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Tech21Impact Snap for Galaxy S3 review: Tech21Impact Snap for Galaxy S3

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MSRP: $39.99

The Good The Tech21 Impact Snap case delivers strong protection for your Galaxy S3. The thin design won't add excessive bulk to your smartphone.

The Bad The Impact Snap could offer more cushion around the Galaxy S3's display.

The Bottom Line The Tech21 Impact Snap case is a cheap and effective way to safeguard your Galaxy S3 from daily abuse.

8.0 Overall

Success always brings a cell phone at least three things: fame, fortune, and lots of accessories.

Walk into any carrier store and the shelves will be lined with cases, car chargers, and syncing docks as soon as the hottest handsets go on sale. That certainly happened with the Apple iPhone and now it's the same with the Samsung Galaxy S3.

A simple design
With its sleek design and expansive display, the Galaxy S3 is a looker. And even though Molly Wood showed us that the handset can take a beating, the excessively danger-prone may prefer the peace of mind that a case brings.

Already there are many choices available -- David Carnoy rounded up a few options here -- but I'd have to put the Tech21 Impact Snap case near the top of the list. Strong, lightweight, and slim, the Impact Snap adds the protection you need without interrupting the handset's striking profile. It's also affordable, at $29.99.

Made by the same company that brought us the Impact Band and the Tech Ops Submariner case for the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S, the Impact Snap comes in black, white, and blue. The back of the case has an understated monochrome design with just the Tech21 logo and cut-outs for the camera, the speaker, and the flash. The case also makes room for the headset jack on top, the power control and volume rocker on the sides, and the charger port on the handset's bottom sie.

What's inside
The bright orange area inside the case is the D30 material that's at the core of Tech21's products (see this slideshow from CTIA for a closer look at D30). Though here it's not quite as malleable as when it's in its "natural" form, you can use the Impact Snap to test D30's unique properties for yourself.

Inside the Impact Snap you can see the bright orange D30 material. Josh Miller/CNET

Press your fingernail into it slowly, for example, and you'll feel the material give slightly. Your fingernail will leave a slight impression that will disappear instantly. Try striking it sharply with a key, however, and D30 will take the blow without leaving a mark. Likewise, while you can bend the Impact Snap when you squeeze your hand slowly, it's stiff when you knock it against a table. That's just how D30 is supposed to work -- absorb the blows and direct them away from your phone.

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