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When looking for a new iPhone case for my iPhone 4, I wanted something that was pretty and functional. As a fan of Cath Kidston, I came across her range of iPhone cases and thought they fit the bill rather well.
Aesthetically, the range of Cath Kidston cases are very pretty. Using her signature prints, there is everything from stars to florals. I opted for the floral case which was mainly white with the branding label on the back.
Protection wise, the case seemed to fit the bill. Made from 'tough polycarbonate' (as per the product description), it claimed to be resistant against everyday scrapes. Visually, I had some concerns. The case felt sturdy, however it offered zero screen protection. Previous cases I had owned had a raised edge around the screen which offered sufficient protection should I drop my phone on the floor. This case didn't have this feature and also had no protection on the top and bottom of the phone. It did however provide adequate protection on each side, with small cut-outs for the volume and silence buttons.
I've now had the phone cover on my iPhone 4 for 9 months and I have mixed feelings on it. It has protected my phone sufficiently - although I can't claim I've tested the case to the maximum, only having dropped it on to laminate flooring from a small height a few times. Aesthetically, the test of time has aged the case. Because the case is white, it isn't very obvious - but I can see where the covering on the case is coming away. This is more obvious on the edges of the phone (I presume where it has been dropped and hit the floor) and also the back when shone in the light.
Overall, this is not a bad case. It is very pretty and has provided me adequate protection. I'd recommend it to any Cath Kidston fan. I did expect the case to last a little longer than it is doing. I don't anticipate this lasting any longer than 12 months which makes the RRP of around £20 a little steep for an iPhone case. Still, its worth it if you are looking for a way to style your phone.
I excitedly looked around for a phone cover for my I phone 4 and was pleased to see that Cath Kidston did them. I am a CK freak so rushed straight to the shop to look at them. I chose the shooting star print, which has a white background with a range of multi coloured stars as pictured in the review picture above.
There are available in range of prints - and they regularly bring out new styles. They still make them for the I Phone 4/4S at present but whether this will change now the I Phone 5/5s/5c are available, I am not sure.
The cover itself is made of a reasonably thick plastic. It quite simply and easily clips onto the back of the phone, thus covering up the back plate and the edges of the phone. There are shaped holes for the phone's buttons so you do not lose any functionality by having the cover on. The cover does not interfere with the speaker as this area is not covered.
After approximately 3 months of having this case on my phone, the painted/coated design on the case started to flake off, first this happened at the side of the case, and then a patch on the back followed suit. This was quite disappointing.
I didn't take the case off the phone often, yet after another few months, the case at the top right edge has also cracked. I have not dropped the phone, so I am not sure why this occurred.
All in all, I like the prints offered but I don't feel the case is durable and I need to buy a different one. I think I will look for a more rubberised option so no cracking can occur.
iPhone falls out of locker at work? Smashed.
iPhone falls off of a shelf when it vibrates? Smashed.
iPhone gets so much as looked at the wrong way? Smashed.
Okay, maybe it's not quite that bad, however I have had the back of my iPhone 4 smash twice and it was twice too many! Luckily, the Apple Store is a 20 second walk from work, so I managed to get it fixed within minutes on my lunch break and I picked up a protective case for it too. I settled on the Hampton Rose print from Cath Kidston range as it was the only one in the store that I even liked a little bit, but now I look at it to be one of the best things I've ever bought.
The case itself is shaped just like an iPhone 4, except it's a tiny bit bigger so that the phone fits inside. It has a squoval cut out of the back so that you can still take photos and there are sections on the side, top and bottom so you can access all of the little buttons and holes. The print is set on an off white base, with pink and blue flowers scattered all over. It's the typical Cath Kidston girly floral pattern, and now that I'm used to having it, I actually really love it. It looks really cute and I can tell my phone appart from my boyfriend's when they're sitting together now.
The case is made from quite a strong, hard plastic with an almost soft touch coating over it. I loved the feeling of the coating, however it looked filthy within a week, despite me having incredibly clean hands (I'm definitely a germophobe) and it scratched incredibly easy. I actually thought that it was just poor quality and that the pattern would come off with the coating, however the more it chipped off, I realised that the pattern was imprinted onto the plastic itself so I ended up peeling the coating off one day to be left with a beautiful white base again. I much prefer the case now that it's pure white with the flowers, and the plastic is easily cleaned, therefore won't be looking dirty like it did with the coating over it.
