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Sazar
07-07-10, 09:12 PM
I just received my case today (it took over TWO weeks for it to arrive after the initial order).

A few things to note.

Pros

Fit and finish are awesome. The case is indeed a looker. Protection for sides is excellent, but the top/bottom are exposed so drop on un-even surfaces or edges at your own convenience.

There is not much added bulk or weight to the phone so it retains it's overall fit/finish, although you can no longer see the metal sides. I personally liked the look of that :(

The top and volume buttons are very well handled. The buttons on the case are themselves metal and feel just as clicky.

There is hardly any give on the bumper so like I said, fit/finish is pretty nice.

Con's

Well, first of all, this thing is NOT worth $29 bucks. I am currently waiting for my notification on when the Element Vapor comes out.

http://www.elementcase.com/iphone4.html

This is worth MAYBE 5 or 10 bucks. I am hoping the Element or the Loop comes out soon so I can return this thing.

While the fit and finish is pretty awesome, there IS a little give when you squeeze the phone real tight.

Now, here is my BIGGEST pet peeve. The issue is that the cut-out for the connector at the bottom fits only a few devices. Fortunately my car-dock works perfectly, but my cables at home, only 1 fits (I have 1 in the bedroom, 1 connected to my main system and 1 in the living room which was part of my car-kit, also have 1 at work but that fits).

The cutout appears to only fit Apple branded cables and that is absolute CRAP. A mm or so more on each side would make this almost universally accepting but it seems there is some shrewd marketing employed here.

I am very tempted to grab a drill and just slot out the hole a little more. Absolutely pathetic design decision by Apple given that they are already gouging customer's on this thing as a result of the whole death-grip crap.

Bolded for emphasis.

Bottom-line, will be fine as a temporary case but not worth it and there are far better cases out there.

-edit-

Update to my little thingamejigger.

I RMA'd the "case" a day or so after acquisition.

It sucks, nothing works with it unless it is specifically Apple branded, even if it is an Apple licensed, Apple store bought product, which means you HAVE to buy new power connectors and many car-docks will no longer work. If you use it in your office for music streaming purposes, your speakers headphone connector will likely not work unless you go out there and purchase an adapter.

Essentially, it turns this already RIDICULOUSLY priced "case" from $29 bucks to $50-60 or more and adds far more trips to stores and essentially makes obsolete a lot of perfectly working components you may already have. My car dock was about $70 and it works fine. I am not going to off-load it.

**** you Apple and **** your stupid piece of **** case. You can take it and shove it up your ass.

nrdstrm
07-08-10, 01:35 AM
Or you could have just bought a Lance Armstrong rubber bracelet. Apparently, it fits perfectly other than a few notches that need to be cut with an exacto knife...But, if people want to spend $30 for something that Apple should give away for free (is it a coincidence that this is the first case/bumper Apple has ever put out? I think not...), then go for it... :)

MUYA
07-08-10, 02:08 AM
http://fusionofideas.com/stealtharmor-iphone4.html ?

Another alternative via Fudzilla

Sazar
07-08-10, 12:10 PM
Or you could have just bought a Lance Armstrong rubber bracelet. Apparently, it fits perfectly other than a few notches that need to be cut with an exacto knife...But, if people want to spend $30 for something that Apple should give away for free (is it a coincidence that this is the first case/bumper Apple has ever put out? I think not...), then go for it... :)

No, the bracelet does not work.

The bracelet provides no cover for the edges and barely even covers the sides of the phone. It is entirely useless.

At least the bumper does provide edge protection.

I also found out today that my phone with the bumper is still thinner than the old 3G/3Gs.

Still not worth the money.

Sazar
07-08-10, 12:11 PM
http://fusionofideas.com/stealtharmor-iphone4.html ?

Another alternative via Fudzilla

That's another useless alternative unfortunately.

The most vulnerable angle of attack on the glass is from the side and on the edges and therefore you do need edge protection. I don't think a simple sticker on the back will do anything but protect from scratches.

