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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!

  • 1. Unfortunately zero Android devices.
    2.The persoon I would give it away would like the modello in Black.

  • Tom Sturdy

    Droid X, HP Touchpad with CM9, and a Pebble Blue GSIII.

    I’d like a Modello in black or grey.

  • I have owned the Droid Eris, Samsung Fascinate, Droid X, Samsung Charge, and currently the Galaxy S III. If I win I would like the modello in black.

  • I’ve only owned a couple of Android devices, my new GS3 and my previous Droid Incredible. If I were to win a case, I’d like the Modello in Grey.

  • Only had two devices Droid X and Galaxy SIII, If i am a winner i would like to get
    Modello (black)

  • I’ve owned 4 android devices so far. A Motorola Droid X, Motorola Droid X2, Motorola R2D2 Droid2, & currently using a Samsung Galaxy SIII. I’d like a Purple Modello if am picked as a winner.

  • Mike D

    Android phones = 10 owned. G1, MyTouch 3G, G2, G2X, Galaxy S 4G, Nexus S, Sensation, Amaze, One S, Galaxy S 3. I like the modello in Black.

  • Gigantor

    Droid x, incredible 2, Droid razr, Droid razr maxx, galaxy s3. I’ll take the black, gray, or white.

  • wynalazca

    6: Droid (got in almost brand new condition for $100 when it was only 4 months old), Droid X (won the scavenger hunt), Fascinate (got for $1 on upgrade the day after thanksgiving), Droid Charge (full retail because screen + LTE was too great to pass on), Galaxy Nexus (full retail) GS3 (last upgrade ever on Verizon)

    Modello grey please!

  • OG Droid, HTC Amaze. Have a Galaxy S III on the way. Would like the Modello grey.

  • TheCheapGamer

    Three devices.
    OG Droid, Droid X and Galaxy S3.
    (Touchpad running CM7 if that counts)

    Black Modello is I am to be chosen.

  • Tiffany

    My first Android device will arrive tomorrow, and it is the Galaxy S III. I would like the Modello purple for it!

  • phil mottershead

    Can I get an ultra thin air in white please. Kthnx

    Sony erricson xperia x1-android, HTC magic, HTC desire, HTC desire Z, galaxy s2, galaxy s3

    Also HP touchpad and nexus 7 …. ftw 😀

  • John P.

    I have only owned 2 android devices to date but have loved both. I started with the DX and now have moved on the Galaxy S3 to lock in my unlimited data. I would love to win the Grey Modello case!

  • dixonij

    Droid, Xoom, and Galaxy SIII

    Modello black please! (Second choice grey)

  • midwaymons7er

    HTC Thunderbolt and Samsung Galaxy S3. Ultra thin air white would be nice

  • I’ve had 3 Droid X’s, an Acer Iconia A500 and a Galaxy SIII. I’d love the Gray Modello

  • Brandon

    HTC Hero, HTC EVO 4G, View Sonic G-Tab, Nexus S, Photon, Galaxy S2, EVO 3D, EVO 4G LTE, Galaxy S3 so 9 devices total to myself.
    I would prefer the Modello in black or Grey or ultra thin air in white. Thanks!

  • Rigoberto Cabrera

    Owned a MyTouch 4G, Sensation 4G, Galaxy SII and currently Galaxy SIII. Would love you long time for a Grey Modello.

  • Mr ilheis

    HTC DROID Incredible and Galaxy Nexus. Modello in Purple!

  • Nexus one, galaxy s2, galaxy nexus, galaxy s3.

    Ultra thin air – white

  • amoezie

    Galaxy S, Galaxy S3, Droid Eris, Motorola Droid, Droid Bionic-Modello Purple or Ultra Thin Pink for S3. Thanks!

  • OG Droid, HTC Inc, HTC Thunderbolt, VZW Galaxy Nexus, Samsung Galaxy S3. I would love the Modello in black!

  • arthur2142

    Today, while on vacation, my phone fell out of the parked car and cracked my glass slightly. I normally prefer my phone to be naked, but since I have unlimited data and no insurance, I need this phone to last a long time. I think the white ultra thin case will do the trick, while also turning my luck around.

  • I’ve had the Nexus S, Galaxy S2 LTE, Galaxy Nexus, and now the Galaxy S3! Would love to win the Modello in Black or Grey.

    Thanks in advance, droid-life!

