Product Type: Cath Kidson Mobile Phone Case
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Disappointing quality for a Cath Kidston product!
Cath Kidston iPhone 4 case
Member Name: PandaEyes
Cath Kidston iPhone 4 case
Date: 14/01/12, updated on 14/01/12 (403 review reads)
Advantages: Prevents the back of my phone getting scratched
Disadvantages: Price, edges of the case faded quickly, didn't fit iPhone 4s perfectly.
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!
Summary: It may now fit the iPhone 4s perfectly but the overall quality is not good.
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