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iSkin Claro Case for iPhone 4

2 Apr

iSkin just released their newest addition to their already impressive iPhone 4 lineup.  Called the Claro Case, notably seen in previous iPod models, this case claims to be the first to combine a hard polycarbonate core with a soft TPU-like outer laye r.  The case appears of high quality and great design.  If this case is anything like their previous models for the iPhone 4, it should be pretty exceptional.

 

iSkin Product Description:

“The iSkin Claro is all about clarity. A hybrid fusion of a soft, flexible and transparent polymer and durable hard polycarbonate core combine for the clearest possible view and the best possible protection—making it the first to achieve such a feat.”

Available only in ultra-transparent, Claro gives owners near-invisible protection with real substance far beyond body films and hard cases.

Claro’s clever design features a soft exterior that provides a secure grip for your beloved iPhone. This engineering feat protects your case from cracks and scratches, and fits like a soft case should.”

The Claro Case retails for $35 and can be purchased directly from iSkin.com.   We look forward to reviewing this unique case.

Incase Snap Case for iPhone 4

24 Mar

The Snap Case by Incase is a high quality wafer thin case that covers the back glass and sides of the iPhone 4.  All ports are exposed, including nearly the entire top and bottom of the iPhone, leaving those areas particularly vulnerable to drops and other damage.  Notably, the case offers very little drop protection but still provides excellent protection from scratches and daily use.  Ample cutouts for both camera, power, and volume controls allow for easy access and unaffected picture taking.

The case shown here is smokey black in color (it can unfortunately shift towards a blue tint with normal use), and has a unique satin smooth texture.  The case fits securely and snugly and really feels nice in the hand. The case is available from Incase for 34.95 (ouch!).  Incase also sends a clear iPhone plastic stand that is hardly useful since its difficult to balance and somewhat cheaply made. They offer the Snap Case in three colors, White, Clear, and Transparent Black.

Apple Case Reviews highly recommends this product.

  • Overall Quality: 8/10
  • Overall Protection: 5/10
  • Overall Style: 7/10
  • Overall Value: 6/10

Apple Bumper for iPhone 4

24 Mar

At $29 per, this is not a cheap case.  On the same point, the bumper is an excellent addition to any iPhone 4.  Since it comes directly from Apple the quality control is near perfect and the addition of the metal buttons (for both volume and power) provide an extra level of luxury that most cases don’t.  The band sits tightly on the phone and even after 4 weeks of use, it has not gotten any looser since the day I bought it.  Paint and actual construction still looks brand new.

It is important to note, some users are experiencing issues with the Bumper leaving marks on the silver antenna of the iPhone itself.  We have not experienced this problem yet (please comment below if you have experienced this issue).  The bumper provides minimal protection, since both the top and bottom glass are permanently exposed.  We suggest the addition of a wrap or skin to provide an extra level of protection (Images show PhantomSkinz Matte Wrap on Back of iPhone). If you are on the fence with the Apple iPhone Bumper, we suggest taking the leap–as long as its not from too high.  It comes in Black, White, Blue, Green, Pink, and Orange and is available at the Apple Store.

Apple Case Reviews recommends this product.

  • Overall Quality: 9/10
  • Overall Protection: 3/10
  • Overall Style: 8/10
  • Overall Value: 5/10