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Add some style to your Q10 with the Incipio Feather SHINE hard shell case

By Alicia Erlich on 4 Apr 2014 12:25 pm EDT
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With all the cases currently available for the BlackBerry Q10, I can see how it is a tough choice to know which one to go for. There are those who prefer to leave their device bare, those who seek protection in a lightweight and stylish design, and those who like big and bulky for full blown protection. The Incipio Feather SHINE Hard shell case falls into the middle category as it is keeps your Q10 protected against the occasional drops and falls yet still offers a firm grip. It is available in two color options, yet I chose to take a look at the silver one, which certainly stands out from the rest.

As with any hard shell case, this one fits the phone perfectly and feels as if there were no case on it at all. There are cutouts for all of your buttons, ports, and camera. One complaint some may have is that it does not completely cover the top and bottom of the phone to protect the headset jack, lock button, and speaker.

We are already familiar with the sturdy and thin design of the BlackBerry Q10 and the feather SHINE is an ultra-thin shell that does not take away from that. It snaps into place quickly and is easy to use on a day-to-day basis and the sides do not interfere with gestures. However, because it can be tight and form-fitting, it is not always easy to remove.

Features

  • Rigid polycarbonate frame
  • Sleek, low profile design
  • Access to all ports and buttons
  • Brushed aluminum finish
  • Screen exposed

The SHINE comes with a radio-transparent brushed aluminum finish that gives it not only a smooth back but an unmistakable look. This hard shell case is made from a high density plextonium frame meant to protect it from bumps and falls, and the perimeter of the case is clear yet sturdy that it won’t suddenly break when trying to remove. Designed to be strong and tougher than your standard soft shell case, it is durable enough for normal wear and tear though nothing more.

When I have inadvertently dropped my Q10 on carpeting it held up pretty well though it tends to show scratches and dents. This is not a case meant to take heavy hits from constant drops and bangs. What I can say is that it does keep your BlackBerry’s back from getting scratched and dented from normal use and you don’t have to worry about damage from laying your device on the table.

The Good
  • Stylish with the brushed aluminum finish
  • Form-fitting
  • Does not sacrifice functionality and gives access to all ports and controls
  • Offers a decent grip on your Q10 and the soft finish does not cause it slide out of your hands
The Bad
  • The sides do not raise the screen enough to offer lay on surface protection though there is a tiny lip
  • Shows marks, scratches, fingerprints, dents and dirt easily (at least on the silver color)
The Bottom Line

With its beautiful brushed aluminum finish, it remains a minimalist case to not only give your BlackBerry some extra shine but is lightweight as well and won’t weigh it down. If you are in the market for a slim style case, then this this is a solid option worth the money for anyone who is a fan of the snap-on hard shell design. It looks and feels good in your hands and still gives you that naked feel with no risk of it accidentally popping out. The box includes a screen protector and cloth and there is also a version available for the BlackBerry Z10.

Purchase the Incipio Feather SHINE Hard Shell Case

11 comments

ChicPolice

This are the only types of articles I can really get a comment on. Feels nice.

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willtothewong

Nice case.

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Barracuda7772

I have this case, well not this case but the z10 variant and a small drop from my couch to the floor cracked it to the point where there is a piece broken off where the charging port is

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freddysrevng3

incipio has a terrific 'replacement guarantee"....

I have had multiple Inicipio Feather cases on devices, over the years....I have one on my 9900 and Playbook, currently...

I am really disgusted with them, however, that it seems like they have no intention of doing one for my Z30...

Pathetic

Zebb

What about the RF technology is the Q10's backing, the case would reduce this, also I love the glass woven case anyways so this to me is pointless to be fair

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The_Stranger

What case do you have? Glass woven sounds cool

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Zebb

Glass woven is the stock back panel for the Q10 bro

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Crypt1c

It says aluminum brush finish, the case itself is plastic. No affect on the RF technology.

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stratus10601

Talk about being late to areview... this item has been out for a while and just now you guys decide to do a showcase/review of it, you guys slacking

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