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Quick Looks: Spigen SGP’s Ultra Thin Air and Crumena Cases for the HTC One X

The crew over at Spigen SGP, at least in my opinion, is producing some of the higher quality smartphone accessories you will find today that remain at a reasonable price point. The latest batch to hit our door step includes their Ultra Thin Air and Crumena cases for the HTC One X. At $19.99 and $29.99 respectively, they match up to competitors, but do they stand out enough to get you buy them? Let’s chat about ‘em. 

Ultra Thin Air

I’ve made it clear that I believe the HTC One X to be the most beautifully designed smartphone ever. It’s unibody polycarbonate material with soft matte finish is something that has received more comments (“Whoa, what is that phone!”) than any other phone I have ever owned. So the question then becomes, why on Earth would you want to cover it up with a case? Well, protection of course. Is the Ultra Thin Air capable of doing that though? That I’m not 100% sure of just yet, but it certainly looks pretty.

As one would expect from a case named the Ultra Thin Air, this thing is unbelievably thin and like the One X, is made of a polycarbonate material. When attached to the device, it adds millimeters of thickness that you won’t even notice. It manages to be a nice contrast to the all-white back of the phone, but still lets some of that beautiful body shine through. For minimalists, this is a dream case.

But let’s talk protection again. Can it, on this ultra-minimal level, provide any sort of protection? It should provide at least some. The corners are covered, so if you were to pocket drop directly to one of the 4, it could give you enough of a barrier to leave your phone unharmed. With that said, if you fast drop your One X with this case attached, it’s not going to be there to aide in that fall. As you can see from the pictures below, the case comes only about 2/3 of the way up the side.

So for me, this case is all about adding beauty or contrast rather than being a protector. It’s so thin and light that it doesn’t even feel like you have a case on when it is attached to the One X. This is definitely one of the nicest cases I have used, but then again, I’m a caseless kind of guy and using a case for protection has never been my thing. I’ll say this to finish – if you want to add a bit of protection with some added color flair, the Ultra Thin Air is a great choice. If you want the ultimate protector, this won’t do the job, but understand that it isn’t trying to.

*Note – The case, as of today, comes in white or black. Also, as with many of Spigen’s cases, you get a screen protector and cleaning cloth.

Buy. ($19.99)

Crumena

Ahh yes, the leather pouch. I have to be brutally honest here and say that this is one of those accessories that has never been my thing. I love the smell and look of a fresh leather pouch and the protection it provides, but having to pull my phone in and out of one of these all of the time just seems like a pain.

With that said, Spigen’s Crumena pouch for the One X feels of the highest quality. It’s leather on the outside and a soft fabric on the inside to prevent scratching. It holds the device tightly, but will likely loosen a tad over time since it’s leather. It comes in 3 color shades right now (pictured above) that all look beautiful. For those into the pouch game, this should be added to your list of pouches to consider.

Buy. ($29.99)

  • Mobilegearuk

    I like these products, very stylish and mordern, been trying to get a supplier to enable us the sell them in the UK and Ireland.
    http://mobile-gear.co.uk

    Mobile Gear are a UK based online retailer offering a wide range of high quality iPhone and Smartphone Cases, Screen Protectors and Bluetooth hands-free kits. Our current product range is for the following Smartphone’s Apple iPhone, Apple iPad, Blackberry, HTC, LG, Motorola, Sony Ericsson and Samsung.

  • Glen49

    One of the first things I look for in a cell phone case is slight protrusions beyond the phone body itself–a rim above the level of the face of the phone and/or raised above the camera lens.

    While I know that this adds to phone thickness, I would much prefer for the first point of impact to be on the case and not the phone body.
    I usually end up with the innocase line from seidio. Going from the metal-bodied Motorola Droid to the Samsung Galaxy S3, I am going to be looking for the toughest case I can find. Thin light phones are beautiful, but survivability is a much higher priority for me.
    (I would probably wait for the Droid HD, if keeping unlimited data were not an issue. I have several issues to weigh.1. If I am going to give up my dearly loved physical keyboard, I want a large screen with a less-cramped soft keyboard–plus to SGS3. I will do most of my web browsing on this device, and do not want to have to pay for separate tablet data plan–so in the absence of a Galaxy Note, this is the next best thing.2. I have loved the radios in all of the Motorola devices I have owned, including ham radio devices that I used long before cell phones took advantage of the technology pioneered by amateur radio repeater operators–plus to Droid HD.3. I much prefer to have removable batteries, usually employing multiple extended batteries, as found in the early Moto droid series–plus to SGS3.4. I would love to see the screen and camera on the Droid HD, but the potential loss of unlimited data plans closed the deal for me–ordered Samsung Galaxy S3.)

  • Kisuk3

    Kellex, any word on whether or not the Galaxy Nexus will get Spigen GLAS.t screen protector?

    ..and I love all my Spigen accessories, people ask me about them all the time, great recommendation!

    • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

      Let me ask them.

  • guest

    Shouldn’t this be on android-life???

  • Nick

    Now I’m all for the news about phones that aren’t on verizon, I think its interesting regardless of whether or not I can have it. However, cases for phones that I’ll never have without paying an ETF is another thing. It’s not my blog so obviously Kellex is welcome to post whatever he likes and it wont stop me from reading it regularly, I just would rather see more articles on more relevant things, because case reviews are only slightly interesting and helpful for phones that verizon has where the phones themselves are nice to hear about regardless IMHO.

  • http://www.youtube.com/kimirPORTALS kimir

    I wish the DINC 4G didn’t suck so much, it should have been the One X.