Cases, Skins, and Covers: Which Do You Recommend?

Discussion in 'iPhone Accessories' started by Mr. Incredible, Jan 24, 2011.

  1. Mr. Incredible macrumors 6502a

    Sep 16, 2010
    Southern California
    Title explains it all, which is best and why? Also, what manufacturer should you look into?

    Are these any good?

    ^I love the whole artsy thing and how it covers the front, back, and sides of the iPhone, it's even compatible with the Verizon iPhone 4!
  2. Zepaw macrumors 65816


    Apr 18, 2010
  3. VulchR macrumors 68020


    Jun 8, 2009
    I use my 3GS a lot so it's the Mophie Juice Pack Air for me. It's butt-ugly but functional, providing both power and protection. Perhaps one day Apple will offer an iPhone with a larger battery....
  4. onepoint macrumors 6502a


    Aug 3, 2010
  5. shakeman0 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 20, 2009
    I have a Gelaskin and I really like it. The only thing is the back of mine is shrinking a little bit. I emailed Gelaskins and apparently its just a thing the skins do. After emailing back and forth they actually offered to send me a new one, but I didn't take the offer as it's not much of an issue for me. All in all, I've been very please with my Gelaskin. It adds a great custom look to the iPhone. I'm also using the Case-Mate Jett. It's a bumper so it fits perfectly with the back of my Gelaskin. I think it would fit with the front of the Gelaskin as well, but I haven't tried it.
  6. WhatAmI macrumors 6502a


    Sep 2, 2009
    I've gone through some 8-10 different cases and covers, all top of the so called line but always find myself slapping on the bumper shortly thereafter. Every other protection builds too much. I've dropped it a number times and not a tiny scratch/dent - oh how I love the feel of the smooth, shiny, precious backplate :eek: , caressing it while talking on the phone makes me :p I can keep going...
  7. Interstella5555 macrumors 603


    Jun 30, 2008
    Recommendation: None
    Manufacturer: n/a
    Experience - 3 iPhones, 2 iPods, no breaks, significant scratching, death grip or any other problems.
  8. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6


    Aug 17, 2007
    I use the Apple bumper on my iPhone. I love it.
  9. kuebby macrumors 68000


    Jan 18, 2007
    I love my Incase Slider. I had one on my old 3G and it saved it once when I dropped it and the case cracked and I'm sure my phone would have died if it hadn't had a case on it.

    Then, I got my new iP4 slider and they made it ever better. The old 3G one was smooth plastic but the new one is rubberized, making it easier to hold and it seems thinner too.
  10. Mr. Incredible thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Sep 16, 2010
    Southern California
    Really? How bad does it shrink? Can you post a picture of your iPhone with how it looks with the Gelaskin?

    I'm thinking of getting this one:

    I love Japan (Sushi, Lexus, Technology, just love it), plus the White and Red on the iPhone 4 will look really sick!

    I have another question about it, will it have the text on the screen? Because it says "TOKYO Gelaskins" on the screen, and I don't want that. I can easily just replace the wallpaper, and not even have to worry about that text, right?
  11. 0815 macrumors 68000


    Jul 9, 2010
    here and there but not over there
    I'm not using any case/bumper/skin/....
    I did for a short while (after I had dropped my iPhone3) - I tried several and found them all annoying. Every single one had one or two disadvantages. After I got the iPhone4 I tried the (free) bumper, didn't work with my 3rd party charger and I always had to take the bumper off for charging. Now I'm using the phone naked and won't try any cases never again.
  12. jasonmanning macrumors member

    Jan 29, 2011
  13. SchneiderMan, Jan 29, 2011
    Last edited: Jan 29, 2011

    SchneiderMan macrumors G3


    May 25, 2008
    I'll have a review of this later tonight :)
    Edit: It's now up.

  14. shakeman0 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 20, 2009
    Sorry for the delayed response. The shrinking isn't a huge issue. Maybe a millimiter on the bottom and even less on the sides so it's not really noticeable unless you really look for it. I'll try to get some pictures up tomorrow.
  15. ChinaAzzi macrumors regular

    Jan 16, 2011
    Shenzhen, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Brisbane
    I agree with you, a $1 is just about right. The problem is the packaging cost money plus the shipping which comes to big number when you only order 1. What would work is if small online resellers buy these where the shipping only comes to about $.20 each and then sell them with the country they are in to reduce the cost and time for snail mail. I think that would work nice.

    If it is in a retail store you need to pay for the high cost retail space and that will bring the price up there but I think they could sell that product for about $5 and make a good profit. The designer should be able to make money by selling it for $1 to $2. :)
  16. Ess.Pee macrumors newbie

    Sep 20, 2010
  17. adztaylor macrumors 68000

    Aug 20, 2009
    Preston, UK
    I love the Incase Snap in smoke. Had the bumper on before that and it was nice but the snap keeps the phone thin and adds much needed grip. Amazing case.
  18. LeroyTheGreat38 macrumors member

    Apr 15, 2009
    I'm interested in the pinlo slice 3, incipio feather, and incase snap for my VZW iPhone. Really don't want to add any bulk whatsoever.

    I was thinking about getting screen protectors instead of a case. But I'm worried about them peeling after a long period of time. Also, there are too darn many out there lol. I think I will stick with a case and no screen protector on the front. Unless there is a screen protector for the front that doesn't take away from the retina display
  19. RebeccaL macrumors 6502a


    Jan 1, 2011
    My current combo:

    Sides: Luckylabs colored decals

    Front/Back: Switcheasy Pure Protect +

    Case: switcheasy Vulcan

    I plan to get the following soon:

    PS Protectors. The Switcheasy bubble on the corners sometimes when putting on cases.

    A bumper. Still undecided between Agent18 Shockband and the Hula.

    A marware holster.

    And finally an otterbox defender for hiking.
  20. LeroyTheGreat38 macrumors member

    Apr 15, 2009
    I think I'm gonna narrow my choices to either the Incipio Feather or Pinlo Slice 3. The Incase is just too much for me.
  21. Meltdownblitz macrumors 65816

    Jan 21, 2010
    After using and trying so many cases, i found myself changing cases everyday or a few times a week and I got to the point where I realized I didn't want a case so I personally Just use the phone naked with wrapsol full body and port covers and if I need a case I'll throw on the casemate tough or otterbox commuter, usually when I go out. After I take it off always reminds myself on why I'm using my Phone naked with a full body skin :)
  22. JSK1121 macrumors member

    Nov 21, 2007
    How did this help the conversation at all? Why even post?
  23. tellmeaboutit macrumors newbie

    Jan 30, 2011
    Buy a bumper. If you can afford it buy it from Apple :)
  24. Austin M. macrumors 6502a

    Austin M.

    Jul 29, 2010
    Apple Bumper scratches your stainless steel frame. :(
  25. techdude6693 macrumors 6502

    Dec 30, 2010
    Irvine, CA
    The bumper is a POS. if you're spending $30, get something like the Switcheasy Capsule Rebel or Incipio NGP

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