The Defense 360 from x-doria is the slimmest full-body case I’ve ever seen. The frosted back plate looks great and snaps easily onto my black 4S, but the clear front plate has been a little disappointing – so much so that I simply didn’t bother to use it after the first few days. All-around Protection […]
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Quick Look: x-doria Defense 360 for iPhone 4S

The Defense 360 from x-doria is the slimmest full-body case I’ve ever seen. The frosted back plate looks great and snaps easily onto my black 4S, but the clear front plate has been a little disappointing – so much so that I simply didn’t bother to use it after the first few days.

All-around Protection

The idea behind the Defense 360 is to offer compact and complete scratch protection on all sides of the iPhone – all while preserving the iPhone 4S’ gorgeous industrial design. The case adds virtually no weight to the iPhone, and while I wouldn’t trust it stay together in the event of a fall, I had no qualms about placing my iPhone on rough surfaces while the Defense 360 was installed.

The frosted back plate looks good, as mentioned above, and it also makes the iPhone easier to hold. Putting the back plate on and taking it off is a cinch, too.

The front plate installs just as easily as the back plate, but comes off a little too easily – it can pry itself loose within minutes of normal touchscreen usage. Once installed, this plate protects the screen, dock connector, and headphone jacks from any damage. It’s also designed to be used like a hard screen protector, keeping sharp objects at bay, but allowing touches to register right through to the screen. In practice, this simply doesn’t work out very well. Sliding to unlock and tapping on app icons is easy enough, but typing becomes a real chore with this front plate installed. I find I have to tap much more slowly and deliberately than before, or deal with a great many typos in my text.

Conclusion

I’d feel hard pressed to recommend purchasing the x-doria Defense 360. On the one hand, it is an excellent light case that provides added grip and scratch protection. However, the $30 price tag includes the front plate, which simply isn’t very well designed. It doesn’t stay in place well enough, and it drastically decreases touch sensitivity for typing. I’d recommend this purchase simply for the back plate if it was offered alone for $20–25, but $30 for a case combo that really only half works is a tougher sell.


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