ESR Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra Metal Kickstand Case hands-on: drop protection with two-way kickstand

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With the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra’s large, gorgeous Super AMOLED 6.8-inch display, it’s often used to enjoy media content on the go. To optimize the viewing experience, an easy way to set it up is essential. That ESR metal kickstand housing securely stands your phone in both landscape and portrait modes.

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The ESR Metal Kickstand Case is only $22.99 and comes in Black or Clear options. The black one is solid black with a black stand. The clear stand allows you to highlight the color of your S22 Ultra with a silver metal stand.

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The stand on the ESR case is the sturdiest stand I’ve seen on a case and is made of metal. Some are flimsy plastic stands, but that’s clearly not the case here. At first I thought ESR had a major design flaw as the volume controls seemed to be on the bottom (in landscape mode) so you couldn’t control the volume when watching video content. This is when the jiffy stand is down and you place the extended end on a surface, hinged end up. However, the ESR case has such a solid stand design that you simply rotate your phone 180 degrees and the extended end is parallel to the surface while still supporting the phone.


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This type of kickstand design is unique but also gives you a lot of flexibility when it comes to propping your phone up at the best angle for your viewing needs. You can prop your phone up to 60 degrees from horizontal. I actually had to contact the reviewer as I thought the design was messed up as it’s unusual to fold down the stand like this. It also makes for a very stable platform as most of the stand rests on a flat surface.

You can also rotate your phone and use it in portrait mode, with the stand supporting your phone securely for Google Duo, Teams, or other video conferencing sessions. Standing up is also handy for reading on the S22 Ultra.

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The clear model I tested has soft TPU sides that improve your grip on the phone, while the hard acrylic back protects your phone and lets you show off your phone’s color. The back is scratch-resistant and does not yellow. The black model has a soft finish so you can hold your phone firmly.


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The kickstand portion on the lower back protrudes from the back of the phone, but is low enough that wireless charging, reverse wireless charging, and wireless payments still work well when your phone is case mounted.

Openings are plentiful for the USB-C port, speakers, microphones, cameras, and S Pen silo. There are clearly defined raised buttons for volume and power. Each of the corners of the case also has additional material to protect your phone called Air Guard as corner falls are common and without proper protection falling onto a corner can cause significant damage.


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The edges at the top and bottom of the ESR metal stand case If you place your phone face down on a surface, rise slightly above the display so that the display does not touch the surface. The edges are designed in such a way that the display remains fully usable without compromise.


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