DevilCase Xperia Z2 & Z1 Compact Aluminium Bumper review

by XB on 6th October 2014

in Accessories, Featured Content, Reviews, Xperia Z1, Xperia Z2


DevilCase Xperia_23DevilCase is a mobile accessory company that has quietly been building a strong reputation for its high-quality, exquisitely designed aluminium bumpers. The company has released bumpers for the Xperia Z2 and Xperia Z1 Compact, with an Xperia Z3 bumper on the horizon too.

The Taiwanese-based company is currently the selling the bumpers through its own website, as well as via Amazon.com for US customers and Amazon.co.uk for European customers. DevilCase were kind enough to send over some samples to test, check out our thoughts below.

DevilCase Xperia Z2 Aluminium Bumper

DevilCase for Sony Xperia

The DevilCase Sony Xperia Z2 Aluminium Alloy Protective Bumper arrives in secure packaging to ensure that the bumper is protected from any damage in transit.

DevilCase for Sony Xperia

If you have ever used an aluminium bumper in the past, then you’ll probably be familiar with the installation instructions. The frame consists of two parts which are screwed together for a snug fit.

DevilCase for Sony Xperia

We are reviewing the black DevilCase bumper for the Xperia Z2, however other colours include Champagne Gold and Red.

DevilCase for Sony Xperia

The packaging includes a Screen Protector, Plastic back cover, Leather back cover and one Dock Supporting plate.

DevilCase for Sony Xperia

The DevilCase frame itself exudes a high level of craftsmanship. It is made using high-precision CNC machining.

DevilCase for Sony Xperia

The DevilCase logo on the side of the frame isn’t too overbearing thankfully.

DevilCase for Sony Xperia

The surface of the bumper is anodized, which gives it a matte feel.

DevilCase for Sony Xperia

As mentioned previously, the metal bumper comes in two parts and is fixed together using an Allen key (Hex key), which is provided.

DevilCase for Sony Xperia

The interior frame of the DevilCase bumper includes six shock absorption layers that help to protect the phone from drops at all angles.

DevilCase for Sony Xperia

The frame is easily pieced together and we had no problem threading the two screws to form the bumper. DevilCase also provide a spare screw just in case one goes missing.

DevilCase for Sony Xperia

Once the DevilCase bumper is fitted onto the Xperia Z2, it has a nice feel in the hand. We noticed no issue with signal degradation whilst using the bumper.

DevilCase for Sony Xperia

The great thing about using a bumper is that it keeps most of your phone naked, so that you don’t lose that Sony Xperia design to a case. It will also help to protect the phone against small bumps and knocks. Whist the frame is sturdy and the screws appear to hold in place over time, it is worth noting that some may find the bumper offers little grip given that it is made out of aluminium.

DevilCase for Sony Xperia

All buttons on the side of the phone are accessible including power button, volume rocker and dedicated camera button.

DevilCase for Sony Xperia

The other side of the phone includes easy access to the USB port flap, along with the magnetic charging connector.

DevilCase for Sony Xperia

There is a small indentation on the side of the bumper so that you can easily open the USB port flap.

DevilCase for Sony Xperia

The top of the phone includes a large round hole which should enable you to plug in even a large 3.5mm headphone cable.

DevilCase for Sony Xperia

The bottom of the frame includes the necessary cutouts for the lanyard and mic.

DevilCase for Sony Xperia

The fitted bumper is slightly raised around the edges of the phone, which should help to protect the front and back faces.

DevilCase for Sony Xperia

The DevilCase Xperia Z2 Bumper costs $56.99 through Amazon.com and £36.99 via Amazon.co.uk. There is no denying this is quality product for a premium phone and that comes across in the price. DevilCase also include some screen protectors as well as a leather and plastic back cover. We didn’t try these, but it’s a nice addition for those that want to add some extra protection for the front and back faces. For those looking to provide some protection for their Xperia Z2 without sacrificing the phone’s good looks this is a great option worth considering.

DevilCase for Sony Xperia

DevilCase Xperia Z1 Compact Aluminium Bumper

The DevilCase Xperia Z1 Compact Aluminium Bumper acts in the same way as described for the Xperia Z2 above. Unfortunately, our resident Xperia Z1 Compact was away for repair and didn’t make it back for this review.

DevilCase for Sony Xperia

As before, DevilCase includes a number of accessories with the Xperia Z1 Compact bumper such as screen protectors, a plastic back cover, a leather back cover, a dock support plate as well as a spare screw and Allen key.

DevilCase for Sony Xperia

The red aluminium bumper looks stunning in person and has the same anodised finish as the black Xperia Z2 bumper reviewed above.

DevilCase for Sony Xperia

DevilCase for Sony Xperia

As you can probably tell from the pictures that this red bumper looks very striking and would fit perfectly with a black phone. The Xperia Z1 Compact DevilCase Bumper is available at the same price as the Xperia Z2 from Amazon.com ($56.99) and Amazon.co.uk (£36.99).

