Aluminum case that DOESN'T affect reception?

Discussion in 'iPhone Accessories' started by tardman91, Jul 11, 2011.

  1. macrumors 6502a


    Oct 21, 2009
    Tampa Area, FL
    I tried searching, but couldn't find any straight answers. I'm really digging the aluminum cases that screw in around for the iPhone 4, but I was wondering if there were any that DON'T interfere with the signal. And maybe that don't cost $150. :D
    I have a Verizon iPhone too, if that makes a difference with the buttons. I see some that have the open cut out for the buttons, and others that don't.
  2. macrumors 6502

    Sep 30, 2010
    In terms of all aluminum, I've yet to find one that didn't have at least some impact. It all really depends on where you are and what the signal is like by you. I know by me I range greatly from 1 - 5 bars on a naked phone, so even the slightest impact turned my iphone into a paperweight.

    I've been using the atomic hybrid case for several months now ( - its not strictly aluminum however - one side is aluminum, the rest is a composite material that does have a plastic-like feel to it (its actually delrin/graphite) - but it does give the look you're going for with no impact to reception at all. They also have a diamondback case which is full coverage, but right now they only have an all aluminum version and in terms of signal strength, it frags it pretty badly.

    From what I understand, e13ctron is also coming out with a hybrid case in the near future: I had one of their all aluminum cases and there was only slight impact on reception (others have reported larger impact I believe).
  3. macrumors 601


    Aug 31, 2009
    in a New York State of mind
    I have an Atomic hybrid. It's not totally aluminum...but an aluminum/delrin composite. I've had it on my phone since late November and I've had no reception issues.

    These are about $80 before tax and shipping.
  4. macrumors 6502

    Oct 20, 2009
    Anyone know of aluminum cases similar in style to the EXOvault series, but that don't cause reception issues?

    I love the looks of those cases, and the craftmanship is there, but the reception issues make them impractical for me.
  5. macrumors 6502

    Dec 12, 2008
    I have an E13ctron hybrid and I love it!!!! Still get fair reception in a very low signal area, so its all good.

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