Saturday, April 8, 2017
Review: Zizo Bolt Cover Phone Case
I am a proud owner of a Samsung S7 Edge but I was a little upset when I bought it to hear that this phone had no tough case that I could buy. So when the opportunity to review the Zizo Bolt Cover phone case came along I was excited! I have two kiddos that love my phone and also love, almost need, to drop it and hear me scream in horror thinking they broke it.
When the Zizo Bolt Cover military grade ULTIMATE PROTECTION finally came, I put it on my phone and was so confident in it that I couldn’t wait to give my phone to my 7 month old and say DO YOUR WORST!. And believe me, she did - but failed.
Oh wait let me back up…
First things first, when opening the box you will get a instruction (in 3 different languages) for applying the Tempered Glass Screen. Now right away I was excited for that because not only would it protect my screen from the messy fingerprints but also the dirt, and helps protect the phone when it falls.
Also included is a belt clip and the lanyard. I only used the lanyard a few times because honestly I don’t like having my phone on it, though it came in handy when my daughter almost threw my phone over a railing. So thumbs up on that, but I didn’t use it much otherwise.
The kickstand is also perfect for allowing my son to watch Netflix at a safe distance away from the danger of spills. LOVE IT!
Following the picture instructions were so easy and honestly only 4 steps and you are ready to use your phone.
So my first impressions were nothing but positive. Then Day 2 happened.
I decided to test the Zizo's durability claims out by putting my phone through the sort of challenges that are typical in my life.
First, I started by going through a few test runs, using the belt clip as I ran downstairs. Perfect.
I am 5’5 and I held the phone above my head and dropped it. Perfect.
I dropped it with a little throw as I sometimes throw it on the bed and it bounces off and lands on the floor…..(Yes I’m that mom) Perfect
Gave it to my 7 month old with the Hulk's strength for breaking things. Perfect.
Then I put in my bag to get ready to leave, and I didn’t put on the second strap of my bag and the phone and my wallet fall out and Zizo's tempered glass protection screen broke.
I was heartbroken and mad!! WHAT JUST HAPPENED! NOOOOOOOO!
Unfortunately, as I continued to use it, minus the broken screen protector, I found other issues as well.
The very first time I was trying to lift the kickstand, it was stuck so I had to use a butter knife to pry it open. Also, when you do have the “fragile” tempered glass on it, sometimes it doesn’t allow you to click on things as if not recognizing your finger. And trying to raise or lower the volume needs a little muscle just to push it down.
So though I really liked the style of the case, and loved its features in theory, I would not buy this item unless they came up with a tougher screen protecting glass that also would allow you to answer the phone without needing to slide right 10 times.
Now with that being said, I may still use the kickstand part of the case but the fear of it dropping will still be there. The back part of the case really is ruggedized, so I will just hope it lands on that side.
Whenever I do find my perfect phone case, I will make sure it has a kickstand feature - that is still my favorite part.
One final comment, regarding Zizo's customer service. The day the screen protection cracked (March 9th), I sent them over an email to let them know what happen in hopes to hear back. A month has gone by and still no word back from them. Which is not a great sign in the hopes of getting it fixed or being sent a replacement.
The set I received, including holster and glass screen protector is currently on sale on their website for $23.99. They also have other styles with built in kickstands that are available without the screen protector.