Does the bumper provide any functionality aside the reception issue?

Discussion in 'iPhone Accessories' started by matt15f, Jun 28, 2010.

  1. matt15f macrumors member

    Jun 16, 2010
    Seems like it is only a fix for the reception issue
  2. ckhris macrumors member

    Aug 11, 2008
    Yeah that's all it's for is the reception issue. Has no other purpose... Reception only... That's why they made it to help with reception
  3. mikethebigo macrumors 68000

    May 25, 2009
  4. jclardy macrumors 68040


    Oct 6, 2008
    I think the rubberized material will help it absorb impact when it is dropped. I won't be testing this though.
  5. Vertigo50 macrumors 65816


    Apr 11, 2007
    Actually, it has a turbo button on the side. When you push the turbo button, it makes the phone go 10 times as fast. I don't know why Apple isn't publicizing it more. I guess they wanted it to be a surprise.
  6. Kashchei macrumors 65816


    Apr 26, 2002
    Meat Space
    That's quite a bargain for $29. Had it been just a rubber bumper, it would have been over-priced . . . .
  7. brentsg macrumors 68040

    Oct 15, 2008
    I'm hoping that it will catch dust and pocket lint between the phone and the bumper. I'm thinking that if I can be diligent with rotating which pocket I keep the phone in, I can pretty well keep them lint free. ... fingers crossed...
  8. wirelessmacuser macrumors 68000


    Dec 20, 2009
    The bumper contains less than one dollars worth of material & manufacturing costs. Thus it's primary purpose is further enhancing Apples profit. Secondarily it mitigates the antenna issue to a certain degree.
  9. Hellishness macrumors 65816


    Jan 27, 2010
    Bay Area, CA
    It protects the iPhone 4 and makes Apple a buttload of money.
  10. gringo0505 macrumors newbie

    Jun 23, 2010
    x = bumper = rubber + buttons = $1 materials
    y = :apple: = greedy
    z = functionality = $ for :apple: + reception fix
    x + y + z = scam

    I drew up this system of equations to show Apple's new iPlan.
  11. random person macrumors 6502a

    Feb 28, 2008
    It makes the phone easier to grip and also makes it stable on slippery surfaces. Also holds the screen above whatever surface the phone is on so the glass is protected from scrapes on hard surfaces. I'm liking mine just fine.
  12. Dsr1205 macrumors 6502

    Jan 16, 2008
    apples evil plans

    step 1: release bumpers
    step 2:????
    step3: profit

    From what i can gather, (i just got mine) it doesn't server a purpose other than right now its fixing my antenna issue and will probably end up scratching my phone more than protecting it. Thanks random dirt!
  13. Apple-NoEscape macrumors 6502

    Mar 25, 2010
    United Kingdom
    It's ovbious that apple knew about the problem. Maybe too late into the production (most likely, however I wonder why an engineer didn't point out the possible problem sooner) of Steve was too stubborn to change anything and threw a tantrum (not likely)
    They were then stuck with a phone they knew was having signal
    issues if you hold your phone like a human at all, either redesign the phon, which could of potentially been up in the millions of pounds to do, ovbiously depending on how far along they were; or they could bring out their first ever 'case' for seemingly no reason and then push it as much a they could at the conference.

    This will ovbiously be incorrect if the problem is FIXED with a software update, and I mean fixed, not hidden.
  14. PNutts macrumors 601


    Jul 24, 2008
    Pacific Northwest, US
  15. gunnarliden macrumors newbie

    Sep 16, 2008
    for those of you who have the bumper already, does it get stuck in your pocket because of the rubber? I know I bought a full body rubber case for my 3G 2 years ago and I ended up getting rid of it because it always got stuck.
  16. matonski macrumors newbie

    Jun 15, 2010
    I love the bumper. It feels very nice in the hand and I believe it will protect the glass pretty well. I say this because I broke my iPhone 3G screen twice and both times it landed on an edge. I'm pretty sure that having rubber there to absorb the shock would have kept it from breaking both times.
  17. matonski macrumors newbie

    Jun 15, 2010
    I haven't noticed any sticking.
  18. supremeMilo macrumors member

    Jun 9, 2010
    If you have the bumper you won't scratch your phone when you set it down on a table.

    I paid $30, thought about selling it for $50 but kept it. $30 is a lot for a piece of plastic and rubber, however it probably costs as much to make as any other case $.05.
  19. 5683592 Suspended

    Jun 23, 2010
    I picked up my bumper on launch day and have been using it since then. It's nice having something protecting the phone, while still making it look good.
  20. spydr macrumors 6502


    Jul 25, 2005
    Rubber = 'Protection' (of the casual encounters kind :D)
  21. Simburgur macrumors newbie

    Jun 27, 2010
    Does reduced functionality count? It gimps the headphone socket and makes the mute button a pain to access.

    It does however add the ability to make phone calls.
  22. TroyBoy30 macrumors 68020


    Jun 9, 2009
    Atlanta GA
    it protects the SS from getting scratched at least! They sent me mine for free so it was worth the $

    also have no issue with my headphones or reaching the mute button. In fact I actually like it being harder to put it on mute. My 3gs used to switch on it's own all the time
  23. Munitalp macrumors 65816

    Jul 17, 2007
    No way, you mean they aren't breaking even on the deal? Every case manufacturer is making a killing, you think iSkins, inCase, Belkin really spend anymore than $1 or so on manufacturing or materials? Vaja Cases sell for a few hundred usually, they are made in Brazil out of nice leather... but cost probably $3-5 per case manufacturing wise.
  24. Munitalp macrumors 65816

    Jul 17, 2007
    Hows it make the mute button a pain to access? They made a huge hole for it just as all other cases have... maybe you have HUGE fingernails?
  25. Munitalp macrumors 65816

    Jul 17, 2007
    The rubber bumper is going to scratch your phone how exactly? It protects the sides from falls, and its raised around the edge on both sides to avoid it from making contact when you set it down on a table or another surface, which avoids scratching.

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