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LowNSlow
07-26-2010, 04:07 PM
So here it is. I ordered 2 TPU cases from eBay to mess with. They were sub $8 but I rounded up.
Pictures below are of the two. The one on the left is the (generic brand) Smoke Argyle Crystal Skin TPU Gel Case and the one on the right is the Amzer Luxe Argyle Gel Skin Case (TPU). The installed pics are those of the Amzer.
Both cases are smoked.

Quick notes:

Fit and finish go to the Amzer case. The tolerances of the Amzer are tighter on the DX than on the generic TPU case. The Amzer also gets the nod on stiffness. The generic case is more pliable/soft. I prefer the stiffer one (insert joke: That's what she said.)

Button function goes to the generic TPU case. It's MUCH harder to manipulate the power button and the camera button with the Amzer case. It's a breeze with the generic case since it's softer.

As far as the "smokiness" of the cases, the Amzer is lighter. Doesn't matter to me.

Cutouts.. Amzer wins this hands down. Although not 100% perfect, the Amzer cutouts are more precise for the phone. It looks like the generic case's manufacturer anticipated a longer speaker or something. Who knows..

The generic case arrived in 3 days time through USPS First Class. Funny thing about the Amzer case, mind you it was $8 shipped, arrived to me today via FedEx OVERNIGHT! Can you believe that? FedEx knocked on my door and said here you go. The seller on eBay spent probably more than quadruple the cost of the case to ship it out. I'm betting they have a crazy hookup with shipping.

Well that's about it for a review on the cases. Take your pick. I'm sticking with the Amzer for now. I mean, come on.. It's $8.

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Deron
07-28-2010, 09:22 AM
I found these Amazon.com: Used and New: Motorola DROID X Xtreme MB810 (Verizon) Skin Case Protector Soft Silicone "Basket Weave Texture Grip" Black (http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B003VCMY30/ref=dp_olp_new?ie=UTF8&qid=1280323222&sr=8-5&condition=new) on Amazon.

Got mine for $6.48 which includes the shipping. This will suffice and is a cheap alternative for some protection for my phone while I wait for a real
nice leather flip up case to hit the market.

LowNSlow
07-28-2010, 09:36 AM
I'm not a fan of silicon cases. They pick up lint and drag in and out of the pocket. Cheap nonetheless.. TPU is where it's at for me. Or at least smooth plastic.

gardobus
07-28-2010, 09:52 AM
Love my generic $8 tpu case. Mine also had the large speaker hole so I emailed the seller and he is sending me another one with the precise holes in it for free!

From the pics, it looks like the amzer has the argyle on the outside. Does it or is it just the lightness of the case?

I don't think I'll be getting a non tpu case anytime soon, I love the material.

LowNSlow
07-28-2010, 10:16 AM
The texture/pattern is on the inside.

gardobus
07-28-2010, 01:07 PM
Ah, so just like my knock off. I guess you can just see the pattern more since the Amzer is more clear.

Deron
07-28-2010, 11:55 PM
I'm not a fan of silicon cases. They pick up lint and drag in and out of the pocket. Cheap nonetheless.. TPU is where it's at for me. Or at least smooth plastic.

Neither am I but this is cheap protection until I can get a case I really want which is a quality leather flip up.

jrl022
08-24-2010, 03:28 PM
I sure do wish somebody would make this case without the argyle pattern. I don't particularly care for my phone to look like Payne Stewart's pants.

/toosoon?

gardobus
08-24-2010, 04:33 PM
I agree. A friend of mine actually found them on eBay somewhere in plain colors and ordered a black one. He said it is just as nice as his smoked argyle one except it shows the fingerprints a lot more. So I won't be getting a solid color but a PLAIN clear color would be nice.

iDr0id
08-24-2010, 04:47 PM
Verizon has thecase without the argyle.

Sent from my DROIDX using Tapatalk

gardobus
08-24-2010, 04:54 PM
Yea but it is over twice the price and also has a pattern on the back, it just isn't argyle.

mob87
08-24-2010, 04:58 PM
I picked up an all black one on eBay and as mentioned it shows fingerprints but looks a lot better than the argyle. Here is a link. They have a few different colors.

Crystal Gel Skin Case For Motorola Droid X MB810 items - Get great deals on items on eBay.com! (http://shop.ebay.com/?_from=R40&_trksid=m570&_nkw=Crystal+Gel+Skin+Case+For+Motorola+Droid+X+MB 810)

ryaaaaaaaan
08-25-2010, 02:49 AM
I picked up an all black one on eBay and as mentioned it shows fingerprints but looks a lot better than the argyle. Here is a link. They have a few different colors.

