All products reviewed were purchased at a local Apple Store.
As an iPhone owner I am very conscious of protecting my iPhone. God only knows how much money we actually spend on it each month. That being said, I felt the need to go and figure what best suited my needs as a casual but overcautious iPhone owner. I wanted something that gave protection suitable for most situations. At the very least something that looked decent but was functional.
My solution I feel offers a very decent protection all the while keeping my iphone sleek and cool looking. Even stylish as some would say. At the very least more complementary then not.
I started off with the Marware "C.E.O.™ Sleeve for iPhone
. At first I fumbled a bit trying to get the iPhone into and out of the case. I was not used to it, however after a day or two my fingers adjusted to the feel of the case and I find it very comfortable. It felt a bit bulky, but when comparing it to some of the other ones it did not seem as bad. Besides the clip protrudes from the back which cuts out half the bulk feeling unlike some of the back-clips that clip-on for other models. The velcro lip-attachment is not bad, could also be a tad stronger, I would have preferred a strong magnet though as that makes no sound. I once walked into a meeting where I forgot to mute my phone first. When I tried to covertly remove the phone to switch the mute button, the velcro rip was equivalent to scratching nails on a blackboard. Least to say it was awkward. Although after inspecting the company website I found this little quote;
The black C.E.O. Premiere uses a secure magnetic enclosure while the vanilla uses durable Velcro®. The black C.E.O. Premiere sold anywhere other than on Marware's website will use Velcro®.
While good to know it does come in a magnet version, that version is inaccessible to people who rather pick it up in store.
The case also came with a free film to protect the screen from scratches. It was a pretty good plastic cover. Once put on properly I couldn't really tell it was on.
- Very nice leather look.
- Easy to grip the iphone whether taking it out or placing it inside.
- Came with a thin screen protector plastic cover
- Does what it was made for.
- Comes with a Magnet option if bought from the website
- Velcro lip connector could be slightly stronger, but still does the job well.
- It is a hip-case and as such will always feel bulkier then non-hip-cases.
- $34.99 is a price I find a bit much.
- It only comes with the Magnet option from the online store.
Bottom Line: Great Hip-Case. I was very satisfied with the purchase. Likely you would too.
The next product I tested was the Power Support Anti-Glare Film Set for iPhone 3G
Until now I had been using a clear protective film from the Marware hip-case. Although almost entirely not noticeable I felt I needed something more. That is where the Anti-Glare Film came in. There isn't much to say about this product. It is a matte finish which really does remind me of my MacBook Pro screen which has a matte finish to it. I find it ridiculously reduces the smudge factor on the screen. It does have a slightly reduced brightness effect, however I feel it is completely justified by the scratch protecting barrier it creates. I truthfully don't even notice the reduced brightness after a few minutes of playing with it. Actually until I put on the Anti-Glare film I had been using brightness set at about 20% or less. I only now put it at the full 100% and it looks gorgeous. The Anti-Glare film comes with clear instructions which anyone competent could follow. The feel is certainly different, my finger doesn't slide as smoothly as it did without the Anti-Glare film. It's not a bad feel, just a different feel that I'm getting used to. Lastly the 'Power Support Anti-Glare Film Set for iPhone 3G' comes with two Anti-Glare films! Yup if one gets scratched or needs replacement for whatever reason, you've got a backup.
Note: I actually asked an Apple employee in store to place the Anti-Glare film on my iPhone. I figured I might as well let them do it so they can be responsible for any screw ups. I'd like to report they did a fantastic job!
- Anti-Glare works
- Reduces visibility of smudges, not 100% but enough to notice the difference.
- Comes with two Anti-Glare films.
- Does reduce brightness, but as I said it is very negligible difference.
- Is noticeable to the trained eye.
- For $14.95 I'm not sure it was worth it. Then again sometimes you do need to bite the bullet to save way way more in case of accidents.
Bottom Line: I'll probably never know it until the day I actually scratch the screen. When that day comes I bet I'll be praising myself to high heaven that I just saved myself a little fortune.
Next on the list is the Contour Design Hardskin
I bought the black version. Why I chose the black (I happen to have a 16g White
iPhone) is because it simply looked the best out of th So far I've found it easy to snap on, snap off. Feels really nice in my hand, not too grippy not too hard-plastic feel. Looks overall sleek and nice. I won't lie to you and say I think it is stylish. It is not bad, but I have seen some others that look better. In fact I wouldn't necessarily recommend this case. I would say that I do have it, and would also tell you that I do believe you would be satisfied with your purchase of this case if you so chose it. Actually from the Contour Design website their Fusion iPhone 3G case
is probably much more stylish. I haven't seen it in real life so I am basing off pictures.
To be continued... but not by much more! :p