Bumper cases are pointless.

Discussion in 'iPhone Accessories' started by definitive, Jun 16, 2010.

  1. definitive macrumors 68000

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    They don't protect the larger areas of the phone, yet they cost $30.
     
  2. spyda macrumors 6502a

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  3. s0vereignT macrumors member

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    Most of the time you drop your phone, it's going to land on an edge or corner. So they still offer a lot of protection. AND it shows off the back of the iphone which is a big plus for me.
     
  4. gloss macrumors 601

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    I gather they're meant to protect against impacts rather than scratches, and they're designed to do that quite well. Besides, the all-glass design is going to be a hell of a lot more prone to fall damage than it is to scratching.
     
  5. bndoarn macrumors 6502a

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    They do protect the front and the back. The bumper makes the sides raised so the front or back will not hit the ground if it's level which most hard surfaces are.
     
  6. LordOBoogie macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks for sharing your valuable insights.

    Instead of starting this thread, you could just not buy one.
     
  7. Willis macrumors 68020

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    Have any other cases been shown off? I've not seen them yet
     
  8. bobab8ey macrumors member

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    Now the bumpers have something in common with this thread.
     
  9. gb7 macrumors member

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    They also look like they add a lip to the phone so if it did fall flat the glass may not contact the ground.
     
  10. OneMike macrumors 603

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    When you drop a phone it may make initial contact with the corner, but after that it's going to end up on either then front or back.

    I do have to agree the bumpers are pointless, or not good for protection rather. Only initial shock.

    For $30 not worth it to me.
     
  11. wingnut8 macrumors 65816

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    The bumper still gives front and back protection by raising the screen from the ground if you were to drop it.
     
  12. gazzamac macrumors member

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    They will be another major revenue stream for Apple, thats for sure.
    Just another magical and revolutionary day in the office.......
     
  13. homerjfry macrumors regular

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    Exactly. It will stop it from falling onto the glass on a flat surface. If you drop it, and it bounces and lands on a rock, then you may be in problems, or you shouldn't have purchased the Flubber bumper (yes I'm using a "Flubber" reference in 2010)
     
  14. deimos256 macrumors 6502a

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    hopefully otterbox comes out with a case rather quickly
     
  15. mike4 macrumors member

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    Even then it wont take the initial fall, say from 3 feet. It may bounce, but wont bounce very high.

    Oh! But what if it lands on a rock during the initial fall! What if!

    Hold on to your phone! Cases may not protect the phone every time, but it does increase your chances of the phone surviving, also you still get the naked look with the bumper.
     
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  17. Eddyisgreat macrumors 601

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    tIMG plz.

    Now what the heck is that head thing. I've seen it around alot lately lol.
     
  18. OneMike macrumors 603

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    upon further review I change my initial statement.

    I believe that in normal fall these bumpers will help.
     
  19. citron230 macrumors 6502a

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    a bumper is exactly what it is called. Do the bumpers on your car protect the larger areas? :confused:
     
  20. myphone macrumors 6502

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    It's going to be pointless if you dropped your phone to gravel/stones and that's going to hurt your screen or back. You need something like film to have a total protection.
     
  21. TaylorBoi macrumors member

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    They are pointless.....im going with OtterBox for the iPhone 4....anyone know when they will be releasing theirs????? I had it on my iPhone 3GS and it still looks brand new!
     
  22. staccato83 macrumors 6502a

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    I'd rather take my chances with a bumper than put that horrendous Otterbox thing on my phone. :rolleyes:
     
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  24. lorenwade macrumors 68000

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    No, actually, they're not.

    You should look up same case testing on youtube. A very similar-looking case for the 3G and 3GS was tested being dropped off of a house. The damage? 0.

    Why?

    It's the way shocks/vibrations work on a small area. On a surrounding case, the damage goes to the phone. On a "bumper" type case, it goes to the case. Crazy concept, but it works.

    Add a front/back protector like Wrapsol to your bumper and you're almost guaranteed to never break your device.

    Read up before you make bogus claims. ;)

    (Working on finding the video)
     

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