Best Case? No such thing? My Reviews

Discussion in 'iPhone Accessories' started by astudentis, Jun 25, 2009.

  1. astudentis macrumors regular

    Oct 7, 2007
    Hey guys, I have been doing a lot of research on the best case for my iPhone 3GS (white 16gb)... first iphone... first cell phone for all that matters

    For temporary reasons I got the griffin elfan (leather - non chrome edition), and let me tell you guys that though this case has a nice feeling in the hand with the leather and though it has a nice form fitting design, in terms of protecting the phone from scratches, it might not succeed. The inner lining of the case is all plastic, and if grit/dust was to get in there while the phone is in use (probably not that hard to get in from the cutouts for the camera/dock), and I was to take the case off, I have a feeling that it will definitely scratch the phone. Plus when sliding the case in and out, the chrome slides against the plastic inside, that also doesnt seem very safe. Hence, my first case's impressions aren't so great. For this reason, I am turned off from slider type cases.

    Speaking of slider type cases, others I have research (but not used) are the: Innocase II, Incase Slider, and the iFrogz luxe. All of these cases have the problem of sliding the chrome against the plastic.

    1) Innocase II seems great, I really like the idea of having the felt inside of the case, that will definitely protect the case. But my gripe with this one is that it has a friggen whole in the back to show the apple logo...sigh, that going to get scratch if not protected, which would mean I would have to put on some sort of film on it... which I don't want to do.

    2) Incase slider, again similar idea to grifin elfan, though this has rubber inner lining to make the case easier to slide in and out, but I dont think its going the protect the inner curvature of the phone when in the case, because again dust can cause scratching.

    3) iFrogz Luxe's case also has the nice felt inside, but this doesn't cover the chrome entirely, and from the looks of it, the plastic sits up against the chrome when in the case, which is likely to case lines on the phone over prolonged usage of the case.

    Silicone cases:
    All have the problem of getting loose over time. Some that I have researched: iSkin solo, iSkin revo2, incase protective cover, switcheasy colours

    1) solo - good looking case, very shiny though, likely to slip out of hand. It gets smudged easily though. Also, over time becomes loose, and the area above the dock connector is flimsy, and is likely to break.

    2) revo2 - great case for drop protection. the case actually bounces when dropped. However, i dont like the idea of having covers over the hearing area of the phone and around the home button, as dust is likely to get under those flaps easily. The plastic screen cover, good idea, but in terms of practicality in everyday use, it just seems like a hassle. Also, somewhat of a lint catcher. I like that they contain headphone + dock cover (isn't cut precisely, its slanted)

    3) protective cover - similar to solo, but not shiny, so doesn't smudge in the back.

    4) colours - jellybean cover for button doesnt look that great. Again bottom flap will get dust under it.

    Now I really like the ideal of having softer inner lining against the phone, and somewhat harder lining against the outside. That made me consider, the speck candyshell, switcheasy rebel and neo, and incipio SILICRYLIC. But these are likely to add more bulk that the other two categorical cases above. But, hey I want a case that protects from drops and prevents scratches, and I will be willing to live with a little more bulk on the phones.

    1) CandyShell - hear great things about it. Problems: hard to get in and out. Cracking occurs near the corners where hard plastic is fused to rubber. Also hard part above dock connector would be easy to snap accidentally (though it seem it would be more resistant to break compared to silicone only cases). Also does show some chrome, but the chrome is held by the softer inner lining, so it seems as though it wont be too much of a problem. Since the case is hard from the outside, it shows scuffs and scratches easily. But I am sure if dealt with case, the case's issue with cutting at different areas can be minimized.

    2) Rebel - also great case with different a different look. The only problems I see with this is that the spine would scratch easily (but not that expensive to replace with different colours). Quality control of their product doesnt seem that great, some users have reported manufacturing defects, spine not fitting properly, etc. I really like that they include dock cover (but for some reason they dont include head phone cover with this one, but they do with the neo). Rubber areas on the side, between the spine's snapping area, seem to be lucid. Also the area above the dock apparently shows some sagging overtime.

    3) Neo - attractive case. The super thin silicone included seems like a hassle to deal with when putting on. The clip that goes over the dock cover has a seam going through it, and is weak. It is probably very easy to snap it when putting it on.

    4) SILICRYLIC - seems nice. But the flaps in the front are not very sexy. Dust can get underneath. Bottom part seems flaps, and is maybe likely to show sagging over time. Silicone is thick enough for protecting (from the looks of it) and the frosted acrylic piece gives it a since touch. Overall though, this case seems to be the most bulky-ist (if thats a word).

