Quick iPhone 4 “Apple Bumpers” impressions.
I got my free case from Apple today. My immediate impression holding the package was “Wow how’d they sell these little things for $30?”. That being said once opened, it feels well made. It easily fit over my SGP skin, in fact the skin likely makes it fit extra snug.
After rocking a “naked” iPhone 4 since June 24, the “Bumpers” makes the iPhone feel a little fat and more rugged. This gives me mixed feelings… It feels like I have a fair amount of protection without having a full covering case. However I love the feel of the naked iPhone 4 and now my phone is too fat to fit in my Incase belt holster case, that I enjoy because it frees-up pocket space.
I’ll give the Bumper more time before I give it my final judgment. If it doesn’t work in my car I have a feeling I’ll be going naked again.
UPDATE: The “Bumpers” case does NOT work with my car AUX cable. This seems to be a common problem with almost any iPhone/iPod car audio cable or dock. I’ve opted against using this case as it’s a pain to remove the bumper just to use accessories… This is a major design flaw.
Pros: Added protection without a bulky case. Good build quality and finish; looks like a part of the phone. Fits over protective skins. All buttons are easily accessible. Raised rubber edges gives front/back some clearance and slip resistance when set on surfaces.
Cons: Feels fat and plastic like an iPhone 3G after being accustom to a naked iPhone 4 and doesn’t look quite as sexy. Is too large to fit most belt cases. Dock port and headphone jack might be too small for some 3rd party cables and accessories.