I'm a real stickler for buying genuine/original accessories rather than 3rd party ones. I've found in almost every case, although not always, that they do the best job.
I've had my N95 8gb for well over year and it's still looking very much like new as I'm pretty careful with my gadgets. But as I've decided to stick with this phone a while longer, I thought I'd play things safe and get myself a case/cover.
Having looked at the various options of crystal cases, silicone covers and leather/material cases I always ended up back at the same place - the official Nokia CP-235 case.
I'd seen the comments of the case slapping the user in the face during calls and suggestions that the plastic arms which hold the phone in place can scratch the phone. Nevertheless I just felt that this was the one for me.
I'm glad to report that I feel I made the right choice.
There's no annoying belt clip (something that some people actually want. Seriously people this thing is chunky enough already!!), the case is a perfect fit and really suits the classy image of the N95 8gb.
So - those face slapping, case scratching problems? Well, the outer flap indeed will get in the way if you just open the case but it can be bent back on itself without any real resistance (suggesting that you're not going to wreck it over time) allowing "face-slap free" calls.
And the scratching? I held the phone (in the case) and looked at it from the end. The plastic clips/restraints don't actually touch the phone. It's a tiny and I mean TINY gap, but a gap nonetheless, so I don't see why sliding the phone open/closed will be a problem, even over time. Add to that the price, which has dropped considerably since launch, and it's an easy decision.
A great quality product and at this price it's hard to ignore.