    Now that my take on a few cases, which one is the best?? I am still trying to decide. I would like to get into reviewing cases, so If any companies are out there and want me to look at their products, I will be happy to look at it/do up a video (heh though I have never done one before). Even if someone wants me to give more thought on the cases mentioned above, and wants to send me a case to review, I will be willing to do it. (just PM me) Again these reviews were based on what I have learned from the web/impression from videos/pictures of the cases.

    What do you guys think would be the BEST case to go with?

    Also looked at the incase frame case - Looks decent. Now its not soft in the back, but it looks nice. Not sure how flappy the sides would be, and if they would get loose over time. I have heard the rubber gets dirty quickly and is hard to clean. Also, the colour choices are too vibrant from some people (like me).
  2. Ferris23 macrumors 68020

    Sep 24, 2007
    The Iskin Solo bottom will not break unless you pull the **** out of it.

    The BEST combo out right now is the Iskin Solo with a skin on the back of the phone. Scratch proof phone while still in a case for drop protection.

    I don't find the ISkin to be too slippery though it does get a little smudgy now and then, however it doesn't scratch all to hell like most glossy cases and provides excellent shock protection in case of a fall.
  3. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    You are free to review and have an opinion of any case but reviewing a case you've never used is mindless.

    Also, you need to distinguish which iFrogz case you're referring to, don't assume that the design of a case you saw some website is at all telling the exact story, and you are right ... there is no perfect case.

    I love my Capsule Rebel but I have had to get a replacement under part due to sagging.
  4. slapppy macrumors 65816

    Mar 20, 2008
    The Reveal would have been perfect, if not for the floppy top part. In fact, if you put a gelaskin on the the iPhone, it actually frames perfectly on the clear back of the Reveal. So the designs you pick looks awesome. I'm getting mine returned and will try another Revel to see if the build is better than the first one I got.
  5. map1978 macrumors 68020


    Feb 9, 2006
    Jacksonville, FL
    its nice of you to take the time to write this,

    but without using the products, you shouldn't give opinions or statements

    the incase slider works fine without scratching. i have 4 of them and none have scratches the bezel or back plastic casing
  6. derek1984 macrumors 6502a

    Nov 5, 2008
    I bought the CapsuleNeo in black. It was the first case I have purcahsed for my 3GS. It will also be my last.
  7. stevo8 macrumors 6502

    Jul 3, 2007
    I have the speck candyshell and it's awesome. Although the only acceptable color IMO is the white and red. It's not hard at all to get thephone out so I'm not sure why people keep bringing that up as a down side to the case.
  8. pablo7 macrumors 6502

    Nov 10, 2008
    +10^ To the OP I have used a silicrylic for over 8 months on my 3g and it never started to sag at the botom asume that issues will come arise with products you have never used long enough to properly evaluate. good luck on the manufactures sending you product for reviews.......
  9. V4705 macrumors 6502

    Mar 23, 2009

    its easy to take on and off when you learn how to do it.
    personally, i have all the colors (except for the peach) and i like them all.

    thread starter,
    it's great that you read\saw lots of reviews and learn from them but you should use the cases by yourself before writing about them.
  10. astudentis thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 7, 2007
    To be fair guys, these notes that I have accumulated have been mostly of opinions of people using the cases from youtube videos with some of my own commentary. So, dont hate.:eek:

    Here is another video that addresses my view of slider-type cases:
  11. Romanesq macrumors 6502a


    Jun 16, 2003

    No saggy bottoms, stretched out useless silicone or slider types with plasticky finishes that come apart on a drop.

    None of this overpriced stuff. No problem with leather other than bulk. Great success with the Casemate Signature hard leather on both 2g and 3g.

    Take the overpriced hype. I'm good with the cozip soft polycarbonate. It isn't going to crack, peel or break. Not likely anyway.
  12. daitalianjob macrumors regular

    Jun 14, 2009
    the otterbox defender is amazing along with the switcheasy colors cases. flawless in my opinion. it's all based on what you do in your everyday life and how that case would fit it. i switch between these two cases daily depending on what i'm doing that day. i love these cases. they're the best.
  13. machacker macrumors regular

    Jun 25, 2008
    I have been through many cases, and ironically all of your slider references are wrong.

    The Incase slider is probably the best case I have ever used. Nice and fitting, not too much bulk and it just protects the phone nicely. No scratches no nothing. I love my slider and it is always my go to case.

    The innocase II. Great case as well. The cut out is incredibly hard to scratch seeing as it doesn't sit flush on the table or anything. The raised edges of the case protect it. Also, the sides don't sit quite on the bezel, there is a ridge for the buttons, and it slides in without any scratching at all. I have had 2 perfect iPhone 3g's and now a perfect 3GS because of how good that case is.

