First thing I noticed when un-boxing it was the nasty smell of the rubber,which eventually goes away after few days.
the installation is easily done with 1.5mm Allen key,which is a smart design,unlike those cases that just slip on,they are pointless as they would fall off on impact, but the Powerful case can many hits.
I have crashed hard on a asphalt bike path I lost control as my joints slipped twisting my bars to the left I landed sideways on my shoulder and my thigh resulting in damage of my shorts, a hole and a damaged zipper, but the case protected the phone.
I noticed the case has been bent from the middle Allen screws,This might be from the crash, as it was a hard crash.
I tried to scratch the Screen protector with a Allen key, but it did not scratch.
The protective screen cover is very weak, it does not withstand the abuse I but it trough when mountain biking.
The screen protector can’t handle any flex, so having it in your pocket will destroy the screen protector, the shorts will move your muscles will move, the phone well move, so it will be destroyed fast.
I don’t know what actually damaged the screen protector, But it’s most likely me just riding with the phone in the pocket in my Poc shorts,Which I am pretty sure is the reason.
But the bike path crash I had did not result in any visible damage on the screen protector, but it might have damaged it any way, later I went for some long mountain bike rides, one time the zipper failed, so it was sliding down, which might have damaged the screen protector, or it might have been that I hit my thigh on the Timber bell or the dropper post remote, or maybe it was the flex in the protective case at some point on the ride, I don’t really know.
Video below shows how easy I could take apart the shattered protector.
In the video below you can see how where I put my phone while riding:
In my hands:
The phone is bit to big with this case, but much better than the tiny Cat S50, way too small, but something with similar case and just little bit smaller, would be perfect.
at the first times I tried using the shutter button I had difficulties with getting it to work, but it was probably just a small alignment issue when I put it together, after few more tries it worked flawlessly.
The case has rubber almost all the way around the sides & the back/rear side of the phone, but they don’t eliminate slipping, they definitely reduce it but , it still will slip, but the raised edges of the case make holding the phone more secure, the edges stops it from slipping.
when taking pictures or filming for example I can securely hold my phone with my trigger finger on the shutter speed, and the thumb in the upper corner, and my left thumb in the other lower corner, or my whole left thumb up to the right corner which gives good and stable grip.
The rubber buttons work flawlessly and feel great, but as it’s weak rubber it will eventually wear out,I have used it for few month, without any major signs of wear, but I can see the buttons are rounded off a little bit.
I have been using the case in rain and humid weather and I have not had any issues with water coming inside.
The rubber on the backside is meant as a heatsink.
Verdict: Ok case, with awful Screen protector
If you get this Case get a better screen protector.
So far this is one of the best case I have found, but the screen protector is horrible.