NEW Incipio Feather Tonic - Review (with proper flash cutout!) *HIGH RES PIC WARNING*

Discussion in 'iPhone Accessories' started by adster, Aug 3, 2010.

  1. adster macrumors regular

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    So just like most people here, I purchased the Incipio Feather the instant it became available for purchase. It was, at the time, one of the only cases on the market, and lets be honest - most of you reading this are sticklers for cases and I'm no exception.

    When I got my Incipio Feather Black Matte, I was very frustrated with both the build quality of the finish (it rubbed off!), as well as the fit of the cutouts. I won't go into much detail about that here, but you can read about that over here:

    http://forums.macrumors.com/showpost.php?p=10472617&postcount=197

    Well after complaining about the finish rubbing off in under a week, they said they will have an updated version at the end of July that fixes the cutouts and everything else. I spoke with them last week and asked if they had a more metallic finish available instead of the rubbery matte finish, since I fear it would rub off again. To my surprise, they offered to send me a White/Pearl metallic cast as a replacement - for free! I received it a few days ago and here's what I found, complete with a ton of pics.

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    Here you can see the packaging is the same for both units. The only difference between the two is the camera cutout, which is MUCH BIGGER!

    The old cutout:
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    The new cutout:
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    For the most part, the build is roughly the same. There were some plastic edges on the black case that look like a poor job of the injection mold, but that was about it. Here's a shot of the front and back of both colors:
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    The color of the white isn't actually a bright white like you would see on, say the Incase Slider. It's actually more of a sparkly pearl color with the Incipio logo branded on the back:
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    The ports on the bottom are all exposed, like usual on these thin cases:
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    One thing to notice is that when attached to a Black iPhone, the white Apple logo can be seen through the back of the case, but only slightly. This isn't really much of an issue at all, and Incipio's own promo shots of this color show the same thing:
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    And here are some shots of the case from all sides. You'll notice that, just like most of the snap cases released currently, the front of the iPhone 4 is unprotected as the plastic case does not come all the way up to the front glass. This seems to be a design hurdle, currently, for all similar iPhone cases. To combat this, Incipio includes a screen protector with every case sold. I have not, however, had the chance to try out the included protector, mainly because I have an SGP Oleophobic protector on the phone right now and let's be honest, they're a bitch to get on.

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    Final Thoughts: I am pleasantly surprised at this new updated Incipio Feather. That could stem from a number of reasons like my disdain for the matte black finish, or the incorrect fit of the previous model, or the shoddy camera holes. In any case, Incipio saw problems with their initial batches and fixed it. I haven't tried the included screen protector so I can't comment on that, but if it's anything like the SwitchEasy ones....yuk.

    I now use this case daily, and while it's a little stingy on the drop protection and coverage of the front glass, it doesn't add much bulk to the phone at all. I used it with a Marware CEO Permiere leather case and it fits like a glove. With that being said, if Incase (or anyone else for that matter) manage to come out with a slider case that protects the front, I may jump ship and head in that direction. The bottom line is that there are still a lack of proper case selections on the market, and the Incipio Feather Glossy/Metallic will hold me over just fine until something better comes along. Its ok tho, take your time.
     
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  4. Shasta McNasty macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks for the pics! I was wondering how this case looked! It looks great brand new, but i wonder after a few days/weeks that white back is going to look. I saw in the incipio feather thread a guy posted to avoid the white because it wouldn't clean and another said his was yellowing after a while. Hopefully this isn't the case for you! (no pun intended)
     
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    Thanks for the review. Hopefully I get my replacement soon. Do you know if the replacements will come in matte black if not specified? Same coating? The boxy shape of the iPhone 4 just doesn't bode well for case aesthetics. The feather for previous iPhone/iPod look so much better. Stupid reception issue... :mad:
     
  7. GDVI macrumors regular

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    No lay-on-the-table design really worries me.
     
  8. bova80 macrumors 6502a

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    how can it really worry you?? don't set it down on its face... don't know why you would want to do that anyways. everyone always cries about the lay-on-table design, don't set it down that way.
     
  9. Givmeabrek macrumors 68030

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    The fact that the front glass edge is not protected in any way makes it a no go. That's the most delicate part of the phone and any case should protect it. No excuse. Not to mention it's ugly as hell.
     
  10. UCF Sam macrumors regular

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    Don't think the feather concept works well on the iphone 4 because of how square the sides are. The feather worked much better on the 3g because of the rounded sides, looked more natural and less bulky if that makes any sense.
     
