We don’t do a lot of case reviews on Brighthand any more. It’s really more out of malaise than anything else. There are a handful of good case manufacturers, some better than others, but not enough has changed over the last year or two to warrant coverage of every case from every manufacturer.
But every now and then it’s important to recognize someone who’s doing a great job, and a few years after my last Vaja case review it’s clear they’re still at the top of the game.
Vaja recently released two new cases for the Motorola Q. One is more or less a sled while the other is a classic flip cover with magnetic latch. As a recent migrant to the Motorola Q I decided to take them up on a review unit, curious to see if their quality and materials have help up over time.
The immediate concern I had when selecting a case for the Q though was thickness. The Q’s selling point is its thinness, so a case that doubles the pocket volume isn’t desirable. I opted for the sled case since it added only a few millimeters in each direction, and the Q being a smartphone, I didn’t want to have to flip open a case with each call.
One of the high points with a Vaja case is the ability to customize everything about it. They offer two leather styles and over 30 different colors. The color choice alone makes them a popular choice. Since the devices all look the same, a nice colorful case is one way to express ourselves a little bit. Beyond colors you can choose to add a belt clip, personalization, company logo, and matching leather lining. Prices will range based on options, the case starts at $60; mine ended up at $70 since I had my name etched into the back.
Delivery takes a few weeks, as each case is made to order. When you open the box though, you’ll know the wait was worthwhile. The materials are exquisite and not a single stitch is out of place.
A new blue look (view large image)
Two things when inserting into the Q into the case. First, make sure the Q screen is as clean as you can get it, since this one has a screen shield you won’t be able to touch the screen once it’s in the case. Second, I advise turning the Q off; the fit is snug and several buttons get pushed as you slide it in and out. It takes some pushing, but the end result is an ideal fit.
A Makeover for Your Q
Once in the case, the Motorola Q has a whole new look, in my case a new blue look.
The cutouts for the camera, ports, speakers and such are all perfect. The earpiece is a little harder to hear through the case, but moving the volume up a notch seems to solve that issue. I’ve been using the case for several weeks and have not had anyone on the other end complain about muffled or quiet voice, so I can only assume the case has no impact there.
Lint and dust between the screen and the case (view large image)
The only complaint I have with this case is the screen protector. I don’t know if it’s my pockets or just the design of the case, but I get a bunch of lint in between the screen and the protector, something that’s annoying enough that I need to clean it every few days. But the screen protector is easier to clean than the screen of the Q, so maybe it’s a wash. The other thing is the screen protector is a little reflective, worsening screen performance in the sun.
That’s the only possible downside I see in an otherwise perfect case. Heck, if you like the smell of leather you’ll be happy to know that at least in the time that I’ve had mine, you get the soothing aroma of leather during phone calls. I’m not sure that my Q had an odor prior to the case, but either way, this is substantially better.
- Highest quality case I’ve tested
- Fully customizable
- Screen cover has some flaws
While the cases are expensive, nothing oozes quality and supreme craftsmanship like a Vaja case.
Vaja cases are sold exclusively through its web store. The Motorola Q cases start at $60.