Friday, 8 July 2011

Exclusive Review: Two Elegant iPhone 4 Cases Have Carbon Fiber Skins

[[posterous-content:pid___0]]Element Case rolled out two new carbon fiber-backed instances for iPhone 4, and we have both the Ion 4 and Formula 4 (picture above) models here for an exclusive hands-on assessment.

 Element Case is really finest recognized for its series of “Vapor 4? aluminum circumstances for iPhone 4, which are beautifully produced and cautiously crafted, with optional carbon fiber backing. One of the most recent Vapor 4 case cleared up a slight reception concern noticed with its predecessor, although still retaining that high style.

In my testing of both the earlier also as by far the most recent models, besides their high $80 price (which originally was a whole lot additional than that), those Vapor 4 instances had been also inconvenient, requiring a tedious removal of tiny screws to install or eradicate an iPhone 4.

That’s all distinctive with these two new instances.

1. Ion 4 Case

Initially, let’s take a have a appear at the $49.95 Ion 4 Case, a soft polymer enclosure that feels like silicone and has an elegant carbon fiber skin. In spite of the truth that that’s a smaller piece of carbon fiber, it can be not an optional feature as it was using the Vapor 4 case, and you commonly don't uncover anything with carbon fiber on it for such a low price.

The Ion case is exceptionally thin, adding hardly any thickness to the iPhone despite the fact that protecting the front and entirely covering the back. As opposed to its Vapor 4 brethren, the iPhone installs inside it as effortlessly as an Apple bumper case, but feels so a whole lot superior. Its grippy sides give you having a firm handhold, and there’s a gradual recess leading to each and every single of the iPhone’s buttons that gives you effortless access, regardless of no matter whether you might be working with an iPhone 4 from either Verizon or AT&T.

Although this Ion 4 case costs at least $30 less than the Vapor 4 case, I like it a whole lot far better. It looks great and fits perfectly in the hand. Gone are those sharp aluminum edges, replaced by cushy and flexible rubberized material. The only downside I could obtain is that it truly is a little wide on the bottom, which prevented me from inserting it into all the speaker/charging docks I tried.


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