Sturdy case and sound echo problem easily fixed
I have been using this case for about 6 weeks. The case is very heavy duty and will protect your phone if dropped. The big problem with this case is the sound quality of calls. For most calls, though not all calls there is a distinct echo on both ends. When there is an echo I have to remove the screen protector part of the case that snaps on in 6 places for the sound quality to be acceptable. It is a major inconvenience. I don't understand why removing this piece greatly improves the sound quality because it doesn't cover the microphone, but it does.
Follow up. After dealing with the poor sound quality for weeks, I finally took the phone out of the case and started to examine the case. There are 2 small pieces of black tape at the bottom of the case which cover the phone's speaker. I took a paper clip and removed them and now the speaker is visible and the sound quality is fine. It was that easy. I'm now a very happy owner of this Iphone 5 case.
A Lady's Review - It's pink, and tough. Pros, and Cons.
I have purchased Griffin cases for all of my apple products. I love them. I have had one for my iphone 5 for the past 4 months. I love my smart phone...possibly to an unhealthy extent...and I want to keep it safe.
1. It made my slim, sexy, little iphone 5 into a monster. Seriously...it like tripled the size. It went from sleek iphone 5, to cartoonishly silly, pink, monster phone. I like pink, and I like cartoons. *shrug* But, I'm saying...if you're say...a professional, wearing a power suit...you might feel a little silly whipping this sucker out.
2. Having to open the little flap to take a picture, is kind of a pain at first...especially when you want to capture that funny kid moment. I got used to it. *shrug*
3. The cartoonish size, and the non-slidy rubber, make it hard to fit into designated "phone pockets" in purses. Since I usually use the outside zipper pocket to keep it quickly accessibly for when the school nurse calls (boys...sheesh)...it hasn't been a big deal for me.
4. It lowers the sensitivity of buttons a little bit...especially in the corners. It bugs my husband, but not me. Who cares...it's MY phone. *grin*
5. The clippy thing...if it was on...it would double again the size of the phone. I don't use it. Guys might...but, I have a purse.
1. Otterbox makes a similar product (my sister has it), but it has hard plastic on the outside. The rubber on this one, makes it so it wont slide when I set it down...on the passenger seat in the car, on the center console, on my knee, etc. Anytime I am waiting for Soccer practice to be over.
2. While talking on the phone, I tripped over a stool my kids left out, and my phone flew across my garage and hit the cement...hard. It was like a slow motion sit com moment..."Noooooo!"...The call was still in progress when I picked it up. *jaw drop* Griffin...FTW!
3. It's giant and pink...easy to find in my purse...easy to find anywhere. Very distinctive.
4. I have a black one on an iphone touch...I'm forever losing it in the depths of my purse...but, the black looks pretty badass. Like..."yeah, I need this case on my ipod touch, for when I'm parachuting into foreign countries as a secret agent." I dig it.
5. When the screen gets all mucked up from my kids sneezing boogers on it, or smearing peanut butter on it...I love that it's not the "real" screen, and I can just get a damp rag, and clean it up. Also when the screen gets all scratched up (which it will, I am the mother of 4 kids), I can just replace the case, and my precious iphone will remain pristine!
All in all...I love this product. I WILL be buying it again. Maybe I will go with Orange next? Or...green?
Griffin Technology Rules
I bounce between Griffin and Pelican alot. The Griffin Tech iPhone 5 case has a better cover for the camera and is the reason I went for it.
Now to why I'm here. I emailed Griffin to see if they just sell the screen protector as a replacement for my scratched one (phone was completely protected). They said no and immedietly offered to send out a one time replacement!!! who does that? They do!
I have the survivor for my iPad2 and have taken it with me to over 20 countries in the last year and half (USMC). Griffin's cases have protected my gear in every climate. Coupled with their outstanding customer service, they've got a customer for life.
