Review: Minisuit’s Rugged Hybrid Kickstand Case for the Lumia 1520

Review: Minisuit’s Rugged Hybrid Kickstand Case for the Lumia 1520

Okay, so the Nokia Lumia 1520 is one massive piece of technology. I mean, this thing is classed as a phablet. For those who don’t know what a phablet is, it’s a hybrid between a phone and a tablet. Usually referring to phones that having 6″ screen sizes or higher. The Lumia 1520 is a device that is very impressive and comes with a pretty hefty price tag. With that being said, you are going to want to protect this baby. When you think of rugged cases for devices the two most popular companies that come to my mind are Otterbox and Ballistic. Unfortunately, neither of those companies offer a case for the Lumia 1520.
So where does one go to find a durable case for your new investment? Say Hello to Minisuit. Minisuit is a company that offers cases and accessories for a wide variety devices, including that Surface tablet you have setting next to you. Minisuit offers a rugged solution to protecting your 1520, and it even includes a nifty kickstand for propping up for your 1520 for easy viewing of videos. I have had the pleasure of using this case on my personal 1520 for quite some time now and I am absolutely in love with it.

Hybrid-ness

Minisuit’s Rugged Hybrid Kickstand case, as the name details, is a hybrid case. This means that the case comes in two different pieces. The outer shell is made from polycarbonate while the inner shell is made from rubberized TPU. Both shells are easily disconnected from each other by simply pulling the outer shell from the inner shell. When this case is snapped onto the phone, it is a very snug fit and the phone isn’t going anywhere. Minisuit's Rugged Hybrid Kickstand Case Oh right! Colors. The case comes in a variety colors as long as that color is Black. Black isn’t too bad, especially when covering the 32gb 1520 from AT&T, which, by the way, only comes is that black color. If you happen to have a 16gb 1520 that is other than black, don’t worry, the black case pairs perfectly with it too.

Rugged-ness

This case is rugged indeed. As you look at the front of your phone, you will see that there are ridges all around the case. If you continue to move towards the back of the phone, you will see that these ridges continue around the sides and onto the back. The rest of the back of the case resembles that of a tire. There are rectangular shapes that are raised from the case. Having a two part case provides more shock absorption that just one piece. Having these protruding ridges at the back provide extra shock absorption. Another rugged factor I like about this case is that the case, on the front, continues around the edge of the screen. This gives the owner the ability to place the phone face down, flip to silence comes to mind, without the fear of scratching the glass screen.

Buttons and cut-outs, Oh My!

Minisuit's Rugged Hybrid Kickstand Case Going back to the outer edges of the case, you will see cut-outs for the microphone, audio jack, speaker, and micro-usb charging port. On the back, there are cutouts for the flash, 20mp camera, and the PMA wireless connections (although I am not quite sure why though). Minisuit's Rugged Hybrid Kickstand Case On the right-hand side (if you are looking at the front of the phone) there are four buttons. These are of course for the volume up/down, power, and the camera. Onto the left-side, there are not cut-outs, just the ridges. Of course this is the side that the SD card and SIM card is. Now this isn’t too bad since those ports aren’t use that often. Minisuit's Rugged Hybrid Kickstand Case

Kickin’ and laid back

Even if you are not the sort of person who watches a plethora of videos or Netflix on your 1520, this kickstand is still something handy to have. You just never know when you might need a kickstand. The kickstand lays flush against the back of the case when not in use. On the bottom end of the kickstand, there is an indention. This is of course where you would pull out the kickstand to use. Now, my kickstand is very tight in there. It takes some effort to get it out. First time I opened the kickstand, I feared I would break the kickstand itself. Having it snug isn’t a bad thing, though; keeps it from opening unintendedly. Although, I do hope it loosens up a bit.

Overall Impression

My overall impression of this case is that this is a very rugged and great choice to protect your 1520. Now, there are always going to be those people who are for cases and those who are against them. Some people are just not for the extra bulk that most cases add to the device. But, if you are the sort of person who loves cases and is looking for one to provide rugged support for our Lumia 1520, then the Rugged Hybrid Kickstand case from Minisuit is definitely one to take a look at. You can purchase your very own Minisuit Rugged Hybrid Kickstand case from the Minisuit store here. Available for both the 16gb and 32gb models – $5.95.

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