To put the case on, you simply pop one side of the phone in and then push the other in. It'll make a little click sound when it's in fully and then it won't budge, as much as you try! One thing that does bother me is that it adds a few mm to the back of the phone which is a problem in some iPod docks. You then have to take the case off to use it in the dock, which is a nightmare because it's such a tight fit. This isn't really a complaint though because anything other than a tight fit wouldn't be protective, it's just a bit of a niggle really.
Aside from being cute, it's also saved me from a few mishaps! The lockers we have at work are pretty horrendous and my phone falls out when I open the door at least twice a month. I was worried that this case wouldn't be too protective as it's a hard plastic and therefore might break itself if dropped from a height, but my butterfingers have let it go a fair few times and it's still going strong. The plastic itself has never chipped, only the coating on top, so now that I've removed that it still looks brand new, despite having had it for 3-4 months now.
When I first bought it, I was scared that it would make the phone feel much bulkier in my hand, but it really didn't add that much to it at all and is incredibly comfortable to use.
Another worry I had was that the area around the camera would cause problems with photos whilst using the flash, however Cath Kidston seem to have redesigned the camera hole since their first iPhone 4 cases were released. The newer cases, like mine, now have a much larger area so that the flash doesn't bounce and cause a ring around the edge of the photos. This is definitely a bonus for me as I do tend to take a lot of quick snaps with my phone.
This did set me back £24.95 which is extortionate for a phone case (considering you can get good ones for £2.99 on ebay - something that I've only just found out), however I wouldn't be without it now. It's the same price online and in the Cath Kidston store too, so Apple don't seem to be making any more of a profit out of it than Cath Kidston are, which is good to see. I hate when stores sell branded items at a much higher price than the brand itself sells them for.
I really do recommend this case, although I'll remove one star for the price because you really are just paying for the name. I also recommend that you go ahead and peel off the coating straight away because it'll save you the disgust of how filthy it looks after a week or two of use!
Thanks for reading!
I do love Cath Kidston products and sometimes I think that my house looks a bit like a Cath Kidston warehouse! One product that was bought for me for my birthday was a Chath Kidston iPhone 4 case and my first impressions were that the cover was lovely - however, first impressions are not always the best judge of a product. There really isn't many Cath Kidston products that I haven't really loved, but unfortunately, this product is just really substandard and I'm surprised it's remained part of the range.
There are a number of designed to choose from, but the one I had is one called the British Birds Cath Kidston iPhone 4 Case. The design itself is lovely. The background is black and then it has a cute little pink / peach wren on the centre of the back of the case - and also little pink / peach flowers and lovely green leaves. The bird is perched on a little branch and it looks very sweet indeed. However, this design is tempered by the fact that the price is incredibly high and is currently priced at £24.95 - which I feel is very expensive for an iPhone case. I certainly wouldn't have paid that out had I been thinking of buying it, but as it was a gift it was obviously gratefully received.
While the phone cover does fit on the iPhone 4 well and everything is lined up with the switches etc. and so this also made a good first impression. The phone cover is made out of Polycarbonate and so it makes for a hard case and so while it fitted well, it also felt like it was less forgiving and somehow felt more brittle than the rubbery iPhone cases I had used in the past. However, I did reason that maybe the hard case would protect the phone more - and so I gave it the benefit of the doubt.
Although my phone remained protected by the case, unfortunately the case did not seem able to protect itself! Within a few weeks the case was starting to look a bit scratched and less attractive. And then on the first occasion that I dropped the phone, a small crack appeared in the case which then spread over the next 6 weeks or so. After about 3 months of wear the case was looking so battered that I decided to remove it and put it where it belonged.....in the bin.
Unfortunately, I don't think this is a good product. It is pretty, but it doesn't stay pretty for very long.
My iPhone is by far one of the most expensive items that I own, and it is also an item that I take out with me everyday, meaning that it gets shoved in my bag, stuck in my pocket or balanced on my knee when i'm on the bus/train. I have never really been a fan of the iPhone cases, as most of the ones that i've come across look quite tacky and common if that makes sense, and I preferred my iPhone without the case. A few months ago though after upgrading to the latest iPhone 4, I was reccomended by a guy in the orange shop to get atleast a silicone case for it as iPhones aren't the most robust - my iPhone is probably the most sensetive and non-sturdy phone i've owned. I decided to purchase a basic silicone case that was nice and discreet from Amazon, and set out in search for one. While browsing though, I came across the Cath Kidston iPhone case and I fell in love! There was only one left in stock (according to the seller, anyway) so I added it to my Amazon basket and checked out as soon as possible.
