Thule Atmos X3 Review – Slim iPhone 5/5S Cases


We’ve discovered the Holy Grail of slim iPhone cases. Find out why in our Thule Atmos X3 Review

[toggle title=”Watch the Thule Atmos X3 Review on YouTube”][/toggle] From our perspective, the Thule Atmos X3 is the perfect iPhone 5/5S case. It’s adds very little bulk to your iPhone and is rated to protect your iPhone from drops from a height of 6.6 ft. Using the iPhone through this case is a joy as the buttons on the Thule Atmos X3 feel incredibly solid but don’t offer a lot of resistance.

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Design – Why aren’t other manufacturers doing this?

Thule Atmos X3 Review - Thickness compared to the iPhone 5SThe Thule Atmos is one of the slimmest cases that we’ve seen for the iPhone 5/5S but it still provides an incredible amount of protection. I’m not sure what Thule used in the construction of the case but similar cases that provide the same amount of drop protection will easily be twice as thick as the Thule Atmos X3.

One of the things that we’ve noticed with the case is that the lip of the case reaches the edge of the glass face of the iPhone. It doesn’t overlap and basically buts up against the edge of the iPhone. Since the corners are very rigid, there’s almost no chance that the case is going to scrap your screen protector off the case.


Protection – The Thule Atmos X3 is one tough case. For its size that is.

Thule Atmos X3 Review - impact cornersIn terms of protection, the Thule Atmos X3 is an ultra tough slim case. As I mentioned before, the case is drop tested to 2m though they don’t specify a Mil-Spec they rate the case to. Our drop test with the Thule Atmos X3 didn’t produce any surprises.

In terms of screen protection, this case has a minimal lip that keeps the iPhone’s screen off any surface.


Functionality – Getting to your iPhone 5/5S is simple

Getting to your iPhone is simple in this slim case but we will add that the cutouts for the headphone jack are designed to fit well with the Apple EarPods. Anything that is larger will not work with this case.Thule Atmos X3 Review - Buttons on the case


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