1. sting7k's Avatar
    But you're not in a ceiling-to-floor, 4 glass wall and ceiling room are you? :P

    If you were surrounded completely by glass and metal you wouldn't be able to make a phone call.
    Metal yes, but not glass. I get fine signal in my car.
    11-11-2010 06:20 PM
  2. Big Dookie's Avatar
    I dont know if anyone else is having this problem or if they have figured out a way around it. I put the metal back on and I watch the bars go down to 1 bar from like 3 or 4 bars. It sucks because I love the back but cant use it.

    Some help would be awesome if anyone else has run into this problem.
    I have to say, this is not encouraging news!

    I hope that bit of shielding that the original back has (that the metal cover does not apparently) doesn't have anything to do with it.
    11-11-2010 07:14 PM
  3. Ipheuria's Avatar
    if it was my 3G I would have been all over it. However with the i4 there is just something but I'm less likely to mod it like this.
    11-11-2010 07:44 PM
  4. Jellotime91's Avatar
    Metal yes, but not glass. I get fine signal in my car.
    .. That's different. There are many areas in your car which signal can transfer through. Think about all the cracks between doors and seams etc. etc... An iPhone does not have any of those that the antenna could access.
    11-11-2010 08:39 PM
  5. TampaDude's Avatar
    .. That's different. There are many areas in your car which signal can transfer through. Think about all the cracks between doors and seams etc. etc... An iPhone does not have any of those that the antenna could access.
    Cracks and seams aren't the issue. Radio waves pass easily through glass.
    11-12-2010 01:07 AM
  6. sting7k's Avatar
    .. That's different. There are many areas in your car which signal can transfer through. Think about all the cracks between doors and seams etc. etc... An iPhone does not have any of those that the antenna could access.
    Come on now.

    The attenuation coefficient is the level by which a material will block or interfere with radio waves. This coefficient depends heavily on the thickness and composition of the material. Cardboard, paper, many plastics, water, and glass are all substances with very low attenuation coefficients. In addition, wood, brick, and cement have a limited effect on making radio waves blocked. However, metallic compounds, steel-reinforced concrete and the Earth reflects signals, preventing radio signals from passing through.

    How are Radio Waves Blocked?
    11-12-2010 11:23 AM
  7. Mustang5Oh's Avatar
    Got my back in today. Easy to install. It took maybe 30 seconds to complete the swap. The signal does not change from the standard cover and the temperature is also the same as the standard backing.

    Oh and the best part of this backing is the fact it makes the phone feel WAY less fragile! I love this thing!



    11-14-2010 03:17 AM
  8. sting7k's Avatar
    Nice, I'm so mad! USPS tried to deliver mine yesterday but because my stupid second floor doorbell is broken (and the dog was out on a walk) I didn't hear it and missed it. They recently stopped making second attempts because people were getting upset that they couldn't go in and pick it up the next day so now I have to go pick it up tomorrow instead of having a present brought to me.
    11-14-2010 01:26 PM
  9. Mustang5Oh's Avatar
    Nice, I'm so mad! USPS tried to deliver mine yesterday but because my stupid second floor doorbell is broken (and the dog was out on a walk) I didn't hear it and missed it. They recently stopped making second attempts because people were getting upset that they couldn't go in and pick it up the next day so now I have to go pick it up tomorrow instead of having a present brought to me.
    Ahhh that's lame but at least you will have it very soon. I was like a kid on Christmas when I saw the delivery guy at my door!
    11-15-2010 01:16 AM
  10. matthew23's Avatar
    Got my back in today. Easy to install. It took maybe 30 seconds to complete the swap. The signal does not change from the standard cover and the temperature is also the same as the standard backing.

    Oh and the best part of this backing is the fact it makes the phone feel WAY less fragile! I love this thing!



    Is that the gun metal color? I ordered the gun metal diamond cut back cover last night. I am debating if I should have gone with the plain silver color instead to better match the silver on the phone itself. Anyone have any recommendations? Also, what does the diamond cut part mean? I ordered it because I figured it was newer and they might have them in stock sooner but wasn't exactly sure what the diamond cut part meant.

