We both stared at the spot where my klutziness nudged the phone from the window sill three feet down to a dead cat bounce onto the tile floor. She was the first to say something.
“How much is that?”
“A couple of hundred plus shipping.”
So, with our new Moto G7 Play I wanted to dress the phone with some insurance - a proper case - one that could take a hit without looking like army issue for the field.
Our Moto now is stylin’ with the - take a breath for this - Speck Black Presidio Lite Case for Moto G7 Play designed for impact. Now we’re talkin’!
It is available in the Republic Wireless Shop for $25. How good or bad is it? First, reading the box is comforting. DESIGNED FOR IMPACT. It has been tested to take a four foot drop ( 1.2m ). Sorry, but this review will not confirm that test. (Update when/if that happens,)
The case is made of thermoplastic polyurethane which is a sort of rubbery plastic that feels good in the hand without feeling or looking like a grippy rubber appendage. It is a slim one layer piece, so your phone will not be bulked-up after fitment. I still miss the pocketable size phones, so I wanted nothing larger than the stark naked phone. The case’s surface has a ever-so-slight texture that is very much like the original back of phone.
The screen is protected from a face plant with tiny raised bezel all 'round the screen. It is not intrusive and looks original to the phone. The part I really appreciate is on the inside of the case. There are little projections all 'round the case’s interior where the case meets the sides of the Moto. They act as shock absorbing spacers between the phone and the case. The secret is out. These are so small you will never notice any size difference with the case on than with it off. Clever gents, those Chinese.
More protection from a drop comes at each corner where a very subtle nub acts as yet another four shock absorbers. The nubs would have to be pointed-out to be noticed.
None of these interior and exterior shock absorbing nubs adds any bulk or heft. The case fits like a glove and polishes the exterior design of the phone.
Fit and finish is laser accurate on the back openings for the camera lens and the Moto logo. The slot for the USB C and the microphone hole are dead center. Ditto for the earbuds/headset jack. All this makes the phone look as if it came all of a piece. No clunky aftermarket look.
I never have liked the rocking switch volume control on these phones. Instead, this case provides two buttons - one for up and the other…you’re ahead of me, aren’t you? It is a much more, for me, instant feel for where I am on the controls. And, it’s tactile instead of the finger grease slickness of the stock Moto volume control. This is a small thing but Ferrari sweats the small stuff, too.
Fitting it to the phone is easy and once it’s on there is no sloppiness at the side. It fits tightly.
Now, for the bad news: Ha-ha-ha-ha!!! Had you there.! Did you read this far to think I would find some fault with this case? Ha-ha-ha. Seriously, there is no downside that I can see after some really critical lookin’ and ponderin’.
Finally, the company - Speck - supports Crisis Text Line crisistextline.org which provides a phone number for people who desperately need another soul on the other end of their Moto when they’ve maxed-out to the point of doing something very regrettable not only to themselves but to their affected friends and family. I am happy to support corporations, companies that support the well being of the people in a society. Thanks, Speck.
I can say I look forward to no longer cringing while passing the phone to my wife who will forever take the handoff as if it is a Ming Dynasty porcelain tea cup. “I thought you had it!” “No, you dropped it!” That terrazzo in the Newark terminal is really hard. Ditto the tile in the kitchen, the floor at the Harris-Teeter, the cobblestone in Malaga, the shoreline sidewalk at Clearwater Beach, or my living room windows’ ledge. I dare not tempt fate but I do rest assured that my Moto G7 Play is a cosseted camper and that makes me a very happy camper.
Oh, and I look good, too.
Make that six edits. I forgot to mention the Lifetime Warranty.
Dean in Dunedin
Member Since August, 2016
Moto G7 Play
Speck Black Presidio Lite Case
My Choice Talk and Text