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Apple iPhone 4 Cases Larger than Life

Monday, September 13th, 2010

There is no doubt that where there is Apple, there is gold standard and winning garland. For all we know, Apple has recently released its free iPhone 4 case program in the form of an iPhone app. If you own an iPhone 4, you can use Apple’s new iPhone app to select a free case from Incase, Belkin, Griffin, or Speck—You know, all of the Apple iPhone 4 Cases by all means are larger than life, but which Apple iPhone 4 case to choose? We’re working on getting some review units, but for now, here’s a quick online overview of each of the cases to help you make a decision. Let’s crack it together.


The Shield Micra for iPhone 4 (price unavailable, clear) is a clear plastic case from a popular Iphone Accessories maker. Belkin says it’s an ultra-thin, lightweight Apple iPhone 4 case, and it offers press-through button protection for power and volume controls. It looks to have a glossy, rounded finish throughout, so it should be quite friendly to slipping in and out of pockets.


Griffin claims that its Motif for iPhone 4 ($20, Diamonds/Smoke) uses a scuff- and tear-resistant material that is stiffer than its silicon FlexGrip cases, but more flexible than hard polycarbonate cases like the Reveal Etch (below). It’s not quite a clear Apple iPhone 4 case—it’s translucent with a smoky tint, a diamond design on the back for style, and individual cutouts for the power and volume buttons.

The Reveal Etch for iPhone 4($30, Black/Black Graphite) sounds like it’s Griffin’s take on combining the Bumper design with a full-body case. It has a polycarbonate back with a diagonal etch design for style and rubber siding all around for a touch of grip-friendly texture. Power and volume buttons are protected with press-through counterparts.


We do not yet have a lot of information on the Incase Snap Case for iPhone 4 (price unavailable, Smoke, Clear), but if you’ve never heard of the company, you can often find its products in Apple retail stores, as it makes quality accessories and carrying cases mostly for Apple gear. The Snap Case sounds like it has a two-piece design—one as a frame around the front, one to protect the back—as opposed to Incase’s Slider Case which, as the name suggests, requires you to slide the iPhone in and out of its sleeve-like design. I wager that the snap case uses cutouts for the iPhone 4’s buttons, which probably allows its overall design to be a little thinner.


The Fitted Case ($30, Black Tartan) is a hard-shell Apple iPhone 4 case with a distinctive matte cloth texture on the back. My wife actually owned the previous version of this for her iPhone 3GS. It’s a good iPhone 4 Accessories—it snapped quite tightly around her 3GS, and the matted cloth style in the back is a unique touch. Speck employed cutouts to expose the iPhone’s buttons, which means the case is probably pretty thin and form fitting. The PixelSkin HD ($30) case takes a texturized approach, wrapping the iPhone 4 in grippable plastic and an iconic pixelated motif on the back. Instead of cutouts for the power and volume buttons, the PixelSkin HD covers and protects them with what I believe are rubberized press-through buttons built into the case. This will add a millimeter or two of overall size to the awesome Apple iPhone 4 case, but then your buttons will incur less wear-and-tear and collect less grime.

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