Case-Mate CM019477 Phantom Case with Belt Clip for Apple iPhone 4, iPhone 4S - 1 Pack - Retail Packaging - Black/White
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- Screen protector included
- Two-piece tough case
- Access to all ports and functions
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Case-Mate Phantom Case with belt clip. Screen protector included. Black/White. Apple iPhone 4 (CDMA), iPhone 4 (GSM), iPhone 4S
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This case has a great texture that is easy and sure to hold onto. Your iphone won't accidentally slip away like it might without a case. I bought the Black/White color combo which is black with a white stripe around the case perimeter. I would have rather had no white at all or perhaps silver instead but it works. Many descriptions mention no screen cover, but there was one built into the cover I received. The cover seems to work well in allowing the touch commands to get through to the phone with no problem. I did notice I had a speck of something under the screen later, so make sure to clean both the phone and screen properly before fitting together. All of the phone orifices are covered by case insert that stay where they should rather tightly. the case isn't water or dust proof but it's the next best thing for sure. Installing the cover was pretty easy and it feels nice and tight once assembled. I haven't dropped the phone with the cover on yet, but I wouldn't be afraid for it to fall. All of the covers for charger and headphones and sound on/off are easily accessible as they should be. I haven't taken the cover off yet to remove the speck, so that will be an interesting exercise. Some reviews complain about the flash causing some glare but I rarely use a flash so I don't care. The camera works just fine for me.
Case-Mate dropped the ball on the holster in my estimation. This is disappointing with such a great case in that placing it inside such half thought-out holster seems a waste. Let me explain. First, the holster is very thin and doesn't seem like it will hold up long. the phone inserts into the lower part of the holster then merely snaps into the holster with a plastic hook type piece at the top. No spring loaded lever or hook, just a flimsy looking piece of plastic that looks like it will snap off easily. After slipping the phone bottom into the lower part of the holster you merely push the phone into the top and the plastic piece comes over the top of the phone for a fairly snug fit. The phone doesn't want to come out when I tug on it which is good. I must push up on the top tab to release the phone from the holster and is easily done with one hand. I would still prefer a spring loaded top mechanism for durability. I guess the upside is that it would be cheap to replace built like this. The holster hangs at a strange angle from my belt compared to previous cases and phones but I'm used to it after wearing it for a few weeks.
If you are reading this you probably are frustrated as I was trying to find the right case/holster combo. I tried the super thick bulky protection solutions from Otter and others and this is the leanest case that offers solid protection. If you don't use a holster you will likely love this case. If you do use a holster you will be disappointed in the holster solution but you can make it work. I hope Case-Mate improves the holster or maybe I will get lucky and find a better after-market solution.
-Well made, looks and feels great.
-Made of really tough material, your iPhone isn't going anywhere in this thing.
-Built in screen protector.
-Very nice rubber tabs to seal your headphone port, mute switch and charging port, they feel almost water tight.
-Lock button, volume buttons and home button are all covered by rubber buttons built onto the case, and function perfectly.
-Seals very well, very little dust or debris can reach your iPhone.
-Extremely hard to remove from the case. If you're going to need to remove your phone from the case to fit into your charger, this isn't the case for you.
-Built in screen protector (In my opinion it was a con because I already had a screen protector, the one on this case can be easily removed without damaging the case. (with a razor blade and a steady hand)
-Did I mention it was hard to take off? Because you seriously need someone with muscles to get this thing off of your iPhone.
-Reletively bulky, feels amazing in your hand, but it may be a hassle for people who wear tight jeans.
This case is seriously top notch! Stop searching because you have found the mother of all cases. This thing is THE MOST sturdy iPhone case I've ever had. If you don't mind bulky cases then this is seriously the best you can get for the money.
The good...The case was a two piece design with a hard exterior (no more lint magnet, rubber exterior). The case came with a screen cover that was integrated (some may not like that). The case offered protection for the home button. My husband liked the fact that the apple logo did not show with the case attached.
The bad....The case was very difficult to put on and remove which made me nervous that I would crack the glass due to the pressure along the edge of the phone front and back.
The ugly....The door to the mute button would not close. It stuck out. The top on/off switch button was also off center and did not work as well as the Otterbox. Due to the rubber door not closing on the mute switch area, we had to return the case.