iPhone4 Bumper: Review

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

  1. MrSingh macrumors regular

    Jan 2, 2010
    Notwithstanding the antenna issue, i have found personally that a bumper is essential.

    When holding the phone the combination of steel and glass although very elegant to look at and pleasing to hold is very slippery - especially on a hot summer's day. With the bumper, you have just the right amount of grip. The only downside is that you add perhaps 2mm to the outer edge depth and width. For me the added grip outweighs this factor, not to mention the added benefit of protection from a fall..albeit, if the fall occurs on a flat surface.

    I found it hard to even contemplate paying £29 for what I had previously referred to as a 'bit of rubber' - I hadn't seen one in the flesh. However luckily for me due to the shoddy way my reserved 16gb unit was held/delayed by the Regent Street UK store, I twisted their arms until they gave me a black one for free. Now that I have had it for a few days and used it almost all the time, I would definitely pay the money without hesitation. It is much more than just a cheap piece of rubber.

    It's surprisingly well constructed with a one-piece hard, glossy plastic chassis edged with softish rubber. All the holes are cut very precisely and the case fits very tightly yet isn't too difficult to take-off. Apple have achieved this by ensuring that the hard plastic doesn't completely surround the frame - where you plug in your headphones there is just the rubber which means the case stretches a little.

    The contrast between the hard and soft materials is also quite pretty - at least with the black bumper (to my eyes, every other colour apart from the grey/white looks ugly :).

    By far the best feature is the metal buttons that have been very nicely incorporated. When I first took the bumper out of the case I was wondering how on earth those would feel. Due to the rigid yet tight design, and precision fit of the bumper, they work like a dream with only a very slightly discernible reduction in the tactile, solid feel of the original buttons. This phone looks better without it but that's not to say it looks lots worse with it.

    Overall, apart from the 'antenna issue relief' (lol) that the bumper is said to provide, there are other reasons to buy it. For me a dodgy antenna is reason for a recall - let's see how it all plays out. But the bumper - I will be using one anyway, regardless, due to my experience. Is it over-priced? Of course; this is Apple after all. Is it worth owning despite this? I would argue yes. I dropped my iPhone yesterday on a stone floor and afterwards noticed a very small dent in a corner. Had the bumper been on it that wouldn't have happened.
  2. Ampidire macrumors 6502


    Feb 1, 2007
    Either I got a dud, or you have a magic bumper, cause mine is a piece of crap, and that's the general consensus I've found, it's a poorly made product with a ton of play around the sides for dust/dirt/rocks and w/e to get in and mess up the phone and it doesn't work with the dock either, ridiculous...
  3. iMambo macrumors newbie

    Jun 29, 2010
    Vouch for the bumper

    I received my black bumper today, and I can definitely vouch for the bumper precisely the same reasons as the original post. Not only did it solve the antenna problem, but it's also classy and functional. To borrow the words of Apple, "It just FEELS right."

    I was originally hesitant to buy this overpriced piece of rubber, but I've now changed my mind. I would buy it all over again if I ever lose this one.

    BTW, it fits perfectly with my iHome radio alarm.
  4. tim100 macrumors 65816

    May 25, 2009

    my concern is does the bumper provide enough protection? there are not alot of cases out now for the iphone maybe more will be released soon.
  5. joneill55 macrumors 6502

    Sep 11, 2007

    Guess I'm one of the lucky ones who got the magical bumper. Mine fits like a glove, no play on sides or "squishness" at all. It allows you to securely hang onto the phone and still maintains the low profile good looks of the phone.

    Like most things in life, guess I'd rather be lucky than good :)
  6. glen e macrumors 68030

    Jun 19, 2010
    Ft Lauderdale
    you're not alone..mine fits fine and is a welcome addition..of course I have not inspected it with a jeweler's loop or a set of micrometers or calipers...it may be a mess if I did that.(LOL)
  7. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus


    Jul 24, 2002
    Mine fits very well too. But it's not without it's annoyances:

    1) Some cables won't fit in the dock connector. These include older Apple dock<->USB cables (the ones that locked properly to the device with the two buttons to release) and the similar Alpine cable to connect to my car stereo

    2) The buttons on mine rattle against the phone when I put it down (a very minor annoyance)
  8. RafaelT macrumors 65816


    Jun 9, 2010
    Lakeland, FL
    I agree with the review (good job on it), I just wish mine fit like yours did.
  9. jmpage2 macrumors 68040


    Sep 14, 2007
    I just want to know where the hell I can buy one. Local Apple stores don't have any and on the website it says delivery by Mid July if I order one today.

    I'm worried I'm going to drop the damn phone and don't want to wait that long.
  10. CKtoph macrumors 6502

    Nov 22, 2007
    I'm wondering if anyone has dropped their phones with the bumper installed.
  11. FieldingMellish Suspended

    Jun 20, 2010
    I agree with the review and also dropped the phone twice with bumper on and no damage.

    Why doesn't apple do a video extolling the bumper like they did with the iPhone4? They can use that employee with the big roving eyeball to tell us all about it's great features.

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