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Case Review: Incipio Silicrylic V3 for iPhone 3G/3GS

The Incipio Silicrylic V3 ($20) case is part of a growing trend of two-part cases that combine a soft silicone inner layer supported by a hard-shell outer layer, creating better protection than the separate parts would alone.

This case (which is actually purple, not the pink it appears in the photos) has the hard shell configured to protect the impact points (the corners and the back), leaving the sides to the silicone. The case is tight fitting (with one exception we’ll get to later), so it takes a bit of finagling to get it on in the first place, but it’s solid once there.

The headphone, dock, and mute switch are all exposed and accessible, while the sleep and volume buttons are covered by simulated silicone buttons. All buttons feel good to press and work as they should.

The case adds quite a bit of thickness to the iPhone, which in turn means you might have some issues using it with a dock. But headphones and docking cables plug in without any trouble at all.

As a nice freebie, Incipio included a stand that the iPhone can rest in while in landscape mode. It’s especially useful for video watching but also for any landscape-supported app. There’s no practical way to carry it with you, as it doesn’t permanently attach to the case. But hey, free is free, right?

We’re fans of the two-layer approach to iPhone cases. By combining both hard and soft protection, you end up with superior protection and a better in-hand feel than a hard case or silicone by itself.

However, as is inevitable with combining two styles of anything, you can sometimes bring along the bad with the good. The only notable flaw for this phone is that the silicone sleeve is a little loose around the docking port and can snag and pull away. Other than that, I’ve used this case extensively, without any complaint.

Conclusion:

When judging the Incipio Silicrylic V3, we thought it best to compare it to other two-layer cases, notably the OtterBox Commuter TL, and Case-Mate Hybrid Mix & Match. While both of these others have slightly more substantial hard plastic areas, giving them comparably more protection, there is one notable advantage to the Silicrylic: price. While the list cost is $25, you can pick it up on Amazon for around $20.

All in all, Incipio Silicrylic V3 ($20) offers solid protection with a comfortable feel, and does so at a reasonable price. We rate the case an 8.0 out of 10, highly recommend.

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