For ages I wanted this Kate Spade iPhone case - the black with white dots, specifically.
My sweetie got it for me for my birthday and I was very excited. I loved the colors and the graphic design. I overlooked that, because it is hard plastic all around, it was a bit slippery and prone to fingerprints. But there have been two major issues that put me off these hard cases in general and, sadly, the Kate Spade ones in particular.
First - I wanted to be able to change the slick, pretty case out for a more grippy case when I went to a street fair, but once it was snapped together it was impossible to remove. I tried to pry it apart but nearly damaged it, so I then felt I was trapped and had to live with it.
Not a good thing. I don't want to break a brand new $40 case. It could be easy to remove.
The second issue is a HUGE issue - I was able to get it off eventually. Namely when I dropped my phone. Not a hard drop and not onto a very hard surface. The phone was fine but the case shattered into 3 pieces and expelled my phone. No protection there! Oh yeah, and now I'm out of the case... for good.
I did get a second Kate Spade iPhone case, but changed to the silicone case below. It's easier to grip, easy to remove and hopefully more protective too.
I hate to criticize Kate Spade and the super cute case but this is an expensive item. And it's designed to protect another expensive item. I'm also not the first to have this problem. We did a quick search and found loads of similar complaints.
Sure, I love how cute is but not at the expense of breaking my phone. Sadly, I won't be buying another Kate iPhone hard case again, no matter how temptingly cute they are.