the x-protector aluminum bumper

guccigucci88

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Yup, yet another aluminum bumper. This ones screwless and very similar to the graft.

http://www.iwowcase.com/xprotector-metal-aluminum-iphone44s-bumper-case-black-p-4295.html

anyone interested?

I think I like it more than the graft because the whole thing is aluminum rather than only the clasp like the graft. and more color combos available. (also the graft is pretty expensive considering it is more than 70% Polycarbonate.)

I would recommend looking elsewhere first though if you want it because iwowcases has pretty jacked up prices.
 
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WhoAmI2

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Rip off of the leverage. Not bad looking.... how are they going to deal with signal loss? The reason the graft is made of poly is for signal loss.... or lack there of. Like the leverage more......I'll wait until caseswill has one lol.
 

guccigucci88

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Rip off of the leverage. Not bad looking.... how are they going to deal with signal loss?
Here is the actual company that makes em -

http://www.fiio.com.cn/news/index.aspx?ID=167

Regarding signal loss, most aluminum case will give u a drop. Some less than others. (The Ikuba I reviewed yesterday has actually had no affect on my phone which I suspect is due to the open top design). The majority of aluminum cases are definitely not fit for those with crappy signal to start.

Are you saying you like the xprotector or the graft more?
 
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parrot5

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Wirelessly posted

The Fiio bumper is available on both the bay and Ali for around $30.
 

guccigucci88

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ya... saw... still a bit steep.
really not too bad for an all aluminum case. my case-mate barely there was about 30 bucks and its a thin piece of plastic... now thats steep lol.

Anyone planning on checking this out? I'd love to see some pics of it and a review.
 

lunarken

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Feb 4, 2011
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really not too bad for an all aluminum case. my case-mate barely there was about 30 bucks and its a thin piece of plastic... now thats steep lol.

Anyone planning on checking this out? I'd love to see some pics of it and a review.
now fake Vapor comp is around us$23.... $30 for this brand is ex..
 

parrot5

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Aug 10, 2010
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I am still thinking over this bumper. The one advantage is this case is tool-less. So if in some places where reception is flaky, I can easily rip it off and see if it can reconnect to the network. I don't expect to utilize this advantage everyday (my reception is good where I go. Even the original Blade bumper, with its horrible reputation, works fine for me), but it's an option that is there. Beats bringing a tiny screwdriver lol
 

dwa2011

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I am still thinking over this bumper. The one advantage is this case is tool-less. So if in some places where reception is flaky, I can easily rip it off and see if it can reconnect to the network. I don't expect to utilize this advantage everyday (my reception is good where I go. Even the original Blade bumper, with its horrible reputation, works fine for me), but it's an option that is there. Beats bringing a tiny screwdriver lol
I am going to do a review when mine gets here. I just placed my order and I'll let you know...just saying.
 

kaikai830

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Aug 20, 2010
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Just received this case today. Bought it on Ali for 30 bucks. Here are some pics of the case..





 

DroidRules

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Aug 10, 2010
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.... how are they going to deal with signal loss?
My question as well.

I know some don't have issues but the majority of people that buy the full aluminum bumpers agree that without the "window" in the aluminum bumper it kills signal.

Not bad looking though. Can this be used with the Glass T? Reason I didn't pick up one of the grafts. From the pics it looks like it shouldn't be an issue but don't want to blow $30+ bucks on a case if my $30 screen protector won't work with it.
 

takatech

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Jan 17, 2012
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Hi just to note is there any scratches to the bezel? Especially on the button on the top? The original graft case cause scratches on the phone bezel.
 

guccigucci88

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Wow that looks nice! I want one now. How does it feel in the hand? Bulky at all? and how signal?

Only concern I have is that the buttons look a bit hard to reach. A few aluminum bumpers i've aquired have all had the same issue... wish they would make a bumper with built in volume buttons.

btw did you grab yours off ebay?

Just received this case today. Bought it on Ali for 30 bucks. Here are some pics of the case..

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parrot5

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Aug 10, 2010
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Just received this case today. Bought it on Ali for 30 bucks. Here are some pics of the case..

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It is just the reflection, or do you have the apple logo glow light mod? :D

I also debated with myself to get a silver or grey-orange. Ended up getting the grey-orange but I like how yours look. Will report when I receive it (the tracking number hasn't worked yet, and it had been a few days already).
 

kaikai830

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Aug 20, 2010
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Wow that looks nice! I want one now. How does it feel in the hand? Bulky at all? and how signal?

Only concern I have is that the buttons look a bit hard to reach. A few aluminum bumpers i've aquired have all had the same issue... wish they would make a bumper with built in volume buttons.

btw did you grab yours off ebay?
It felt normal like the rest of the aluminum cases, not bulky at all but a little heavy.
With this case on it lose about -9db
The volume buttons is a little hard to reach and the power button feels very stiff.
and I bought it from aliexpress

It is just the reflection, or do you have the apple logo glow light mod? :D
Yea I have the apple glow back mod on .:)

Hi just to note is there any scratches to the bezel? Especially on the button on the top? The original graft case cause scratches on the phone bezel.
Don't really know about the scratches, couldn't see any yet.
 

kaikai830

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Aug 20, 2010
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Just received my Graft Leverage case today. Just want to show you guys some pics of these two cases side by side:)



 

parrot5

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I got my Fiio X-Protector after 3 weeks, bought from AliExpress. This has the best quality out of the all the fakes ones I got - 2x Vapor Comp, 2x Vapor Pro, 2x Blade. Interestingly signal reduction is not much, when tested in Field Test mode. Even though it wraps the whole phone with metal like the Blade, the signal is much better. And changing out a SIM card is no problem thanks to the tool-less removal and installation.
 

KeroLu

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Dec 30, 2011
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I got my Fiio X-Protector after 3 weeks, bought from AliExpress. This has the best quality out of the all the fakes ones I got - 2x Vapor Comp, 2x Vapor Pro, 2x Blade. Interestingly signal reduction is not much, when tested in Field Test mode. Even though it wraps the whole phone with metal like the Blade, the signal is much better. And changing out a SIM card is no problem thanks to the tool-less removal and installation.
I had the fake Vapor Comp and the Black Ops ones before and didn't see a signal reduction in either one. Is the X-Protector similar to either one in terms of signal loss?