    And the Candyshell. I can't think of a case I like more. The candyshell and the incase slider are my main combo. I keep them both in my backpack for whenever I want to switch between the two. They are fantastic. The candyshell protects the phone like no other, and once you get used to getting in it in and out, there isn't a real problem with it.

    I too once though that the incase slider would destroy my phone. Just because I looked at it once. But after finally buying one and checking it out, I have found that it is one of the best cases out there. You can't tell until you use it and rock it for a few days.

    Good post, but misinformed sadly.
  14. bcs732 macrumors member

    Jun 18, 2009
    Machacker, why do u like the slider better than the innocase? The slider's much bulkier right?

    I'm still debating between these 2 cases. These cases aren't available locally where i live but I can order them online. Hard for me to decide since I can't see or touch any unless i order them already. I'd like to get as much input as i can. Thanks.
  15. machacker macrumors regular

    Jun 25, 2008
    It adds 1mm more bulk than the innocase II. I prefer the slider for 2 main reasons.

    1. The tabs that hold the bottom of the innocase closed to the top half tend to be very flimsy and both of mine have broken off. While only having 1mm of thickness is nice as far as bulk, when it comes to toughness and protection, the Slider has it beat. Especially since now that the tabs are broken, the bottom half tends to fall off. The felt is nice, and the cut out is nice, but when half the case doesn't want to stay on 100% anymore, it's usefullness tends to be lost on me.

    2. The slider feels better in your hand. I don't like the matte feel of the Innocase. While at first it is nice, it can get slippery when your hand sweats a little. The slider gets slippery, but it is a different texture. It is hard to explain, but I have a easier time holding the slider. And of course, the slider picks up less fingerprints. The Matte back of the innocase tends to show ANY type of grease it picks up. I spent a lot of time trying to clean the matte back. While the slider cleans itself in my pocket.

    If I could buy them all over again, I would have bought the slider first. The innocase is nice, but the Slider is just superior. Feel free to shoot me a PM if you have any other questions. :D
  16. Chris Welch macrumors 6502

    May 28, 2007
    New York
    The Solo would never snap or break anywhere, and hasn't gotten any looser over the several months that I've owned it. So that "review" is flat out erroneous.
  17. Romanesq macrumors 6502a


    Jun 16, 2003
    Candyshell protection... like no other?

    Hey before you call another guy misinformed, you might want to read about some of the iPhone disasters with your recommendations.

    I know there was an entertaining story of destruction of an iPhone. With your Candyshell that protects... "like no other."

    Well yeah maybe like no other naked iPhone. ;)
  18. scirica macrumors 68020


    May 13, 2008
    Dallas, TX
    I put a black incase slider on my 3G about 8 months ago. Chrome bezel is pretty scratched up :(. Just got a new 3Gs white last week and am using a Power Support Air Jacket temporarily until my Incipio Feather (red) arrives next week.
  19. map1978 macrumors 68020


    Feb 9, 2006
    Jacksonville, FL

    I have both innocase and sliders and what you said in #2 is dead on correct. the innocase will show more fingerprints where my charcoal slider just looks mint all day long :D
  20. machacker macrumors regular

    Jun 25, 2008
    I'm interested in that story there. The candyshell is great drop protection. I have dropped it onto concrete from 4 or 5 feet in the air and it is fine. The damn thing bounces. :D No cracks no scratches. It was amazing. I would be hard pressed to believe that something bad could happen to my phone while in that case.

    And as for the bezel getting scratched by the slider. There is no resistance when I slide the phone in. But then again, I make sure to clean out the case with microfiber first before putting it on the phone. I'm pretty OCD about it. But I have never had anything happen with it. It slides on perfectly with no resistance and comes right back off. But since there have been reports of it being too tight and scratching the phone, I am starting to think that either there was a bad batch of Sliders or there was a larger than normal batch of iPhones....
  21. V4705 macrumors 6502

    Mar 23, 2009
    look for "thisiphoneguy" on youtube,
    he tested the candyshell and the otterbox defender on drop tests, they had the same results.
  22. astudentis thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 7, 2007
    Alright guys, I ordered the rebel and the candyshell... lets see how those turn out... It sucks that Futureshop doesnt carry many of the better cases out there, so I have to order most of the online :( ... and wait... and pay for shipping
  23. BIG BOSS macrumors regular


    Apr 15, 2009
    My two favorite cases right now are incipio feather and griffin reveal.
  24. astudentis thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 7, 2007
    what do you do to protect the bottom of the phone? considering how the all of the chrome above the 30pin connector is exposed for both of those cases.
  25. cfalls macrumors newbie

    Jun 28, 2009
    I like the Macally Metro case ,it's like almost nothing there,they have one for iphone and ipod touch.
    I also just ordered the Ultra Thin case from SGP,and the screen shield too.
    saw them both on you tube videos.

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