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Even after defeating Big Blue, the rear panel still does not yield.
We release the ZIF connector of a big ol' rear-case-mounted flash assembly, and after 6 full steps, we are finally into the device.
Our guess is that the adhesive pad was added to make the phone feel more solid than one purely secured with clips. The pad also keeps the flash firmly in place, and may act as as padding to protect internal components.
Our "Woven Black" case has a nice weave. While it's probably not actual kevlar fibers, the molding makes for a nice view — you can see right through it!
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