The Thule Atmos X4 is one of my personal favourites. Tough, handles well and looks great!
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The Thule Atmos X3 and X4 is currently #8 on my Top 10 Slim iPhone case list and is one of my personal favourites. I love how solid my iPhone feels in the Thule X3 and X4. The buttons on this case are probably the best I have ever used. The biggest downside of the case is the extra width that it adds to the iPhone 7.
For the X4, I’ve given this case a score of 4.2 Eh’s out of 5. For the X3, it’s 3.8 Eh’s out of 5. The biggest difference between these two cases is the screen protector and table slippage. If you’re looking to see what I’ve rated better than the Thule X4, check out my website!
At MobileReviewsEh, we base every review on actual usage. Which is exciting when we get a case we’ve never used before. BUT for cases that we’ve done for the 6, we’re less excited. Becuase the shape of the iPhone 7 and 6 isn’t that different.
Monty is getting BORED with having the iPhone shaped the same way for the last three years. So instead of helping me write this review, he spent hours playing.
For design, there are only slight differences between the iPhone 6 version and the newer iPhone 7 version. The biggest difference is the added thickness. This is a good thing because the screen protector on the iPhone 6’s would extend past the edge of the case. That isn’t the case for the iPhone 7 version.
When it come to size, the X3/X4 is quite thin, adding about 28% extra thickness to the iPhone 7. When it come to the width, of the iPhone, the X3 and X4 will add almost a 1 cm. I will add that the extra thickness isn’t too noticeably as the edges are tapered a bit so it fits in your hand quite well. But it is wide, especially when compared to other case in it’s class like the Playproof and Speck Presidio GRIP.
The X34 fits the iPhone well and will not slip around when placed on it’s back. The X3 is fine with front slippage but the X4, even with the improved edges will slide around a bit. The case won’t show excessive usage but the hard polycarbonate corners will show drops quicker than other cases.
The texture on the case is great as there is enough rubber on the case to keep your fingers happy but not so much that your pant pockets will suffer.
When it comes to protection, the X4 is one of the few cases that I’d be comfortable dropping constantly from 6 ft. If you’re looking for a tough case, the X4 should be on your list. How tough are Thule’s products? The iPhone 6 Plus here is actually the same iPhone 6 Plus used in the screen protector test I did a couple of years ago. The indent from Bertha is still there.
The Stratoshield covers the entire face of the iPhone so even a face first drop on the white part of the case should be ok. The screen protector is quite nice but I’ll get to that in a few minutes.
Again, if you’re rough with your device, the X4 and X3 should be on your shortlist. If you know somebody who might need a case like this, share this video with them.
The iPhone is easily accessible through the Thule X3/X4. As I said earlier, I love the buttons on this case. Why? Because they feel like my iPhone’s buttons. The average case will usually change how the buttons feel but the X34 is one of the very few cases that doesn’t. Even taking into account the extra width.
There are no issues with the camera and flash area and the bottom has cutouts large enough to use whatever gargantuan lightning cable you have. One-handed usage on the Thule X3/X4, despite being wider is manageable. The rubber and edges provide your fingers with enough texture to hold onto.
The screen protector doesn’t get in the way of accessing the iPhone and unlike other plastic screen protectors, doesn’t diffuse the iPhone’s Retina HD screen. However, like other plastic screen protectors, finger printing might become an issue. The screen protector sticks to the iPhone’s touchscreen so there isn’t any gaps to deal with like you would find on the Otterbox Defender.
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