UAG Outback Series Case Review – A Biodegradable iPhone SE Case?!

Good for the environment, Good for your iPhone

We’re excited to say, there isn’t a lot to say! What we mean is the UAG Outback Series case delivers what you expect from Urban Armor Gear. It provides great drop protection for your new 2020 iPhone SE from a thin and light case with excellent fitment and feel. It feels like a normal thin case, yet has MIL-STD 810G drop protection (which is good for 4 foot drops). The big selling point with this case is its impact on the environment, or lack thereof.

This case is fully compostable, and biodegradable. That means that within 180 days of the case being at a compost processing plant, 90% of the original materials will have broken down. That’s a massive shift in the long term impact other cases have on our environment. It’s a novel approach to the pollution problem we’re facing on Earth, and I hope this trend continues with other products from UAG and other vendors. For that I applaud UAG for taking this initiative. Even their packaging is made from recycled materials and the ink is soy-based!

The good news is that the case works extremely well, both in design and feel. The square edges make the iPhone SE easy to hold without the stress of it slipping out of your hands. The raised edges protect the iPhone’s screen and camera assembly without making the case feel too bulky which is another win. Because the case is thin and has a large cutout for the silent mode switch, it is very easy to toggle this on and off. Some iPhone cases make the opening for the switch too small, or the case can be so thick it becomes a chore to quickly toggle your phone to vibrate mode. The opening around the charge port is generous in size which should also help when plugging in various connectors and adapters as well.

I enjoyed using this case with the 2020 iPhone SE. It was incredibly easy to install the phone into the case, as are most TPU-style single piece cases. I think UAG really made a great product with this and it goes so far beyond a “good looking case with good protection”. With an MSRP of $39.95 US, it is a great value case anyone would be happy to use.


  • Price: $39.95
  • Available colors: Black, Lilac, Olive Drab
  • 100% Compostable bio-plastic
  • Ultra-thin, ergonomic design
  • Soft-touch & easy hand-feel
  • Raised camera bevel for additional protection
  • Drop tested to MIL-STD 810G

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