Review of Cowon Silicon Case for S9
I bought this case from the Jet Mall for $14.99 plus shipping. They call it a case, but for me it is a skin. Let me start the review by saying that I have always preferred silicone skins to actual cases for all of my electronics. If you haven't liked skins in the past, then this isn't for you.
Quick Overview: 4 out of 5
Covers all 4 corners
100% access to all ports and controls, never needs to be removed
Does not add noticeable thickness or weight
Does not protect screen
Attracts lint and does not slide on fabric
In Depth Review:
The quality of the skin is consistent with all of the other skins I've ever used. Perhaps its a little bit thinner then usual, but it feels very strong. The material acts as a magnet for any fibers or lint that it encounters in your pocket. It also does not slide on any kind of fabric. What does this mean for you? If you put it in your pocket, it won't slide in or out very easily, and it will come out with tiny pieces of lint on it. If you've ever had a skin before, you will be familiar with this. To me this is a small price for the feeling that my S9 is protected from dings and bumps.
The fit of this skin on my S9 is perfect. The case covers all 4 corners, the left, right, and top sides, and the entire back of the player. There is a lip on the face of the player that covers all of the glass that is not the screen. For instance, the "COWON" on the front is covered. The entire bottom side of the player where the data port, headphone jack and power switch are is not covered, except for the very corners. The pause/play nub at the top is not covered. The design is exactly how I would have done it if they had asked me. The result is a completely functional skin that gives you 100% access and safety without ever having to remove the skin. Oh, and the reset and microphone have tiny holes in the back of the skin for them. Its possible some people may not like the top volume and track buttons to be covered by the skin. However, the skin has a "+" and "-" and "<<" and ">>" exactly over their corresponding button, and they are easy to press. For me, I like them covered. The one major area of weakness is that the screen is still exposed. This is the weakness of any skin. I had ordered the Cowon screen cover and planned to install it but I screwed it up and I have to order another one. I'll review that when I get it on right. The skin does provide a little bit of protection for the screen in that if you lay the S9 on its face, the screen won't touch a flat surface now due to the thickness of the skin.
I think I covered everything, but I'll answer any questions you might have. I also bought a spare cable and the AC charger from Jet Mall. They don't warrant a review.
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