Galaxy S4 – Spice Technologies Battery Case

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I need a battery case for my S4, I pretty much abuse the hell out of with every form of communication possible. At this stage a phone lasting more then 12 hours is a miracle with any phone, so this battery case was meant to do both jobs, I haven’t found the Mophie Case for the S4 yet, surprisingly they made one for the HTC One as soon as it was out which is pretty good.

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When I’m connected to the net my phone suffers immense abuse at my hands. My usage is summed up by the details below:

  • 20% WhatsApp – Family, Friends, & Work – Nonstop Chatter
  • 15% Gmail – Replying to All Emails – Personal & Work
  • 15% Instagram – Entertainment
  • 15% Feedly – Catching Up On Feeds
  • 10% Pinterest – Entertainment
  • 10% Google Plus – Going Through My Streams
  • 10% Tumblr – Catching Up On My Feed
  • 5% Twitter – Quick Read

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Initially the battery was ok, it did the job and helped it last more then 12 hours. After two weeks of use it started degrading in quality but at this stage it has gone down the drain. This is the battery case made by Spice Technologies, I know the name should have been an indication to the quality but I thought why not, but now I know. I saw on Amazon some other Generic battery cases with the same look, if you see it don’t bother with it, they are crap.

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Not just failing at charge my S4, it failed to protect it, a few days ago the phone fell with the case due to the fall it cracked the screen the phone fell out of the protection which was even worse since it came out on impact. This case was a piece of crash and luckily as of writing this review the Mophie case just came out, so I’m purchasing that and hopefully I will be able to fix my screen.
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HTC One – Mophie Juice Pack

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When dealing with a beautifully designed phone like the HTC One, you face one small problem, you can’t switch out the battery. I had the same issue with my Nexus 4 and I had to have a charger with me everywhere. In this case the HTC One is somewhat better, but only by a small margin and I was looking for a battery case for this phone to use when needed. There were a few options by the time I was looking, the Mophie and the i-Blason, but after taking a look at the design of the I went with the Mohpie.

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I take a lot of work calls on this phone, and a lot of conference calls since it has a great speaker phone. So after looking around for a battery solution Mophie released a juice pack for fairly quickly, usually they only come out this quick for the iPhone, and the last non-iPhone they made was for the Samsung SIII and that took a while. I’m surprised they haven’t made one for the Samsung S4, but lets see how long that takes.

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Pros:

  • Great build quality, a nice black matte rubber finish which is smooth when gripping it, it fits snugly around the HTC One and the buttons operate perfectly. As usual design wise Mophie got the perfect fit.
  • You can easily access the headphone jack without a problem, the phone charges when you connect your charger to the charging port. Voice, Sound, Flash, and Camera are not obstructed with this case, they operate perfectly.
  • The status lights are on the back of the case and so is the on/off switch for the battery case. Its clear and easy to use, you can switch it on accidentally but that hasn’t happened much to me.
  • The cover itself protects the phone all around and it doesn’t get scratched easily which I thought was impressive.
  • For $99 it is an impressive piece of hardware, I thought it would be more expensive, very good value.
  • With a 2500 mAh Capacity it can easily charge the phone more then once, and the best part is how fast it charges it.

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Cons:

  • Right off the bat it is bulky about twice as bulky, and it does feel heavier, but that is to be expected when your mounting a battery case to a phone. But the sleek feeling of the HTC One is gone for the sake of battery life.
  • Even though it is a high quality matte rubber, it does smudge a bit, but isn’t too bad
  • When your charging the phone with the case the phone gets noticeably hot, not to the extent it would explode but you can really feel it

Price: $99
Link: Mophie

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