We finally have a large selection of Nexus 4 cases to choose from, but which cases should we get? Today I have for you the entire Cruzerlite collection on display from their old faithful Clone Army & Large BugDroid to their brand new BugDroid Circuit design. Get ready to read about my experience with all three and see which one comes out on top in terms of Android theme and styling.
Let us get past the similarities of each of the cases. All three cases are made of thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU), a tough but flexible material that has become very popular in case design. A benefit of TPU cases is that they are easy to put on and take off. The cutout for the camera, speaker, charging port, headphone jack, and microphones center up easily and don't cover or obstruct, just as it should be. There is a slight difference in the cutouts for the charging port and headphone jack but does not affect the ports. Unlike some other case makers, Cruzerlite does a nice job of cutting out the TPU for the physical buttons. Buttons covered by TPU tend to lose some of their pressability and feeling of response, so cutouts that expose the physical buttons are a welcome feature to this reviewer.
Since the cases are identical in terms of materials used and mold, it is only logical that their performance and protection would be the same. The TPU material is great against scratches, dings, and scuffs. It is tough enough to with stand “reasonable” falls (reasonable to me is about thigh high). The screen is still open with minimal protection beyond the case lip, so it is still vulnerable to damage. The TPU does come to the front accounting for your minimal protection that adds a small barrier that helps when you have your screen face down. Overall, I am satisfied with the protection added by these TPU cases; however, all three are dust and lint magnets so you will find yourself cleaning them at least once a week.
Androidified: Clone Army & Large BugDroid:
Honestly, the only differences between these cases are the Android themes that make them unique. The Androidified series of cases are the old faithful. They are the cases that we are accustomed to seeing on our popular devices. The Clone Army is the simple one with our friend Andy duplicated repeatedly on the back. The matte finish is nice to the touch doubling as grip and that gives the case a nice look and feel. Now there is more going on with the Large BugDroid TPU case. The edges (left and right) of the case have a matte finish with ridged indentions meant for grip. The large BugDroid also has a matte finish while the rest of the case as a clear glossy finish. It really helps emphasize the BugDroid. My only complaint is that there is a “bubble effect” similar to what you see when you apply screen protectors. This happens when the glass back of the Nexus 4 touches the clear portions of the TPU case. It is noticeable and very unappealing in my opinion.
BugDroid Circuit Case:
The BugDroid Circuit case is the new kid on the block for Cruzerlite. It is new, fresh, and incredibly cool. When I saw the PR pictures of the case for the first time, I am excited but I was not sure I was going to love it. To my surprise, the case is actually better in person. The circuit design is simple but elegant, and Andy fits right in without looking awkward. It really brings character to your device that otherwise is hidden when you use a case. Of the three, BugDroid Circuit is my new favorite Android themed case from Cruzerlite.
I have seen my fair share of plain-Jane TPU cases throughout the years. Cruzerlite has done a great job taking a simple TPU case and making it truly different and desirable. They have taken the Andy the BugDroid and stamped him onto affordable cases. Each of these cases will cost you $12.90 each or you can get one of each for $25.80 with their Buy Two Get One Free promotion (BUY2GONE).