The Case Mate Gelli for the Nexus One might appear to your average silicone case, but it’s actually a much different type of case. It’s constructed of a “flexibile thermoplastic material”. Think of it as a flexible hard plastic. The plastic itself is 95% transparent, so you can easily see or show the Nexus One. The back of the case has pattern and a CaseMate logo, both of which we could do without.
As for fit, the Case Mate Gelli easily slips on the Nexus One and provides a very tight fit. In addition to the 3mm headset jack, both contacts and microUSB are exposed at the bottom of the device. You will not be able to use either the car dock or desk dock with this case due to the thickness of the case Good news is that it’s easy to remove and put the case on. During our tests, the case was resilient and didn’t lose the tight fit. The volume job and power button are not exposed. In our tests, we found some difficulty in powering on/off the device due to the heavy plastic that covered the button. It requires force to power cycle the device, something we felt negatively affected our daily usage.
When it comes to protection, the Case Mate Gelli offered great protection against scratches. The hard plastic provides for good coverage against scratches. During our testing, we did not include the included screen protector, but we should note that’s included with the case. Between the screen protector and hard plastic case, most would be comfortable with these layers of protection.
While I referred to the case as having thickness, I simply wanted to point out that it’s not a flimsy piece of silicone. It did not affect the size of the Nexus One, which retained it’s slim form factor while in the Case Mate Gelli.
Priced at $14.99, the Case Mate Gelli for Nexus One is good bargain when you consider the high quality thermoplastic and included screen protector. We’d like to see access to the power button and less frilly designs on the back, but overall we’re pleased with the Nexus One Gelli.
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