• Hardware Review: Unique iPhone 4 Case Roundup

    A naked iPhone 4 is a thing of beauty, but just like life, when things get nasty you need protection. I know my iPhone likes to kamikaze from the couch and I donít want to have to baby it so Iíve always kept it in a case. Today weíre looking at a few unique cases for the iPhone 4 to protect your precious.

    bioserie Bioplastic Cover


    This case is for two types of people, the first being those where the form and function of a case comes after its environmental impact and the second that will consider it for its quality and features and the fact that it is made from renewable environmentally responsible bioplastic is simply a bonus.


    I have to say Iím the second, but luckily Bioserie have put as much thought into the design as the determination to achieve their environmental goals. The Bioplastic Cover is very light (12g), thin (1mm) and provides an excellent amount of protection to the back, sides and even the front due to its (patent pending) feet on each corner. Itís the kind of case that doesnít get in the way; you can get it in and out easily, still get to all the buttons and the dock connector and it doesnít mess with your photos taken with the flash (one on my biggest pet peeves with cases).


    In a few months of living with this case on my iPhone, it protected it extremely well from a couple of serious drops on hard surfaces but sadly paid the price. The case effectively sacrificed itself for the greater good as the drops caused the dolphin friendly plastic to split in a couple of spots - while itís still holding on right now, I fear that it wonít for much longer.


    It comes in 6 different bright colours and you can find out where to grab the bioserie BioPlastic Cover for RRP $39.95 from iWorld Australia.


    Trident Cyclops


    When people think of really tough iPhone cases, a certain semi-aquatic mammal receptacle probably springs to mind, but the Trident Cyclops is here to give you another option if youíre looking for a rugged case with complete and ultimate protection for your iPhone so itíll take all the physical abuse you choose throw at it.


    The Cyclops is an ďenclosure systemĒ in that it comes in 2 parts, the hard polycarbonate shell and silicone ring that wraps around it. Getting your iPhone into the case involves splitting the shell in half, sitting your iPhone in the back half then snapping on the front. Then you can grab the silicone ring and clip it into the groves that run around the front and back of the plastic case. The process is a little fiddly but you can be confident your iPhone is locked securely inside.


    Once in the case, there are a lot of quite unique layers of protection, from the built-in screen protector (that also covers the front camera lens, ambient light sensor and the cute little window on the back so you can admire your Apple logo) to the dust filters on earpiece, microphone and speaker. When inside the Cyclops I never had any reservations about my iPhone 4 being protected from drops or bumps.


    While it does offer good protection, I canít say Iím a fan of the overdone styling. Also, the silicone ring that is designed to be the extra layer of protection has a habit of coming off as you slide it in and out of your pocket. Lastly, the plastic around the cutout for the rear camera (which surprisingly doesnít have a protective window) has a nasty habit of tinting photos taken with the flash on.

    The Trident Cyclops also comes in 6 colours, has an RRP of $39.95 and you can find out where to get one at iWorld Australia.

    Uncommon Gallery Case


    For some, the most important aspect of their iPhone is that itís as unique as them. The Uncommon Gallery Case allows you to proudly and infinitely customise the back of your iPhone while protecting it from everyday life.


    The case is 2 distinct parts; the thick black plastic frame and the blank white back plate.


    The idea is to create your own collection of customised plates by ordering them online from Uncommon with a discount code in the pack for you first free plate. The problem is that to get your free plate to Australia theyíll slug you $20 for delivery and then take 6 weeks to ship it. There's an app to choose or take a photo to be printed on your customised plate but I could only get it display useless errors so was forced to use the website.


    The quality of the printing is comparable to those kiosks at Big W, but impregnated deep into the plastic so it wonít scratch or peel off.


    The quality of the case is good. It feels solid and definitely offers good all round protection, however it does add considerable bulk and is so thick that you canít dock your iPhone while itís in the case (remember how much I hate that?), luckily getting your iPhone in and out is easy.


    If you want to emblazon your iPhone 4 with your own photo or design, you can found out where to find out more and whenone at iWorld Australia.

    iPhone Cassette G4


    Most often the simplest ideas are the best and are brilliantly obvious once theyíre in front of you. The iPhone Cassette G4 is a silicone case for the iPhone 4 that has a fantastic sense of irony by turning the best iPod ever made into a technology from a time long before the iPod ever existed - a 90 minute audio cassette and comes complete with a hard plastic case, just like the good old days (only this case also doubles as a stand).

    From the back, the attention to detail is good enough that people will wonder why youíre talking on a tape or trying to take a photo of them with a something that looks like it should have a Ď90s mega mix on it. The only giveaways are the cutouts for the camera and spool winders.


    The novelty would wear off quickly if it wasnít a case worth putting on your Jesusphone, luckily the iPhone Cassette G4 is actually a quality piece of silicone that really hugs the iPhone and provides a good layer of impact protection. The screen receives some protection around the rim and thereís good access to the headphone jack, silent switch and volume and sleep/wake buttons. The only crazy aspect of the case is that there is no cutout for the dock connector, meaning you have to pull the lower half off your iPhone (or take the case off all together) to plug anything in to the dock connector or dock the phone itself.

    Go ďback to the futureĒ with the iPhone Cassette G4 for an RRP of $23.50 from the The Funky Company.
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