"The CASE-MATE Barely There case combines style with function for the ultimate thin case"

In Short:
"Minimalistic style and function"

Should I Buy?
"Extremely slim profile showcases more of your BlackBerry PlayBook"
CASE-MATE Barely There PlayBook case
I love the size and slim profile of the BlackBerry PlayBook. Why cover it all up to add some drop protection all the time? A few months ago I was on the lookout for a thin case to use around the house or office. I didn't need the extreme protection some cases had to offer and didn't want to spend a lot either. I have used Case-Mate products on my BlackBerry devices for years, and they hold up very well, well enough to try their brand on my BlackBerry Playbook. Check out the video after the break for a full in depth review of one of the thinnest cases out there for your PlayBook.

The Review

The Case-Mate barely there case offers slim lines and comes in at just a little over 1mm in thickness. The hardened Polycarbonate shell adds drop protection and will help prevent scratches on the back and corners of the tablet. Installation takes only seconds so you can take it off when ever you need to, then simply snap it back on.
CASE-MATE Barely There PlayBook case Bottom view of the PlayBook with case installed.
The bottom of the case delivers quick access to the HDMI and micro charging ports so you don't have to worry about removing the case when you need to plug in.
CASE-MATE Barely There PlayBook case Top view of the PlayBook with case installed.
The top of the case gives way to the volume rockers and power button. The 3.5 mm headset jack and microphones are exposed. Functionality of the top buttons with the case on makes them difficult to press at times.
CASE-MATE Barely There PlayBook case Back view of the case on the PlayBook.
The back of the case adds extra grip with a soft touch feel while holding the tablet in either landscape for watching movies or portrait for reading your favorite book. The camera is given sufficient protection from drops being encased as well.

Barely There PlayBook case
by Case-Mate

The Good

  • Reasonably priced case for PlayBook
  • Helps prevent scratches on back of the tablet and camera.
  • Simple to install
The Bad

  • It's plastic, so will only give protection so far.
  • No screen protector included
  • Will not work in charging dock when installed.


If you're one of those people who enjoy the sleekness of their PlayBook and don't want to cover up the look and appeal, then the Case-Mate will suit you well. With its soft touch texture, the thin shell doesn't add any bulk, allowing the PlayBook to be tossed into your back pocket or jacket when leaving home. Along with minimal installation time, it's simple and simple works.


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