I have had such good luck with Griffin products. The cases that I have had are far better then the Otter boxes. They are durable and keep my brand new I phone 5s in mint condition. I am a preschool teacher and I am constantly dropping my phone without any damage. The area where I put my charger and earphones is durable and stays in place. The glass protector works perfectly too. Putting the phone inside the case is WAY easier then any case that I have had. It comes in 2 pieces. I just set my phone in the bottom of the case and set the top on top and press them together...Its that easy. I have dropped coffee, water and soda on top and have had no problems with condensation seeping onto the phone. Its not water proof, but it sure is KID proof. I would highly recommend this product to anyone who has an Otter box. These products are top notch.
Griffin Survivor protects as well as a more expensive one
Although I didn't buy my Griffin Survivor through OnlineShopDealer, I am sorry to hear that others have received faux Griffin cases. I heard so much about the other highly popular case but had also heard great reviews about the Griffin. The deciding factor? Go to YouTube and search "Griffin vs XXXXXbox drop test" [...]
There is a teenager who compares both cases With iPhone 5 in each from 3 stationary camera viewpoints--in the rain, dropping from pocket height, shoulder height, and ultimately dropping out of a second story window onto the concrete drive below. He then picks up each case, shows close ups of any damage, and then turns on each phone to see if the phone itself is operating correctly. Cases performed exceptionally well with no damage to the phones, and only slight damage to the cases. What I liked so much about this test was that both phones and cases were being tested at the same time via fixed cameras so that no switching was occurring, and being tested in identical conditions. Some of our family members have the XXXXXbox and rave about it. I ultimately chose the Griffin because the outer case has more 'give' to it - seems to be thicker rubber-like material (more shock absorption?) while the other case is hard; the Griffin just looked and felt more heavy duty with better protection. Yes, you can say goodbye to the sleek look of the iPhone 5, but protection is what it is all about for me. I have to wonder if one reason the XXXXXbox is so popular is that there is a circular cutout on the outer case back so that one can see the Apple logo. Such an opening is not present on the Griffin. So, if being able to display to others that you have an Apple iPhone is important, you will not want the Griffin Survivor.
Hope this was helpful. I depend on OnlineShopDealer reviews when purchasing anything and everything, and take my reviews seriously.
Great product to protect this valuable asset, great design and doesn't add any extra weight to the device. This case has save my iphone 5 more than 4 times I have dropped to a concrete floor.
For the price you can't beat this. My girlfriend uses this on her phone and it fits great and looks good too.
I have Griffin Survivor cases for all of my iDevices- iPad, iPhone and iPod. I feel very comfortable with it and all my trust lies with it. However, I do recommend screen protectors on the front and back as the case may cause color chippings here and there. The problem with the iPhone case is that the camera flap articulation is weak and may break easily if you pull on it. Other than that, it is exellent and is a cheap investment of $20-$50 because it leaves your iPhone scratchless, I trust it so much that I throw my iPad and iPhone on the floor in front of my friends, take the case off and it has no flows.
Great product--and a real lifesaver
If you're looking for a great protective case, look no further. I needed a case after I dropped my iPhone from my lap onto the ground and it cracked a bit. A week after I bought it. Since then I've dropped it a similar distance a couple of times and it still looks and acts the same. I haven't noticed any audio issue as some others have mentioned. In fact I find the audio to be even stronger in the case than my iPhone alone. The case also makes it easier and slightly larger to grip, which when you have big hands like I do is very helpful. My one gripe about it is that I can't fit my aux cord into the phone when it's in the case, though I can probably find a smaller cord.
Everything I wanted
It's not pretty, but it sure is sturdy and well-made. The "ugliness" of the case hides the fact that you're carrying an iPhone, which I consider an advantage. The construction protects the phone from just bout anything. The silicone rubber is "takcy" to the touch and prevents the phone from sliding out of your hand or off a table, and makes it harder for someone to lift the phone out of your pocket. The clear protective window over the touchscreen does not appear to have any effect on the sensitivity of the screen. The bevel around the screen makes it a bit more difficult to touch things right on the edge, but you get used to it (bringing up the Control Center in iOS 7 takes a few minutes of practice--the same is true for moving app icons from one screen to another). I haven't noticed any problems with audio or phone calls. It can be difficult to open the trap doors for things like the camera, if you don't have fingernails, but I consider that a small price to pay in exchange for the protection the case provides. Overall I think this is a fabulous product and I wouldn't want to carry a phone around without it.