Published on December 24th, 2012 | by Celina0
Stylish iPhone 4/4s: Outfit Your Smartphone Wisely!
Choosing an iPhone case can seem a daunting task with so many on the market. There are cases that triple the size of your phone to ensure its protection, cases that make your phone look like a kitten, and even waterproof cases that you could take a bubble bath with. But for most ladies, at least, a smartphone cover is an accessory; and choosing a style is as important as a handbag or jewelry. We need a case that protects the phone but isn’t bulky or cumbersome, a case that withstands rolling around in a purse but that can still stand out from those of your friends. So imagine my excitement when we had the opportunity to try out six sleek new cases that all proved visually appealing and still protective enough to keep my phone in one piece with the typical slips and falls. And all of them are downright affordable!
The Case-Mate Tortoiseshell case is a classy option, reminiscent of a vintage pocketbook, perfect for a white iPhone. Since the hand painted tortoiseshell pattern doesn’t show up on a black phone, the case comes with a white card to insert in the case. It’s ultra slim and doesn’t add additional weight to the phone but it can also be a bit slippery to hold onto. Surprisingly impact resistant despite its slim silhouette, the case covers the back and the corners of the phone. I received the most compliments from friends on this striking case. Available in stores and online for $40.
Another option from Case-Mate, the Tough case, is available in a number of patterns, including the Elephants and Umbrellas print. This case has two layers of protection: a form-fitting silicone wrap to increase shock resistance and a poly carbonate hard shell to protect from impact. The whimsical pattern and impressive protection were pleasantly surprising for such a slim case. However, the silicone layer provided some resistance when I attempted to slide the phone into my pocket and it did attract lint inside my handbag. Available for $40.
The next case we tried out was the Spigen Linear Mirror case, a unique 3-part case that is both protective and adorable. The case consists of a upper frame, a lower frame that locks onto the upper, and a back panel that is mirrored for the convenient last minute makeup application. We chose the Alice model, which had a baby pink frame and a mirror speckled with pink polka dots. The mirrored case looked a bit fragile out of the box; the three pieces looking plasticky and thin. However, I was impressed by how well the pieces fit together and the mirror held up despite a hard fall. Unfortunately, though the case boasted that the mirror was scratch resistant, within a week of traveling in my purse, the mirrored back was thoroughly scratched up. This was disappointing but understandable given the low price. Available for $28.
We also looked at the Spigen Linear Biskitt series. This case features a cute adorable polka dot pattern on a simple plastic case similar to that of the Linear Mirror case. Available in four different color combinations, they are quirkily named with dog breeds: Dalmatian (black), Maltese (pink), Welsh Corgi (lime), and Spits (blue). The linear series is also unique in that the cases are all compatible with each other, meaning you can personalize your phone with different color combinations. Available for $25.
Speck also sent us a pair of cases to review. The sleek FabShell Luxe case is both form-fitting and head-turning. Backed with real top-grain leather, this great case comes in four sultry colors: cognac, black, hunter green, and burgundy. We found this case to be the most protective of all the cases reviewed since it provides a lip of reinforced coverage around the edges of the phone in addition to protecting the back. The leather looked a bit worn after a tumble with keys in my handbag but we imagine it would hold up well over time. At a slightly higher price point, the extra protection proved worth it at $50, and it’s nice if you’re a fan of leather.
Finally, also from Speck, the PixelSkin offered the best grip, though the most basic looks. Protective and durable, the texture was easy to hold, but tended to attract fuzz and does add quite a bit of bulk. An “HD” version is available with a slimmer profile, though with a bit less protection. Inexpensive at $25, and available in a black or blue.