  • I have had a Droid Eris, Droid X, Fascinate, Thunderbolt (shudders), Droid Charge, Galaxy Tab 10.1, Xoom, Galaxy Nexus, and now a Verizon Galaxy S III. Also through my work I have had a Droid Bionic and an Incredible 4G.
    If I won a case I would want a gray Modello! Thanks guys! hope I win!

  • VZW SGS3 Unlocked yay!!

    Samsung Fascinate, Samsung Galaxy S3, best upgrade ever… Modello Black if possible, thank you.

  • Three, Motorola cliq XT. T-mobile Mytouch 4g. HTC amaze 4g. And Galaxy S3.
    I would like Modello Black

  • Vezmar

    So far I’ve owned an OG Droid, Droid X, and now a Samsung Galaxy S3. I would be delighted to win the Ultra Thin Air in black. Keep up the good work Kellex!

  • Jerad Fisher

    I owned the Samsung Vibrant. I currently use the Galaxy S3 and the Galaxy Nexus. I also have two android tablets, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and the awesome Nexus 7. If I win I would love the Grey Modello…

  • derichio02

    Oh forgot the G2X and the fascinate!!!!

  • mememe!

    Droid, droid r2d2, droid x, thunderbolt, bionic, razr maxx, Samsung GS 3
    Modello in grey please!

  • derichio02

    G1, MyTouch 3G, OG Droid, HTC Eris, Droid Incredible, Evo 4G, Epic 4g, Droid X, G2, MyTouch 4G, Incredible 2, Thunderbolt, Charge, Bionic, Droid 4, Rezound, GNex, Razr Maxx, Sgs3 I think that about sums it up lol.

    I’ll take the modello in black!

  • D T Lara

    Droid X, Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 7 and now Galaxy S3. I like the Modello in the Grey. Thanks!

  • tpags

    9 and counting!! OG Droid, Incredible, Droid X and X2, Fascinate, Bionic, Razr, G-Nex and SG3. I would love to have the ultra thin air in white please.

  • Joeygueez

    Rearth Ringke Slim is the best available for the S3

  • I’ve owned the g2x, galaxy s ii, galaxy nexus, HTC one x, and galaxy s iii. The ultra thin air white would be nice.

  • I’ve owned three Android phones. The original Droid, the Droid X, and now the Galaxy S3 which is by far my favorite. If I win I’d like the Modello in grey or black please! 🙂

  • Galaxy SIII, Galaxy Nexus LTE, Droid RAZR, HTC Thunderbolt, HTC Evo. When I win I would like Ultra Thin Air gold color. Thanks

  • Epic 4g, Epic 4g Touch, and the S3. I’d love a Modello : Black

  • OG Droid. Droid x. Droid x2. Droid incredible 2. Nook Color. Droid Thunderbolt. Droid Charge. Droid RAZR. Samsung Galaxy GS3. The White Thin Air please.

    White Thin Air please.

  • JR23

    Galaxy S3 now… the epic… the moment… galaxy S2… I would like to win the Modello (Black)

  • DontBeConfused

    Droid X, Samsung Galaxy s3. I would like the Ultra Thin Air, in white (if i were to win)

  • dave

    1) Just a few: OG Droid, HTC Thunderbolt, now Samsung GS3
    2) I would appreciate the Ultra Thin in gold.

    Thanks for doing this contest!

  • G3

    Devices: Droid a855, Fascinate, RAZR, Rezound, Thunderbolt, Nexus, S3.

    Would like Modello in black. Thanks!

  • Evan Fleming

    OG Droid, Eris (for the wife), Fascinate, Thunderbolt, Droid X2, Xoom, Rezound, Galaxy Nexus LTE, Galaxy S3 VZW. So I suppose that makes 9! Would like to win the Ultra Thin Air in white!

  • HTC Incredible, Galaxy Nexus, US Cellular SGS3

    Ultra Thin Air White

  • Andrew Z

    Droid, Droid X, Galaxy Note, Samsung Tab, and Galaxy S3. I would love to get the white Ultra Air!

  • NemaCystX

    6 Android devices:
    OG DROID Incredible (AMOLED)
    DROID X,
    HTC ThunderBolt,
    Galaxy Nexus,
    Asus Eee Pad Transformer TF100,
    Galaxy Tab 10.1

    Modello: Grey
    Ultra Thin: Gold

    If I win, I’ll donate my case to my friend who has a Verizon Galaxy S3

  • OG Droid, Gnex, and SGS3. Ultra thin white looks sweet.