The iPhone case is widely available, it can be purchased from John Lewis, the official Cath Kidston website/in store Cath Kidston or via various websites including Amazon. The phone case comes packaged nicely, it had a clear front that acts as a window and the packaging is easy to open. This is described as a designer hard back iPhone case, and some product descriptions refer to it as a lacquered shell. The case is made of lightweight, good quality plastic which is smooth to the touch. I was quite concerned that the case would scratch easily due to the material it's made from, however i've had this case for over a month now and it's not got any noticeable scratches, it has a few very minor scratches from where i've put it on a hard surface etc, but none are noticeable unless I look very closely.
The case was easy to put onto my phone, it simply snapped into place and it fitted perfectly. It didn't cover any of the screen or the little round button at the bottom, and it has a gap where the camera goes, it was a perfect fit and it looked really neat. The case doesn't add a noticeable amount of weight to my phone, nor does it bulk it out. There are plenty of different eye catching patterns to choose from, there are the usual 'classic' Cath Kidston prints such as birds, polka dots, stars, etc and there are a few more newish patterns such as red roses, buses, cars and a few more - the choice is pretty big which I like as normally with Cath Kidston products there are only three or four different patterns for one particular item where as with this there are around 8 different designs to choose from.
I own this in the london bus design, it's amazingly cute and unusual and very vintage/indie, the colour scheme is predominantly blue with a big red bus on it along with the london eye, big ben, trees, flowers, etc. The cath kidston logo is on the side of the bus and it's also on the bottom of the case, showing that it's a genuine Cath Kidston product. I love how bright the colour scheme is as that way my phone is instantly reconiseable. As well as making my iPhone look very colourful and cute, it also protects it really well. I am quite clumsy and often drop my phone by mistake (including when i'm laid in bed holding it above my face, d'oh!) or throw it into my bag without thinking, and this case protects the phone really well. I have dropped my phone once since having this case and neither the phone or case were damaged.
I have read a couple of reviews on the Cath Kidston website of people having issues with the design coming off and complaining that the quality is poor, however I think the quality is brilliant! The case does not interfere with the sensetivity of my iPhone screen or anything like that, it simply keeps it secure. The only downside to this product is the price - the RRP is a ridiculous £24.95, however as I bought mine from Amazon I paid £18 and I was lucky enough to get it technically free with my Dooyoo Amazon voucher! Overall, a lovely, very eye catching, good quality iPhone 4 case. It's a little expensive but in my opinion it is worth it!!
Cath Kidston Shooting Stars iPhone 4G Case
When I upgraded to an iPhone 4 a few months ago I wanted to buy a case for it so I could protect it and keep it nice. I have a case or some sort of protection for all of my electronic devices as I think if you are going to pay a lot of money for them you want to keep them protected and as good as new. I wanted something different from the ordinary boring black when I came across this gorgeous Cath Kidston case in John Lewis. I love the Cath Kidston ranges and one of my favourites is her shooting stars design. This features a white background with lots of different coloured stars on it. The stars are red, pink, green, blue and yellow and its quite a fetching design in my opinion.
The case can be described as a lacquered shell rather than an all over fabric case or leather case. The lacquer is a hard plastic and having had this for a few months now and dropping it a few times the case has not shattered or broken so I think it is protecting my phone well. The case snaps onto the back on the iPhone and has a little hole where the camera lens is so that it not covered up. What this case does do is protect the side antenna not he iPhone 4 that is around the edge of the iPhone. THe case provides a very snug fit and is very hard to come off. It won't come loose in a bag or anything like that. In fact when it comes to taking the case off it is a little hard and I find I have to push on the little hole where the camera lens is to loosen the shell and pull it off.
The shell also has a cut out at the bottom so you can charge your phone without having to take the case off and it also has a cut out where the silence button and volume buttons are on the left hand side of the iPhone so you can still use these buttons without taking the shell off.
