UAG 2017 Part 2: Monarch Series for iPhone 8/7/6S and PYLO Series iPhone 8/7/6S Cases

Well, in addition to the Monarch and PYLO series for the iPhone X that I reviewed yesterday, today is going to be another UAG (Urban Armor Gear). This time, we are talking about the iPhone 8/7/6S and iPhone 8/7/6S Plus.

Monarch Series iPhone 8/7/6S Plus

UAG Monarch iPhone 7 and 6 PlusWell, this is the time where I could seriously just cut and paste the Monarch review for the iPhone X. I suppose that the Monarch case for the iPhone 8 Plus/7Plus/6S Plus/6 Plus is just that, but it is bigger.

Yes, it has the same 5-layers of protection, and the top grain leather and alloy metal hardware. It also has that same terrific look with the honeycomb traction grip.

There is something that I forgot to mention in my last review of the Monarch Series. It meets 2X military drop-test standards, and I don’t know why I forgot to write about the protection of this series offers.

Also, I forgot to mention that some of the colors of Monarch for the iPhone X look really similar. Not so with the iPhone 8/7/6 Plus, as it only comes in three options: Platinum, Graphite, and Crimson. The Platinum is kind of silver with black, and the Graphite is the one that you see here.

You can purchase the Monarch for the iPhone 8 Plus and its accommodating series of Apple smartphones on the UAG site for $59.95.

PYLO Series for the iPhone 8/7/6S

UAG PYLO iPhone 8Again, there is hardly any difference between the PYLO for the iPhone x and the one for the iPhone 7/6S. It has that transparent case with soft corners, but there is one thing that I want you to notice.

Just look at the images on my two articles. Go on, I’ll wait. Do you see it yet? Here’s a hint: look in the corner for the hole for the camera. You can see that the iPhone 8 version has a hole that is horizontal, but the PYLO for the iPhone X has a more vertical look to it. Yeah, I thought that I would point that out because I needed something to write about, and no one else is writing about that.

So, you can purchase get the PYLO for the iPhone 8/7/6S Case for $39.95 on the UAG site.

UAG 2017 Part 1: PLYO and Monarch Series, both for the iPhone X

Since the unveiling of the new iPhone, I have been itching to try out some of their newest accessories. I was pleased to receive in my mailbox the more new ones for the iPhone X. Today, I will discuss the PLYO and Monarch Series from our old friend, UAG (Urban Armor Gear).

Just as a reminder of the iPhone X, it was kind of a “one more thing” at Apple’s big event on September 12. The iPhone 8 will accommodate last year’s iPhone 7 model, but the iPhone X is an entirely different animal. It has a big price and a 5.8-inch screen that goes from edge to edge, with no home button.

PLYO Series iPhone X Case Review

UAG Plyo iPhone XI would imagine that it would be difficult to design a case for the iPhone X with its all-screen design. It’s pretty clear that they went with the hard plastic route, and the PYLO has a clear look, at least on its backside.

It is entirely different feel than the edges, which are very soft and flexible. It is designed to clearly be cushioning the sides, and the tactile buttons stand out well. Of course, it is set up to meet military drop-test standards.

It’s all very great, and it is pretty light as well. Just to let you know, it is set up for Apple Pay and the wireless charging feature. It’s a solid case, and can be purchased on the UAG site for $39.95 in Ice (Clear), Ash (Gray), and Crimson.

Monarch Series iPhone X Case

UAG Monarch iPhone XI’ll start by explaining that the Monarch is similar to PYLO, as it is Apple Pay and Wireless charging compatible, but it is a different set-up. Unlike the PYLO, it isn’t made with a solid plastic mold, but it boasts “5 layers of protection”.

Part of these layers is grain leather and alloy metal hardware. The end result is what has become almost a trademark for UAG with what looks like steel framework and black fill-in. Yeah, I can’t figure out how to describe it either, but there are some weird screws in it.

As for the sides, they are very soft with “honeycomb traction grip”, which you can see in the picture is aptly named. The tactile buttons are also prominent, which is also a part of their “premium design and precise engineering”.

The Monarch case is also available on the UAG site in Graphite, Platinum, Crimson, Black, and Carbon Fiber for $59.95.

Protect Your HUAWEI P10 and Mate 9 with UAG Plasma Series

We’ve reviewed many excellent phone cases from Urban Armor Gear. These cases that we’ve been sent to review from the company are from the popular PLASMA series. They are for the HUAWEI phones like P10 and Mate 9.

Ice for the Huawei Mate 9

                         Ice for the Huawei Mate 9

The PLASMA series for other phones like Samsung Galaxy S7 have come in different colors like Ash (which is dark grey in color), Magma (red), and Cobalt (blue). There is even a Citron(green)- in addition to the other colors for an iPhone. From what we can tell, if you want a PLASMA case for the Mate 9, it will come only in Ice- which is the clear case. The P10 has the option of Ice and Ash. So there isn’t as broad a variety of colors for these phones, but color can be overrated anyway.

