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Quick Look: Spigen Ultra Thin Air and Modello Galaxy S3 Cases [Contest Too] (Update: Winners Picked)

On our never ending quest to bring you looks at as many of the top Samsung Galaxy S3 cases as we can, the next stop is back with our friends Spigen SGP, and their Modello and Ultra Thin Air cases. Both cases are affordable, come in a variety of colors, and will give you some protection without feeling like your phone is hidden behind a brick. 


The Modello case from Spigen is their take on a TPU case. It’s essentially a rubber case that fits tightly around the entire device, even up onto the front a tad, to give it face down protection. Spigen’s, to me, has a much more textured feel than other TPU cases in the industry, something I liked while holding it. It didn’t just feel like a glossy rubber case – it felt like they spent time making it feel and fit perfectly.

There are cutouts for the camera, flash, speaker, volume rocker, lock switch, headphone jack, microUSB port, and microphones. Again, it fits perfectly, but one thing I really love is the fact that it barely touches on the front of the display. Too many TPU cases cover up the front side of the device, something I can’t stand. Spigen’s does a great job at giving you just enough protection without taking over. At $15, you can’t really go wrong with this case, especially if TPU is how you roll.

The case comes in 7 different colors:  black, brown, red, blue, purple, green, and grey.

Buy. ($14.99)

Ultra Thin Air

The Ultra Thin Air is Spigen’s attempt at creating the ultimate minimal case that offers a bit of protection, but still highlights the design of the device. It’s made of a polycarbonate material that was custom formed to fit as perfectly as possible to the Galaxy S3.

Now, in the past with Ultra Thin Air cases, I was obsessed. In fact, the Ultra Thin Air for the One X is probably in my top 3 cases of all time. The Galaxy S3 version on the other hand, not so much. This case was too slippery for my liking. I also managed to damage the cutout for the lock switch within one day of use. I don’t necessarily think that is going to be normal, but I had to mention it. I’ve also noticed that on the silver and gold backs, that there is this slightly washed out spot in the middle. You can actually see it in the picture of the back below.

So while I love the idea of the Ultra Thin Air, I’m not sure that the Galaxy S3 version is up to previous standards. It will run you $19.99, but that also includes a screen protector. I’d suggest going with maybe the black or white, as the black for the One X was not slippery and was a dream. You may want to avoid the gold and silver though, as they are the two I handled and based this review off.

It comes in 8 different colors:  black, silver, red, gold, mint green, white, pink and orange.

Buy. ($19.99)



We have 6 cases total to give away – 3 Ultra Thin Airs and 3 Modellos.

Update: We have picked our six winners and emails have been sent out. Go check your inbox!

How to enter:

1.  In the comments, tell us how many Android devices you have owned and what they are.
2.  Also, tell us which case you would like to win and in what color.

*Color options:

Modello:  purple, black, or grey.

Ultra Thin Air:  gold, white or pink.

3.  Feel free to share the contest page with your social network of choice.
4.  Tomorrow at 10AM, we will choose winners randomly from the comments.


Good luck!

  • reyalP

    OG Droid, HTC Incredible, Droid X, HTC Thunderbolt, Galaxy Nexus and currently the Galaxy S3. Would really like to have the Modello in black.

  • xformulax

    droid 1 on launch day
    droid incredible (amoled version)
    droid x

    nook color
    kindle fire

    i’d like modello black or grey.

  • Droid X, Samsung Galaxy S3

    Ultra Thin air in BLACK! so I can make my phone black and blue, get it!

  • Tj Mohammed

    Just ordered the S3 will be my first android device coming from a Nokia 🙂 if I were to win I’d like the white case, whichever one!

  • playingDroid

    Original Droid, Pantech Breakout, Droid Charge, Samsung fascinate, Transformer Prime

    Current device Samsung S3

    White case would be my choice if I were so lucky as to be picked…

  • DroidX, Thunderbolt, Gnex, GS3! Modello black or ultra thin white!

  • Ethan

    I’ve owned 5 Android devices: OG Droid, Droid X, Xoom Wifi, Galaxy S3, Nexus 7.

    Grey Modello would be lovely, DL staff 🙂

  • Andrew

    Eris, Thunderbolt, Galaxy S3

    Black ultra thin please!

  • David Simmons

    3: Droid2, Transformer (TF101), Galaxy S3. Modello in grey please!

  • Jpm7714

    My first phone was a droid 2 which still works perfectly but I had to upgrade to my second phone, a galaxy s3. Modello grey and ultra thin air gold

  • Cprsmrrcr3

    Let’s see droid2, thunderbolt, droid razr, and galaxy 3. Modello in grey or purple….I’m not that picky

  • barry

    OG droid fascinate modello black

  • barry

    OG droid fascinate and now the gs3. Ultra thin air white

  • Droid X
    HTC thunderbolt
    Galaxy S3
    I want MOdelo in Grey color

  • Jason Inofuentes

    Droid, DINC, SGS3, Eris, Incredible 2, Droid 2, Droid 3, HP TouchPad. Modello (Black)

  • Droid X, Droid Pro, Galaxy Nexus, S3
    Modello in Purple
    This site is the best. Gotta love how you guys hook up your readers. Keep up the great work.

  • Have owned (in order) og droid, droid2, droid global, droix, galaxy Nexus and now galaxy S3. I would love the Modello case in grey

  • cashx3r0

    Dinc, Dx, nook color, kindle fire, sgsiii.
    UTA in white, if possible.

