I’ve tried just about every type of case there is for my smartphones. My Motorola Droid X had a generic TPU case on it and though I didn’t intend to keep it at first, I ended up really liking it. Unfortunately, I had to say “buh-bye” to my Droid X and “hello” to my new HTC Incredible 2. This also meant that I had to say “hello” to a new case.
- Fantastic fit and finish
- Beautiful design
- Good protection
- Not too bulky
- Improves operation of volume rocker and power/lock button
- Improves grip
- Easily slides in and out of pockets
- Easy to remove
- Black silicone case attracts dust and lint
I was happy to see that there were so many case choices for the HTC Incredible 2. The usual suspects like Seidio, Trident, Otterbox and Incipio all had premium cases for the DINC2, as did a number of other manufacturers. Since I’d been so happy with a TPU case for my Droid X, I started out with one for my DINC2. It was a great fit and I loved it for all the reasons why I loved it on my Droid X, but two different TPU cases had the same problem; the volume slider was impossible to operate while in the case. That wouldn’t do. I next turned my attention to Incipio. I’d just recently reviewed an Incipio case for the first time and was so impressed with it, I decided to give the SILICRYLIC case a shot.
The SILICRYLIC case by Incipio is beautifully designed. It’s a two-part case, comprising of a silicone core and a hard plastic shell. You simply place your phone inside the silicone cover, then attach the plastic shell around the silicone cover. The two-part case with silicone cover is actually a very popular design right now, but the difference with the SILICRYLIC case is that it doesn’t add a lot of extra bulk. I also like that the plastic shell has a soft coating and that it frames the sides and back of the phone. It makes for a very attractive look when you get one of the two-tone colors. I only wish there were more two-tone color options.
The SILICRYLIC case appears to provide good protection from scratches and minor impacts. The silicone part covers the volume rocker and the power/lock button, but leaves the headphone jack, both microphones and the micro USB port open. The SILICRYLIC adds just enough of a ridge around the display that when you lay it face down, the display does not touch the surface. Similarly, the camera lens on the back of the phone doesn’t touch the surface when laid flat. Since the SILICRYLIC doesn’t have any built-in protection for the screen, Incipio includes a “vanity kit” in the box. The vanity kit is made up of a screen protector, small lint-free cloth, and a cardboard air bubble remover/squeejee thingie.
The HTC Incredible 2 is a pretty slim phone and can be somewhat hard to grip. The SILICRYLIC case not only improves the grip, but makes using the volume rocker and power/lock button significantly easier. It also slides in and out of pockets easily. The only drawback I can think of with the silicone, is that it does attract dust and lint. If you get the black/black color, it will be very noticeable. However, it’s very hard to notice on the white/gray and I imagine it’d be hard to notice on the pink and purple too.
I spend way too much time contemplating, comparing, and buying cases. As a result, I get a lot of requests from readers, friends, and family members asking me which case they should get for their phones. If someone asked me what case they should get for their HTC Incredible 2, that looks good, offers reasonable protection, but doesn’t add significant bulk, it’d be a simple answer. Go buy the Incipio SILICRYLIC hard shell case with silicone core.
Available from Amazon.com.