Element Ion 4 Case

zman2100

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Apr 26, 2009
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I haven't seen any other threads that showcase the Element Ion 4, so I figured I'd post some impressions and pictures.

First, I ordered it with a coupon code (ecmj20off; not sure if it's still good) for 20% off, making the case $40 before being shipped, $52 after being shipped. I was disappointed that $12 was the cheapest shipping option, but whatever.

I liked the way that the case looked but I honestly don't know what drove me to order it since I have a white iPhone 4S and don't like black cases on it. But anyways, I took the plunge knowing that my roommate could always use it on his black iPhone 4 if I didn't like it.

The case fits really snug. Unlike a lot of "stretch" cases, it was incredibly difficult to put on. I'm sure that it will stretch out over time but I'd imagine that it'll last a long time with a snug fit. The edges feel really good in your hand and definitely add some grip that you don't get with a naked phone or with an aluminum bumper. The cutouts for the sleep/wake button and volume buttons are very well designed, with the sleep button feeling natural to press, despite the case indenting in the opening.

Overall, I liked the case a lot since it looks really nice, will definitely provide a little more drop protection than an aluminum bumper, and is a lot cheaper than almost anything else Element has to offer. However, I just couldn't get over having it on a white iPhone. I ended up giving it to my roommate since he was in need of a new case and he absolutely loves it. He was quite happy that I decided I didn't want it.

Here are some pics of it taken with my iPhone 4S:



 

jiholl

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Feb 10, 2003
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I have this too

It is a great case...question...were you able to get it on with a front screen protector in place...without bubbling? Also..have you seen any impact on reception/signal, etc...some think the carbon fiber harms that?
Thanks!
 

JayJayJay

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Nov 19, 2011
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It's my favorite case. Drop Protective and it adds hardly any bulk at all. As for reception issues. I haven't noticed any issues at all.
 

wedgehammer

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Dec 27, 2007
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this and the formula 4 are my favourite cases right now... both fit snugly on my 4s and don't spoil my power support back and front protectors... no reception issues for me and i like them on my white 4s!
 

zman2100

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Original poster
Apr 26, 2009
232
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Florida
It is a great case...question...were you able to get it on with a front screen protector in place...without bubbling? Also..have you seen any impact on reception/signal, etc...some think the carbon fiber harms that?
Thanks!
I don't have a screen protector and neither does my roommate so I can't attest to whether bubbling happens or not. And there has not been any issues with reception.
 

JayJayJay

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Nov 19, 2011
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Yes, but you are comparing apples to oranges. They are functionally different. That bumper frame that you posted will do nothing for your phone if dropped, nor will it help protect against scratches. The Ion has excellent drop protection and will protect the back entirely and the front, with it's lay on the table design (which that bumper doesn't do). In essence, that bumper looks pretty (I agree that it does) but does ZERO to protect your phone.
 

zman2100

macrumors regular
Original poster
Apr 26, 2009
232
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Florida
Once I have an Element Ion 4 case with a good impression on the hand feel and the delicate handwork, yet now I change to another Aluminum Alloy Bumper Metal Frame Case For Apple iPhone 4 to follow my favorite Apple fashion design.

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Yes, but you are comparing apples to oranges. They are functionally different. That bumper frame that you posted will do nothing for your phone if dropped, nor will it help protect against scratches. The Ion has excellent drop protection and will protect the back entirely and the front, with it's lay on the table design (which that bumper doesn't do). In essence, that bumper looks pretty (I agree that it does) but does ZERO to protect your phone.
Pretty sure that guy is a spammer
 

richxps

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Jun 9, 2008
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any chance to see this case next to a apple bumper ? i like to see the thickness difference etc.
Thanks
 

JayJayJay

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Nov 19, 2011
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I just noticed you said it was "a little more drop protective than an aluminum bumper." Um, really? An aluminum bumper provides zero drop protection. This case provides a fair amount of drop protection (not on par with the "rugged" style cases, but significantly more than any aluminum bumper I've ever seen).

Also, I had no problem at all putting the case on (or taking it off, for that matter).
 
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