Gear4 are one of the market leaders in iPod and iPhone accessories, so much so that every Apple store holds stock on a good selection of their products. Hopefully our views in this review aren’t bias due to Gear4 being a UK based company… But it is rather nice to see one doing so well globally!
Product RRP Price: £19.95
Cheapest UK Retailer: HandTec, £9.39
Quite a sleek looking case which is very thin. It covers the entire back and sides of the iPhone but misses the screen front and the screen sides/lip. The concept behind it works well because it doesn’t increase the size of the iPhone 4 noticeably and due to it being very clear, makes the iPhone look as if it wasn’t even fitted.
- Only 12 Grams in weight.
- Ultra Slim.
- Clip on and off design.
Generally, this case feels quite well built in the hand. Its strong and thin at the same time. The edges are finished very smoothly with no sharp bits. The cut-out for the camera and flash on the rear is perfectly placed so the picture quality and flash aren’t affected by having the case fitted. After a few weeks of use we did notice that there were quite a few scratch marks on the case. This certainly shows that it is doing its job but it would be slightly better if it was a little more resistant itself.
Very easy to use. Its a case after-all! It protects very well apart from the lack of coverage on the iPhone screen or screen lip.
As you would expect, installation is a doddle. All you do is slide the iPhone’s left side into the case (the side with the volume buttons) and push the right hand down until it clips.
Value for Money:
At the full £20 price tag, its a tiny bit steep. If you take into consideration that there are online resellers shifting these out at a little under £10 then we are happy to give it a full 2 stars in the VFM category.
- Protects the iPhone’s sides and back with a sleek looking finish.
- Strong and rigid.
- Good VFM if purchasing online.
- Doesn’t quite cover the lip of the screen.
- The case scratches fairly easily so looks tatty after a few weeks – however this shows that its doing its job!
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