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Quick Look: Ringke Fusion Nexus 4 Case, Clear Back Shows Your Sparkly Goodness

Ringke Fusion Nexus 4

Our hunt for the best Nexus 4 case continues today, as we take a look at Rearth’s Ringke Fusion. The Ringke Fusion combines both protection and a transparent back, so that you no longer have to hide the Crystal Reflection backside that the N4 is somewhat known for. I’m surprised it took accessory companies so long to come up with an option like this, so let’s see how Rearth did as the first to market. 

Materials and Protection

The Ringke Fusion is a mix of TPU and PC – TPU is the black part for bumper-style protection, PC is the clear back. The TPU portion has what feels like a soft, almost matte finish and does not give off the rubbery feel like other TPU cases. The PC see-through back piece has been given an anti-scratch coating to help with minor dings, but likely won’t withstand a full-on key scratch test. Overall, the materials combine well to give both a unique look and what should be ample protection from drops. It should also keep the glass backside of the Nexus 4 scratch free.

Fit and Feel

This case fits OK. It’s tight, yet can still be removed fairly easily if need be. I am having somewhat of an issue with the Power/Lock switch, which isn’t as easy to toggle with the case attached. It’s not impossible, but you definitely have to find the sweet spot or simply press it a few times to get it to react.

Outside of that, the case is minimal enough and doesn’t add much bulk. The TPU material is soft in hand and should help with grip so that you are less likely to drop it. I’m a fan of the clear back, as that is one of the design highlights of the device that most of us would hate to hide. In the short time with this case, I haven’t scratched it or anything, but I’m guessing over time it’ll see little scuffs here and there just like a normal screen protector would. Rearth also added little bumps on the back corners of the case so that it’s slightly lifted off of any surface when laying backside down. This should help to extend its scratch-free life.

Wireless charging still works with the Fusion, as well.

Overall

This is a great option for anyone looking for protection, but still wants to be able to show off or see the Crystal Reflection backside of the Nexus 4. Actually, it’s the only option I know of that combines a case with a clear protective back. It’s only $13.99 as well, which is less than some of the ultra slim cases available that hide one of the Nexus 4′s best features.

You can pre-order now. The cases should ship around February 20.

Amazon Link ($13.99)

Update:  Here is a quick video comparison of the Fusion to the Ringke Slim, Spigen Ultra Thin Air, and official Bumper.

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  • Jon

    Case feels soooooo much cheaper than it’s ‘slim’ counterpart.

    But feels like it will protect me better.

  • Fred

    I received my case today and whilst it is a nice snug fit, I have a huge problem in that after just brief handling, the clear back of the case is covered in unsightly smears. They should have selected a more suitable material as buyers of this case want to show off the back of their Nexus 4 not greasy smear marks.

  • DonSerrot

    This looks like it’s exactly what I’ve been looking for. I want a case to protect this phone with, but I don’t want to lose the beautiful reflective back. I’m kinda surprised that this kind of case wasn’t around in the first place!

  • catalyst

    Do the little feet on the back work well to allow more sound out? I have found that the phone back down on a desk almost mutes the audio and I miss calls. Will this help fix the problem?

  • Chris Carter

    I ordered a hard, clear case from ebay that seems to work well. The back of the case has scratches that didn’t make it to my phone lol. No bumper and it has cut outs for the buttons.

  • mikeym0p

    I’m so jealous you got one early! I preordered mine and am waiting for it still. I’ve seen so many iPhone cases with a clear back like this so I was excited to see one for my N4. Has dust been creeping in from the edges of the case? My current clear tpu case always gets dust around the chrome trim and actually scratched it a little (such a poor design choice).

  • Tony Byatt

    Just ordered the Fusion case today and I received a shipping notification a few minutes ago….

  • Joey

    Is the front raised?

  • MrSteve920

    Can you still wirelessly charge the phone with the case on?

    • brandon

      yes

  • Andrew

    How does the PC back of the case compare with the bare back of the Nexus. Is more or less slippery, or grippy?

    • VicVicVic

      The writer of the article, Kellex, pointed out, “Wireless charging still works with the Fusion.” Hope this helps.

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

    I’m not sure about these cases! There’s antenna anda NFC steaker!
    i’m going to this solution
    http://www.spareslg.com/tampa-de-bateria-lg-optimus-nexus-4-lg-e960-acq86231201.html

  • http://twitter.com/Wingo86 Brian Vo

    I’m a bit meh about the fact that the buttons seem harder tobpress. I had that issue with a few TPU cases for my Galaxy SII. Do you think it can prevent the back glass from shattering on an impact? And will it still work with wireless charging?

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

      Definitely worked with wireless charging. I should probably add that in, thanks for the reminder.

  • napes22

    I gave up on Ringke when my GN Ringke Slim case and 2 replacements cracked in the same place. They have a flaw in their manufacturing process, but didn’t exactly seem interested in fixing it.

  • Greyhame

    Smart move, placing your nexus on a wooden table and NOT a granite surface….

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

      Hah :P

  • slider112

    That looks damn nice… another great looking minimal case. Rearth clearly knows what they’re doing with phone cases.

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

      They are one of my favorites when it comes to minimal cases, that’s for sure.

  • Liam

    How does it compare with the Ringke Slim?

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

      Feels a little thicker, because it’s TPU and not just plastic. Still, doesn’t add much bulk.

  • Marcus Thomas

    How’s this compare to the official bumper?

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

      I’d say it adds slightly less bulk than the bumper.

  • bucky500

    I’m curious how much bulk is added in comparison to the Ringke Slim which I’m using now. If this case maintains that same profile I’d give it a go

    • http://jordanhotmann.com/ Jordan Hotmann

      I don’t think I can give up the crazy minimal Ringke Slim…I don’t like putting cases on my phones but wanted to protect the glass back. The slim does that without adding any noticable bulk. The fusion doesn’t look like it will be nearly as minimal and will add a bump around the front which I don’t personally want.

      • bucky500

        I agree 100% I love the slim and have actually grown to prefer the N4′s look with the case vs without! But I am very curious to see a comparison of the Slim and Fusion

        • ObsidianGT

          This clear back of the Fusion would benefit from an InvisibleShield to help it pass a key scratch test.

          I have a Ringke Slim for my Galaxy Nexus (Vzw). Two 4-foot concrete garage floor drops on a bottom corner and only a slight mark is barely visible. At first it was a clear scuff, but it seems to have almost completely self-healed.

          • http://twitter.com/duface2 Nate Bousfield

            I’ve dropped my Nexus 4 3 times onto hardwood floors and the case and phone are still perfect.

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

      Wish I had another Nexus 4 to show, but I’ll try to whip up a little video with the Slim, official, Bumper and this.

      • Boe Kelley

        Kellex do you have a Cruzerlite TPU to throw into that mix, I’m curious how much bulk it add compared to there tpu offering?

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

          Should have one in the next day or so that I’ll compare.

      • bucky500

        seeing the video, thx!

  • Tony Byatt

    I saw this on Amazon yesterday, will definitely buy after seeing this…Thanks…