Don't-Miss iPhone Case Stories
Shells and skins cover the back and sides of your iPhone 4, but not its screen, offering moderate protection while letting you use the iPhone in its case. We've reviewed three more shell-style iPhone 4 cases this week: Incipio's Feather and Edge and Case-Mate's ID Credit Card Case.
Element Case's Vapor is beautiful, but in practice it's not very practical. This block of "aircraft grade aluminum" needs to be literally bolted together, and it doesn't provide a whole lot of protection.
The iPhone 4 ID Credit Card Case makes your phone slightly more useful by adding room on the back to carry credit cards or an ID.
Incipio's Edge for iPhone 4 is a hardshell case with a straightforward design and a detachable bottom, perfect for docking your iPhone.
iPhone cases can't get much lighter or more minimal than this. The Incipio Feather case is thin, with a hold-able texture and access to all the necessary ports.
Shells and skins generally cover the back and sides of your iPhone 4, but not its screen, offering moderate protection while letting you use the iPhone in its case. They range from thin, soft-silicone coverings to polycarbonate protection to gaming grips. Here are our reviews of iPhone 4 shells and skins. New reviews this week include Agent 18's EcoShield+, Hard Candy Cases' Bubble Slider, Gumdrop Cases' Surf Slider, and Incase's Slider Case.
Agent 18's EcoShield+ for iPhone 4 includes some nice features to protect your iPhone, but its integrated stand is a mixed bag.
Incase's Slider Case for iPhone 4 offers large openings for easy access to buttons and ports, and comes with a bonus plastic stand to prop up your iPhone on a desk or table when watching video.
The Surf Slider for iPhone 4 is a semi-transparent polycarbonate two-piece hardshell case that provides typical protection for its type, but feels a little slippery to the touch.
Hand Candy Cases' $35 Bubble Slider iPhone 4 case is a two-piece polycarbonate hardshell case that offers good proection for a slider-type case without adding significant bulk.
Apple is providing a free case to any iPhone 4 owner who has experienced reception issues due to the device's external-antenna design. While a number of cases are available, all are essentially variations on the same basic design: a shell that covers the back and sides of the iPhone but leaves the screen exposed. So which one do you choose? We've recently updated our collection of free-case-program reviews to include late additions to the program from Incase and Griffin Technology.
If you're a fan of "silicone skin" cases, this is the closest you'll get from the offerings in Apple's free-case program. It's also a good case if you plan to use third-party accessories, thanks to large openings for plugs and connections and an easy-to-remove design. But it also suffers from the drawbacks of silicone.
Incase's Snap Case doesn't add much bulk or hide the iPhone 4's good looks. It's also an appealing option if you plan to use your iPhone with third-party accessories, and the included stand is a nice bonus. But the case is quite slippery and doesn't offer a lot of protection.