Caseco Shock Express Metallic Case for iPhone 6s and Galaxy S7 …
… Plus Core 360 and Mountie Car Mount Reviews
I’m going to let you in on a little secret. Want to know how we test the mobile phone cases and accessories we receive? Answer: I give them to my niece and older nephew for a couple of weeks. This way, any biases I may have are quickly eliminated. You see, they don’t care about brand names and multi-million dollar ad budgets. Don’t tell the public relations and marketing firms this. They’ll freak out if more teens adopt this philosophy. My brother’s kids only care about quality, reliability, features, and to a lesser degree, price. So when I had the chance to review a few cases and car mounts from a niche brand from Canada, I seized the opportunity. Let’s take a close look at the Caseco Shock Express Metallic case for the Apple iPhone 6s and Samsung Galaxy S7 as well as examine the Caseco Core 360 and Mountie car mounts.
Caseco Shock Express Metallic Case
Now I’m just going to come out and say it, this brand rocks! Over the past year, my niece and older nephew have received plenty of sample cases, mostly from well-known brands. While they like most, they’re not enamored by them. Then I gave my nephew the Caseco Shock Express Metallic case for the Samsung Galaxy S7. He instantly loved it and had plenty of positive feedback (see his words below) and for once, there was no negative feedback.
• The case fits the phone snug and buttons on the side perfect.
• Pattern on the back is minimal.
• There is a custom “add-on” to the case for the speaker that propels the sound waves forward, a touch I haven’t seen on any phone case.
• The headphone jack is big enough for any aux cord or headphones plug which has been an issue for my last case.
• The case itself is pretty minimal, it doesn’t add too much weight or bulk to your phone.
• Pattern on the back doesn’t get smudged easily.
• Case has a studded design on the sides for a sure grip.
• Comes with screen protector.
Other features of the Shock Express Metallic case include the following:
• Drop-proof, shock-absorbing construction.
• Meets MIL-STD 810G 516.6 military drop tests.
The same goes for the Shock Express case for the Apple iPhone 6/6s. In addition to what my nephew stated above, my writer Elliott mentioned: “the gradual bezel curves upward in the corners, giving the screen good clearance when face down while still keeping a thin design.” He did have one Con though: “It would be nice if the back of the phone were a little more skid resistant to keep it from sliding off tables when facing up.”
The Shock Express Metallic Galaxy S7 case comes in four unique colors: aquamarine, marsala, strawberry ice, and black, and lists for $29.99.
The Shock Express iPhone 6/6s case comes in six unique colors: aquamarine, marsala, strawberry ice, white, blue, and silver, and lists for $29.99.
Caseco Core 360 and Mountie Car Mounts
I’m skeptical when it comes to mobile phone car mounts. I’ve seen so many bulky ones over the years that I’ve been turned off to such devices. Caseco takes a much needed minimalist approach to the mobile phone (magnetic) car mount. You can go with the Mountie, which affixes to the AC/Heating vents, or you can use the Core 360 by gluing it in place on the dash. Both devices work as advertised, working well in our tests, holding cased mobile devices up to 1.3 lbs. These mounts receive our highest recommendations.
There’s one downside I should mention regarding the Mountie, something I experienced firsthand. The spring which holds the device to the vent is quite strong. If you remove the Mountie from the air vent, be very careful as you may scratch the latter. I advise putting down a piece of tape first in the event you wish to remove your mount.
Both the Core 360 and Mountie offer 360 degrees of rotation. The Core 360 even tilts 30 degrees to either side.
Core 360 package contents: one car mount, two metal mounting discs, and one replacement 3M adhesive.
Materials: Anodized aluminum alloy
Adhesives: VHB by 3M™
Mountie package contents: one spring-loaded vent mount and one metal disc with adhesive.
Materials: Hard plastic with rubberized coating
VHB adhesive by 3M™
Caseco manufacturers a variety of cases beyond the Shock Express. For instance, cases for the new Apple iPhone 7 also come in Clear, Glam, and Skin. And if you haven’t heard, Caseco makes what some consider the best winter consumer tech gift available, the Bluetooth Beanie. Check out the 30+ available styles.
As part of Caseco’s current promotion, all cases, pouches, and beanies are 15% off, with Coupon Code CASETOBER. If interested, act quickly as this discount lasts into Halloween.
Have you tried any of these Caseco products mentioned above? Do you agree or disagree with our analysis? Let us know in the comment section below or via social media. We’re eager to hear your thoughts.
Everything covered in this post has a 1-year warranty with comes with free shipping to the USA.
FTC Disclosure: Caseco Products provided Beantown LLC with two Shock Express Metallic cases, one Core 360, and one Mountie car mount sample for review purposes. This writer’s opinion is 100% his own and not a paid product ambassador.
All photographs are the copyrighted property of Beantown LLC 2016.