Today's choice for Pure Mobile accessory of the week is official. No really, it's official. Because, rather than reviewing a third party Galaxy S4 accessory, today's we're focusing on the real deal, with the officially-branded Samsung Clear Cover Galaxy S4 case.
Also known as the Samsung S View Cover, this carrying case bears the advantages of being designed by the same minds that made the Galaxy S4. And we were excited about its arrival even before it hit the market, as soon as we caught a glimpse of the preliminary list of Galaxy S4 accessories Samsung was lining up ahead of the phone's release.
Here's the lowdown. This thin, lightweight case has a precision molded plastic and silicon rear edge and transparent backing that mates perfectly with the Galaxy S4. Then, improving on a basic a folio design, its front cover features a display window. So, even though your screen is protected, you still get to see important stuff, like notifications, the time and other phone activity.
But here's what's really clever about this Galaxy S4 carrying case: your phone can actually tell when it's on, or whether its open or shut, and it displays information accordingly. Meanwhile, a magnetic trigger on the cover puts the device to sleep when it's closed and wakes it up when it's opened.
In other words, it's one of the few cell phone carrying cases that's actually perfectly integrated and in tune with te device it protects.
No surprise then that the Samsung Clear Cover – or S View, whatever you want to call it – has had its praises sung by many leading review sites. Pocket Lint ranked it among the "best Galaxy S4 cases" available now. And PocketNow called it a "flipping awesome" flip case, saying of the combo of display windown and wake and sleep functions:
"Standing alone, these two improvements don’t sound like much – but together, they fundamentally alter the way we perceive and use the case."
The Samsung Clear Cover (S View) case is probably one of the most advanced flip-cover cases we've seen for any device, let alone the Galaxy S4. From its slick, compact look to its intelligent design and total integration with the Galaxy S4, it's hard to beat. And it more than earns its place as our accessory of the week.