These cases have it where it really counts, though. There is the three layer protection- which consists of an armor shell, shock cushions, and impact resistant rubber. The case is feather light, while still providing the quality that you need to protect your phone. As with all the other UAG products, the cases have been drop-tested to Military Standard of 810G–516.6.

The P10 comes in Ash and Ice

                  The P10 comes in Ash and Ice

Each case has the sturdy, rubberized grip that helps those of us with butter fingers. Also, there is easy access to the ports for charging, headphones, and an opening for the camera, as well as access to the fingerprint sensor on the HUAWEI Mate 9 located below the camera. The power button and volume button is covered and protected, but still work just as well.

Overall, this is a great product that we trust to protect our phones, and if you want the same protection, you can purchase one for $39.95 on the UAG website for the Huawei Mate 9 here and the P10 here.

UAG ICE Case for the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touchbar

UAG macBook Pro 15So, it is another time to review another UAG (Urban Armor Gear) product. I have reviewed cases for their various products, and they are quite good at providing protection for mobile products. Today, I am going to be reviewing the ICE (a clear case) made for the MacBook Pro 15-inch with touchbar.

The UAG Case for the MacBook Pro 15-inch is essentially two hard plastic sheets joined by a piece of rubber. The part that covers the back of the keyboard has a lot of holes for ventilation as well as some rubberized “feet” for non-sliding purpose.

As for the part the covers the back of the screen portion, it is almost completely transparent, with a window ready for making certain that the Apple logo shows. I think this is all part of the contract that Apple has.

Also, there are some impact resistant bumper that are hard and rubber. By the way, all of the case is shaped for structural rigidity. If you want to purchase this, check it out on the UAG site for $79.95.

UAG for Christmas, Part 3: Cases for both the Apple iPad Pro, 9.7 and 12.9 inch versions

uag-5Well, this is the last UAG product that I will be reviewing today, and it is quite a great one with case for both the iPad Pro, the 9.7 inch version and the 12.9 inch version.

I’ll go ahead and start with the case for the iPad Pro 9.7-inch version. The case is described as being “Frogskin” non-slip grip. I think that they got the non-slip grip part right, but something about this reminds me of an alligator skin, really.

In addition to the protection, there are also some other great features. The first is that there is a holder for the Apple Pencil, and the clasp shuts magnetically. What is great is how the cover can be separated, and you can attach a Smart Cover/Keyboard to it.

All in all, it is pretty great, and it can be purchased on the UAG site for $59.95 in colors of black, red, and blue.

uag-6As for the the case for the iPad Pro 12.9 inch version, there isn’t really much of a noticeable difference. I believe it is known as the Metropolis line, but I don’t see that moniker given for the 9.7 inch version.

The Metropolis case for the iPad Pro 12.7 inch version has most of the same features. It has an adjustable and detachable stand, the “Frogskin” or “Alligatorskin” exterior, as well as the built-in Apple Pencil holder. It is also compatible with the Apple Smart Keyboard.

About the only difference that I see is the magnetic clasp, which appears to be bigger, for some odd reason. Also, there is more that weird bolt look that I have discussed in earlier reviews. It must be a weird UAG aesthetic. I should probably explain that this appears to be trend.

Anyway, you can purchase the UAG Metropolis case for the iPad Pro, 12.9 inch version on the UAG site for $89.95.

UAG for Christmas, Part 2: Monarch for iPhone 7/6S and Plasma for iPhone7/6S Plus

uag-3Okay, it is time for another review of a UAG product, and this time it is for some Apple products. This is the Monarch and Plasma series.

I’ll go ahead and start with the Monarch. I’m not certain why it is called the Monarch, but it looks like the King of all cases. It also looks really metallic, but it is pretty light, even with five layers of protection. I’m also told that this meets military drop test standards, and two times.

It is also soft too, as it has an impact resistant core. By the way, the edge is rather honeycombed, so you will get a secure grip on your iPhone.

According to the UAG site, this case is compatible with the iPhone 7/6S/6, and it can be purchase for $59.95 in Platinum or Graphite.

uag-4And now, I’ll move on to a phone for the iPhone 7 Plus with the Plasma Case. Yes, it looks like the Composite Case for the Samsung Galaxy S7 that I just finished reporting about.

Like that model, the Plasma Series has the armor shell and a soft core that is impact resistant. It is also very light, and I’ll go ahead and take something from the website to say it is featherlight.

If you want to get this guy for your Plus sized iPhone, it is available in clear, gray, and some very bright green color on the UAG site for $39.95.

UAG for Christmas, Part 1: Trooper and Composite Cases for the Samsung Galaxy S7

uag-1So, it has been quite a while since I reviewed UAG products, and if you are not familiar with them, they make cases that can really take a beating. They are up there with some of the best accessory makers like Otterbox, Lifeproof, and so forth. This is one of a three-part series where I review six products.

