• Value
  • Scratch resistance
  • Drop protection
  • Cutouts and ports

From the time I purchased my Samsung Galaxy Nexus until a week ago, I carried it around naked. But then, CruzerLite sent a few of us cases to review – and since I received mine, my Galaxy Nexus has been covered up with one of the company’s Persona Cases for Samsung Galaxy Nexus.

I got a United Kingdom flag version, and since I’ve had it for a little over a week (and have extensively used it and my phone during that time) I am ready to give my review of the $14.90 case. Keep reading to find out what I think.

Packaging

Cruzerlite packed the Persona Case in a little plastic baggy that actually seals like a sandwich bag. I have no idea why you’d ever want to re-seal your case into its bag, though, but it does make the packaging feel a little more significant that it needs to feel.

Design

The inside of the case is not painted, although that’s not a bad thing. This way, no paint will be able to get itself onto your Galaxy Nexus.

The back is painted, however, and very well: colors are beautiful and lines are crisp. The cutouts are also perfectly lined up with the thing for which they are cut out, so the design is just perfect. And better yet, each cutout is nice and smooth, so they don’t detract from the beauty of the rest of the case.

Now is a good time to mention that the TPU (thermoplastic polyurethane) is matted, which makes the entire case feel and look great. Slippage is kept to a minimum, as well. And since it’s matte, finger oils and various other grossities will stay off of the case, too.

Unfortunately, the matte texture has a downside: it’s easily scuffed. Cruzerlite claims that the case is scratch-resistant, but as you can see in the picture above, it isn’t. That white on the painted side of the case wasn’t there when I opened it up, but after a week of intensive use, it showed up one night when I went to plug my phone into the charger.

Still, it’s a relatively minor inconvenience. In the end, the case still protects the phone really well – and looks great doing it. All of the ports, buttons, and other sensors are left in the open; you still get to keep all the phone’s functionality, while adding to its visual appeal and protecting it, too. Plus, getting the case on and taking it off is incredibly easy thanks to the case’s relatively thin side – which, surprisingly, don’t make the case flimsy.

For $14.90, this is a great case. There are a number of designs on Cruzerlite’s website, and you aren’t restricted to your favorite country’s flag, either. There are fun Android-themed cases, too, in a variety of colors and designs.

In a case so cheap, there are usually more than a few things that companies skimp out on to get the price so low. Here, there are none: the cutouts are perfect, the case feels great, and it offers protection to keep your very expensive device safe. For all of those reasons, I can wholeheartedly recommend this case to anyone looking for cheap, stylish protection for their Galaxy Nexus.

Cruzerlite sells the Persona Case for Galaxy Nexus in a variety of colors and styles for $14.90 on its website or on its seller page at Amazon.