The case is slightly raised at the front so the screen has some sort of protection, i.e. if you put this phone screen down on the table screen first the edges of the case will keep the screen from actually touching the table so it is protected that way but if you actually just keep the phone in your bag the screen will probably get a bit scratched as it is still open to the elements. This is where I would suggest putting one of those clear films over the screen to stop it from scratching. However, that I think is the only negative with this case as I love everything else about it and would recommend it as something different for your iPhone.
The case was a little expensive at £24.95 from John Lewis but I can see it lasting a long time so for me it was worth the investment.
I had never had a phone case or cover for my previous iPhone 3GS that I had as I liked the look of it the way it was. However, as a result it soon became easily scratched and cracked from dropping it so many times. I had phone insurance though and so I did get a new one towards the end of my phone contract, but a replacement wasn't actually necessary as it still worked, and so I didn't actually really need my phone insurance the whole two years I had been paying for it.
I then got my upgrade to the iPhone 4s and I decided to cancel the phone insurance as I actually hadn't really needed it the past two years. As I don't have it any more then I wanted a phone case or cover straight away to protect my phone, but also make it look nice still. I have a white iPhone 4s and I really like the design of it, so I didn't want a plain phone cover to cover that up.
I like Cath Kidston designs and when I saw the brands' phone covers in the Apple store I wanted one, but the only thing that put me off them was the price as they cost £24.95. There are a few designs to choose from, most of them being flowery and one with a star print. I liked them all and decided to have a look online first to see if I could get one cheaper, and sure enough I did.
I bought a dark pink flowery one from Amazon for £13.99. I wasn't sure if it was a fake one or not but the seller had a photo of the case in its original packaging as I saw it in the Apple store and also assured me it was genuine and so I purchased it. This one is still available to purchase in the Apple store or the Apple store online at £24.95. It is no longer available on the Cath Kidston website but there are still two other designs available to choose from on there.
I didn't actually read any reviews on the phone cover before I bought it, and I didn't notice that there were reviews available on the phone covers on the Cath Kidston website, I am not sure if they just weren't there when I purchased mine or if I was just distracted by the pretty designs at the time! However, after going back on after I purchased it I then noticed some bad reviews.
The first problem that I had when I first attached the cover to my phone was that the gap in the case for where the silent switch is on the phone was not positioned correctly. At first I really struggled to move the switch without having to actually remove the phone cover. After some time the plastic bit of the case came away a bit from me forcing the button to move and so I now have no problems with it, but that problem should not have been there in the first place. The seller on Amazon clearly stated this was for an iPhone 4 or 4s and at the time I didn't know there was any difference in the two. After looking at my friends iPhone 4 though that's when I noticed the silent switch and volume buttons are slightly lower down on the 4s version of the phone.
The next time I was in an Apple store I looked at the phone cases and one of the shop assistants asked if I needed any help or if I wanted to try the cases out on my phone. This is when I showed him my phone cover and asked if all of the iPhone 4s cases are like this or if it was just mine, or even just the Cath Kidston range. He told me it was all of them and that the cases had not been changed yet except for a few which could only be purchased from Apple! I got my 4s on the day of release and so yes it hadn't been out for very long, but there should be phone covers available for it straight away instead of having to use those designed for the original iPhone 4 meaning that they didn't fit perfectly. I think it was around a month later when all iPhone 4 and 4s cases were changed so that they could fit both phones perfectly, and Apple received a lot of complaints about them up until then.
It wasn't just the fitting of the phone cover on my phone that I had problems with though. After around a month of having this the corners of the phone cover started to turn white and the flowery pattern started to fade, then later this happened around all of the edges too. It was around this time when I noticed the bad reviews the phone cover was getting on the Cath Kidston website, from people experiencing the same problems as me. It wasn't just my design that this was happening with though, it was all of the Cath Kidston iPhone cases. The customer support team had actually replied to a few of the reviews telling the customer to contact them and they will send them out a replacement, but if that was me and I had purchased mine directly from the Cath Kidston website, its not really a replacement I would be after as the same thing is only going to happen another month later.
The cases' material is plastic but the flowery design does have a soft coating on it. I do think it is quite strong but as it only covers the back of the iPhone, it won't protect the front. I have yet to get any scratches on my phone due to this case protecting the back and also with me being careful where I keep it in my bag. However, I would prefer to take the cover off as it now looks cheap due to the pattern fading around the edges. I will take this off when I have bought a new phone cover that I like, but I certainly won't be buying another Cath Kidston one!