- 05-08-2011, 01:21 AM #51
UPDATE: After a week of use and additional testing, found no change in reception switched back and forth between OEM and metal back in different places. No noticeable loss of reception.
Compared pics and noticed no affect when adequate light available. If the picture subject is near in dim to dark light, some slight flash bleed and grainy pic. If subject further away, pic gets worse. Results were worsened when the diffuser was added. OEM back results in way better photos in dim light and total darkness.
- 05-10-2011, 12:42 PM #52
CORRECTION: After testing photos with both backplates further, I found out that the real problem with the vignetting was actually due to my AGF case and improper installation. Figured this out because when my phone was in my Commuter case, no problems with vignetting. Noticed that the openings for the Commuter were larger for both the camera lens and flash (substantially larger for the flash). Also, the Commuter has a felt lining around the openings to prevent light from leaking into the lens portion. These small differences definitely make a difference in preventing vignetting so great job on the behalf of Otterbox. They apparently did their research. Could probably modify the AGF case to work properly, but not really wanting to mod it.
In regards to the improper installation, there is foam surrounding the flash inside the iPhone. This foam is there to prevent light from bleeding into the lens side. If you aren't careful while installing the backplate, you can misalign this foam which then results in vignetting with both the original backplate and metal backplate.
Did all this testing after removing the diffuser as the diffuser was a culprit too because it causes a lot of light to reflect back into the phone. My conclusion is that these aftermarket backplates are good if you want to be different or want the added protection. Haven't noticed a decrease in reception and pics come out close to the original backplate.
Weighed my phone with the metal back which was 5.6 oz compared to 5.0 oz with the original back.
Last edited by wrxnfx; 05-16-2011 at 08:33 PM.
- 05-14-2011, 08:07 AM #54
I picked up the diamond cut case from a member here and it's cool looking BUT as he had said, it weighs a ton! So I installed an invisible shield on and carried it for a day. I didn't end up liking the extra weight. So after a single day it came off again. Anyone want it ha ha ha!
- 05-14-2011, 07:31 PM #55
I must not be able to tell weight cause it did not feel that heavy to me. The problem I had was with those stupid pentalobe screws. They got about half way with the new back and then stopped, i didnt want to strip the heads so I ordered some replacement philips (much better design imo) and will install then. Didn't have it on long enough to notice any signal or quality drop. although while i had it on I was at 5 bars.
- 05-14-2011, 08:13 PM #56
If you feel just the glass back vs the metal, it is night and day for me. I didn't strip the pentalobe screws but I did a little. So I ordered replacement ones online that I'll use once they come on.
My metal back seem almost heavier than the entire phone.
- 05-14-2011, 09:08 PM #57
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- 05-19-2011, 10:48 AM #60
Ok had the back cover on now or a few hours I see what you guys were saying about signal I am down to three bars instead of my normal 5 haven't had any phone calls to see if quality is effect or if I start dropping calls. I guess that will be the deciding factor.
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- 05-24-2011, 11:25 PM #61
After testing the phone with the metal back, I have been able to confirm a very slight decrease in reception. Didn't really see a drop in the number of bars but have been able to repeat the results. Keep in mind that I tested it in a stairwell in the middle of a high rise building. Most phones especially those not on Verizon get zero reception here. Also, did this in the basement of another building, too. In the stairwell, my BB Storm2 would always drop a call around the second flight of stairs. My iPhone4 with OEM back never dropped a call but sometimes the other person would have a difficult time hearing me. The metal back caused me to drop a call in the same spot as my BB Storm2. A decrease in reception but relatively minor considering most phones don't even work there. In the basement, pretty much same situation with no other carriers having reception except Verizon. Metal back causes slight decrease in data reception while no voice reception. OEM back allows for stronger data reception but not by much. Internet access was just a tad bit faster.