This is a great product. It's a way of protecting your iPhone without losing its good looks.
My only criticism is that the screen protector that comes with it is a fraction too wide. It took me four attempts to try and get it lined up on my screen and each time you pick up that annoying bit of dust that you get unless you are in a sterilised environment like you see in a laboratory in a movie. You really have to be more than millimetre perfect when you put your protector on. Don't do what I did. Four times I tried to make my screen protector fit more exactly. Each time I put the my iPhone into the product and thought I could make it better. If you don't get it perfect it lifts the screen protector off at the side. The problem with doing my mistake is that each time you take your iPhone out at replace it back in you stretch the product a little bit more. In the end it doesn't fit snugly and you can feel it trying to fit into place every time you pick up your iPhone, which is very annoying. I wish that had just made it a fraction smaller so that when you put your phone in it it will still fit snugly, even after a little stretching.
I still think this a great product. I feel like I want to buy another one so that I could have a better go next time.
Similar to Apple's own bumper case for the iPhone4 but notably cheaper, whether or not the Scosche bandEDGE is useful to you depends very much on how you treat your phone and ultimately what your lifestyle is like.
The silicon outer rim is soft to the touch but the interior is hard plastic and this provides the effective protection with a clear effect to make it look minimalistic and to not weigh a lot or hide the device, with 4mm or so being added.
It's slightly flexible, but durable. When you fit it, you do need to stretch it a little, and I do wonder about the actual fit. There's potentially a little bit too much give between the bandEDGE and phone, and this is a genuine concern.
There's a comfortable grip and the controls are easy to access at first glance. However, the case does cover the side buttons and these aren't the easiest to depress when you need to. You do get used to having to press them a little bit harder than you might with other cases, but it's not ideal.
In terms of protection, there are screen protectors that come with it, but these are more for protecting against scratches rather than dropping, so don't expect this to provide a full protective all round cover for your phone.
You have to look at this from a value point and how much you actually use the phone. If it tends to stay in your pocket, then this may end up just being the peace of mind you're after, but as this is only actually a little bit less than a genuine Apple cover, then you may be better off paying a small amount extra and getting the full quality you're after.
I just can't feel comfortable with this around my phone, and when I switch it back to a genuine Apple product, I'm much more at ease and this says a lot for me. Not recommended as much as I thought I would.
I bought this phone case last week and I'm thrilled with it! It looks smart and professional and in my opinion, it protects the phone to a good standard. Some people think that only the sides and edges are being protected (which they are). However, I am convinced that from the few millimeters that the case protrudes upwards either side above the actual phone, these will provide a little bit of protection of the screen and back of the phone, should it be dropped faced up or down. Having said this, there is still a fair amount of risk of damaging the screen and back of the phone.
Furthermore, the holes for the speakers, charger and functioning buttons are spaced with ultimate precision and as to be expected,the phone fits perfectly in to the case. My old phone case covered both the back and sides and got very worn causing the phone to slide around slightly in the case. With the strong, rigid polycarbonate and rubber edge of this case I can only imagine that It will have lots of wear and tear until needing replacement. Also the case is nice and slim and so in-keeping with the thin design of the iphone 5/5s. Moreover, it is very easily cleaned and is also lightweight compared to my previous case which had a back cover.
Another advantage I have found since using this case is that it is very comfortable to grip. For example without the case I always found the iphone 5 is quite an awkward shape to hold with right angular edges. The use of this case creates a nice curved edge which solves this problem for me. By and large, I do recommend this phone case for the many advantages it has.
Overall, I like how this "case" looks. Obviously, it doesn't provided much coverage. If you keep your phone in a pocket or purse with other items that could scratch (i.e. keys, pens), look for a case with more coverage.
I think it looks better than the other bumper-style cases out there in that it allows you to see some of the stainless steel edge of the phone. The clear part is acrylic (I think) and is quite clear optically, unlike the clear silicone/soft plastic cases I've used or seen. It also solves the antenna reception issue: I haven't lost any calls with my phone, but I do get more bars with this case installed. The minimalist design also keeps the phone thin overall. I used my phone for a few weeks without a case because I liked it looks and feel. Once you get used to the bare phone any case makes it feel fat, not to mention covering it's good looks.
The button covers make using the volume and sleep buttons much more difficult. I had another soft case which barely impeded button use - this is much worse. Like any case, you'll have to remove it if you want to use a dock, speaker or other device in which the phone sits. I haven't had any problems plugging in Apple's stock USB cord, but aftermarket cards may not fit. And as another reviewer pointed out, the hole for the headphone port is too small. Apple's earbuds work, but my Audio Technica and Shure earphones can't plug in. Lastly, the clear part of the case has marks where the plastic was injected into the mold. The marks are visible with anything more that a cursory look. For the price, I guess it's not bad. But I did expect better. It came with clear screen & back protectors, but I didn't like them as they altered screen colors somewhat and were harder to install than most.
