Best Case Scenario
I am a bit late to this iPhone 4S case party so please forgive me (yes, I did search) for asking what I am sure has been asked over and over...
Part of the appeal for having an iPhone (for some of us) is letting others know you have an iPhone. All you have to do is look at how people list all their devices to know how much "stuff" seems to matter to some people and how they may think you may be impressed by it. I admit I enjoy the false illusion of status that having an iPhone creates in the minds of people who look at outside world things and draw conclusions. Who am I to correct someone who thinks I am spoiled or otherwise above the fray when I slip my iPhone out of my pocket and make sure they notice... yes, its an iPhone?
For this reason I feel it is such a shame to have to protect my phone with a case that completely obliterates the fact that I have an iPhone. I mean really, everyone has a phone and most of them can text and talk. But who among them can press a button and say, "who's your daddy" and have a female respond, "You are, now can we get back to work" and not have to explain to the wife who the ***** was on my phone?
I don't really have time to look at every case mentioned in the many pages here to find something that protects and at the same time doesn't completely take away the advantage that a big lump in my jeans creates (I keep my phone in my left front pocket) especially when I slip it out and show it off. Nice plastic box you have there is not the response I am looking for. Oh, you have an iPhone is more to my liking.
What I am asking (finally) is what case out there protects and at the same time doesn't completely cover my iPhone so it is no longer recognizable? I'm seeking advice from an actual user of a case who doesn't want to cover up the fact that they have an iPhone. It should have a screen protector and back protector if open. I am not interested in a skin. It can be any material (aluminum, polycarbonate, jell, whatever) as long as it doesn't grab all the lint in my pocket and is easy to clean.
I am currently waiting on an Otterbox Reflex case to arrive in the mail but that seems a little extreme. In over 10 years I have dropped my phone maybe 3 times, two out of those three I used my foot to prevent a full on drop, and the other time I was sitting on the toilet and it didn't fall very far.
I keep my phone in my front pants pocket dangerously close to my n*tsack and don't want those to fall off so a case that can contain any potentially harmful seepage would be nice. Does such a case exist? I have no plans to have more kids but that doesn't mean I want to shoot radiation bombs either.
This raises another question, can said radiation bombs harm the receiver of such bombs? Is there research I can read?
This raises another question - where is the best, safest place for a man to carry a phone?
Oh, I have a black 4S and I'm not too fond of two tone color in a case but if it works it works.
Thanks in advance!
- 12-09-2011, 03:31 PM #2
- 12-09-2011, 06:03 PM #3
I suggest the Incipio NGP case. Its a TPU material type case that has the benefits of a hard case for protection but wont damage the phone like some other hard cases. Doesnt catch lint at all, slick enough to go in and out of your pocket easily, but grippy enough to have a firm hold of your phone. Also, they way its designed, it is very screen protector friendly. I have gone through many cases over the years and this most definitely the best case Ive ever owned. Great price too, only $20! Check it out!
- 12-10-2011, 08:51 AM #4
- 12-10-2011, 09:12 AM #5
Sir, there is NO other case on the market besides the Snap Case by Incase that I would recommend to you. It's very low profile, fits great and comes in a clear color that will allow you to essentially show off your entire phone while offering an amount of protection you would feel comfortable with if you dropped it next time you are on the throne.
- 12-10-2011, 09:26 AM #7
Just checked out the Speck Candy shell satin case and it looks pretty sharp. I'm not crazy about two colors but the white/red might look pretty sweet on a black 4S. Thanks!
Since the last throne drop I started pulling the bath mat under my feet so at least I have a small amount of protection while seated surfing. Old dogs can learn new tricks!
Then, as I was looking at the Barely There cases I thought "more of the same" until I got to the Barely There 2 Series and thought YES some style. Again, the distressed brown leather unit caught my eye because it reminded me of a flask I once had (also kept in the front pocket for bulge appeal) that sadly got run over after a drunken night of "look what I can do". I lost a pair of sunglasses that night too. Apparently I can't do as much as I thought I could do at night wearing sunglasses.
