This is a rather soft-shelled case that encompasses the entire back, left, and front sides of the phone. It allows you to utilize the camera, speaker and heartbeat censor on the rear side; etched-in + and - symbols for the volume buttons, and a rather nifty viewing screen that lets you utilize the camera, view the time, view messages/missed calls, access other tools (such as the heartbeat censor, 'flashlight', favorite contacts, etc.) and answer the phone without ever opening the phone.Privacy settings still apply - you'll see a Messages icon, but won't be able to view the message if you have the privacy options set to hide contents if the phone's locked.There are three main negatives to this case that prevent me from giving it a full five stars:1 - The plastic display window gets smudged up rather quickly. It looks fine when the screen is lit up, but otherwise it might get annoying, if smooth, clean screens are high on your priority list.2 - The phone does NOT lock when you close the case. Easy enough to just press the Power button to lock it right after you close the case, but it would still be more convenient if it just locked (my last case like this did have this functionality).3 - The music app display on the window doesn't stay active once you disconnect it from a bluetooth connection (like when you get out of your car to go to work). Again, minor inconvenience but it'd be nice to just leave it open.Also bear in mind that this is not specifically a screen protector. I do not have a screen protector installed on my phone, so I can not confirm whether or not the window functionality is still smooth with one on.