Since Apple's iPhone 4, 'bumper' cases have increased in their popularity as cost effective phone protectors due to the angular design of the newer iPhone models. The blockier body of the iPhone models, from the iPhone 4 onwards, mean that full cases aren't even needed necessarily - not with a good sturdy bumper case. The bandEdge is such a case.
Incredibly simple and minimal in design, you'd be forgiven if you thought the bandEdge was a cheap waste of money. The reality is I couldn't recommend this product more. An alarming problem with Apple's newer iPhones is the fragility of the screen - for most unlucky people it is a case of one drop, and your screen is destroyed. The structure of the 5/5s is such that any large impacts to the edges - not necessarily the screen - can break the front and back faces of the phone. The guts of the iPhone may remain intact, but it leaves a terribly ugly shatter pattern due to the glass screen, and dents in the metal backing. The bumper case works by hugging around the phone's edge without completely covering the front and back faces, acting as a buffer to practically all normal impacts - completely in spite of the fact that the case doesn't cover the phone's 2 biggest faces. Phones seldom fall on their faces - it is the edges that tend to cause the problems!
The bandEdge is great value for money. It functions perfectly, and doesn't break in the event of a drop (within reason). It absorbs shock, protecting the valuable iPhone. The case may surround the 5/5s's edge buttons, but it in no way affects their functionality. A problem of the iPhone 4's bumper cases is that they blocked the phones signal intermittently. I've run into no such problem with the bandEdge.
I bought this Scosche bandEDGE for my old iPhone 4 on Amazon for about £6. It is not a standard case since the back and front of the iPhone remains uncovered. So if you carry your iPhone in your handbag (with other things such as keys, purse, coins, etc.) it does not protect your device from scratches which would a normal case do. However protects your smartphone pretty well when you are clumsy like me and it fells you sometimes on the floor. The whole package included two protective films and a cleaning cloth as well. The case is is quite stylish, black on the side and see through in the middle.
The negative part of this case is that it covers the operating buttons. Especially using the volume buttons was for me quite difficult and sometimes I needed to press multiple times to successfully use them. The next bad news is that before I wanted to sit the iPhone in the dock I needed previously remove the case. The hole for the headphones is quite small as well, my HP headphones did not fit. That is probably the worst part. When I am traveling in the tube I want to listen to music quickly and easily, however necessity of prior case removing makes this task difficult.
I would not purchase this particular case again, because it has some weak points. However the design is very stylish and sits very well on the iPhone. If they make an improved model of this case, I will be happy to give it another try.
At first look , it is great . The iPhone bumper case , like any other phone bumper case , is comfortable to grab at first and good for protecting the sides and edges of the phone if you accidentally drop it , but it does not protect the back of the phone .
However , this case is composed of two pieces of material . It has a solid , hard plastic around the edges of the phone , then the "bumper" element which is soft rubber around the edge of both faces , which also wraps around the bottom ports . They fuse the two materials together somehow , but it is not done so well ! Eventually what happens is the soft rubber separates from the hard plastic at the corners , most notably the bottom right rear and top right rear if I recall , and every time you pull your phone out you are playing with this loose piece of rubber . It just feels terrible when this happens and , while it would still allow the phone to survive a drop , the feeling in your hands is just not acceptable . Also , after it starts separating , it only gets worse , not better . I am really disappointed of this phone case . It does not worth the price . I would neither be interested in buying this kind of phone case ever again , nor I would recommend it to people I know .
These sort of bumper cases for iphone 4, 4s, 5, 5s, 5c ETC seem to be pretty good in stopping the phone from denting on the sides. So if you drop your phone by accident you wont get any damage the the side casing. My only concern with these bumper casings are that it has no backing so for the Iphone 4,and 4s they have to protection and the glass may shatter. I would be very devastated if i have dropped my phone and smashed the back as i have done before. As with the Iphone 5, and the 5s its a metal casing, and again if you drop that on something sharp you could scratch the casing. Not too bad if you only drop it as you would smash the back. They say these rubber bumper cases are for protection but i believe not. They do not bounce or rebound off the floor as they was designed to do. I ordered a few rubber bumpers all in different colours the quality was pretty poor for the price that i paid for them. I paid £17.99 for 3 in blue, red, and pink. I wish i had not bought these items at all. They were fine for about a month. Then they started going a very grubby colour. The first one then split and all i was left with was the plastic that was holding the rubber parts in place. All in all i would not recommend these at all.