The case costs $1.44 and is available from monoprice (out of stock as of this posting). I don't have any 'oem' case to compare this to, so it will be a discussion of the merits (none really) and the flaws (plentiful imho). The case is hard plastic. It is very clear it is going to scratch easily. I also have concerns that putting the iphone 4 in and out may cause scratching on the phone. It snaps on easily, and holds firmly in place. The ports all line up well, etc. As far as it goes, there's nothing wrong with the design. There is a lip around the front to prevent the face contacting a flat surface when face down. The case is as slippery, maybe more, as a naked iphone 4 - the rigid plastic is uncomfortable to my ear cartilage too. It doesn't look to offer any substantial drop protection. It's fine for this type of case it seems, but overall I would not recommend it to a friend.