Samsung Galaxy S4 Case Review: Cygnett Workmate Evolution

The Samsung Galaxy S4 needs a good case to keep it from getting dinged, or to keep the plastic from cracking when a user drops it. The Cygnett Workmate Evolution case, with a triple layer of silicone, TPU and polycarbonate, reliably protects the Samsung Galaxy S4. The included screen guard helps give the Samsung Galaxy S4 a fully immersive guard against drops, bumps and scratches.

The Cygnett Workmate Evolution case comes in four color combinations, but we really like the orange, black and gray case they gave us to try. It stands out, so people with subdued tastes will want to go for the cases with the black, blue or lighter gray edges.

cygnett workmate evolution case for samsung galaxy s4

This same case withstood a drop from multiple heights in a video the company posted:


The case’s edges offer enough grip to grab hold and hang on to the phone. The rubberized back keeps it in place on a slick desk or even on the dash of a car, so long as the driver doesn’t take curves like a NASCAR driver.

The Cygnett Workmate Evolution goes on the phone easily. Insert the phone into the soft inner lining and press the edges to make it fit snug. Then pop the phone with the lining into the hard outer shell. It pops on easily, but the user does need to squeeze around the edges to make sure it’s snug.

cygnett workmate evolution case has a raised lip to protect the screen
Notice the raised lip to protect the screen

The Workmate’s raised lip around the front of the screen keeps the phone’s display from impact if the user drops their phone face down.

Place the cheep screen protection film, included with each Cygnett case, on the display and it will also protect the display from key scratches in a pocket. But the protection film also makes fingerprints show up worse than naked screens. The film installs easily, but not as easily as the Seidio Vitreo Tempered Glass protector we reviewed for iPhone 5. Seidio plans to release one for the S4 soon.

cygnett workmate evolution power port
The opening around the micro-USB port is too small

While we really like the Workmate Evolution, it’s not perfect. First, the small opening around the micro-USB port keeps our car charger from fitting. We had to carve out a tiny part of the hard outer case to make it fit.


The raised button covers that shield the power button and volume buttons require users to press hard to change the volume or turn the phone on/off. It’s slightly annoying. If that’s the trade-off for this level of protection, than we’ll gladly put up with it to keep the phone protected. We just think it could be easier to press these buttons. Neither issue keeps us from recommending this otherwise great case.

cygnett workmate evolution camera opening

Get the orange Cygnett Workmate Evolution Orange Extra Protective case for the Samsung Galaxy S4 for only $29.99 directly from Cygnett or at Amazon.


Kevin loves notebooks, tablets, gadgets and photography. He grew up with computers starting out on a Vic 20 and Commodore 64. The first computer he owned himself was an 8086 Compaq Deskpro. His foray into tablet computing began when he bought a Samsung Q1 Ultra. The smartphone market opened up for him with his Palm Treo 600.


  1. Nice case, but I would recommend the Pong Research Samsung Galaxy S3 case over this. I read that the cell phones emit a non-ionizing form of electromagnetic radiation; radiation which can be absorbed by the tissues and cells which come into close contact with the phone. That’s why I did research and found a case that can reduce radiation exposure. In the end though, I found a couple of reviews of Pong Research ‘s cases, that convinced me to give it a try. This case is built with an antenna in between layers of the back cover, which reduce exposure to radiation. Because Pong is the only technology proven in FCC-certified laboratories to reduce the exposure to mobile device radiation by up to 95% below the FCC limit without compromising the device’s ability to communicate.

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