- Mainly, it was cheaply and quickly available here
- Second biggest reason: I was hesitant to buy this because I thought it would be much cheaper on eBay. However, I searched, and only cases similar to their simpler Barely There ID were available. I had previously bought one for my iPhone 4.
- By cheap, I mean I got the Pop! ID at S$38, including delivery, before 10% discount. Compared to the other cases I was looking at, that's probably the cheapest. I know the OtterBox Commuter Wallet costs >S$60. Compared to other sellers: the cheapest on Amazon is around USD$17, which works out to about the same price, and that's with maybe 2 weeks' wait.
- By quick, I was going to buy CM4's Q case from Amazon, which would ship overseas for free, but it would take at least a month for me to amass USD$125 of things to buy.
- It met all my requirements, particularly the covered buttons and exposed Lightning and headphone ports.
Griffin Reveal Etch Graphite. However, other users say the thin top part tends to break, so I'm trying not to stress it and thinking of ways to reinforce it.
I also like how the rubbery plastic extends almost the entire length on both sides of the phone, so it's easy to grip. It also extends slightly above the display, protecting it when you place the phone face-down. The rubbery parts have too much friction, though, and it does tend to turn your pocket inside-out when you remove your phone, as people have pointed out.
Nobody mentions this online - the case is about 1.4 cm thick. Surprisingly my 3D-printed case is also the same thickness for the most part (1.4 cm), even though it can hold 3 cards while this can only hold 2. But the 3D-printed case is thicker at the base (1.7 cm). This looks sleeker than the 3D-printed case, though.
- Good shock protection
- Good grip
- Screen protection
- Easy to put on and take off
- Holds cards securely
- Covered buttons
- Large Lightning port slot
- Minimal bulk
- Unique design (mixing 2 plastics and not copied by others)
- Silence switch a bit deep
- A bit too much friction
Summary: solidly-built case with good protection, convenient card storage and minimal bulk.
Update 25 Jun 14
I'm very happy with this case. It's holding up excellently. Again, things I'm looking out for: thin beam below the Home button breaking, separation of the 2 materials used. No sign of these happening. The only visible wear is the rubber on the sides of the top surface is... it's like it's peeling, but in small pieces. One piece has dropped off. Probably from rubbing against clothes. It's peeling very slowly, and doesn't affect the function of the case, so it's acceptable.
Update 30 Aug 14
Well, it's happened. the thin bar on the bottom broke, after about 4 months of daily usage. I figured how long it lasts depends on how you use your phone - how rough, where you put it, how you grip it. If you're pulling it out of your pocket by this bar, it'll surely break earlier.
Update 17 Oct 14
Update 30 Dec 14
The rubber finally gave way some time ago:
3D-printed case. But by now I've changed phones so I've stopped using this case.