Protect your BlackBerry Q10 with the Case Mate Tough Case

By DJ Reyes on 7 Jul 2014 07:05 am EDT
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I have been using cases on and off lately, not really settling on one. I love the feel of a naked BlackBerry but I am prone to dropping them and so I look to protect it. The latest case to don my BlackBerry Q10 is the Case Mate Tough Case. The last case I put on my Q10 was the BlackBerry Soft Shell case which also meant it fit in nicely into the Q10 Leather Holster. I thought I'd try a more protective case this time around. Read on for my thoughts on the Case Mate Tough Case.

The Case Mate Tough case comes with two parts - a soft silicone cover and an outer shell. The outer shell has a rubberized finish that offers a lot of grip for those with slippery fingers. The case covers the keys along the side and the power button on the top but these are still easily pressed when needed. I have had experience with other cases for others models that make the buttons a bit stiff to press but I don't have that issue with the Tough case. The ports on the left side of the device are exposed so they are easily accessible. Which for some people this is preferable as it means you don't have to fuss over have to open a flap just to insert the charging cable. There are also cutouts for the headphone jack along the top, the camera on the back, speaker and microphone on the bottom.

Case Mate Tough Case Front

There is a small lip on the case so if you put the phone face down the screen does not touch the surface. Neither does the keyboard but it is a small lip. The rubberized texture of the case means that it won't slide around when laid on a surface either.

I do have a few niggles with the case though. The phone tends on come out just a tiny bit on the top, I find myself having to push it back in every now and then. It's such a snug fit that the outer shell doesn't seem to clamp over enough and so the phone slowly slips out, only by a bit though. Another thing is that at the cutouts at the speaker on the bottom and the ports on the side, you can easily pull on the silicone bit as there isn't anything hard there to hold it in place. While, again, this is not a major thing, I feel after a while you may end up stretching it a bit too much and then it just won't look nice at all with a small bit sagging there. The one other thing is that it does pick up pocket lint very easily, making it a bit unsightly when that happens.

As a protective case, it will do a good job protecting your device from bumps and knocks. I've dropped it twice already, not from great heights and it has meant that my device is free from scratches.

The Good
  • Rubberized and textured for added grip
  • Two layer protection
The Bad
  • Easily attracts pocket lint
  • Vulnerable at the cutouts around the port and speaker
The bottomline

The Case Mate Tough Case is tough. The textured outer layer offers great grip even for those with butter fingers, like myself. The exposed ports can be a good or a bad thing depending on your preference but I quite like the fact I don't need to fiddle with a flap every time I want to charge my device up. Having to push the device in every so often is a small inconvenience. It's not like the phone will pop out but it could have fit a bit better. Then again it could just be my case. It's not too bulky but you can rest assured it will protect your device.

Learn more / Purchase the Case Mate Tough Case for the BlackBerry Q10

30 comments

GreenCopperz

This would have come in handy for my friend before she cracked her screen. :-(

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Puz_zled

http://www.marketwatch.com/m/story/c0468376-9fb9-4070-b932-e470d2da4a76
BlackBerry wins 3 Red Dot awards for the industrial design of the Q10, Q5 and Z30! Well done BlackBerry!

From my Neutrino Powered Z10

jesade_reddy_q10

Would have been handy to me too as I also lost my q10 due to damaged screen.

STA100-6 BlackBerry Z30

Enzetsu

I have one I'm my desk somewhere, it was nice just a little to bulky. Be not as bulky as an otterbox

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Ernest101

I'll pass, loving my naked Q10 :)

sujithcs18

Using this case from almost an year on my sweet q10. It has protected my work machine well.

Posted by my Q10 filled with awesomeness

500Nm

Not often you see a good BlackBerry case... this is nice...

from an australian Z10...

davehong

I've dropped my Q10 about half a dozen times, but it's emerged virtually unscathed. A clear case of some sort is tempting, though...

BerryRipe

I keep my Q10 in an Incipio Feather Case with a black Nite-Ize Phone Clip for the ultimate pocket carrying.

 BlackBerry Q10  Keep The Faith 

DJ Reyes

I think I shall check that one out, too. Thanks!

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tryfe

For God sakes, why can't they make a case for the Z30?!

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Smitty13

I cannot comment on the Q10 iteration of this case, but I can say indefinitely that for my Z10 the case mate tough has saved my phone more than once.

No one likes adding bulk, but I bet people hate a cracked screen or broken phone more.

Trust me when I tell you, I've dropped my phone on many angles and this case has withstood the drop each time.

3yE

I had Cm Tough for my 9900. The best of its kind i must say

Posted via the Z30

toppatoptobz

Please make one for the Z30 and the blackberry Passport witch I will be getting when it comes out!

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ShadoWolf_TA

I have the Z10 version if this case. I highly recommend it. Best case I've ever owned.

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John Louie Burks

Looks like my OtterBox...

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Mr Barkers

I have been using the BlackBerry hard shell case as my primary case, while the leather pocket is relegated to part time weekend use.

I actually prefer the phone with the case on - the battery cover has always been a bit loose and creaky, which the case now solves. The extra width of the case actually makes it easier to hold and type.

It doesn't have a lip to prevent contact between the screen and keys (which is annoying and lends itself to only being used on one side), but is slightly slippery to help get it in the pocket easily.

Posted with my Q10

antoscimento

I alreay have this one but I sometimes just get it off to enjoy my naked Q10.

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clickitykeys

DJ is spot-on about the cutouts over the charging ports ans speakers. They do sag after use which is a pity, because otherwise, this is a handsome case that feels grippy in the hand.

Unfortunately, I have not found a single 2-material case without the sagging problem. Even the Otterbox Commuter has the same issue, though it's rubber/silicone is beefier than that of the Casemate case.

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ntomyng

I really don't understand all these "cases" that pritect the back and sides only. The screen is what's most likely to get damaged. How many timrs have you heard someone say "I broke my phone back"? I'll bet none.

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Was looking for a comment to attach this to:

I still use the genuine flip case, one needs to get used to having the flap hang down or folded to the backside while using it, but it will protect the screen when the device happens to fall on another protruding object. Open cases like this Casemate don't offer any protection against such an impact.

Falling on the sides or the back is usually not such a drama.

Two things though with the original flip case, it might not keep closed (happened once, now I've got a scratch upper left corner) and the cover sits lower than the front surface, as is doesn't wrap around the edges.

I solved the problem with a velcro dot, now I can permanently and securely close the flap.

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DataWrangler

Nothing but going commando for me!

olopmx

Just order it from Amazon! Let's see how will look and work! Let you know once I get it

BlackBerry Q10 **Waiting for Q20

TranceRomance

This would be nice if they had this for the Z30 along with tempered glass screen protector.

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davejess

Make one for the Z30 already....

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woodsfloyd

Got case mate today had one on my 9900 didn't last long,,, it split hope this one for my Q10 is longer lasting

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TranceRomance

I also hope they make some nice accessories like this for the passport and classic. Z30 didn't have much of anything.

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Ameh Gabriel

Hi! How do I get one in Nigeria

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ThunderShock2005

$10 bucks right now on Amazon?! Damn! Totally bought one! Haha

Posted from my BlackBerry Q10 on AT&T

olopmx

Just received mine today! Feels and fit real good.

BlackBerry Q10 **Waiting for Q20