A couple of weeks ago I had received a Spigen Linear EX slim which IMHO wasn't so slim. Almost as soon as I put the case on, it was wrapped back up and heading back to SPIGEN for a refund. I then threw caution to the wind and figured I try my luck with the Neo Hybrid EX Slim case which I have always liked for prior iPhones (4, 4s). However my experiences with each Neo Hybrid case without fail would suffer from becomimg loose and the case would be relegated to my desk drawer.
My initial impressions of the Slate Neo Hybrid EX are very positive. The Slate color closely matches the slate sides of the black iPhone. The plastic of bumper feels very nice but is a bit on the slippery side. The volume and power buttons which are part of the interior rubber lining (hence the Hybrid name), provide very good tactile feedback. Some folks have complained about the coloring or feel of the buttons, but honestly, I have no issue with them. This is the case that SPIGEN should have released initially when the iPhone 5 was introduced. The first generation Neo Hybrid for the 5 was a bit thicker than this version. The iPhone does feel a bit wider in the hand with the Neo Hybrid than the Caze ThinEdge and some of the cheaper bumper cases I own, but not enough to make holding the phone uncomfortable.
Overall, I really like the quality, look and feel of Neo Hybrid EX Slim bumper. The real acid test will be whether it holds up over time and doesn't suffer the loosening issues that plagued earlier generations of this case.
I purchased the Neo Hybrid during the holidays and included along with the usual SPIGEN accoutriments (front and back Screen Shields, Jelly home buttons), was a Kuel H10 stylus (a $12.99 value) and a $7.99 SPIGEN gift card that can be used for a future purchase.
The Neo Hybrid EX Slim is $31.99 and can be purchased on Amazon or directly from the SPIGEN site.