Ten... iPhone 4 cases
Have you got protection?
Product Round-up Apple successfully put the ‘antennagate’ controversy to sleep when it announced that it would provide all iPhone 4 owners with a free case. Judging by the number of uncovered iPhone 4s I see around London, not many users were that concerned. But even if you're not worried about reception woes, there are good reasons to grab yourself a case to protect your handset. And with Apple's free offer now ended, it's a good time to look at the dozens of bumpers, cases and wallets available. So here’s a roundup of the best ones I’ve seen so far.
Belkin DualFit Armband
Belkin has a bit of an obsession with sports armbands, so this iPhone 4 model was pretty inevitable. It’s probably only a matter of time before they make one for the iPad too. The armband is made out of stretchy neoprene, with a velcro armband to keep it securely in place when you’re thrashing around at the gym. It’s also water-resistant for outdoor use, and hand-washable if it gets a bit grubby. I was a bit worried that the thick plastic cover would affect the touch-screen controls, but I had no trouble tapping away at various apps on the iPhone screen.
Reg Rating 80%
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Belkin Verve Cinema
The Verve Cinema case is a good option if you like to use your iPhone for watching videos on long journeys. The leather holster case wraps around the back and sides of the iPhone, framing the screen for easy viewing. There’s also a little stand that pulls out of the back of the case, allowing you to prop the screen up in landscape orientation when you’re watching a video. There is one niggling little annoyance, though. There’s a cut-out for the front camera, so you can use the iPhone’s FaceTime feature, but the main camera on the back of the handset is covered up.
Reg Rating 75%
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Really?? A phone/wallet is a good idea? I enjoy carrying my wallet next to my face when talking on the phone. It really helps maximise the efficiency of little scrotes that want to steal my wallet or phone - now they don't have to make a choice!
I have an Rubber Johnie Incipio case and after a few weeks its as loose as a wizards sleeve.
Also it catches on my pocket when I try to stuff it in and pull it out repeatedly.
This round-up was also prompted by the little matter of 'antennagate'....
If Apple was forced to give millions of cases away for free then most iPhone users will probably consider a case an essential item - which is not the case for most other types of 'phone.
I can't believe El Reg still isn't invited to the Apple WWDC after reviews like this? :)
Let me guess...
next weeks article - "Top.. Ten.. Essential.. Reasons.. Why you must buy an iPhone soon?"
With the obscene amount of iCoverage of late, it seems like someone is trying too hard to get back on His christmas card list.