Under Armor Gear (UAG) Review: Monarch and Pathfinder for iPhone XS and iPhone XR

Once again, we have got our hands on Under Armor Gear (UAG) products, and they do make some of the greatest cases in the universe. I honestly don’t know if this is an accurate thing to say.

UAG Monarch Case for the iPhone XS Max

Once again, the Monarch Case has one of those five-layers of protection. You can see that it has that typical UAG look that always reminds me of a complex belt buckle.

This particular Monarch has a metal alloy and leather, and it even has this odd kind of hexagonal pattern that feels like…I don’t know, rubber? I am told it is called a honeycomb traction grip.

It’s completely set-up for drop protection approved by the Military. What is really cool is that it is set-up for the wireless charging, which is odd, considering all the layers of protection.

This sound good for you, you can get the Monarch case for the iPhone XS Max on the UAG site for $59.95.

UAG Pathfinder Case for the iPhone XS Max

I’m sure that you can see the difference between the Pathfinder and the Monarch, as the black leather areas are kind of sanded over. Yeah, I wasn’t certain how to describe that, but then again, I never really know how to describe the shape of UAG cases.

While I couldn’t confirm the 5 layers of protection, the Pathfinder sure looks tough, and it is much lighter too. I am guessing it is made for the hikers, and is it just me, or does the color of Carmine that you see in the photo seem perfect for hiking?

Well, it is good for the military protection and the wireless charging, and the UAG Pathfinder case for the iPhone XS Max is available on the UAG site for $39.95.

UAG Pathfinder SE Case for the iPhone XR Max

Okay, I was glad to review the Pathfinder SE for the iPhone XR, because I have been wanting to review stuff for the iPhone XR for a while. Besides the size, this Pathfinder SE case for the XR isn’t that much different from the Pathfinder for the iPhone XS Max. You can see that the Pathfinder SE has some camo pattern, and that seems to be one big difference.

Anything else I can say about this would be a cut and paste, and I see no reason to do that. I guess that I will just say what I forgot to say and that it is feather-light and has some scratch resistant pads.

For some reason, the UAG Pathfinder SE for the iPhone XR is more expensive than the Pathfinder regular, as it is available on the UAG site for $49.95.

Urban Armor Gear case reviews- Plyo Series and Monarch Series

Today we’ll review a couple of cases from the popular brand of Urban Armor Gear.

The first case is from the Plyo Series. We were sent one for the Galaxy Note 8, but this series is also available for iPhone X, 8, 7, and 6s Plus. The case looks a lot simpler than most UAG cases we’ve reviewed. They are translucent, and come in Crimson(red), Ice(clear) and Ash(grey) colors for the Samsung Note 8, and an added Glacier(blue) for iPhones.

The cases are sturdy like other UAG cases and meet military drop-test standards like others. They also have soft, cushion anti-shock corners to help protect from phone drops.

And good news for those who use Apple Pay and wireless charging- the cases are compatible for these activities.

These cases retail for $39.95 and come with a one year warranty.

Now, on to the Monarch series. These cases give me the UAG design vibe. The classic armor frame with the UAG name on the back, and the alloy metal screws holding things together in the four corners. It’s very rugged looking- reminds me of a truck tire.

Notable about the Monarch is the five layer protection, and that it has been drop tested to 2 times military standards- which is saying a lot.

These cases are available in just the black case for Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+, but adds a red color for the Galaxy Note 8, and even more colors for iPhone- the most colors for iPhone X. You can get a better idea of all the colors on their website here.

All this protection will run you higher in cost than most cases at $59.95 USD, but there is a 10 year warranty, which is a good long time to protect your phone.

 

 

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.