I was a bit worried about this case being too bulky and ugly before I bought it. However I was really surprised to find that it actually 'improves' the look and feel of the phone, in my opinion, of course.
The phone feels much more substantial with this case. The combination of silicon and matte finishes make the phone feel really nice in your hand, with added grip so you can do most things with just one hand without worrying about the phone slipping from your grip. I also really like the textured feel on the back of the case, both from a look and feel perspective.
I can also confirm that it does in fact work really as protection for your phone. I knocked mine off of the window ledge in our bathroom onto our tiled flaw a few weeks ago, it bounced and landed face down. I'd say that the case paid for itself right there in that instant! LoL.
I've dropped my phone twice now onto hard surfaces, I'm a little accident prone lately, i guess.
So far this case has really impressed me. It's designed really well, fits perfectly, improves the look and feel of the phone, and protects your expensive purchase! Two thumbs up from me.