DevilCase for Sony Xperia

Many thanks to DevilCase for sending these bumpers for review!

  • Abdul Ghani

    super case but kinda expensive

  • Ram Mar

    If – scratch that – WHEN i get my Z3, the Devil will be mine. Hopefully in something close to a cobalt blue….

  • Siyam Hossain

    Great but expensive

  • Han Setiawan

    I really want to have one for my xperia z but it costs too much for my wallet T.T

  • Hassandroid

    your xperia z1compact is away for repair?! whats wrong with it and what would they do to repair it?

  • Z3 COMPACT

    they made for z1compact and z2 now lil late
    where is case for big z1 and and what about z3 compact ?

  • lunkz

    For the safety of my expensive Smartphone, are $33 cheap way to be safe compared to the insurance which safes my Smartphone for a Year for a price of $80.

  • CasperPL

    what about it sure secure drop ?

  • Rifqi Al Fariz

    Agree with that.. Premium smartphone could use some premium protection too.

  • whatwhatster

    I love the case, I am using it for my Z1 and I brought it from Aliexpress for $35,- including shipping to the Netherlands. And for the Z1 Compact the price is €36,- right now on there.

    It was a pain in the a$$ to find a case for the Z1, for the Z2, compact and the others there are more options with cases.
    I switched a lot cases but I am happy with the Devilcase so it is definitely recommended.

    So check now and then on Aliexpress for the Z2 because the discount now and then.

  • Bob

    Too expensive!

  • gtop

    I’m afraid I find this one quite ugly and ungainly looking.

  • Faisal Armand

    Xperia Z series is the same as beautiful woman. They are the best when NAKED.

  • thoughts

    Devil…? Case hmm no thanks. I dont like such branding

  • jonyah

    I’ve been wondering about this one, but at the price, I’ll never buy it. The biggest problem with this and just about any other case is that it’ll no longer fit into my car dock.

  • Muzaffer Bayraktar

    Overpriced! I bought a ballistic case for 20 bucks. Check their cases. They make great cutting edge products. Unfortunately, they have only cases for Sony Z1.

  • Darknight307

    Any help from Xperiablog team with this Q? have u tried to charge the phone with the magnetic charging cable with this case on??? i’ve bought a case just like this one and i can easily say that i’m not using it anymore because the case prevents the magnetic cable to reach the socket and it doesn’t charge it and i don’t want to open and close the waterproof cover to charge the phone everyday cuz it can easily break and that’s why i bought the magnetic cable in first place.

  • whatwhatster

    The magnetic charger fits without the cradle and for the cradle there is special backplate for placing in the cradle so it sits perfect in the cradle.

    So these people really thinked about the magnetic charger, other manufacturers or don’t make the magnetic output in the case or when the magnetic output was there they made it small and you still wasn’t able to use it.

    So again it is just a little bulky then others but it is the best case/bumper solution for a Sony phone.

    Those Made for Xperia stuff is just garbage :)

  • whatwhatster

    Yes it is possible to apply the magnetic cable without issues and there comes also a blackplate with it to put it in the cradle.

  • John Doe

    It’s just a useless, overpriced bumper – it offers no protection at all except when you’re placing the phone on a table/desk or other flat, hard surface which might be dirty and it makes the phone even larger… Stick to “naked” phones and screen protectors instead, people. If you’re afraid of dropping your phone and breaking its rear/front glass (this bumper offers NO protection against that especially if the phone falls right on top of small, protruding object) – purchase an aftermarket insurance for it, that’s the only thing which will help you with that.

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  • Utsav Shah

    It does not compliment the phone’s design!

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  • aniam

    Would love 1 black piece 1 red piece, hope make one for the z3 soon.

  • Moonlight

    Hope they will issue one for my Z3 Dual soon!

  • Nkansah Rexford

    Oh! That’s too expensive. Isn’t that the price of Android One? Well, I bought my transparent case from Roxfit for my z2. The phone has fallen several times, but the case absorbs all the damaging force. And I got that for less than 10 Euros

  • Nkansah Rexford

    You’re just too hot, my dear friend

  • Faisal Armand

    “You’re?”

  • Gaelex

    The price is INSANE, I can find the exact same thing on eBay for just 10$.

  • MSI

    Fix YOUR grammar. You’re = You are. Here is the sentence:
    “You are just too hot, my dear friend.” I know I shouldn’t probably interfere, but I did. It’s the internet.

  • geronimonster

    Fix your syntax, knob.

  • gunboat_d

    jesus, this is sad. and like an unlocked xperia, i’m sure you have to pay the full price up front.

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  • Oat Abyss

    The screws come off too easily. I lost 2 of mine now. :(

  • James

    You’re = you are. He was correct and you need to learn English grammar.

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  • Jeevindra Mohan Rahmaniac

    devilcase are no more selling the sony Xperia Z2 bumper case.
    Does anyone knows where else can i get it? or something similarly good?

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