Case-Mate Bounce Radiation Reduction Case for iPhone 4 (AT&T) - Black
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- Case-Mate iPhone 4 Bounce Case - with Pong Radiation Reducing Technology, Black
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My first two cases were both made of TPU, not silicone: a Belkin Grip Vue (free from Best Buy after 20% off and redeeming Reward Zone points) and a Griffin Motif (free from Apple's iPhone 4 Case Program). Of the two, the Griffin was superior to the Belkin because the phone's volume buttons were much easier to press through it. With both cases I really liked the TPU material because it has a best-of-both-worlds combination of softness/cushioning (like silicone but firmer) and see-thru/transparency (like clear hard plastic).
Yesterday I received my Case-Mate Bounce Case from Case-Mate via Amazon. I chose black because I was afraid the lighter colors in silicone would get grimy-looking.
What I like about the Bounce:
1. The SAR Reduction - the report on Wired was convincing, especially after they first ridiculed it and then tested it and ate their words:[..] - I no longer feel the need to hold my phone an inch from my head, use the speaker more than absolutely necessary, or avoid keeping it in my pocket.
2. The included screen protector - I hadn't used one before and it was nice to have one included with the case (although I haven't put it on yet).
3. The thickness and cushioning.
4. The ease of pushing the volume buttons (even better than the Griffin).
5. The design on the back.
What I don't like about the Bounce:
1. The silicone material (compared to TPU). It's so soft that, as the other reviewer noted, the unsupported section across the bottom is too flimsy. It's a dust magnet. Its opaqueness hides the attractive back and sides of my phone.Read more ›
The instructions say that if you wear the phone on your body (e.g. in a pocket), to turn the screen side toward you. Since most of us do carry our phones in a pocket, I hope that this "fix" is true, and that the concept really works just the same way when the phone is worn on the body.
I can't really review whether the Pong technology has worked, of course, but no brain cancer so far (knock on wood, ha). I'll just say 5/5 on this part, and hope that the independent lab tests are truthful.
As for the case design and manufacturing, I do have a vew issues that keep this from being a great case.
1) Screen-side lip: the lip of the case rises around 1/3 of an inch off the screen on the sides, and comes in all the way to the actual screen (as opposed to the built-in bevel). This means that when dragging items to the edge of the screen, tapping items near the edge, and typing near the edge, you end up with an awful lot of errors. It's pretty annoying and makes a considerable difference in an every-day sort of way.
2) Lower lip near button - The strip of rubber that's located just under the Home button (and above the USB connector) is very flimsy and loose. Bad design/testing here. It wobbles and feels weak, almost like a loose piece of skin, anytime you touch it (which you do, often, since it's near the home button). It should be tout and strong. Makes the case feel cheap. Sometimes "catches" your finger/hand and collapses/folds downwards away from the case.Read more ›
1. SAR Reduction! This is the biggest factor that led me to buying this product. Wired's 2 reviews were really convincing as they started off saying there's no proof about Casmate's claims, but then later did their own test and said it seems to be valid afterall.
2. The grip and cushion is great. Yes, it does attract more dust than some other cases, but not too extreme.
1. UGLY! I don't know about you but these types of cases seems very generic and not stylish at all. The logo in the back is alright but the wavey shape on the sides and the way they cut out the hole for the camera is somewhat unprofessional.
2. The cushion is good, but with it, it adds to the thickness of the phone enough that you will notice when you try to put this in your pocket. In addition, the grip is great, but it makes it more difficult to put in/out of your pocket. Also, the case somewhat blocks your fingers when you try to swipe past the side of your screen.
3. Price. It's pretty expensive for a case.
Overall, although it is pricey, if the SAR reduction does in fact work, it's well worth it. I'm willing to sacrifice looks for health. I got the black one.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The only bad thing is that they do not make this type of case anymore. Liked the looks and the fact that it is redirecting the rf.Published on May 2, 2012 by Robert
This case is an improvement over the iPhone 3 case but it still carries a hefty price tag. If the articles and claims about the product are true then it is worthwhile. Read morePublished on August 22, 2011 by Green A