While we mentioned the Samsung Galaxy S 4 S-View Flip cover briefly in our official review, we decided to give a few more in-depth thoughts of this interesting and helpful accessory.
Samsung has certainly found a good reason for keeping the back of its devices removable with the line of flip covers offered up across the Galaxy S and Note line. Obviously, the best part of the S-View cover opposed to the regular flip covers is the small window that will show you relevant information without having to open it up.
Calls can be answered, and you can easily see the time, date, along with any notifications you might have missed with the S-View cover, but at $60, it’s hardly cheap. Either way, the extra functionality for the S-View cover may be worth it to many. It’s definitely a fun accessory.
One should keep in mind that this isn’t a protective case. The “cover” will protect the face of the device, which is the most important, but nothing else is protected. The cover gives the user a bit of privacy, with protection the last bit of its functionality. Either way, the novelty of the S-View cover will likely be the main reason for getting this accessory, and we don’t see a problem with that.
The S-View Flip Cover isn’t perfect, though. It’s a bit irritating when trying to turn down the volume on the Galaxy S 4, and I found it rather difficult to hold when taking photos. Changing the way you hold your phone to take pictures is easy enough but changing the volume on the phone is no longer a one-handed operation for me. This may get a bit easier when the cover has been on the device for a while, but it remains one of the more annoying “side-effects” of having this flip cover.
While it’s not without a few minor gripes, the S-View Flip Cover remains one of the coolest accessories for the Samsung Galaxy S 4. We still have some time until we see more accessories, like the wireless charging pad to roll out, but we’d say Samsung is off to a good start in the accessory department for its latest flagship device.
Are you interested in the S-View Flip Cover for the Galaxy S 4?