Touch and feel
The case feels quite nice to the touch and has a very solid backbone, but as some Amazon user reviews point out, it's a little disappointing that there is only one design option available. I'm not always a big fan of the 'front flap' as seen on this product, alongside many other phone owners requesting use of heavy duty or waterproof cases only. Unfortunately, there's only one option available here, so it must suit your style and needs to be of use to you.
All ports available on the phone have plenty of clearance and the case doesn't hinder use whatsoever. For those not used to the front flap, you're likely to hate it at first (as did I), but after a while to really grows on you.
The case I used before this was a $2 one that I bought off a Chinese website. It was made of silicon and only covered the back of the case. Now after using this offering, I doubt I could go back.
As for the charging stand itself, it's extremely solid and has a firm grasp on the micro-USB connection that provides it with power. If you're not interested in displaying your phone vertically, you can turn it to face horizontal - the power of magnets!
The magnetic connection is extremely strong. You can hang the phone off the stand and shake it without worrying about a disruption of charge - sitting your phone on top of your car comes as a surprise at first too as you hear the 'clunk' of a solid connection. However, as solid the connection may be, it's still easy to remove when needed.
I've been provided with two samples and sometimes there are small issues with the front flap not closing completely at times. This means that your phone is going to lock and unlock as the flap moves. Maybe it needs to be stretched a little, I'm not exactly sure.
I think the price is perfectly justifiable as long as you like the case design. This thing is extremely useful, solid, well-built and with a few accessories, invaluably handy. I can't believe I haven't heard of this product before, there's no way I'll go back to a normal case now. If you're 'over' the magnetic charging ability or forget the accessories, you can still use a cable connection as per normal.
Sturdy: This case will provide some good protection for your fragile Samsung Galaxy S4.
Easy to use: Simply replace your existing back cover and you're good to go.
Strong connection: The magnet has a very solid connection to the base - or any other metal object you wish.
Only one design: If you're not a fan of the design, you're out of luck as it's the only model available for this phone. Patriot does provide different cases for different phones, all with a very similar design, however.
The case doesn't always close properly: Sometimes your phone will lock and unlock while sitting on your desk because the front flap hasn't closed securely.
If you're a fan of the case design and have $50 spare to spend on a technology accessory, I really can't think for a reason as to why you shouldn't get one of these for yourself.
The stand itself makes for extremely easy charging and removes the broken cable and socket issues that has plagued everyone since the dawn of the iPhone. The solid connection also means you can view your phone at whatever angle you wish.
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Product Summary Breakdown
|Quality including Design and Build||85%|
|Bundle and Packaging||95%|
|Value for Money||85%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||91%|
The Bottom Line: As long as you're a fan of the Patriot FUEL iON Magnetic Charging S4 Case and Stand design, this extremely handy and sturdy product will become an invaluable investment.
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