Shattered – Kate Spade iPhone Hard Case Sadness

So I’m sad and kind of annoyed. 

For ages I wanted this Kate Spade iPhone case – the black with white dots, specifically.

My sweetie got it for me for my birthday and I was very excited.  I loved the colors and the graphic design.  I overlooked that, because it is hard plastic all around, it was a bit slippery and prone to fingerprints.  But there have been two major issues that put me off these hard cases in general and, sadly, the Kate Spade ones in particular.

First – I wanted to be able to change the slick, pretty case out for a more grippy case when I went to a street fair, but once it was snapped together it was impossible to remove.  I tried to pry it apart but nearly damaged it, so I then felt I was trapped and had to live with it.

Not a good thing.  I don’t want to break a brand new $40 case.  It could be easy to remove.

The second issue is a HUGE issue – I was able to get it off eventually.  Namely when I dropped my phone.  Not a hard drop and not onto a very hard surface.  The phone was fine but the case shattered into 3 pieces and expelled my phone. No protection there!  Oh yeah, and now I’m out of the case… for good.

This is really bad. I’ve barely had the phone for a month and it is broken. Bummer.

I did get a second Kate Spade iPhone case, but changed to the silicone case below.  It’s easier to grip, easy to remove and hopefully more protective too.

I hate to criticize Kate Spade and the super cute case but this is an expensive item.  And it’s designed to protect another expensive item. I’m also not the first to have this problem.  We did a quick search and found loads of similar complaints.
Sure, I love how cute is but not at the expense of breaking my phone.   Sadly, I won’t be buying another Kate iPhone hard case again, no matter how temptingly cute they are.


  1. Vyque · September 13, 2011



  2. Sharon · September 13, 2011

    Hopefully, the new case will work better for you. Glass half full theory: When you phone dropped at least it didn't break too.


  3. TheShoeGirl · September 17, 2011

    I had the hard case as well and HATED it. 😦


  4. Anonymous · September 17, 2011

    Gosh, I'm so glad I read your post. I' online tonight shopping for a cute case and really fell hard for these!Dern!Ok, back to the Lilly Pulitzer site! 🙂


  5. Dionne_on · March 2, 2012

    I had the same problem. My cracked and broke in my purse within the first two weeks. When I went in to have it replaced, the sales lady snidely told me it was just plastic and would be prone to breakage…I (in shock) retorted that I didn't expect it to be indestructible but expected it to have a minimal standard of quality/life span. Sad. They are o cute too.


  6. Anonymous · June 8, 2012

    I have 3 of here cases and love them all. There is a small opening on the side, where the volume buttons are. It's there to help you open the case and take it of easily. I have 15 cases all together and Kate Spade are my favorite. I change my case Daily without a problem.


  7. steve harman · December 9, 2012

    Brilliant article! Thanks for sharing your experiences.Bad esn


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