With phone costs constantly increasing, one of the firstÂ purchases I always make for my new phone is a protective case. Â When you’re constantly removing your phone from yourÂ pocket, it’s going to get droppedÂ occasionally. Â You can buy rubber sheathes and skins, and full device shields that you can hardly see and you can purchase hard cases or shells to give you the best protection available. Â Monaco is one of the companies that makes such a product. They produce a range of aluminum cases toÂ protectÂ most modern phones and our good friend Sean over at WirelessGround sent us a Silver Aluminum Cases from Monaco to test on a Nexus One.
For me, most of these casesÂ I’veÂ tried increase the size of my phone too much and end up in a drawer somewhere. Â The Aluminum Cases from Monaco does increase the size of your phone but because it’s aluminum instead of rubberized, it still slips quite easily into your pocket.
Here’s the information from the WirelessGround site:
The Nexus One Monaco Aluminum Case is manufactured with 100% anodized aircraft grade aluminum and the design of the case is form fitting for the Nexus One devices. The neoprene lining located on the top, bottom, and side holds the handheld securely in place. The open screen design allows easy access to the touch screen. The lock on the side holds the top and bottom of the case tightly together and prevents the case from accidentally opening. With this form-fitting metal aluminum case, your investment is protected. The case also features a removable 360 degree swivel belt clip (easy to install and remove).
Nexus One Aluminum Case Features:
- Slim, lightweight and strong, the most durable case available for the Nexus One
- Form fitting design
- Neoprene inner lining for extra protection and acts as a shock absorber
- Easy access to all buttons and features
- Extra strength aircraft grade aluminum
- Anodized aluminum prevents scratches
- Cutouts give easy access to the functionality of the Nexus One
- Packaged in Monaco gift box
I’ve been testing the Nexus One AluminumÂ Case from Monaco for a couple of weeks now and I can say that is sure does feel like it gives great protection for your phone. Â The padding on the inside of the case grips my phone really well and keeps it pretty secure. Â I’mÂ sure if I dropped my phone with this case installed, it would be very well protected. Â The openings in the case are all made precisely and fit all the camera, headset, volume and every other outer connector and button on my phone very well.
Unfortunately, when I have the caseÂ installedÂ on my phone I find it very hard to get to the outer edges of my screen making it a real pain to pull down my notifications bar. Â It also makes it almost impossible to drag my iconsÂ acrossÂ to another screen. Â Monaco really has to make the screen opening of the case larger toÂ accommodateÂ the actual use of the phone. Because of this I really can’t recommend this case to anyone.
One otherÂ concernÂ is that the bottom edge of the front of the case does not have any padding and the edge of the aluminum is touching the front of my phoneÂ immediatelyÂ below the trackball. Â While IÂ haven’tÂ seen any marks on my phone during my testing, I would be concerned that after prolonged use, it may cause some issues.
The verdict is that this case gets a thumbs down from AndroidSPIN. Â While the quality of the case is really nice, the design and implementation of the screenÂ openingÂ just doesn’t work.
Again, we would like to thank Sean atÂ WirelessGround for sending us the review case and you should check out his accessory store when you get a chance.