Urban Armor Gear Maverick Case for the Nexus 6: Does it Provide Protection? Does it Bounce?
UAG, or Urban Armor Gear manufacture a range of military-grade tested (MIL STD 810G 516.6) cases for mobile phones and tablets. A ‘composite design’ is what they specialise in, which basically means it has a double layer protecting your phone; a cushioned internal core with a hard outer shell. They retail for about $39.95, which is about £26.16, according to UAG’s site.
I take a look at the company’s entry for Motorola’s Nexus 6.
UAG have so much faith in their product that they send an iPhone 6 into space wrapped in one of their composite cases. An ‘outer space’ drop test, if you will.
Granted, the phone landed in mud, it’s still a cool way to show off your product’s durability in an over-the-top way.
Anyway, let’s get into this.
The case itself feels sturdy, flexible, yet durable. Throw it around and you get a subtle bounce, Try and bend it and it provides little flexibility; which is definitely a good thing. Along the top of the case is the cutout for the headphone jack, with plenty of room for a thicker jack connection. The auxillary cable in my car is usually too thick to fit into any other heavy-duty case, but this leaves plenty of room around the port. Same goes for the bottom, with a cutout with adequate space for any weird-sized microUSB cables – though I can’t say I’ve seen any abnormal ones.
Best thing about this case though? The buttons. The case before this was a $5-grab-from-Amazon-because-my-phone-is-expensive-as-hell case. The buttons on my previous case had little to no give, meaning I had to press pretty hard for it to work. It also had no grooves on the power button, making it difficult to differentiate between the volume rockers and the power key.
My biggest complaint for the Maverick, though? The curved back. My previous UAG case for the HTC One M7 was great. Despite having a subtle curved back on the phone itself, the case was flat, meaning it wouldn’t move around and spin when I put it on a flat surface. There’s not much that can be done here to help it, but maybe something to take into consideration if you’re buying this case.
When the case is on the phone, it adds very little bulk. While the Nexus is a large handset, the Maverick adds a couple of millimetres around the phone, which isn’t a huge amount when you consider your £600+ phone will be protected by military grade standards.
Though a drop test from space hasn’t been conducted, I can safely say I’m extremely comfortable having the Nexus 6 being dropped multiple times with this case wrapped around it.
The Urban Armor Gear Maverick offers full protection for your Nexus 6 as well as a screen protector in the pack, adding a little extra protection on your phone if you need it. For the price and what it does (protect your expensive-ass phone), this case is definitely one of the best ones out there.
As mentioned before, these cases retail for around £26/$40 on the UAG website, but it’s safe to say that UAG know what they’re doing when it comes to heavy-duty lightweight cases. They also offer free worldwide shipping. *surprised face*