My Full Round-up: Cases from the iPhone 4 Case Program

cambookpro

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iLounge's brief round-up aside, we haven't really had a thread for the free case program with all the info on the cases. Some people may still be stuck on what to choose. Well, I decided to help them. Here we go:

Bumper - Black: (Apple)



Pros:
- Shows off your iPhone 4
- Looks minimal while still covering antenna
- Makes iPhone grippier
- Makes sure glass doesn't come into contact with other surfaces (and therefore scratch)
- Metal buttons for volume on the case

Cons:
- Doesn't protect the back
- Only black offered
- Silent/Vibrate rocker can be hard to get to with big fingers
- Headphone socket too small for many third party headphones
- Dock connector only supports Apple cables.

Retail Price: $29


Snap Case - Smoke/Clear: (Incase)


Only Smoke and clear available

Pros:
- Thin
- Big cut-out for camera flash
- Lightweight
- Shows off the iPhone 4 while still providing scratch protection for back (Clear only)

Cons:
- Not much in terms of protection
- Only offered in Smoke/Clear colour (Apple's fault, not Incase's)
- No buttons on case for the volume, only a cut-out

Retail Price: $N/A


Shield Micra - Clear: (Belkin)



Pros:
- Shows off the iPhone 4 while still providing protection
- Ultra-thin
- Big cut-out for camera flash
- Flexible

Cons:
- Ugly looking volume button bit on side
- Not much protection

Retail Price: $24.99



Motif - Diamonds/Smoke: (Griffin)



Pros:
- Funky looking back of case
- Provides a fair amount of protection
- Still sort of shows off iPhone

Cons:
- The back of the case may scratch easily
- Ugly volume button cut-out design
- Looks like it may interfere with the camera flash, not sure if it has been updated?

Retail Price: $19.99


Reveal Etch - Black: (Griffin)



Pros:
- Looks very nice
- Good protection
- Interesting looking back of case

Cons:
- Looks like it may interfere with the camera flash, not sure if it has been updated?

Retail Price: $29.99


Fitted - Black Tartan: (Speck)



Pros:
- Good looking
- Fabric on the back
- Made by a company with a good reputation for build quality

Cons:
- Two piece: may come apart if dropped
- No buttons on case for volume buttons, just a cut-out
- Only in Black Tartan (Apple's fault, not Speck's)

Retail Price: $29.95


PixelSkin HD - Black: (Speck)



Pros:
- Mixture of TPU and silicone
- Matte square's on back with a glossy underneath, no fingerprints and looks good
- Protection with minimal bulk
- Sturdy for a half-silicone case

Cons:
- An untidy looking seam around the edge, can't be helped

Retail Price: $29.95


So, I hope this guide has helped you choose which case to use! I personally got the Speck PixelSkin HD. Let me know how you liked the guide and what case you got below!
 

bmw000

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How can you determine how much or little protection is offered for all of the cases? Have you physically seen and/or tested all of the cases or just going by how they look to determine this?
 

Autopilot638

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For people looking to get the best "value" out of their free case, maybe you can add the retail pricing to the OP?

Apple iPhone 4 Bumper $29
Incase Snap Case $n/a
Belkin Shield Micra $24.99
Griffin Motif $19.99
Griffin Reveal Etch $29.99
Speck Fitted Case $29.95
Speck PixelSkin HD $29.95


(I don't know InCase's pricing as nothing is available yet on their site...)
 

cambookpro

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How can you determine how much or little protection is offered for all of the cases? Have you physically seen and/or tested all of the cases or just going by how they look to determine this?
Just by the looks.

@autopilot, cool, I'll do that later.
 

Rayfire

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Got the Reveal Etch, thanks for the round up OP. I looked on other reviews too, it seems there are no flash issues with this one, so it's just a matter of waiting for now.
 

Smtevo

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How can you say the Belkin doesnt offer that much protection? It is a full case, what else could protect it more?
 

spblat

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Thank you for this thread OP. Is there any indication that the selection of available cases might change over time?
 

Rayfire

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Thank you for this thread OP. Is there any indication that the selection of available cases might change over time?
If you look at the very bottom within the selection of cases, it looks like Apple might change the availability of cases (maybe omit some then add some?)
 

bmw000

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It looks thin.
Everyone has to remember one thing. These cases are not being offered to give your phone any protection. The purpose of these cases are to eliminate what Apple calls "Antennagate". The sole purpose of these free cases are to alleviate the antenna signal issue, NOT to protect your phone from damage.
 

rex3

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Is the Speck pixelskin HD too grippy to easily take in and out of a jeans pocket? That is something that matters a lot to me.
 

jparris1

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Is the Speck pixelskin HD too grippy to easily take in and out of a jeans pocket? That is something that matters a lot to me.
No, it's TPU not silicone. It's a matte finish for the most part, but still slides in and out of pockets easily and doesn't pick up line.