Earlier we guided you on how to order a free bumper case from Apple for your iPhone 4. Upon requests from users we decided to briefly review the iPhone 4 cases that Apple is providing and help you choose from them.
- Does The Bumper Case Work On The iPhone 4?
- Apple’s iPhone 4 Free Bumper Case Program ends Sept. 30th
- How to Order Free iPhone 4 Bumper Case from Apple
What cases can I get for free?
Apple is providing ten free cases for iPhone 4 right now. They are listed as follows:
- Apple iPhone 4 Bumper – Black
- Incase Snap Case for iPhone 4 – Smoke
- Incase Snap Case for iPhone 4 – Clear
- Belkin Shield Micra – Clear
- Griffin Motif Diamonds/Smoke
- Griffin Reveal Etch – Black/Graphite
- Speck Fitted Case – Black Tartan
- Speck Pixelskin HD – Black
- Griffin Perforated Silicone – Black
- Griffin Perforated Silicone – White
Let’s take a look at the best available options. Wherever possible, we have also included photos of our favorite cases from the above list so that you don’t have to judge just from the stock images by the manufacturers.
This case is prices at $29 for regular purchase. We are not particularly fond of Apple’s bumper because it does not provide any scratch protection for the iPhone’s back. All other 9 cases provide this.
Incase Snap Case Clear/Smoke
Priced at $35 this package includes a video stand as well. The clear case is glossy while the smoke case is made of matte plastic. The matte version looks pretty good on the black iPhone 4. The clear case notably attracts more scratches and keeps them visible.
Downsides include an exposed top, bottom and side buttons. No incompatibility with large headphone jacks obviously. Also, the large cutout for rear camera is welcome as it helps avoid glare while using flash.
Speck Pixelcase HD
Priced at $30 this case is made of matte material. Only the gridlines in the back is glossy. Offers very good protection with all buttons well covered.
Griffin Reveal Etch
Priced at $30 this case is made of TPU. Provides optimum protection for all buttons as they are covered with the rubber grip. The rear is more slippery than most cases here but looks pretty good.
Griffin Motif Diamonds/Smoke
Priced at $20 this is a glossy smoke-colored soft plastic case that provides protection for all the buttons. The translucent and refracting pattern on the back makes it one of the most unique cases. Offers no resistance to sliding in and out of pockets and looks great too.
Speck Fitted Case – Black Tartan
One of the very sophisticated cases by looks alone. This case is a two piece and one of the strongest ones here. The case doesn’t come off due to most drops and bumps.
Since it’s a two piece, the side grip is made of hard and toughened material. The rear fabric finish adds elegance to the case. Regular Price is $30. The volume buttons and power buttons are left bare as the hard side grip has a cutout for them.
We personally have more than one favorites viz. the Pixelskin HD, Griffin Motif and the Speck Fitted case.
We chose to leave out Griffin’s perforated case as the holes in the back causes dust and lint to accumulate with periodic use causing scuffs on the back.
Do let us know which one did you finally order for your iPhone 4?
Hands-on Images Courtesy iLounge.