Magpul iPhone 4 executive case review

Discussion in 'iPhone Accessories' started by mrdm, May 19, 2011.

  1. mrdm macrumors regular

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    Based on all of the positive reviews I ordered the Magpul iPhone 4 case on Monday direct from the Magpul website. It arrived today and so far I am really impressed.

    I chose the black color. It fits on the phone perfectly. I have the newer version with the larger camera cutout and the silent on/off switch that will fit both AT&T and Verizon phones. All of the cutouts that expose the mic, camera, flash, headphone jack, USB connector and speakers are perfectly placed with no obstruction problems.

    The texture of the case makes it easy to grip and at the same time I have no trouble with it snagging or being too difficult to pull out my pocket. The finish looks like it will be very durable and the "ribs" around the edge of the case are a nice design element that look good and also assist with the general handling of the phone. The fit and finish of the case is beyond reproach with no visible defects (excess plastic, accidental dimples, etc.).

    The case itself is thinner than I expected and does not add much bulk at all to the phone. Even though it is thin I think it will provide pretty good drop protection as it covers the corners well and heck, I used the phone without a case for 8 months so it should be better than what I was rocking before!

    I was a little concerned that the buttons would be hard to press based on some of the reviews but no issues with that at all. While not hard to press, there is only a small amount of tactile feedback provided through the button covers. This may improve over time and with some use. The design used for the volume buttons cover is similar to a rocker switch and as a result the +/- buttons are easily found through feel alone. Sleep/wake/power button is also easy to find through touch alone.

    The case extends over the face of the phone to provide protection when laying the phone face down so that the glass does not directly contact the surface. Even though the ridge is there the phone is not uncomfortable when holding it against the ear.

    I've used the Otterbox Reflex and Commuter, the apple bumper and the incase slider on this phone. The Magpul has exceeded my expectations in every way and it is 1/3 the cost of the other cases. While it is still early I think I may have found my final case:). Highly recommend.
     
  2. Zord macrumors 6502

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    Thank you for the extensive review! I've been thinking of getting one of these cases myself. . . I may just have to pull the trigger on this one. :)
     
  3. the.sheepdog macrumors regular

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  4. psyduckiee macrumors regular

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    A review is worthless if it has no pictures. People want to see actual pictures of the case itself and not just words. There are a couple of users on here that have done a thorough review for the Magpul.
     
  5. scowl macrumors member

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    There are way more than enough reviews on this case that include pictures. Settle down.

    I ordered two of these cases two days ago, and was happy to read this review without pictures. It actually informed me on some of the questions I was having about it, namely the bulkiness, and how hard it'd be to press the buttons. Thought I might of have to use an exacto-knife to do a bit of slicing, but now I know I don't have to.
     
  6. SchneiderMan macrumors G3

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    If you search this forum or even Google, you will find plenty :)
     
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  10. dqfayi macrumors regular

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    waiting for more detials about this case such as give us a link~thank u
     
  11. astral125 macrumors 6502

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    I got one of these cases from Magpul at the shot show in January a few days before they came out. I asked about them at Magpul's booth, and a rep just gave me one. The initial one I had I liked a lot, but there were a couple of issues. The mute switch didn't line up perfectly, and the case eventually got worn and stretched so that the sides were easy to pull away from the phone.

    I tried a new one on in the store last week (9 months later), and I was so impressed by the fit I bought it even though I plan on buying the iP5 in a couple of weeks. The mute switch now fits perfectly, and the case fits so tight it feels incredibly solid. It has been so long since I put the first one on that I can't remember if the original one fit this snug or not. I also noticed they widened the flash opening since the original which is a large improvement over the unusable pictures I used to get if the flash was on. Either way the case is so cheap that if it does wear out every 4-6 months, it is still worth it.



    Pros:

    Very solid feeling - not flimsy like a lot of rubber cases
    Made by Magpul who makes the best damn AR mags IMO
    Does not add much bulk to the phone
    Makes the phone much easier to grip
    Cheap
    Good looking (imo)
    Buttons work well


    Cons:

    Can wear out (unless they fixed this, and still they are cheap)
    The earbud connector hole is too small to fit one of my cords (fits most though)
    Hides the gorgeous back glass of the phone (most cases do)


    Overall, this is my favorite case. I haven't tried them all, but this one is great and works beautifully with my Power Support Anti-Glare Film Set.

    If you are going to buy one I recommend getting one in a store to avoid shipping from magpul's website $7:

    http://store.magpul.com/product/MAG450/125

    Looks like they also have a new Field Case, but I have not seen these before so no insight, sorry.

    Some people have requested pictures so I grabbed my girlfriend's iPhone and snapped a couple of my lint covered case. Enjoy.
     

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  12. astral125 macrumors 6502

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    moar
     

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  13. mikochu macrumors member

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    How's the thin area around the dock port? Do you think it'll wear out and lose it's form?
     
  14. iamartimus macrumors 6502

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    I love these Magpul cases and I have several of them, both the old and new versions. Been using these almost exclusively for months. Make sure you take the case off and wipe the back of the phone and the inside of the case because it does tend to collect moisture. Just a quick wipe down will do. :D
     
  15. Signal-11 macrumors 65816

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    I've had several cases from Otterbox and Ballistic over the years. In fact, I've more or less had every Otterbox case since the first gen waterproof case for the first gen iPhone. I've broken the glass on iPhones before and I need concrete and steel drop protection. For the iP4, I've had the Ballistic HC and the entire Otterbox line.

    Nick from Magpul sent me two of the Executive Field Cases some time in March. Been on four continents and through some rough environments since then and I haven't used another case since.

    The only downside is that it's not water/dustproof. OTOH, it's ten bucks and is just as good, if not better than the 20-40USD cases out there.
     
  16. astral125 macrumors 6502

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    The piece that goes above the dock port closest to the screen is somewhat unsupported. That being said it holds very tight and does not move. I would say on my original case that piece did eventually become a little loose, but did not affect the function of the case, and it wore out around the same pace as the rest of the sides and not sooner, and never broke off or anything like that.
     
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  18. blkonblk17 macrumors 6502

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    If the mute/vibrate switch on the new iPhone 4s is like the one on the CDMA iPhone 4 then it will look like this.. The CDMA version of the iPhone 4 has the mute/vibrate switch a little lower.
     

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  20. Signal-11 macrumors 65816

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    Looking at the pink (pink Magpul gear!) case on their site, looks like they widened the aperture for the vibrate switch.
     
  21. chris975d macrumors 68000

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    The current Magpul cases (both the Executive Field Case and the Field Case) have updated vibrate switch cutouts to accommodate GSM and CDMA iPhone 4's, so they should both fit the iPhone 4S.
     
  22. PK44 macrumors newbie

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    Just ordered one myself... 16 bux with shipping... what's to lose?!
     
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  24. joliesmith macrumors newbie

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    I'm hoping someone could help me sort this out before I start submitting my custom zap. As for incentives... well I'm willing to part with as much as 10 credits I guess, should you feel you made an absolutely major constructive contribution! Thanks in advanced!
     

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