Spigen SGP Linear EX Slim Metal Series for iPhone 5 Review

Bumper style cases were a popular choice for the iPhone 4/4s.  Partly because they’re slim and do not effect the overall design of the phone and party because they were sold by Apple and offered for free during the Antenagate issue.  Since Apple has yet to release a bumper for the new iPhone users are forced to look elsewhere and this isn’t a bad thing.  I recently reviewed the Spigen’s new slim version of the Neo Hybrid EX.  That however, is not the only slim bumper Spigen offers for the iPhone 5.  Today’ we’ll take a look at another, the Linear EX.

Read on for my full review…

The Spigen SGP Linear EX Slim Metal Series for iPhone 5 is available in 6 different colors.  You can choose from Gun Metal, Metal Blue, Metal Slate, Metal Pink, Metal Red and Satin Silver.

Inside the packaging of the Linear EX you’ll find some nice extras.  These include one of Spigen’s Ultra Crystal Screen Shields, a set of screen protectors for the back of the phone, a microfiber cloth, squeegee and three jelly home button replacements.

Here’s how Spigen describes the Spigen SGP Neo Hybrid EX Slim for the iPhone 5…

SPIGEN SGP Linear EX Slim case is composed of upper frame and lower frame in a unique asymmetrical style. The snap on style case minimizes scratches. The upper and lower frames come in different colors that can be interchanged to create a personalized case. The Linear EX Slim is comprised of two “J’ shaped polycarbonate frames that latch onto each other on the sides of the phone, creating an asymmetrical appearance. All of the Linear EX Series cases are compatible with each other which allow you to personalize your phone with unique color combinations. iPhone 5 Linear EX Slim Case is a snap on case that easy to assemble and disassemble. Linear Case is designed to minimize scratches during the installation or removal. iPhone 5 Linear EX Slim Case provides the slim and most comfortable grip. The volume and the power buttons are covered with tactile buttons in order to protect your device’s buttons while making it easy to press.

  • Asymetrical design
  • Slim, form-fitted bumper
  • Perfect cutouts to all ports and openings
  • Compatible with Apple EarPods, and earbuds with L-shaped plugs (within 6.2mm diameter) including Beats by Dr.Dre
  • Made in Korea

The Spigen SGP Linear EX Slim Metal Series for iPhone 5 consists of two pieces. Two J shaped halves which form together to make the case.  Both are made from plastic.

To install the case, simply place your phone into one of the halves the click on the other side.

Once installed the case still offers access to all of the iPhone’s ports and controls.

Check out my full video review below…

In somes ways I prefer the Linear EX over the Neo Hybrid EX.  The Linear fits better, it’s much tighter and is offered in more colors.  However, look wise I personally like the Neo Hybrid better.  Bottom line, you can’t go wrong with either.  Both Spigen bumpers come with plenty of extras.  Each is priced right and each offers the look and style I’ve come to expect from all my Spigen accessories.

You can learn more about the Spigen SGP Linear EX Slim Metal Series for the iPhone 5 by visiting this page on the company’s web site.

MSRP:  $21.99

PROS:  Comes with extras.  Slim.  Easy to put on.

CONS:  No back 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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