Soft or Hard Shell?

Discussion in 'iPhone Accessories' started by chantman, Jul 14, 2009.

  1. chantman macrumors newbie

    Apr 13, 2006
    Hi All,

    Looking at iPhone cases for my wife and I. I thought I was settled on a hard shell case, but I'm wondering if a soft-shell would absorb an impact better.


  2. ethical macrumors 68000

    Dec 22, 2007
    To be honest I've always thought of the soft cases as gooey pointlessness, I'd say a hard case would offer much more protection.
  3. DocGo macrumors member

    Aug 16, 2008
    I have used lots of cases in the my favorite is Griffin Reveal case. It is hard transparent shell but has rubber lining the sides so best of both worlds. Good impact protection because of hard casing that has rubber to absorb impact as well. Plus the transparent shell really "reveals" the beauty of the iPhone.
  4. Cakester macrumors regular

    Jan 1, 2009
    It's a tough call because there is no right answer.

    I've had the hard shell with the Incase Slider. I can't tell you how many times that I have dropped my 3G in the last 6 months, at least twenty. And that is from 3-4 feet in the air onto concrete and asphalt. Still works perfect, though the case looks mangled.

    In my opinion, the Incase slider has done a fantastic job at protecting my phone from physical blemish. Is the chrome bezel scratched, yes, slightly. But, it has done it's job in protecting my phone from looking like crap.

    Right now I'm rocking the iSkin solo, aka the softy. Funny thing. I don't find myself dropping the phone as much because it's got more grip than my gunmetal slider.

    My opinion so far.

    The slider will protect from blemishes on impact, but it will definitely not dampen the impact.

    My next case will also be the Griffin Reveal, that thing looks sweet!!
  5. abijnk macrumors 68040


    Oct 15, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    You could go with "both" and get an iSkin Solo or Solo FX. :cool:
  6. slapppy macrumors 65816

    Mar 20, 2008
    Well I did ask my wife and she like it hard not soft. :p
  7. Alexwithad macrumors 6502

    May 27, 2009
    Yeah I have the Solo FX with an invisible shield on the back and it works wonders. Amazing case, looks cool too. Also if you get the FX you get a mirror screen protector which is pretty badass :)
  8. wingnut8 macrumors 65816


    Jun 8, 2007
    Get a Switcheasy Capsule Neo. I struggled to find a perfect case and this is it. Outstanding customer service as well.
  9. SeanMcC macrumors regular

    Jun 19, 2009
    I have the speck CandyShell and it's very nice. It is hard on the outside, soft on the inside.

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