The Week in iPhone 4 Cases: Classy styles

This week's iPhone 4 case roundup features a classy leather offering by none other than the luxury carmaker Bentley. The list also includes an aircraft-grade carbon-fiber beauty, a near-indestructible coat of armor, as well as some snazzy artistic designs. Read on for more ways to pamper your iPhone.

Bentley

Bentley's iPhone and iPad cases

You might not be able to afford a Bentley car, but a Bentley-branded iPhone case ($73) is well within reach of the not-so-filthy-rich. The case, made in conjunction with Bentley’s “luxury leather partner” Ettinger, is handmade from red and black leather and features a design inspired by the Beluga and Hotspur interior trim colours of the Bentley Continental Supersports car.

Bioserie

Bioserie's Printed iPhone 4 Cover

Environmentally friendly casemaker Bioserie has released the Printed iPhone 4 Cover ($35). Like the rest of Bioserie’s cases, the Printed iPhone 4 Cover is made of plant-based, plastic material and features a scratch-resistant coating. The case is available in a wide variety of edgy, psychedelic printed designs. According to Bioserie, each pixel on the case is printed through a separate and precise ink placement, resulting in excellent color reproduction.

Element Case

Element Case's Vapor Pro

Element Case has launched a new version of its high-tech Vapor Case, the Vapor Pro ($150). The rugged, lightweight case, which will be available through a limited first run, is forged from aircraft-grade carbon fiber and sports an abrasion-resistant electrolytic coating. The profile of the Pro is slightly taller than that of the Vapor 4 for greater impact protection, and the Pro has larger connector cut outs for use with a wider range of aftermarket cables and headphones. The case also comes with its own zippered carrying case—that’s right, a case for a case and a special hex tool that can be carried on your keyring for easier removal and installation.

Griffin

Griffin's Rick Nielsen Signature Case

It seems we can’t go a week without a new artist-branded case popping up, and this week is no exception, with Griffin releasing the Rick Nielsen Signature Case ($25). Rick Nielson, the guitarist and songwriter for the band Cheap Trick, is known for his checkerboard motifs, and now you can sport his signature look on your iPhone. The snap-on shell case provides impact and scratch protection for your phone while boasting a rockin’, Rick Nielsen-approved checkerboard design. It even comes with two matching Rick Nielsen guitar picks.

Jivo

Jivo's Wrapture case

Jivo’s Wrapture case ($35) features stylish print graphics inspired by today’s fashion, culture, and music and sports a durable, lightweight, one-piece design. Custom-fit contours and openings allow access to all ports, sensors, cameras, and controls, and you can choose between six striking graphic designs.

LifeProof

LifeProof's LifeProof case

For a case that can handle the most rigorous aspects of life, check out LifeProof’s LifeProof case ($70). The super-rugged case is built to withstand water, dirt, snow, and shock without breaking a sweat—or your phone. But unlike a number of super-tough cases, the LifeProof case offers this protection while adding minimal bulk to your phone. In fact, the case weighs less than an ounce and adds just 1/16 of an inch to the your phone's thickness. Not bad for a case that can withstand two meters of water and two-meter drops onto any surface.

USBFever

USBFever's Power Pack

USBFever’s Power Pack with replaceable battery ($80) consists of three parts: a bumper case, a back cover, and a 1400mAh battery. The case sports a slim design and is available in four different colors. Best of all, if you run down your case’s battery you can replace it with a new one ($13) and keep the good times rolling.

Verizon case updates

Speck's Fitted case

Speck: Speck has updated a number of its cases to fit the Verizon (CDMA) iPhone 4. The PixelSkin HD ($30) is a high-contrast skin case that sports a rubbery, matte finish and an artsy, pixelated design. The GeoMetric ($30) boasts a slim, angular design and features contrasting-textured facets and a contoured fit. Finally, the Fitted ($30) combines hardshell protection with fabric-wrapped style in a form-fitting, two-piece package.

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