There are two types of people in this world. People who take excellent care of their phones and people who manage to nearly destroy/lose/drop down the toilet their phones at every opportunity. The unique Love Mei phone case is certainly designed with the latter category in mind. Which is good for me because my history with phones could fairly be described as completely catastrophic.
When I acquired my new Huawei P10 I decided to spend some time finding a case that would protect my new baby. I flicked through all the usual options, the Spriggan armor, a whole host of flip cases and nothing felt quite safe enough. Nothing seemed robust enough, nothing seemed able to adequately protect the phone from my clumsy hands. That was until I stumbled upon the Love Mei case.
Love Mei cases are designed to make even the most flimsy phones able to take a beating. They provide some level of waterproofing and are really shock absorbent. The most interesting feature is the fact that the case comes with its own gorilla glass screen to protect your screen from scrapes and drops. It’s perfect for people who spend their days at the beach, engaging in extreme sports and those of us who lack any form of coordination.
We’ll be looking at the Huawei P10 version of the Love Mei Powerful phone case but the results should be similar for your phone as well.
The design is as though your phone was encased in a surprisingly stylish tank
At first sight the Love Mei Powerful case reminded me of something out of a military science fiction. Functional, familiar and yet somehow quite stylish. The case feels well built and the phone fits snugly inside it. All of the ports can be accessed once the phone is screwed into place and the case does not obscure the camera in any noticeable way.
The Love Mei Powerful comes in four colors; black, silver, white yellow and red. There is also a gold variant available for certain models. With a little trepidation I decided to go for the silver case and was pleasantly surprised to find that it looked really good. The one criticism I would have is that the paint seems to chip a little bit too easily but so far any damage has been relatively minor over my three months of use.
Love Mei’s Gorilla Glass Screen Protector doesn’t affect the phone’s touch capacities in any discernible way and after an hour or so of use feels far superior to the screen protector bundled with the P10. It is a little prone to smudging but a microfiber cloth can solve that. The screen is cut in such a way that you still have access to the front facing fingerprint sensor. You may need to recalibrate the sensor but I have not faced any major issues with it. One minor niggle is that dirt and dust tends to collect around the fingerprint sensor and the camera and it’s hard to clean without taking the case apart.
As well built and rugged as the case is that tank analogy wasn’t made in jest. The case adds a fair bit of weight and size to your phone and the first comment I usually get is along the lines of “Your phone is HUGE”. To be fair, it is pretty big, even with my relatively tiny P10, so if you have a bigger phone the case may be a little unmanageable. That said, it still fits snugly in my front pocket and I personally prefer larger phones in the first place so a little bulk on the P10 is quite welcome.
The Love Mei case is probably the most durable out there
In exchange for adding all that weight and size you do get a fairly solid amount of protection. I’ve dropped the phone on a number of occasions (all accidental) and apart from losing a little paint, the phone and case have remained intact. The phone is protected by a shock absorbing silicon mesh, that helps to prevent any damage.
While the case won’t protect your phone if you completely submerge it the case also gives it a reasonable level of spill protection. I can confirm that this works, having spilt beer all over the cast on one occasion now.
One flaw that I have noticed is that you need to keep an eye on the screws. They seem to loosen over time and if they become too loose then liquid can spill under the screen protector, getting trapped. Which is less than ideal. I’ve found that just giving everything a quick tighten once every couple of weeks is enough to prevent those kind of problems
The Love Mei Powerful’s protection comes with a hefty price tag.
So the Love Mei case comes in a lot of colors, it looks pretty decent and it’s probably the toughest phone case on the market right now. It’s also one of the most expensive. You can pick it up on Love Mei’s website for $68. You can sometimes pick it up cheaper if you look out for deals on Amazon or look for a Chinese importer but it is still a pretty heavy price tag for a phone case.
There’s plenty of other cases out there that will protect your phone adequately for half or even a quarter of the price that Love Mei are asking. They won’t be able to offer the same level of dust or water protection but the drop protection won’t be too different. That said, if you consider the price of the phone you’re protecting, $639.00 in my case, $68 isn’t asking that much to make sure that you keep it safe from damage dust and water and the Love Mei will definitely do that.
The bottom line
The Love Mei provides premium protection at a premium price. It is definitely one of the best cases out there if you want something that will keep your phone while looking good. That said, it’s a bit bulky and will add a fair amount of weight, so it’s won’t suit everybody for daily use. This case is best for somebody who engages in a lot of extreme sports or is particularly clumsy or careless with their phone.
Despite its minor flaws and big price tag I would definitely recommend taking a look at the Love Mei Powerful case and deciding whether it is for you.