Product Type: Apple Mobile Phone Case
Newest Review: ... snugly around the phone with all the needed gaps to access the volume buttons, on/off button and headphone socket. It is a very elegant... more
Basic protection that should be standard.
Apple iPhone 4 Bumper
Member Name: kama0529
Apple iPhone 4 Bumper
Advantages: Free at the moment. Fits well. Offers some protection. Improves signal attenuation.
Disadvantages: Very minimal protection. Should be standard.
The Apple iPhone 4 Bumper is.....yes, you guessed it.....a "bumper" which fits around the outside edge of the iphone in order to protect it from damage when it is inevitably dropped.
The bumper does fit easily around the edge of the phone, and not only protects the edge of the phone, but also gives you something to grip onto as I have found the very attractive but shiny exterior of the iPhone to increase the liklihood of it being dropped from a great height. I've lost track of the number of times it has slid off the arm of the sofa onto the floor....but actually the bumper provides it with some traction and makes it slightly more slip-proof.
Although it does not protect the screen, I think the bumper seems to act as as shock absorber and so even though it is possible to still shatter the screen if the phone lands awkwardly, the bumper does provide it with some protection, even if this protection is not directly obvious. However, I have used an Apple Bumper previously with my iPhone 3G and I did still manage to shatter two screens and so if you're as careless as me, then you may want to go for something that offers more protection.
The bumper does also seem to help with the much publisized signal attenuation problems associated with the iPhone 4. Since using the bumper, I have occasionally still had an issue with connectivity, but these occurrences have been few and far between, whereas previously I was encountering problems on a daily basis.
Its a bit annoying then when I'm wanting to plug my iPhone into my computer to sync with iTunes, I have to completely remove the bumper or it won't connect - but this is a minor issue for me and something that I can easily live with.
My main beef is that I feel it should be standard on all iPhones and that we shouldn't have to shell out to buy something which is fairly necessary if you want your iPhone to last more than 5 minutes! At present, Apple are giving these away free as part of their iPhone Case Program - but otherwise this can cost you around £20 which seems far too expensive for a piece of rubber.
I would recommend this is you want some basic protection for your phone - but there are better cases out there on the market by Belkin and Griffin.
Summary: Recommended if you only need minimal protection.
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