Crystal Gel Skin Case For Motorola Droid X MB810 items - Get great deals on items on eBay.com! (http://shop.ebay.com/?_from=R40&_trksid=m570&_nkw=Crystal+Gel+Skin+Case+For+Motorola+Droid+X+MB 810)

how's pressing the volume rocker, camera button, etc? from the pictures, it seems that they have a small cover over those, but there are openings for the HDMI port and USB port. just wanna get an idea of how pressing is with the case on. also, how is it pulling out from a jeans pocket? thanks.

bennybbc
08-28-2010, 08:34 PM
I picked up an all black one on eBay and as mentioned it shows fingerprints but looks a lot better than the argyle. Here is a link. They have a few different colors.

Crystal Gel Skin Case For Motorola Droid X MB810 items - Get great deals on items on eBay.com! (http://shop.ebay.com/?_from=R40&_trksid=m570&_nkw=Crystal+Gel+Skin+Case+For+Motorola+Droid+X+MB 810)

I got one of those all black TPU cases yesterday from handhelditems.com. Motorola Droid X TPU Flexi Skin Case - Black (http://www.handhelditems.com/motorola-droid-flexi-skin-case-black-p-140815.html) Actually it was purchased through Amazon Amazon.com: Motorola Droid X TPU Flexi Skin Case - Black: Cell Phones & Service (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004064010/ref=oss_product) but it came from them. Until I saw this thread handhelditems.com was the only place that I found that sold the solid color cases. And they're, (The Ebay store) a couple of bucks cheaper too. The have a few other colors, including clear but I like the black. I do wish it was a matte finish instead of glossy but I like it better than the argyle pattern or the diamond pattern. Thanks for the link.

Bruce

OneStepAhead
08-31-2010, 05:31 PM
I have the Argyle TPU cases for sale on eBay and my website, TPU-CASES.COM, - Free Shipping in the US! (http://tpu-cases.com) mine are not made by Amzer, but they are identical. They do not look like the generic ones the OP purchased. Mine have identical cutouts to the Amzer, and I have the same 8 colors. Check me out, you can use coupon code "DXF" to get 10% off, brings the total to $6.25 shipped. I ship same day if ordered before 3:00pm. Sorry it this kind of thing isnt allowed.. I just setup my store 2 weeks ago so I'm trying to spread the word! Here is my eBay listing (http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=260642483668), I'm guessing some of you have already bought this case from me as I've sold about 200 of them so far.

bennybbc
08-31-2010, 07:48 PM
Good job! Your Ebay store looks great too. My daughter is getting an Incredible and will be interested in a case when she does. Good luck with your sales. It sounds like you're on your way.

Bruce

Magic Rat
08-31-2010, 10:59 PM
Yep I bought from one step ahead. Excellent service. Am happy with it. Had a tpu case for my blackberry (epik) and was pleased to find them for dx too!

tworotor7
09-05-2010, 10:26 AM
I have the Argyle TPU cases for sale on eBay and my website, TPU-CASES.COM, - Free Shipping in the US! (http://tpu-cases.com) mine are not made by Amzer, but they are identical. They do not look like the generic ones the OP purchased. Mine have identical cutouts to the Amzer, and I have the same 8 colors. Check me out, you can use coupon code "DXF" to get 10% off, brings the total to $6.25 shipped. I ship same day if ordered before 3:00pm. Sorry it this kind of thing isnt allowed.. I just setup my store 2 weeks ago so I'm trying to spread the word! Here is my eBay listing (http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=260642483668), I'm guessing some of you have already bought this case from me as I've sold about 200 of them so far.

Just ordered from you.

Thanks!

tombo
09-17-2010, 11:52 AM
Thanks for the info, just ordered the TPU case from Amazon - $9.94 shipped.

kbowman
09-27-2010, 01:40 PM
Does anyone know how the TPU cases fit with the extended battery?

mob87
09-28-2010, 01:08 AM
They fit fine. I personally use a TPU case with an extended battery and can barely tell a difference.

OneStepAhead
12-27-2010, 10:12 AM
Thanks for all the orders guys, I've been seeing the DXF coupon code used quite a few times this month!

shatter
02-13-2011, 10:56 PM
Thanks for all the orders guys, I've been seeing the DXF coupon code used quite a few times this month!

I just ordered a shiny black TPU case so I can try that instead of the smoked argyle. Thanks for posting up the discount code for us forum members! I appreciate it.

Pensacola32526
09-12-2011, 02:42 PM
I'm sure these cases are outdated by now?