In addition to the SGP Neo Hybrid IIs that was reviewed on Monday, SGP also offers the Linear EX (Amazon), which is yet another 2-piece mix-and-match bumper for the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S. It consists of a plastic upper frame, and a plastic lower frame. Each piece is available in several different colors, both of which will cost you about $20 on SGP’s website, which seems about right for a product like this.
For your money, you get just the pieces that you ordered, and nothing else; no screen protectors are included.
The two pieces of the puzzle simply snap together once placed onto your iPhone, and can easily be detached with little effort, but don’t worry about them coming apart when the iPhone is dropped, because nothing will most likely happen. The finish of the two pieces feels like simply glossy plastic but, thankfully, doesn’t attract any fingerprints.
Unfortunately, the overall fit of the case is a bit disappointing, especially for something that’s coming from a name-brand company. One can easily tell where the two pieces are joined together (refer to our review video below for a more obvious visual), which really makes your iPhone look like cheap junk. If you can look beyond this, then I think you’ll be satisfied with the Linear EX.
Also, the case offers just small port opening. The cutout for the 3.5mm headset jack and 30-pin dock connector are quire small, and are made to only fit the stock Apple earbuds and USB cable. This is a huge deal-breaker if you use third-party cables and earphones, which most people do. Fortunately, the case offers small nubs to cover the volume and power buttons, but don’t add or detract from the original amount of feedback that just the buttons themselves would offer.
Overall, I personally wouldn’t recommend the Linear EX to anyone, unless they don’t mind living with obvious gaps for the case and the phone. I would much rather recommend the Neo Hybrid IIs.