Product Type: Apple Mobile Phone Case
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A Nice and Simple Solution to a Few Problems.
Apple iPhone 4 Bumper
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Apple iPhone 4 Bumper
Advantages: Free if an early iPhone 4 adopter, range of colours, drop protection, help with signal attenuation.
Disadvantages: Design of holes tie you to Apple's own accessories.
The Oxford English Dictionary defines the word 'bumper' as meaning "a horizontal bar or strip fixed across the front or back of a motor vehicle to reduce the damage in a collision or as a trim" , which is exactly what Apple's new iteration of the iPhone needs due to the exposed (and much discussed), and therefore vulnerable antenna.
As I recall for the first month of the iPhone 4's life only the black bumper case was available, the most popular due to its sleek and subtle look. I, however, opted for the shocking orange bumper case, which, so far, I haven't regretted, other options include; White, Pink, Blue and Green. The bumper case comes in simple and well designed packaging, bar the humourous diagram on the back of the packaging detailing where the case should be applied to the phone... Such a, to coin an internet phrase, 'facepalm' moment, that I even deemed it tweet worthy.
A bumper case comes in two shades of the chosen colour, a more pastel colour around the edges and deeper colour surrounding the antenna. This is due to the seemingly two different materials, a rubber around the edges to ease with application and plastic/sylicone around the antenna for maximum shock absorption (one would assume).
The thing that most people need to get their heads around is that it acts as a bumper... nothing more. The glass screen and backing are still unprotected from scratches and the like. I recommend the obvious solution of using screen protectors, out of which I believe Zagg's INVISIsheild to be the best solution, making your phone scratch-proof, with the bumper case absorbing any impacts of your phone and the ground which may occur, presumably due to the consumption of copious amounts of alcohol or the application of butter to one's fingers.
The bumper cases are precision manufactured so all the holes and buttons are in the correct places, the volume buttons and sleep/wake button even have buttons on the case itself, which in turn press on the device's buttons. I personally have two grips with the holes in the bumper case: firstly the hole arond the dock only accomodates the usb connector supplied with the phone itself, docks or third party charging acessories are more than likely not to fit. Secondly the mute switch is rather difficult to get at and requires the use of a finger nail. I could also see that there could be a problem in the fact that the hole for the headphones only allows for Apple's own headphones, annoying if you prefer to use third party ones, this however, does not affect myself.
A few postiives of the design of the case are that it slightly lifts the phone off of a flat surface when place upon one, so the back doesn not become scratched/dirty. As well as this it also allows the phone to fit more comfortably in one's hand as it adds a curve to the 'sharp' edges.
And finally... what everybody has been waiting for... whether it helps with the signal attenuation.... In short, yes.
Bumper cases were originally priced at £25, which is ridiculous even with the so-called 'Apple Tax"' but due to the over-played signal attenuation issues Apple now offer a free case to 'early adopters', meaning that you can get a bumper case for free (check on Apple's website to see when this offer ends). From what I can see of the free options, a bumper case seems like one's best bet.
Summary: A good idea, implemented well, although in a way that ties you to Apple accessories
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