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When I purchased my iPhone I immediately began to look for a case to protect my new expensive gadget. Not only because the thought of damaging something so expensive was terrifying, but also because my partner owned an iPhone which he didn't take great care of and the end result was a scratched and slightly battered iPhone, not to mention the time he dropped it and smashed the screen. I decided on a silicone cover pretty much straight away, as I figured this might offer some better protection if I did drop my phone. I imagine hard, plastic cases to not be as effective. On top of this I just wanted it to be plain and black in colour, I didn't want anything bright or fancy with patterns on, and I didn't want the cover to be too thick, and thus ruin the slim and sleek feel of my iPhone. I came across the Marware Sport Grip case for my phone on the Apple online store after I purchased my iPhone. It suggested this cover and the reviews for it were all mostly positive. I didn't buy it from the Apple store as a quick search found Amazon were selling it for cheaper, and to my surprise it wasn't one of the top selling cases on Amazon. After some research I decided to just go with this one, as it seemed to fill all of the requirements I had in mind. When my case arrived I was surprised to see it also came with a screen protector and a microfiber cleaning cloth. These were an added bonus for me as I wasn't expecting them. Although I had only had my iPhone for a couple of times at this bought, the cloth took away any bits of dust and more importantly, those horrible fingerprint marks you always get on these black, shiny iPod's and iPhone's. After giving it a good clean I then set about putting the screen protector on, and it provides some handy instructions to do this. My protector went on pretty well, I think it takes a good knack to get these things on without any air bubbles at all, and whilst I did end up with one or two small ones they didn't bother me at all. I then put the case itself onto my phone, a very simple process. The silicone case is certainly good quality, it won't easily rip or tear for example, but it was slightly thicker than I was hoping for. It does enable a good grip of the phone, meaning my iPhone doesn't slip out of my hands easily, however it does ruin the image of my nice sleek iPhone as now it's more bulky with this case on it. It has small gaps in the cover for the earpiece, camera and the silent mode button, but for the power and volume buttons it has a raised surface the shape of the button, which I do on the odd occasion find that when I press down nothing happens. The main circle menu button in the iPhone is also covered up with a slight circular dent the shape of the button. Over time I have also noticed the same problem here, where I might need to press down a few times for it to work and this is probably due to the thickness of the cover. One other small problem is when I put my phone down on any surface, the silicone cover will pick up all bits of dirt and dust and it's really hard to get these off the cover; however this is better than having a dirty and scratched iPhone. Over time I have noticed some bits of dust and dirt do get inside the case and go round the back, so I have to take my iPhone out of its cover every now and then to clean it out, as the dust and dirt can make the iPhone dirty and could scratch it. I paid £12.90 for my case when I bought it from Amazon.co.uk several months ago, however a quick glance there now shows this selling for just £8.46 which I feel is a good price for the case. Despite this I feel the case protects the iPhone too much, it's a thick case and ruins the lovely sleek image the iPhone has. It does protect your iPhone if you drop it or from scratches, but it's quite a bulky cover. My partner has since got a new iPhone and he bought a clear silicone cover from Amazon for a much smaller price and it's great quality, you don't get a screen protector but it still maintains the nice sleek look of the iPhone, and so I am now debating ditching this cover and opting for a new one. This case would be brilliant to use if you're jogging for example, and so lives up to its SportGrip name, however I do feel it goes a bit overboard and makes my iPhone look thick and bulky, rather than slim like it truly is.
Being so smooth and slim the iPhone is not always the easiest device to maintain a good grip on. There can be occasions when you could use a bit of extra help, and that is where the SportGrip Case can assist you. With dimensions of 3.5 x 11.4 x 18.1cm this product is like a subtly textured skin for your iPhone 3G/3GS. Available in a number of colours, it is fashioned from high quality silicon to render the device slip free, whether your phone is in your hand, resting on a surface, or being stored in your pocket. Being so slim it weighs next to nothing, so is not a hindrance when in transport. The case moulds deftly around your phone, and inevitably as a result of this it can be a touch tricky to insert the phone inside it (think getting your hand into a rubber glove). Once the phone is in however, the case offers unimpeded access to all the iPhone's buttons and features, including camera lens, headphone socket and speaker. I was worried prior to purchase that the case may compromise sound delivery, but this has never been a problem as the speaker facility can be left exposed. Included in the package is a transparent protective film to shield the screen from damage, and a microfibre cleaning cloth. £20 may seem a bit steep for so modest a product, but its high quality and the accessories that accompany it go some way towards compensating for this. I have found the case to be most useful when in the car, as its non slip feature always ensures my phone is protected from falling and sustaining damage. The silicone does have a tendency to snag on clothing, but it is so useful in other instances that this can be easily overlooked. I do consider £20 to be somewhat excessive for this product and may not have purchased it had I not been able to secure a deal at a much lower price, but depending on your needs - if you are accident prone, for example - £20 might just be a steal.