Hi! As you can probably tell, I love smartphones and I really have a thing for smartphone cases. Being an especially paranoid person, I am always on the lookout for phone cases that are protective as well as attractive. This is a tall order, and I have been disappointed by many brands–Otterbox in particular. However, the British company Tech21 has a two piece phone case that I have long been interested in: the Patrol Case. This case promises great protection, reasonable slimness, and the ability to shed its outer case and go super slim while wearing the inner case alone. Fortunately, I recently got the opportunity to check one out, when the kind people at Tech21 sent one to me.
You may be familiar with Tech21: they are best known for their Impact Mesh and Impact Band products: slim TPU cases that feature a band of the special impact protection material D3O running around the sides of the case. D3O is a special polymer that hardens on impact to absorb shock and protect your device from drops. This Patrol case contains this magic material in its inner layer–a TPU case known as the Impact Shell. The Impact Shell is a fully functioning case on its own and it is basically the same case as its better known cousin–the Impact Mesh–except that it lacks the dotted back pattern of the latter case. It is very pretty on the phone by itself and has an excellent feel in the hand. The outer shell of the Patrol case–for times when you need a bit more protection or are feeling especially paranoid–is made of a sturdy polycarbonate and snaps around the inner Impact Shell to create a fairly indestructible case.
I really like the Patrol Case–I love the two piece concept and I am very impressed with the degree of protection it offers. The only issue I had with the Patrol Case is that the outer case fit a bit too tightly on my iPhone, due to the rather thick screen protector I have on my phone. This is not really a fault of the Patrol Case–as long as you are using a thin screen protector or no screen protector at all, you should be in good shape. Otherwise, it is an excellent case and earns my strong recommendation! Check out my YouTube review if you want to find out more about this unique case.