Apple Bumper WARNING (This thing is terrible!)

Discussion in 'iPhone Accessories' started by dmb420, Jun 24, 2010.

  1. dmb420 macrumors member

    Jun 24, 2010
    I wanted to warn everyone out there that the iPhone 4 Bumper from apple is terrible!

    Do you guys remember with the original iPhone how you couldn't use aftermarket headphones because the headphone hole was recessed in the body of the phone?

    Well, the apple bumper causes the same problem. I have tried numerous pairs of headphones and cables and NONE of them are able to work with the bumper.

    Also, the ringer / vibrate switch is impossible to use with the bumper. I have larger fingers and I can't activate the switch. My girlfriend has tiny hands and even she isn't able to switch it. Only after cramming her nail in there was she able to switch it.

    The build quality is descent and its a solid case / bumper / whatever you want to call it.

    I would advise everyone to stay away from the bumper, unless you can deal with the issues mentioned above. This thing is completely useless to me, hopefully my local apple store will accept a return.


    My post title is a bit sensational. Terrible isn't the right word. This thing feels like a quality case, but it has some major flaws that make it a poor case in my opinion. (The headphone jack hole isn't large enough and the ringer switch is difficult to use with the bumper.)
  2. Mpjohnny5 macrumors newbie

    Jun 2, 2010
    What color, where did you get it and did they have alot? And wheres the pics?
  3. Pointer macrumors regular

    Jun 19, 2007
    The bumper is not terrible at all.

    The aftermarket headphone issue isn't great but the majority of people won't use aftermarket headphones.

    As for the vibrate switch, it's a non issue for me. Do you have the bumper on properly?
  4. Macficionado macrumors newbie

    Jun 19, 2010
    I can confirm the ringer / vibrate switch problem. I certainly have to use my nails to get to it.

    My headphones (B&W P5 and Bose In-Ear), however, work perfectly. They have the regular plugs, though.
  5. dmb420 thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 24, 2010
    Yes its on properly. I'm glad it isn't an issue for everyone. It's an issue for me because i use my phone for music while in the car. I've tried a bunch of headphones and different 3.5mm cables and none of them work. I've used a lot of other cases (mainly different iskins) without issue.
  6. dmb420 thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 24, 2010

    I'll get some pics up in a minute. I got it at the apple store in richmond va. They had a lot of them, but only in black.
  7. Piarco macrumors 68030


    Jun 24, 2004
    I was going to say nonsense, the bumper (while being overpriced) is actually quite good, nice attention to detail with the silver buttons and all... but I suspect you're right about the headphone port. I don't have a problem with my Sleek Audio SA1's, but from having certain other brands in the past it could well be a sticky issue for some.

    As it's purely rubber around the port it could be enlarged... but then if you've already paid for a relatively expensive case, why would you have too?

    Definitely worth checking first if you have an oversized headphone jack.
  8. eezing macrumors 6502


    Oct 29, 2008
    Thanks for the heads-up man. BTW, any reception issues while holding it in your hand without the bumper?
  9. dmb420 thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 24, 2010
    I haven't had a chance to test it without the bumper. It's been great so far with the bumper.

    Here are some pics of the bumper. I tried to take a picture of it with a 3.5mm cable plugged in that wouldn't fit, but pictures really don't do it any justice. It looks normal in the picture.

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    Jun 24, 2010
    Here are a few more pictures...

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  11. ref26 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 13, 2008
  12. bova80 macrumors 6502a

    Jul 8, 2008
    Pittsburgh, PA
    here's how you resolve the headphone issue, get a drill bit larger then that hole and drill it out more.
  13. Zimmy68 macrumors 68000


    Jul 23, 2008
    I just picked up the Griffin Reveal, which is a no brainer compared to the Bumpers unless you want a special color.
    Cheaper and protects the back glass.

    No problem with the headphone jack of course.
  14. dmb420 thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 24, 2010
    I thought about that, but I don't feel like I should have to modify a 30 dollar product just to do something as simple as fit a standard 3.5mm jack. I'm going to try and return it to my local apple store tomorrow. I'd go today, but its an absolute zoo up there.

    Nice. I'll have to check those out. I'll probably end up buying an iskin case, as i've owned a lot of their products in the past and they've been top-notch. I watched my 3gs go tumbling down a steep aggregate driveway (20+ feet) and it survived no problem. I had it in an iskin solo fx se case.
  15. dhy8386 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 13, 2008
    Just picked up my bumper. Was using two different cases before i picked up at ATT yesterday. Bumper is so much better in terms of:

    - Build Quality. Its very nice. Metal buttons are a sleek touch
    - Fit
    - Thinness. One thing about this phone is its so thin i dont want to add bulk. On my previous 3gs i had the incipio feather which was perfect. The bumpers provide very limited additional bulk.

    I tried my two pair of headphones - the crappy gym one and the expensive ones. Both worked fine. But i can DEF see how certain headphones would not work without mod of either of the headphones or case.

    This is a perfect everyday case for me. My biggest thing is whether i want the bumper in white. I love the black on black but white may make it easier to distinguish.

    I aslo dont care about protecting the screen and back (the bump limp is perfect for the occasional drop). Never had a prob on the 3Gs and i like the look and feel without.
  16. ducktales macrumors regular

    Jul 9, 2009
    i agree. i don't like using the provided headphones by apple and i have my own headphones. i have the same problem. i can't plug it in all the way. what a POS
  17. wingnut8 macrumors 65816


    Jun 8, 2007
    I was going to get the reveal, but it looked like a really cheap plastic on the back.
  18. Ferris23 macrumors 68020

    Sep 24, 2007
    If fit is a problem, get a razor blade and make it work. I'm sure you could neatly cut the bumper a bit. Not sure if that was mentioned, getting overwhelmed by so many threads to post in. lolz
  19. green94 macrumors regular

    Mar 17, 2009
    I'm assuming NO, but with the bumpers on does the phone still fit in the iPhone4 dock?
  20. Sweetbike40 macrumors 65816


    Aug 29, 2007
    The fact that is can't take a larger headphone piece is a dealbreaker for me. So glad i didn't get one. I may have tried it if they had white or orange.
  21. bli625 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 8, 2009
    There were pictures with an iPhone with a bumper in the dock somewhere.
  22. bli625 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 8, 2009
    Glad my Shure earphones still work.
  23. dolphindolphin macrumors regular

    May 29, 2008
    New York
    Anyone try the bumper with a zagg invisibleshield?
  24. aluren macrumors 65816

    Sep 9, 2008
    Well the bumper's not the only case that restricts other headphone plugs. I have a UE-10Pro that I uses often with my phone, and so I never use any cases on it.
  25. mra1989 macrumors member

    Jun 13, 2010
    Virginia Beach
    Did apple or AT&T by chance have front and back screen protectors available today, I wouldn't dare use any iPhone without them.

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