The Tale of 3 iPhone Cases... Good, Mediocre, and Scratched

The Tale of 3 iPhone Cases... Good, Mediocre, and Scratched

Campbell Faulkner
Oct 18, 2010

Over the past six weeks we have been testing three different iPhone 4 cases in the hope of finding one we love. It turns out, the perfect iPhone case is a tough one to find, but relative happiness can be achieved. Out of the three tested, we found one that surpassed the others.

Case 1: incase Snap Case

We received the Incase Snap Case with high hopes due to our experience with Incase products over the years. When we un-boxed the case we were greeted with a simple, thin piece of plastic that was charcoal and smoky in color. We loved the color and the construction of the case which rated high for durability. Our gripes consists of the lack of protection around the top, bottom, and screen, since the case provides little clearance between the screen and whatever surface you might place the phone on. This case is best for the careful user who will not drop their phone. The Incase also provided excellent preservation of the aesthetic experience of the iPhone 4 and left us happy with pocketability and slim design.

Cost: $34.95
Protection: Barely Adequate (mostly scratches)
Looks: Best

Our Ratings:
Strong Recommend
Recommend*
Weak Recommend
Don't Recommend

Case 2: ifrogz Luxe Case

The ifrogz case was our favorite for its looks (we choose red and black) and it provided a nice combination of protection and slimness. The case upon first impression impressed us with its padded interior and all over protection while leaving the necessary ports and parts open for usage. ifrogz also made sure that the case had a soft touch case which made it easy to grip and hang onto even when your hands are slippery from a kitchen sinks water to your hair gel in your bathroom. Where the case fell upon rough times was durability. In the course of only a few weeks, the surface of the case abraded quickly and began to look scratched and worn. We found this particularly annoying since the case should provide protection and solid look. If we had used the case much longer we felt that it would have began to look so shabby it would have needed replacing. We suggest staying away from the ifrogz case unless you go with the black color. It should protect your phone adequately but might look worn after only a few months.

Cost: $29.99
Protection: Excellent
Looks: Great Until Wear Took It's Toll

Our Ratings:
Strong Recommend
Recommend
Weak Recommend*
Don't Recommend

Case 3: Otterbox Commuter Case

Otterbox has become legendary for creating phone cases that are the epitome of ruggedness and... ugliness. We have owned a number of Otterbox cases, but have always found them lacking in general svelteness. But for once in our lives, we have been able to overlook the lack of beauty and recognize the Otterbox commuter for its protection of our phone and slick features. The case covers all of the open ports which makes the case great for those who put their iPhone in their pockets and worry about sweat attracting lint to the ports. We also were very happy with the ability of the case to protect form shock and other bumps. The composite silicon and hard plastic case protect the phone reliably and ensure that your iPhone is immune to what most users can throw at it. The Otterbox also has hard plastic on the outside which makes it easy to slip in and out of our tight Wrangler jeans. Our love affair with the case was tempered by its thickness and bulkiness though it is much thinner than the Otterbox Defender from which the commuter was derived. Grab the Otterbox if you can stomach its looks and need reliable protection that is still easily slipped into a pocket.

Cost: $34.95
Protection: Hardy
Looks: Little Bit Turbo

Our Ratings:
Strong Recommend*
Recommend
Weak Recommend
Don't Recommend

Bottom Line:

Whatever your iPhone case of choice, at least give these three a look. We obviously love the Otterbox, but if you are less clumsy or just don't need the protection, give the Incase a look. The ifrogz does protect your phone well, but at the expense of your soft touch case.

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