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  12. greylee macrumors member

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    errr.

    thanks for the post. but totally fugly! sorry. bumper looks perfect with iphone
     
  13. mzd macrumors 6502a

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    thanks so much for the detailed review and HQ pictures!
     
  14. gloss macrumors 601

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    The Feather as a case is actually beautifully fitted to the iPhone. Doesn't seem bulky at all. I went naked with my 3GS for its entire tenure, so I consider myself pretty sensitive to the effect cases have on the phone's aesthetics.

    That pearl white is definitely questionable, though.
     
  15. Bodhi395 macrumors 6502a

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    I agree that its not bulky in real life. When I opened it up and lifted the case in my hand, I think it really is no heaver than a feather, its so light it seems unnatural. I have the matte black one and love it, except for the peeling issue, which should be fixed and I'm supposed to be sent out a new one.

    While it is not the most protective case, it does protect the back and sides. I never lay my phone face down, and don't see why anyone would, even with a more protective case. Just lay it on its back on the table and your good to go.

    Its greatest feature for me is it prevents the reception loss issue!

    I also agree the white is kind of ugly, I'll stick with the black.
     
  16. icecrystal23 macrumors 6502

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    You sound like Steve Jobs ;)
     
  17. adster thread starter macrumors regular

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    Yes, I agree with most people that the Pearl White color is a little....questionable. I was sort of under the impression that it would be an all white case, similar to the Incase Slider that I had for my 3GS, but I was wrong.

    I'm considering sending the case back and getting the black metallic when that comes in, supposedly sometime this week. I'll take a pic with the flash tonight to prove the problem has been fixed.
     
  18. ntrigue macrumors 68040

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    Nice review. The fact that it can't be set face-down is a problem.
     
  19. ChiliBlue macrumors 6502

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    Thank you for the pics and taking the time to review. I'm going to pass on this one. The search goes on.
     
  20. missygal Guest

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    Where did you get the new Feather? I can't get one for another 2-3 weeks. I ordered one but soon after that found out they sent me the old version.
     
  21. iammike1 macrumors 6502a

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    I, for the life of me, can not understand why people are so obsessed with the lay-on-face stuff.

    Since launch of the original iPhone, I have never wanted to lay my phone face down. What is the advantage of doing so?

    If it's drop protection of the front screen you are worried about, sorry, thin hard cases like this are NOT drop protection.

    If you want drop protection, you might want to consider getting something a bit more targeted at that.
     
  22. missygal Guest

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    I second that! Even when I had a case that wrapped around I never laid my phone face down. I LOVE the Feather because its thin and realize its nit the best for protection.
     
  23. Shasta McNasty macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah i dont understand why anyone would want to lay their phone face down...makes no sense? I bought this case because of how thin and light it is and to be able to lay my phone down on tables and such without it being on glass, thats pretty much it. If i was worried about dropping it, id have gotten an otterbox.
     
  24. tokiidokii macrumors regular

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    i think people like the lay on face design because it's an extra precautionary thing... like for those days when you do accidentally put it face down or drop it. i know it's not much but it's better than nothing imo.

    personally i like the extra bezel. i don't put my phone face down, but my reason probably sounds weird; i'm kinda worried my earrings might scratch the screen so i actually use the top bezel as a marker of some sort so i know where the speaker is. with the way i hold my phone, this allows me to angle it properly without having to 'search' for the sweet spot.

    plus the grip of the bezel (apple bumper) helps in a way so i don't accidentally slide my phone up or down.

    with that said, i do think the pearl finish on the incipio looks very nice. i wouldn't mind using this case since i'm very careful with my phone anyway.
     
  25. deftdrummer macrumors regular

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    Thanks for the review. I currently have an Incipio Feather coming in the mail for the iPhone 4s (also in mail). I have had the Incase Snap Case on my iPhone 4 for the last year.

    Only reason I mention the Snap Case is because it is very similar to the Feather (some said there were no others on the market) and also because it DOES offer face down screen protection.

    The trade-off there is when running your finger laterally you eventually run your finger into case, albeit slightly. Not so with the Feather.

    It took about 8 months of somewhat frequent on off with the Snap Case for it to crack at the edges. I look to the Feather as a better design in that the edges are more curved rather than a 90 degree angle (pics), which should reduce stress points if you take the case on and off frequently.

    Another thing different between the two is volume / mute switch cutout is a circular area on the Snap Case and outlined entirely by the case. A nice aesthetic and structural touch.


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