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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!

  • Wachatalknboutwillis

    GS3 is my first
    modello grey would be super!!!!

  • I have owned 2 android phones. (The OG Droid and the GNex) Love them both!

    I would like to win either the Modello: purple case or the Ultra Thin Air: White case.

    My girlfriend is getting a GS3 in the next few days and this case would be a great birthday present to her!

    Thanks Droid-Life!

  • OG Droid, Droid X & GNex! GSIII soon! and learned the ropes here! Would like to win first of all then choose Modello Black!

  • LGT

    Droid 2 Global and now the Samsung S3.
    I like the Modello in grey.

  • soccercoach

    I would like the modello in purple for my Samsung galaxy 3 that I just received. This phone replaces my preivous phone, the Blackberry 8830, that I have been using for 6 years. This is my first android and I do love it!

  • AntiJeff

    droid X, liberated – Galaxy SIII – modello black

  • Only 3 devices, G1, G2, Galaxy S III

    I’d want the black modello because fancy colors aren’t my thing.

  • Keyan X

    I’ve had a lot of Android devices, here’s all that I can remember, and no I do not still have all of them: Droid, Droid Eris, Droid X, Samsung Messenger, Droid Incredible 2, Droid Razr, Droid Razr Maxx, Rezound, Stratosphere, Fascinate, Galaxy Nexus, Spectrum, Evo 4G, Galaxy S 3, Droid Incredible 4G, Droid 4, Galaxy Note, One X, XOOM, XyBoard 8.2, Nexus 7, Transformer Pad 300, Galaxy Tab 7.7, Kindle Fire, Galaxy Tab 2 7.0, Excite 10, MotoActv… I think that’s all 🙂 [Which is 27 devices]

    If I won I’d love the pink ultra thin air

  • Droid OG, Samsung Facinate, Droid X, Nexus Prime, Droid Bionic, SII, and Logitech RevuePink, definitely Pink.

  • John Roeser

    Droid 2, Droid bionic, Nexus 7. Purple Modello.

  • Htc incredible rooted, droid bionic rooted, samsung galaxy tab plus rooted and on ics, htc flyer, and samsung galaxy player 4.0. I would love the ultra thin air white

  • Bert336

    -I’ve owned 4 android devices; Droid X, Samsung Fascinate, Droid X2, HTC Thunderbolt, HTC Rezound, Samsung Tablet 10.1, Samsung Galaxy Nexus, Samsung Galaxy S3, and Nexus7.

    -I would like to get my hands on the Modello: Black

    plz, k, thanks 🙂

    • Bert336

      4…more like 9 ( had to brain storm, as i dont keep devices for more than a year i lose track)

  • Dilson Silva

    Droid Incredible, Fascinate, Rezound, Galaxy Nexus, Galaxy S3.
    Modello in Black or Grey/Ultra Thin Air in Gold or White

  • Kayleigh Sacco

    my galaxy s3 is my first android phone and I like the purple modello case

  • towmater

    Samsung GS3
    Modello in black or purple pretty please

  • Mark Pixley

    Droid 2 and Galaxy s3
    Modello in black please

  • A. Norman

    Two Android devices so far: the Droid Eris and now the Galaxy S3. Would dig getting the Modello in black or grey. Please and thank you!

  • 4 Droids (OG Droid, Droid X, Droid Bionic, Galaxy S III). Modello Purple works for me!

    • Droosh

      I count 3 droids.

  • Only owned two devices.
    Droid X on launch day, and Galaxy S3 day one.

    Can I please get the Ultra Thin Cars in any color? I’d prefer the white though.

  • Moto Backflip, HTC Aria, Samsung Captivate, Moto Atrix, Galaxy TAB (verizon), Acer A500, Samsung Galaxy SII, Samsung Galaxy SII Skyrocket, Moto Bravo (unused), Galaxy Note, Samsung Galaxy TAB 8.9 LTE (current), Galaxy SIII At&t on CM10 (current).Total devices 12 and yes I’m on At&t. I want a black air case stuck on an ebay knock off right now.

  • daanmogot

    I have Motorola Droid & Samsung Galaxy S 3. I Love White Ultra Thin Air.

  • E Diddy

    Droid Eris, Droid Inc, Droid Inc 2, Droid 2, Droid 3, HTC Thunderbolt, Droid Razr, HTC ONE X, VZW Gnex, Droid Bionic, Samsung Fascinate, Motorola Droid Pro, and now currently GSM Galaxy Nexus and VZW Galaxy S3. I would like a Ultra Thin Air in White please.

