fitting soft silicone skin. The case wraps completely around the device leaving the screen, camera, headphone jack, vibrate switch, and 30-pin charging/sync port open. Meanwhile, the power button and volume buttons are covered and very well protected. It would have been nice if Case-Mate tossed in a cover for the 30-pin port but that is something I can get over with the over all quality of the case.

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With a few minor annoyances aside, Case-Mate has done a fantastic job with this Hybrid Case for iPhone 3GS and iPhone 3G, which you can purchase at our very own store for $29.95. It has a little bit for everyone. If you are a hard shell case guy/gal or a silicon skin guy/gal this is perfect combination giving you the best of both worlds and you should definitely consider picking one up. As picky as I am with my cases, I promise you this one is a winner.

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Case-Mate Hybrid Case for iPhone 3GS and iPhone 3G

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How does this case handle with being taken out/putting in the phone often? I run with my iPhone and use an arm band so I need to take it out of the case when I run/work out. My Speck case has already broken at the bottom and my old Incipio case tore on the corners.. the Incipio case has a similar design to this, a softer inside with a hard outer case.

How does it handle coming in and out of your pocket? Most cases like these stick to the inside of my pockets making it really frustrating to get out.

Looks like they kinda took a spin off the Otterbox Commuter case. But it doesnt have the port cover like the Otterbox.

@Rick,
While the reviewed case looks great, I swear by my iBand. I've gone through a few low profile and a few sturdy cases, but this one is the first that make me feel like my iphone is secure and not three times as big. I take it biking with me either on an armband or in my pocket all the time.

I have the incipio dual case similar to this. What's goin to happen is that the edges where the silicon meets the hard plasic or what ever will begin tearing everytime you want to take off the case to clean the phone and then to put it back on.
Unless they made this on differently which I doubt because in order to keep the phone profile thin the silicon can't be to thick.

Anyone know if an armband that will take an iPhone while it's still in a case like the one above, or the hardshell inCase version? I need an arm band that doesn't require me to take my phone out of the case every time I want to use it.