On Skatter Tech we constantly emphasize purchasing cases for your expensive gadgets to maximize protection and to prevent them from experiencing as much damage as possible. Today we’ve got the Impact Case for the BlackBerry Tour by OtterBox. The company specializes in making heavy duty cases for just about every popular gadget on the market. Some of their cases look as though they could be run over by a tank and still survive. I personally think some of them look a bit overkill for the average user, but there are definitely situations where they would be put to good use. Fortunately the Impact Case being reviewed looks great, offers excellent of protection, and is affordable.
Installation – 5/5 stars
Some cases I’ve come across have been quite a pain to install. Placing the BlackBerry Tour into the OtterBox Impact Case takes a mere 15 seconds. The silicone case easily stretches to let the device slide in. The Screen Protector was also fairly easy to install. Just clean the screen with a microfiber cloth first, then wipe it down with the cloth they provide to clear off any lint. Then just align and place the screen protector onto the display from one side to another. There weren’t any air pockets or bubbles that got caught in between, but if some do, just use the provided application card to squeeze them out.
Screen Protector – 5/5 stars
Once properly applied, the screen protector looks quite clean. The BlackBerry Tour’s display wasn’t impaired in terms of brightness or visibility as I’ve seen happen with some other ones. It stays on quite firmly and won’t come off unless you actually try to remove it. The main quirk I had was getting a “sticker tab” that was adhered to the screen protector off. It was placed there to help separate the screen protector from the packaging. Unfortunately it leaves behind a fairly nasty residue that took me quite a while to get off. I soon found out that there was yet another layer covering the top of the screen protector as well. It took a second to peel that off and the display now looks marvelous. Plus, it’s thick enough that it should protect the unit’s display from even some of the deepest scratches.
Protection & Usability – 4/5 stars
The Impact Case protects just about the entire BlackBerry Tour. The only major area that is left exposed would be the display and keyboard. There are perfectly crafted cutouts made for the earpiece, LED indicator, headphone jack, micro USB, and an opening for the camera. The volume toggle, speaker, camera capture button, voice command key, and the two buttons on top are all designed to function while in the case. The thickness of the silicone on the sides might be adequate enough for preventing scratches, but were too thin to reduce the force of a drop. The silicone is extra thick around the top and bottom ends of the case and is designed in that fashion for a purpose. Those two areas obtrude enough that they would be the first part of the device to touch the ground during a fall. As implied by the name of the product, the case is designed help reduce the impact the BlackBerry Tour faces if it were to be dropped. From the looks of it, the case will definitely help cushion an impact.
Verdict – 4.5/5 stars
Overall the Impact Case, deserves to be well noted and considered when looking to purchase a new case for your BlackBerry Tour. It looks professional, doesn’t ruin the style, and will go a long way to protect your device. It’s also a plus that a screen protector is thrown into the package. And best of all, it’s available for a fairly reasonable price of $19 directly from OtterBox’s website.