I’ll go ahead and start with the Composite case for the Samsung Galaxy S7. It is very similar to case for the HTC One M9 that I reviewed a while ago.

The Composite case is very tough, and yet it has a soft rubberized grip around the edges. It is made of some kind of material which is quite light, and it has these cool bolt things on it that don’t do anything but add to the aesthetic quality.

You should be able to purchase the Composite case for the Samsung Galaxy S7 in Black, White, Rust, Ice (transparent), Ash (gray), Magma (Fiery Red), and Cobalt (Dark Blue) for $34.95 on the UAG site.

uag-2This next UAG product is the Trooper Case, made for the Samsung Galaxy S7. Like the Composite, it is also pretty hard, but the inside is very soft, like a rubber trampoline.

Perhaps the reason for its rubbery inner nature is that it is hollow inside. The Trooper is made so you can open it up and insert up to 4 credit cards. Because all you need is a driver’s license, credit cards, and no wallet!

You can rest assured that what you put in your Trooper wallet case will stay there, as it snaps shut very tight. In fact, it can be downright hard to open at first, and hopefully it will stay shut tight as time goes by.

You should be able to purchase the Trooper Case for the Samsung S7 on the UAG site for $39.95 in Black, White, or Rust.

UAG Part 2: Magma Folio Case for the iPad 2 and Cobalt Case for the Surface Pro 4

UAG Magma Folio CaseOkay, today we are back with Under Armor Gear (UAG) once again, and this time we are reviewing two products: The Magma for the iPad Air 2 and the Cobalt for the Surface Pro 4.

We’ll start with the Apple product with a feather-light construction, as well as a soft core. Unlike the hard plastic case that I reviewed in Part 1, this one feels soft all over. It is soft everywhere but on the corners, so it looks like it can take a lot of hits. I believe that it is called Frogskin Technology grip, and that isn’t all.

This is a Folio case, which means that you can stand it up for watching videos, but only in landscape mode. It has a magnetic strap that holds it closed.

In other words, it has the quality that you would expect for a UAG product. It can be purchased on the UAG site for about $49.95.

UAG Surface Pro 4As for the Cobalt Case for the Surface Pro 4, I have to admit that even though it is made by the same company, it feels like a completely different animal. Instead of something that is soft to the touch, this feels pretty hard.

Part of it is the stand, which is completely metal and can go into 5 angular positions, and it can even work with a portrait view if you like. It also has a place to store the Surface Pen, and it is compatible with the Microsoft Type Cover Keyboard with multiple keyboard positions.

All in all, it has some serious Frogskin exterior non-slip grip, and meets the military drop standards as well. All in all, there is so much to like about this UAG product. I kind of wish some of this technology would be on the aforementioned iPad Air 2 case.

You can get this particular case on the UAG site for about $69.95.

UAG Part 1: Trooper for the iPhone 6 and ICE HTC One M9 Case

UAG IPH6S_Card_Case_BLK_PT05-2Okay, today is the day where we are going to review two UAG products, one of them is for the iPhone 6/6S and the other for the HTC One M9, my current personal smartphone. If you aren’t familiar with UAG, it stands for Under Armor Gear, and it is great protection.

The Trooper for the iPhone 6 might be named because it holds things, like a trooper. The things it can hold include four credit cards, as there is a lid on the back that can flip to hold them.

The Trooper is a hard case, but it also has some rubberized edges so it goes all around. It also has some good protection for the buttons, so it is nice on many accounts. The inside has an impact resistant core, and it is completely light.

You should be able to get the Trooper on the UAG site for about $39.95.

UAG HTCM9_ICE_PT01_3000Now that I am finished talking about the Trooper, I’ll go with the ICE case for the HTC One M9. I own this brand of smartphone, and I have to admit that whenever I review cases, the companies that make them don’t usually make them for this phone.

The HTC One M9 is a thin phone, so the addition of the ICE case doesn’t add much real estate to it, surprisingly. It also doesn’t add too much weight, and its shape adds some good grip points on the phone.

The fact that the phone has a clear transparent shell also adds to the list of pluses, and it I would recommend it if you have this phone. You should be able to purchase it on the UAG site for $34.95.

Urban Armor Gear UAG Maverick for the Samsung Galaxy S6

UAG MaverickI have reviewed a lot of UAG products in the past, I recently reviewed the Scout for the Surface 3 and the Rogue Folio and Outland for the iPhone 6. I finally got a chance to review something for the Samsung Galaxy S6 with the Maverick.

The Maverick prides itself with being feather-light, and the one I had was very hard and clear. It has an “impact resistant and armor shell”, and I’m not certain how much I can really say about a case.

Oh, it also has those tactile buttons and a non-slip ruggedized grip. So not only will it stay in your hand well, and it has skid pads and a glare-free flash.

If you want this, head on over to the Urban Armor Gear site for about $34.95.