    He is the link to the one I got:

    Apple iPhone 4 diamond cut black back cover - gunmetal metal insert - - Cellular Accessories |
    11-15-2010 10:01 AM
  11. Mustang5Oh's Avatar
    No I didn't get the Gunmetal. Just poor lighting for the pictures.
    11-15-2010 12:11 PM
  12. watsnow's Avatar
    Thank you!
    11-16-2010 07:50 AM
  13. Big Dookie's Avatar
    Man, mine STILL has not arrived yet. It's been nearly a month since I ordered it.

    It did leave Chicago a couple of days ago though according to the tracking site, so I'm still hopeful that I'll get it sometime this week.
    11-16-2010 10:55 AM
  14. sting7k's Avatar
    Picked mine up yesterday. I like it, but I'm torn. I really love the SGP Neo Hybrid case I have right now and don't know if I'm ready to take it off because of how fragile the frame is and hard it is to get back on. The back piece looks nice though. I'll probably do it soon.
    11-16-2010 11:42 AM
  15. DusanCarSilni's Avatar
    Awesome...got to have one like that...
    11-17-2010 03:48 AM
  16. NickCurtis's Avatar
    It would be better if someone will do a review for this so I can evaluate it.
    11-18-2010 02:41 AM
  17. Steve-O's Avatar
    STILL waiting for mine to arrive. has taken 6 weeks so far. It took 5 weeks before they even posted it. Hoping it will be here by next week!!! :-/
    11-18-2010 06:23 AM
  18. Jellotime91's Avatar
    It looks SO much darker than the stainless steel sides. That really bugs me.
    11-18-2010 11:54 AM
  19. Big Dookie's Avatar
    It looks SO much darker than the stainless steel sides. That really bugs me.
    Shouldn't really matter if you use a bumper anyway.

    Also, apparently they tried to deliver mine today, but wouldn't leave it since I couldn't sign for it. Really? How big can the package be USPS, you couldn't just stick it in my mailbox? Some people have to work and aren't able to sit at home all day waiting on the mail to arrive...

    In any case, looks like I'll be making a trip down to the post office.
    11-18-2010 04:40 PM
  20. sting7k's Avatar
    Shouldn't really matter if you use a bumper anyway.

    Also, apparently they tried to deliver mine today, but wouldn't leave it since I couldn't sign for it. Really? How big can the package be USPS, you couldn't just stick it in my mailbox? Some people have to work and aren't able to sit at home all day waiting on the mail to arrive...

    In any case, looks like I'll be making a trip down to the post office.
    The package may not fit in a normal sized mail box. On top of that it's registered mail so you have to sign for it.
    11-18-2010 05:27 PM
  21. Jellotime91's Avatar
    Shouldn't really matter if you use a bumper anyway.

    Also, apparently they tried to deliver mine today, but wouldn't leave it since I couldn't sign for it. Really? How big can the package be USPS, you couldn't just stick it in my mailbox? Some people have to work and aren't able to sit at home all day waiting on the mail to arrive...

    In any case, looks like I'll be making a trip down to the post office.
    I most certainly don't use a bumper. LOL

    I don't like cases on my iPhone.
    11-18-2010 10:12 PM
  22. Massie's Avatar
    Man, this thread just keeps going--they should send me a freebie for starting it!
    11-18-2010 11:38 PM
  23. Big Dookie's Avatar
    Yay, my iPhone 4 Metal Back finally came in! Only took a month. I posted a review over in the Penny Arcade forums, but since I originally heard about it here I figured I'd leave my impressions in this thread as well.



    So yeah, I ordered this thing way back on October 19th, and it just finally came in this morning. Actually, it came on on Thursday, and after 2 days of fighting with the post office trying to get them to actually deliver it to me, I finally got it today. But that's another story. In any case, it took forever to come in, but was it worth it?



    The standard iPhone 4. Pretty? Yes. Fragile? Very. My main motivation for getting the metal back was so that I could finally start using my iPhone naked, like it was meant to be. I've been using a bumper since I bought it, and though it doesn't look bad, you just can't beat the look of an iPhone 4 with nothing else on it. Enter, the Metal iPhone 4 Back!



