Review: Case-Mate Smooth Case for iPhone 3G/3GS

You just got your new iPhone for Christmas and you may have been wondering what case you should purchase to protect your new gift. I'm here to tell you if you are in the market for a slider case the Case-Mate Smooth for iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS [iMore Store Link - $27.95] is one to consider. For the full review follow me after the break!

Inside the package you obviously get the case itself but you also get a crystal clear screen protector along with a small microfiber cleaning cloth. I personally choose not to use them but it's a nice gesture that I'm sure some of you can take advantage of them. The Case-Mate Smooth feels as it's name describes - smooth. With it's soft to the touch matte finish and with very minimal bulk added, it feels great in the hand. Even better is that offers a decent amount of grip without the sticky finish. You don't have to worry about a ton of dust or having a hard time removing your iPhone from you pocket or purse.


Like a majority of other sliders the Case-Mate Smooth comes in two separate pieces that easily slide on your iPhone and lock securely together. The major difference I noticed was that this particular case is the installation, it is much easier to slide on and off than most other cases. In more or less words, it fits perfectly. It slides on easy enough that you do not have to worry about scratching the back of the phone or the chrome bezel.


On the negative front, some may feel the case simply does not cover enough area of the phone as the complete top of your phone is unprotected. I'm sure Case-Mate feels some would like access to the sim card tray but I am not one of them. All of the other ports you would expect to be accessible are. Things like the volume control, power button, and headphone jack are all can easily accessed.


Admittedly slider cases generally are my least favorite to use out of all of the various types on the market today. This really held true until I was given the chance to test out the Case-Mate Sooth case [iMore Store Link] and then my opinion changed. Sure there are a few minor annoyances but it's a very solid effort. All other slider case manufactures need to take note here follow Case-Mate's lead.




  • I like the look of this case (reminds me of the DLO Jam Jacket that I use) but having the entire top open is a deal breaker. Does anyne need to access their SIM card that often? I like how on the silicone cases you can use the buttons THRU the case. Keeps em safe.
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  • I'll tell ya what. I bought a case from switch easy as my first case, the capsule neo. Great case but you really can't beat some of the chinese knockoffs on eBay with the apple logo. They fit better than switcheasy's case are more durable and look a lot better. There's no need to spend $30 on a case when you can get one off eBay for $3. Not that it matters to me because I just rediscovered how amazing my iPhone is by going naked with a screen protector. So much better than having a bulky case on it all the time.
  • This case closely resembles the Incase slider. I much prefer the Incase slider because like you said it covers more of the phone. Apple seems to be pretty fond of the Incase since they sell so many varieties of it on their website.
  • I am with you Victor, I just have my iPhone in full Ghost Armor. It just feels a lot better and thinner in the pocket, it's been that way since the 3GS came out.
  • @Brian-
    Does Ghost Armor give you a better grip (i.e., sticky compared to just the iPhone by itself).
    What does the Ghost Armor warranty actually cover?
  • The Seidio Innocase is a better choice- full coverage of the top and for the cool look it's open to the apple logo on the back.
  • @jtz5
    I wouldn't say it give you a better grip, it just a film over the whole phone it doesn't leave much trace of finger prints or oil. It will help your screen from cracking and getting scratches but that depends on how it's dropped or smashed. The warranty only cover new film on phone if it's scratched or torn. It's not like a case that keeps the phone from major damage it's more for scratches.
  • I got one of these after I dropped my 3g and cracked the upper left corner of the glass. I like the lip around the bezel to protect the face. It slides in and out of the pocket easily and the texture gives a good grip on the phone. I recommend it.
  • I love the Incase Slider for my 3GS. I choose the MATTE Black rubbery texture one, i am sure its similar to this but protects more, is more sturdy and overall good feeling with it.
  • I have the incase slider as well and I love it. I would consider this case if it covered more at the top. I dropped my phone with the incase a couple of times and it's still in good shape!
  • Anyone know if it will fit into a doc station??
  • @Jake
    it will not fit into a docking station with both pieces on, but the bottom section slides on and off easy enough for day-to-day docking use.
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