Review of Custom Printed Phone and Tablet Cases from CVS

by LizM

Review of the custom printed phone and table cases available from CVS photo printing

There are tons of cases out there for your smart phone or tablet but nothing is quite the same as a personal photo on your case. CVS offers several case options as well as quick delivery and high quality printing. Please note that other than listing the cases available, this review covers the ordering and print quality, it is not a review of the case quality.

4 1/2 Stars
4 1/2 Stars

Ordering Process

The ordering process for a custom photo phone/tablet case from CVS is very simple and straightforward.  You don't have to be a professional photographer or highly skilled with computers to get a good result.


Uploading Photos

Photos can be uploaded directly from your computer, selected from photos previously uploaded to CVS, or from your Facebook and Instagram accounts.  Of course, you'll have to authorize the CVS program to access your photos on those services.


Photo Layout Options

CVS offers four layout options for your photos.  A single image option, photo booth (3 photos), three tiled photos, and a grid of eight photos.  This can be easily selected (and changed) on the main order screen.  Photos can also easily be rearranged or replaced.


Image Size/Editing

You can shrink or enlarge your photo using a slider and see the results on a preview case mock up.  Photos can also be converted to B&W or rotated.  If you are using a photo layout that shows part of the case, you can also select a coordinating background color for the exposed case.

Available Cases*

iPhone 5

  • Barely There - classic slim case
  • Tough Case - two piece durable and sleek
  • Tough Xtreme - military grade protection

iPhone 4/4s

  • Barely There - classic slim case
  • Vibe Case - two piece durable and sleek with sound amplification

iPhone 3G/3GS

  • Barely There - classic slim case


  • Barely There - classic slim case (for 2nd, 3rd, and 4th generations)
  • Tough Case - two piece durable and sleek (for mini)

Samsung Galaxy

  • Barely There - classic slim case (for S4)
  • Tough Case - two piece durable and sleek (for S4, S3, and Note 2)


  • Barely There - classic slim case (for Touch 5G and Touch 4G)

Kindle Fire

  • Barely There - classic slim case

  *Case descriptions via CVS

Print Quality*

Image Wrap

Nobody wants an unintended white border marring their case.  The image printing wraps nicely around all sides of the case, including the exposed edges of the cutout for the camera lens.


Image Quality

Print quality is very good with nice clarity and clear colors.  Only one tiny blemish in the sample towards a corner and that appears to actually be a burr on the case itself before the print was applied.  This would not be noticeable except when doing a through inspection of the case.


Image Durability

Printing durability is a big deal for products like this.  To test the durability of the printing we scratched the case with a piece of wire.  The image held up well with only slight changes to the glossy nature of the print but no actual image loss or peeling.



*Based on review sample provided by CVS


There really aren't a lot of downsides to the CVS custom cases under the scope of this review (the printing/ordering, not the cases themselves).  However, the one thing I would really ding them on is a lack of strong warning about image size.  While there is small print under the image size slider that enlarging photos may affect print quality, there needs to be a better way to ensure quality printing sizes.  As it stands, I strongly recommend measuring the size of your device so you know the approximate photo size needed before uploading to ensure a high quality print.


Overall, the custom phone/tablet cases from CVS offer a reasonably priced, high quality print that can be ordered without a lot of hassle or specialized knowledge.  Certainly worth checking out when you are looking for a custom printed phone/tablet case.


Link to CVS Phone and Tablet creation

Updated: 06/13/2013, LizM
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