    This little guy was purchased from Cellular Nationwide Network, a Chinese online OEM store. Or something, I don't really know much about this place, just that they (eventually) delivered exactly what I ordered from them, so I guess they're trustworthy enough. It's currently out of stock, but I bought it for something like $15, so if they release more that's about what you can expect to pay for it. Here's another look:



    Installation of the back is a pretty painless process. First, you look all over your house for a phillips head screwdriver small enough for the tiny iPhone screws. Then, after you finally give up and drive down to the hardware store to buy one, you come back and remove the two little screws on either side of the dock port. Then, you just push up on the back cover, and it slides right off. Here are the two backs side-by-side:



    I've read complaints that this back feels cheap, but honestly, it doesn't feel any less cheap or flimsy than the original glass back. One is a flimsy piece of plastic with glass on top of it, one is a flimsy piece of plastic with metal on top of it. The quality seems fine to me, but maybe I'm just not picky enough. After you've removed the old back, you simply slide the metal back into place, replace the two tiny screws, and you're done. Easy peasy, and now you have a swell industrial looking iPhone!



    So the question is, how is it? So far, I really like it. From some of the pictures I saw before hand, the metal looked like a completely different color than the antenna band around the phone, but in person the two are actually very close in color. The main difference is the finish. The antenna band is more polished, while the metal back has a bit of a brushed look. Overall, they match pretty well. Not perfect, but good. Speaking of the finish, the new back is not slick at all like the glass was. It offers a nice texture that makes it easy to grip. I don't feel like I'm going to accidentally let this thing slip through my fingers.



    The only complaint I have is that the bevel on the metal back kills the nice symmetrical look of the original back. It used to look like an ice-cream sandwich, now it looks a little more like a hamburger. The back is a little fatter than the front now, and the edges don't exactly match up like with the original glass back. However, you only really notice this when you're really looking closely at it, and the bevel was apparently a design decision to avoid a super sharp metal edge. I don't think it's going to bother me at all in the long term. Here's a close up:



    Another concern I'd heard about was the antenna issue. In other words, was this huge piece of metal going to effect signal performance? I was skeptical that this would be an issue since the iPhone 4's design uses an external antenna anyway, and so far I'm happy to say that my suspicions have been confirmed. I've only used it for a few hours, but I'm seeing little-to-no difference in signal strength from what I used to have with the glass back. So I'd say if that's a concern, you probably shouldn't worry about it much.



    I personally am going to drop the bumper, but if you wanted to keep using protection, could you? The answer is yes, the bumper fits on it just fine.



    I don't like the look of it with the bumper though. The bevel shows, and with the bumper around that it looks a little tacky to me. Just personal preference though. One issue for people who might want to do this is that, since the metal back is a bit thicker than the normal glass back, it is basically flush with the bumper. Before with the glass back, you could set it down and the back would be lifted up off the surface thanks to being a bit recessed by the bumper. Now though, if you set it down, the metal back will likely be contacting whatever surface you set it on, even with the bumper on it.

    I mentioned earlier how the back took forever to get to me, but I will credit CNN with sending me an extra gift since it took so long. It's just a screen protector, and I'm not even sure if I'll use it or not, but it does at least take some of the sting out of having to wait so long for it to come in. I don't currently use a screen protector because I used the bumper, but I may put it on now that I don't have any other protection for the front of the phone. You can't beat free.

    Overall, if I had to give the metal back a letter grade, I'd give it a B. Good, but still room for improvement. The finish and look is fantastic, and I love that I can finally go naked with my phone now without the worry of scratching up the original glass back. On the negative side, it does make the phone just a smidge thicker, and some people may not like the beveled look.

    I give this product the Big Dookie seal of approval, and if it is ever back in stock, I would recommend a purchase.
    11-20-2010 06:05 PM
  24. Steve-O's Avatar
    Got mine today, at long last - only took 6 weeks(!) Although I did get a screen protector as well for the delay.

    It looks really nicely made & very sturdy. Just gotta find a screw-driver small enough now & then I'll get it fitted!
    11-23-2010 12:18 PM
  25. matthew23's Avatar
    Overall, if I had to give the metal back a letter grade, I'd give it a B. Good, but still room for improvement. The finish and look is fantastic, and I love that I can finally go naked with my phone now without the worry of scratching up the original glass back. On the negative side, it does make the phone just a smidge thicker, and some people may not like the beveled look.

    I give this product the Big Dookie seal of approval, and if it is ever back in stock, I would recommend a purchase.[/QUOTE]

    Great Review! i ordered one a few weeks ago and got an email on Monday stating that the order was preparing to ship....
    11-23-2010 04:36 PM
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