Anyway, thanks for the input. These are on my YES list.
- 12-10-2011, 10:12 AM #11
I have a couple that I really like however if the phone didn't slide all over my seat I would not have a case on it but...
So my 2 favorite are the Magpul Case and I just got a new one I found at Best Buy yesterday. It's a white InCase Slider with black around where the silver is on the phone. Never thought I'd have a white cover but think it looks really cool.
If I were to pick one Incase slider that I did like it would be the chrome. It goes with the shiny wheels on my hummer and one can never have too much chrome. Plus, it would get noticed as I took it out. Perhaps mistaken for a giant lighter or camera but noticed just the same.
- 12-10-2011, 11:47 AM #13
I also must recommend the Twelve South BookBook if you're partial to leather.
If you're looking for wow-factor, this case gets tons of questions and comments. It's in my top 3 along with the Bumper and Barely There. I also threw on front and back Clarivue screen protectors. Crystal clear and CHEAP! Had them on my last 5 phones.
Last edited by BrindawithanI; 12-10-2011 at 08:58 PM.
- 12-10-2011, 11:50 AM #14
Thank you, thank you BrindawithanI
One more question if I could... I've been looking at this BookBook and I think I want it. My only concern would be if the leather that holds the phone in place softened and loosened over time? Soft and loose has it's place but not if it's holding my valuables. Any experience with this issue?
My plan is to invest in one new case a month or something like that. I like to switch things up and enjoy variety so as long as there is no case-on/case-off damage risk I can see myself testing all the cases mentioned in this thread and using whatever floats my boat at the moment I decide to pick up head outside, lump in jeans, smile on my face.
Thank you leharris22
PS: they were right, this is an amazing community. Thank you everyone!
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- 12-10-2011, 07:02 PM #16
Someone already mentioned the Otterbox Commuter, and I saw you bought the Reflex, so those would be my top two. Aside from those, Incipio makes the Stowaway, a matte finish acrylic case with a spot to keep your DL and debit/credit card. Not too bulky, and practical.
EDIT: a link for you! http://www.myincipio.com/iPhone-4-4S-Cases-Accessories/Incipio-iPhone-4-4S-Stowaway-Credit-Card-Hard-Shell-Case-with-Silicone-Core.asp
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Last edited by laelipoo; 12-10-2011 at 07:04 PM.
- 12-10-2011, 08:12 PM #17
Edit: they sell the BookBook at Apple stores if you prefer test driving it, however, when ordering from Twelve South you get free shipping and no tax. I received it in 2 days when I ordered mine.
You might want to check this one out too:
Case for iPhone 4/4S by PQ | The Little Black Book
Last edited by BrindawithanI; 12-10-2011 at 08:42 PM.
- 12-10-2011, 10:50 PM #18
I'm rocking the Otterbox Reflex myself. Bought an Incipio Feather today but took it back about 45 mins later. Nothing compares to the feel of the Reflex.
Gotta say though...I just checked out the iSkin sight and I'm digging the Solo Vu and Claro!!!
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Last edited by mistah_mumford; 12-10-2011 at 11:09 PM.
I am enjoying the Otterbox Reflex case. It was a bit snug to get on at first which caused issues with the screen protector that I never did seem to get on very well. Overall I'm happy.
Thanks laelipoo, and thanks for the link!
The Little Black Book didn't grab me like the BookBook has. I like the worn leather and the color and I'm pretty sure it will be my first next case unless I win one of the awesome contests they are running here! Fingers crossed.
I think the Incipio Feather also wouldn't work for me. I actually like the rectangle, straight lines of the iPhone 4S and don't want to add curve to it. That would remind me too much of the Palm Pre I just changed from.
The iSkin Claro, all clear, looks great for a night out when that iPhone comes creeping out of my pocket and I see eyes light up as they check out what kind of device I'm rocking. Hey, it can happen.
Thanks again for the input!
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