  • krusej23

    I have had 3 different Android devices. Some cheap US cellular one, Motorola Electrify and now the Galaxy S3. I want the modello in black.

  • Jeremiah Collins

    I have owned a Droid X, Droid X2, and Samsung GS3. I would like a Modello in grey please, and thank you!

  • Got_Nitro

    Droid X, now Galaxy SIII. Also just got the wife a Droid 4 since she wanted a physical keyboard. Would love the Modello in either black or grey!

  • Adam W

    4 Android phones: G1, Droid Eris, Droid Incredible, Galaxy S3
    *Modello black please!

  • OG Droid, Droid 2, and currently a GS3.

    If I win I’d like a Modello in black or grey!

  • Djsan99

    Droid, Droid X, Galaxy S3, Love the droid products! I would like the Modello in Black.

  • Todd

    The Galaxy S3 is my 1st android and I love it! I would really like the black modello.

  • Worldly1

    Galaxy Nexus, Evo 4G, Samsung Galaxy SIII…Ultra Thin Air would be nice in GOLD. Puleaze

  • stephen shavers

    I have only owned 2 android products. My droidx, and my current gs3. I did buy a hp touchpad with the sole purpose of putting cm on it though.

    If I win. Modello in black.

  • Josh Wenthold

    droid x, kindle fire, galaxy sIII

    I like the modello in black!

  • Josh Cramer

    • OG Droid

    • 4G Motorola Xoom

    • HTC Thunderbolt

    • B&N Nook running CM7

    • Samsung Galaxy SIII
    Modello: Black or Grey

  • chilltech

    Droid 2, Droid X, Galaxy S3. Id love the Modello in black or gray.

  • toosurreal01

    Droid Incredible and Galaxy S3.

    Modello in Black

  • I installed Eclair on my HTC Fuze, then upgraded to the Droid x, Now rocking the SGS3. Waiting for that Cyan10. Modello in black would be sleek!

  • mrchadmane

    I have owned 7 Android devices… the Droid 2, Droid X, HTC Evo, Galaxy S2, Galaxy S3, Galaxy Tab 10.1, & Nexus 7.

    I would like to win the ultra thin air, white.

  • Droid X, Galaxy Tab, and Galaxy s3 in white, all on Verizon. I would like the Ultra Thin Air in gold!

  • StealieSubie

    OG Droid, Droid Bionic, Samsung ? (the LTE QWERTY, only had for 1 day), Galaxy Nexus, Galaxy S III.

    I really like to Modello case in black.

  • Mithun Chaubey

    Droid2, and my currently beloved Galaxy S3. Modello in black! How are you going to inform the winner?

  • Glassonion

    I am on my 3rd Android phone. 1) Original Droid Incredible. 2) Incredible 2. 3) My current awesomeness, the Galaxy S3 in pebble blue!. Verizon’s LTE network rocks.

    I would love to win a Modello case in black.

  • I’ve owned a DROID X and now an SIII. I’d love to have the Ultra Thin in white.

  • My first phone was a Samsung Fascinate, which initially sucked but once I plunged into the root/rom world became a snappy little phone. Now I have the GS3 and love it.

    Black Modello

  • Just a DROID X and Nexus 7 – would prefer Modello in gray.

  • Dave

    My wife and I have owned 3 androids so far – Droid Incredible, Droid X, and now the S3. A purple Modello for the wife’s phone would be awesome. Thanks!

  • Jim McClain

    am really impressed so far with my wifes S3, and that s4 chip does make a big difference in the battery , its been on for just over 24 hours and still has 50% battery left, my nexus would be dead by now and they both have the same battery

  • Sean Wood

    Droid, DroidX, Galaxy Nexus, GalaxyS3, Asus transformer, Logitech revue, Viewsonic Gtab,Coby Tablet(can’t remember model#)
    Black modello please…

  • DroidX, Droid Bionic, Razr, Razr Maxx, Galaxy Nexus, HTC Incredible 2, Galaxy SIII, Nexus7, Xoom, Xyboard 10.1
    I would love to have the modello black

  • James Loiacono

    Ultra thin air, gold please.

    Droid 2, Droid x, Droid x2, galaxy nexus, galaxy s3,nexus 7

  • HTC Droid Eris, Droid 2 R2D2, Droid X/2, and Samsung Galaxy S3. If I win I would like to get the ultra thin air white and black for different days to show variety. Thank You