Exclusive Review: Two Elegant iPhone 4 Cases Have Carbon Fiber Skins
Element Case rolled out two new carbon fiber-backed instances for iPhone four, and we have both the Ion four and Formula four (picture above) models here for an exclusive hands-on review.
Element Case is very best recognized for its series of “Vapor four? aluminum circumstances for iPhone four, that are beautifully created and cautiously crafted, with optional carbon fiber backing. The most recent Vapor four case cleared up a slight reception issue noticed with its predecessor, though still retaining that high style.
In my testing of both the earlier as well as the most recent models, besides their high $80 cost (which originally was a lot extra than that), those Vapor four instances had been also inconvenient, requiring a tedious removal of tiny screws to install or eliminate an iPhone 4.
That’s all distinctive with these two new instances.
1. Ion four Case
First, let’s take a have a look at the $49.95 Ion four Case, a soft polymer enclosure that feels like silicone and has an elegant carbon fiber back. Despite the fact that that’s a smaller piece of carbon fiber, it is not an optional feature as it was with the Vapor four case, and you typically do not uncover anything with carbon fiber on it for such a low cost.
The Ion case is exceptionally thin, adding hardly any thickness to the iPhone even though protecting the front and entirely covering the back. As opposed to its Vapor four brethren, the iPhone installs inside it as effortlessly as an Apple bumper case, but feels so a lot superior. Its grippy sides provide you with a firm handhold, and there’s a gradual recess leading to every single of the iPhone’s buttons that gives you effortless access, no matter whether you are working with an iPhone four from either Verizon or AT&T.
Although this Ion four case costs at least $30 less than the Vapor four 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 is a little wide on the bottom, which prevented me from inserting it into all the speaker/charging docks I tried.
Next up will be the Element Case’s Formula four Case, a $59.95 item that’s comparable to the Ion but has a removable bottom that lets you very easily insert it into any of the iPhone docks accessible out there currently.
Created of harder polycarbonate plastic, it is even less complicated to install your iPhone into by just sliding off the bottom piece, sliding within the iPhone, and replacing the bottom section. Also sporting that elegant carbon fiber back, it is even thinner than the Ion – its shape much more closely approximates its more-expensive Vapor brandmate.
These are two superb instances, either of which I’d be proud to make use of to ensconce my way-too-fragile iPhone four. Immediately after a slight stumble, Element Case has now figured out how you can cost and manufacture its merchandise to suit the marketplace with these two examples. My only complaint is that each and every is only offered in black. Extremely recommended
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