New reviewer please help-Review: Griffin Clarifi Case for iPhone 3G

Discussion in 'iPhone Accessories' started by 007bond, Jul 7, 2009.

  1. 007bond macrumors 6502a


    Dec 12, 2008
    DFW, Texas
    hey guys just a quick review for you. btw please tell me how good my review is and how to improve. im trying to improve so any help is appreciated. YouTube review coming soon

    You all know that the new iPhone 3GS has a macro lens that is great for taking close-up photos of business cards, but what if you can't upgrade unless you pay $500 and you need a macro lens? Well, thats where the Griffin Clarifi case comes in. First, lets talk about the aesthetics. This iPhone case is not the best looking case I have ever seen, but definitely not the worst. It has a great back part that looks and feels just like the back of an iPhone 3G, but if you are OCD then you will hate the scratches that show up after only basic use. This is a major flaw that hopefully Griffin will fix in the future. Other than that, there isn't much else to complain about. The Clarifi lens looks great and i think that if you are taking pictures of text, you wont be disappointed with the quality. Using the lens at long distances does deteriorate quality very much, but the macro lens easily slides on and off so that you can switch between long and short distances on the fly. I have had 2 other Griffin cases, and i can say that this is the best case they have to offer so far. It is a great blend of functionality and style that most users will love.

    Pros: Great macro lens, back part feels just like the iPhone 3G back, nice black design.
    Cons: Horrible camera quality with lens at far distances, Back gets scratched easily.

    Now for some Pics:

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  2. dccorona macrumors 68020


    Jun 12, 2008
    not bad
    talk more about coverage and protection though
  3. livingonvideo13 macrumors regular


    Jun 19, 2009
    I am always interested in what the phone looks like when looking at the screen with a case on (which I am surprised that many people don't show in case reivews).
  4. OlgaJ macrumors 6502

    Mar 27, 2009
    "Horrible camera quality with lens at far distances"

    The case's lens is only for close ups. For far distances you're supposed to move it so the camera lens is naked.
  5. HowEver macrumors 6502a


    May 10, 2005
    Well, you really demonstrate what you said, that the back gets scratched easily in that photo. How long did you have it on, and how much scraping on a table, for example, took place?
  6. V4705 macrumors 6502

    Mar 23, 2009

    its always good to see the case from the inside, if there is any separation from the phone or it can scratch the back of the phone, if there is any shock absorbing and such...

    and personally i think long text its easier to read with separate lines than the whole text on one long line.
  7. threezero macrumors 6502

    Aug 22, 2008
    careful with this case.

    the macro lens made a DEEP scratch ont eh back of my iphone
  8. Osarkon macrumors 68020


    Aug 30, 2006
    As great a case as it is, it's somehow managed to scratch the back of my phone on the lower part, not where the macro lens is but where the two parts of the case join.

    No idea how, but there we go.
  9. vinay427 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 18, 2008
  10. str8spd2001 macrumors regular


    May 12, 2009
    Los Angeles
    Same with mine here on my 3G, somewhere around the macro lens area scratched up the back of my phone. Didn't realize til I took it off to put onto my new 3GS....luckily I saw it before ruining a new phone.
  11. MemoryMapped macrumors newbie

    Jul 14, 2009
    I was under the impression that the Clarifi was less useful since the 3.0 software update for the iphone added autofocus to the camera and what not.

    Does this case still help with close up shots?
  12. threezero macrumors 6502

    Aug 22, 2008
    autofocus is added to the 3gs nothing else.

    so if you have a 3g with 3.0 will not have autofocus in that case the clarifi will still help.

    to a degree that is until the cheap macro lens gets scratch up and dirty.
    and of course you have to put up with the case eventually scratching the phone
  13. 007bond thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Dec 12, 2008
    DFW, Texas
    whoa thanks for all the replies. i am going to try to improve it and write another one on a different case.
  14. 007bond thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Dec 12, 2008
    DFW, Texas
    one day of use with the phone mostly in my pocket and also on a table. i guess if u put some sort of clear protector on it like a screen protector it wont get scratched up

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