The Ballistic Hard Core Series is my personal pick for protection. If you need a Tank for your iPhone, HTC, Galaxy, etc… This case has it all.
- They use a flexible polycarbonate frame.
- Composite rubber barrier around the polycarbonate.
- Thick silicone for additional cushion.
- Built it clear polycarbonate screen protector
- A track made of the same composite rubber as the barrier, which lifts up the device.
- Integrated port plugs.
- A clip made by AGF.
What does all this mean? It means we have serious hardware for our devises.
Let’s start with the polycarb they use. Polycarbonates are supposed to be fairly indestructible. This isn’t always the case. Thickness of said polycarb, density, rigidity, and amount of force applied is a determining factor. Ballistic went with a flexible versus rigid. The colored plastic will flex and transfer energy versus fighting and cracking. Can it crack? Yes, but it takes some serious juice to do it.
Next we have the composite rubber which surrounds the case. Composites are usually rubbers integrated with some type of fiber to make sure the bonds are stronger. What you get here is a stiff rubber capable of absorbing impacts. The Ballistic HC also fashions the composite into notches along the top and side of the case. This prevents the case from landing flat by forcing it to buckle. All of this is perfect for transference of energy.
The additional silicone layer is added cushion for the HC. The cases are already designed to transfer energy. The silicone is merely a bonus for those days when you mistake your phone for a baseball.
The track is part of the internal structure that is attached to the composite backing. It raises the phone a bit off the back of the case. I’ve yet to see the back of a Ballistic HC case break, and we hit it with an eighteen wheeler. Check out the video here!
Ballistic HC’s used to have port plugs integrated with the silicone rubber. Now it is integrated to the hard shell. One of the best things about the Ballistic HC is that It does not require the silicone for it to be protective! This means the issue with silicone’s grabbing ahold of your HAIR, and everything else you own, can be done away with, while still be protecting your cell phone. Now that the port plugs are on the case, you don’t have to worry about dust, rain, etc… whilst sporting it without the rubber. But remember, if you plan on doing something crazy, Use the Rubber.
The clip is made by AGF. If you ever bought a slim hard case that came with a clip, it probable came courtesy of AGF. Clips come in all shapes and sizes, and usually take the brunt of abuse. Ballistics’ Clip has fewer issues than its competitors like Otterbox Defender, Trident Kraken, and Griffin Survivor. Is it perfect? NO. But I rarely know someone that has issues with it.
In conclusion, Ballistic Hard Core, is more versatile than its competitors, yet lacks some of the color schemes others have. But it is called the hard core. Check out the Zellatek store to see the colors offered. And with Ballistic's one year warranty, what is there to lose?