Airbrushkid
07-08-10, 12:41 PM
Here's one. It's called Vapor and is metal but costly, $79.95

http://www.elementcase.com/


http://www.elementcase.com/images/Banner1.jpg


http://www.elementcase.com/images/Banner2.jpg


http://www.elementcase.com/images/Banner3.jpg


http://www.elementcase.com/images/headphone2.jpg

Sazar
07-08-10, 01:00 PM
Here's one. It's called Vapor and is metal but costly, $79.95

http://www.elementcase.com/


See middle of my post :bleh:

http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/showpost.php?p=2284363&postcount=1

I am very interested to see what the silver, or the black/silver case will look like :)

I do NOT like the massive writing but the concept is awesome. And I would probably get that with the carbon-fiber weave backing :D I have already checked in on a pre-order for the black/silver combo (it's $99 with the backing).

DiscipleDOC
07-08-10, 01:05 PM
Here's one. It's called Vapor and is metal but costly, $79.95

http://www.elementcase.com/


http://www.elementcase.com/images/Banner1.jpg


http://www.elementcase.com/images/Banner2.jpg


http://www.elementcase.com/images/Banner3.jpg


http://www.elementcase.com/images/headphone2.jpg

That thing is not only ugly, but it's freaking ridiculous to pay that amount of money for a phone casing.:thumbdwn:

Airbrushkid
07-08-10, 01:09 PM
I'm wondering how it is going to be with the antenna's since it's metal.

Sazar
07-08-10, 04:45 PM
That thing is not only ugly, but it's freaking ridiculous to pay that amount of money for a phone casing.:thumbdwn:

It's air-craft grade metal. Given that you normally purchase 2-3 cases (or not, depending on the person, I did for my previous phone) some would consider a single case with that price to be worth it if it metal instead of plastic or rubber or whatever else.

betterdan
07-08-10, 04:48 PM
I don't think it's ugly at all but that price is more ridiculous then g-a-m-e's short shorts... well almost.

Bearclaw
07-08-10, 06:55 PM
Eh. Never used cases for my phones. I like the 'naked' look.

If I get the iPhone4 I will definitely find something as its glass and shatters pretty easily. Dumb decision to make it glass, IMO.

Also, the fact that Apple is charging 30 bucks or the bumper case is sickening.

Q
07-08-10, 06:58 PM
Eh. Never used cases for my phones. I like the 'naked' look.

If I get the iPhone4 I will definitely find something as its glass and shatters pretty easily. Dumb decision to make it glass, IMO.

Also, the fact that Apple is charging 30 bucks or the bumper case is sickening.

I think the fact that Apple is charging 30 bucks as a "solution" to a problem they've engineered is pretty messed up. More so that they had these ready as a case solution before the phone was released and "before" they realized there was a problem. Shifty.

Bearclaw
07-09-10, 08:54 AM
I think the fact that Apple is charging 30 bucks as a "solution" to a problem they've engineered is pretty messed up. More so that they had these ready as a case solution before the phone was released and "before" they realized there was a problem. Shifty.

Agreed. The whole situation is complete bull****.

Airbrushkid
07-09-10, 09:35 AM
Here's the Bumper in action. It failed.


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Sazar
07-10-10, 12:42 PM
My saga with the Bumper is over.

Used it for a day/day and a half and have just setup my RMA and setup a return for it.

The lack of dock compatibility was one thing but the absolutely lack of headphone compatibility was the last straw.

I am updating my review to "DON'T BOTHER BUYING THIS PIECE OF ****" :)

Airbrushkid
07-13-10, 09:17 AM
Got mine and don't use a dock so no problem there just use cable it works. My headphones/ear-buds work too. What got me is they charge no shipping yet they shipped it from China and it came from there to Alaska to Jersey then New York. And they use Fedex so how much was shipping.




My saga with the Bumper is over.

Used it for a day/day and a half and have just setup my RMA and setup a return for it.

The lack of dock compatibility was one thing but the absolutely lack of headphone compatibility was the last straw.

I am updating my review to "DON'T BOTHER BUYING THIS PIECE OF ****" :)