Spigen SGP Slim Armor Case for the iPhone 5 Review

One of my favorite case manufacturers, Spigen SGP, continues to push the envelope, pumping out fresh and exciting offerings for the iPhone 5.  When I saw the release of the Slim Armor series I was intrigued.  The case looked like everything I hope for when first trying out a new iPhone case.  Did the Slim Armor Case for the iPhone 5 meet my expectations?  You’ll have to read on to find out.

Click on through for my full review.

The Spigen SGP Slim Armor Case for the iPhone 5 is available in three different color options.  You can choose from Gun Metal, Metal Slate or Satin Silver.

Inside the packaging you’ll find the case along with a set of 3 of Spigens jelly buttons.  There’s no screen shield included with this one.

Here’s what Spigen has to say about the Slim Armor case.

SPIGEN SGP Slim Armor case for the iPhone 5 is specifically designed to protect the iPhone 5 at all angles.The TPU case features improved shock absorption on the top, bottom, and corners to effectively protect the iPhone 5 from external impact. Slim Armor is double layered with a TPU case and a polycarbonate hard case to provide additional protection in a form-fitted design. The polycarbonate midsection has a metallic finish and can be removed from the TPU. This allows the Slim Armor to be interchanged with different colors. The case fits precisely onto the iPhone 5 for a natural and sleek look, and the speaker opening is specifically designed to fully utilize the speaker without reducing sound quality. The polycarbonate midsection has a matte finish coating design to provide the best grip with a soft touch. Slim Armor is designed to highlight the two-toned colors and structural edges of the back of iPhone.

  • Slim and form-fitted to the iPhone 5
  • Two toned colors with a metallic finish
  • TPU case layerd with a polycarbonate midsection for extra durabilty
  • Compatible with Apple EarPods, and earbuds with L-shaped plug (within 6.17mm diameter) including Beats by Dr.Dre.

The Slim Armor case is a hybrid style case featuring two layers of protection.  The inner core is made from soft TPU and will help absorb shock.  The outer part is strong plastic (made to look metallic) and will help prevent sudden impact damage to your phone.

To install the case onto your phone you don’t really need to separate the two pieces.  Just treat the cases as a one piece design and snap your phone inside.

Once installed the case does yield access to all of your phone’s ports and controls.

You don’t get much in the way of lay on the table protection with the Slim Armor so you’ll probably want to make sure you use a screen shield.

Check out my full video review below…

If you’ve been looking for a protective case that doesn’t alter the iPhone 5’s overall design the Spigen SGP Slim Armor series is one worth checking out.  For me it offers a nice balance of protection without being overly bulky yet also keeps a look that mirrors that of the iPhone 5 naked.

You can learn more about the Spigen SGP Slim Armor Case for the iPhone 5 by visiting this page on the company’s web site.

MSRP:  $17.99

PROS:  Dual layer protection.  Inexpensive.

CONS:  No screen protector.  No lay on the table protection.




Larry has always had a passion for gear and gadgets. It all started for him with the release of the very first Palm Pilot. He has always had an interest in handheld electronics. From handheld PDAs, to cell phones, Mp3 players, watches and other products, Larry is the first person his friends, family and colleagues call when they need advice on tech.

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  • Bob

    It has no lay on the table ability because of your glass screen protector. There is a small lip of LOT if the screen is bare.

    • lgreenberg

      I respectfully disagree. The lip doesn’t touch the glass.

      • I don’t think I was very clear, Larry. My point is that while the TPU does not touch the glass or “lip” over it, it does elevate the screen off of a table when laid face down. My guess is your glass t adds some thickness and therefore takes away the lay on the table ability. With no screen protector at all I can lay my iphone 5 face down worry free with the slim armor case installed. Thanks Larry.

        • lgreenberg

          No I understood what you were trying to say and still disagree. The lip of the TPU is simply not higher that that of the iPhone’s glass screen (shield installed or not.)

  • neal157

    “lay on the table” should have had hyphens. It is a multi-word modifier. i.e. lay-on-the-table ability …