  • skaad

    casio g’zone, galaxy nexus, galaxy S3. Modello any color – or whatever is left.

  • aao100

    I’ve had an Incredible, Thunderbolt, Spectrum, and now the SIII
    I’d like the modello in purple.

  • Ive had

    Og Droid x2
    Thunderbolt x2
    Galaxy Nexus x2
    no name tablet
    transformer OG
    touchpad(that counts i think)
    and now we have
    2 Gs3’s

    would like a black modello or any other that might be available thanx!

  • Laurel B

    I have owned a droid incredible and loved it till the end.
    I would like an Ultra Thin Air gold for my samsung galaxy s II please. thank you 🙂 <3

  • Laurel B

    Ultra Thin Air gold for my samsung galaxy s II please. thank you 🙂 <3

  • Anthony Davidson

    5: Droid Incredible, Droid 2, Droid X, Thunderbolt, Galaxy S3. Modello in grey, please.

  • JagQpopZ24

    Proud owner of previous OG Droid, Droid X, Droid Incredible, Fascinate, HTC Rezound. And current owner of awesome rooted Galaxy S3.
    Modello grey or black please.

  • I’ve owned A Galaxy S3, Galaxy Nexus, Epic Touch 4G, EVO 3D, EVO, Hero.

    I’d like the Modello Grey if I win… Thanks!

  • samdrums182

    I have owned 7 smart phones and ive bought 4of them because of this websites reviews and scoops about the devices so thanks the names of all seven are The og droid, droid x1,droid 2,HTC thunderbolt, droid bionic,Galaxy Nexus,and the GalaxyS3 I would love it if I can get the Ultra Thin Gold please guys I read your articles every days and check up every hour on new,news.thank guys droid-life all the way!!! Now let me get my case please.

  • yimengh

    Galaxy S3 is my first phone, and I would love a Modello in black to go with it.

  • Michael C.

    2 android devices: droid razr and samsung galaxy s3
    I would like the ultra thin air in white or modello in grey please!

  • will

    Nexus nexus7 gs3 white ultra thin air

  • Mike T.

    Droid X, Droid X2, Galaxy S3. Modello Grey.

  • sixohtew

    HTC Droid Incredible (s-off), HTC Incredible 2 (s-off), 2 HP Touchpads (both running cyanogenmod9), nsx46gt1 46″ Google TV (rooted with superuser installed and running unsigned kernels), and my new love, the Samsung Galaxy S3 on verizon (unlocked ftw!) would love to have the modello in black please!

  • Shaun Jon

    1) Droid Eris, Thunderbolt, galaxy s3, nook tablet, nexus 7
    2) Modello in grey please.

  • 1: Motorola Droid <— Best phone ever!!!
    2: HTC Thunderbolt
    3: Motorola Droid Bionic
    4: Samsung Galaxy S3
    I will have the gold case if I am a winner 🙂

  • Guest

    1: Motorola Droid <— Best phone ever!!!
    2: HTC Thunderbolt
    3: Motorola Droid Bionic
    4: Samsung Galaxy S3

  • collegepunk

    I have had a DROID X and now the galaxy g s 3.

    I would like the modello in black please.

  • Themanhere10

    I have only had the Samsung G S III

    I would like the Modello in black.

  • Ivan92116

    Droid X and Galaxy S3.
    Modello in Gray.

  • Steven G

    1-Droid OG, Xoom, Droid 2, Droid 3, Droid X2, Incredible, Incredible 2, Charge, Evo, Evo Shift, Epic 4G, Rezound, Thunderbolt, Fascinate, and now the GS3.
    2-Modello Black

  • Sparky Tweek

    I’ve owned the Droid X and now I have the Galaxy S III. If I win, I’d like to have the gray Modello case, please. Thanks DL!!!

  • SJ Prettyman

    I’ve owned two Android devices, the Droid X and now the Galaxy S III. If I win, I would like the Modello case in Black, please. Thanks!

  • johnnos3

    Galaxy s3
    Og droid

    Modello grey

  • BMac

    1) I’ve owned two Android devices – Moto Droid X and Samsung Galaxy S3
    2) Modello in purple, please!

  • four android devices: droid incredible, droid incredible 2, hp touchpad, and the samsung galaxy s3.
    i’d like the grey modello if i win! thanks 🙂

  • Shawn M

    My phones: Droid 2, Droid 3, Droid Razr, Galaxy S3. Modello in black

    • Shawn M

      Oopps, forgot a couple, droid incredible, statasphere, xoom wifi, galaxy tab 10.1 wifi, 2 kindle fires and nook colot

  • Davros


    2-Droids, 1-Dx, 1-Incredible, 2-Double plays(for the kids), 1-GNex, 1-GS3.
    Ultra in gold please 🙂

  • Yoderz

    OG Droid, HTC Rezound, Galaxy S3. Short and sweet. Would love to rock the gray Modello on this bad boy.

  • Heather Koch

    4. Galaxy s3, Droid Charge, Samsung fascinate and Asus transformer.
    Modello black.

  • Justin Koch

    1. 6 total: Asus Transformer, Nexus 7, Fascinate, Droid Charge, Galaxy Nexus, Galaxy S3
    2. If I win I would like the Modello Black please and thanks!

  • Droid 1, Galaxy Nexus, Galaxy S3, I would really like the modello in purple but any color would be great. Thanks!