• 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Design flaw

    This bumper is the slimmest and the nicest looking bumper but each time you have to plug in to recharge or sync you have to take it off, because it does not allow the plug to lock in fully and it comes off enough to disconnect it due to the thickness. Taking it off everytime you recharge which is every day, the rubber eventually rips.

    56 of 66 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Great look and handle but...

    I used this case for a year on my iPhone 4, carried in my pocket.

    The look is awesome but the case permanently scratched the metal band surrounding the phone, as well as the volume and sleep buttons. I always carried the phone in a very clean pocket so the matter remains in the bumper itself.

    Apple needs to put a thin later of silicon or something around the entire inside of the case.

    38 of 40 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    The case will only last you for at least 1 month

    The bumper was probably one of the nicest and sleekest looking cases out there so I bought one myself. But it only lasted me for 1 month, the plastic part of the case had snapped in the bottom and I was upset so I bought another one because I did actually like it but the same thing happened again :(

    32 of 38 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Alright Case

    I got the black bumper as my first case for my iPhone 4S. It was great for the first two or three months, but after me taking it off time after time, the middle of the bottom broke in half.

    If you don't take your case on and off constantly, it works fairly well.

    It doesn't necessarily protect the back/front of the phone, but it does a good job of protecting the sides. It also provides a good grip, for both holding and sliding in and out of pockets.

    I would recommend this case as a first case for iPhones, but not as anything else.

    30 of 39 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Good protection

    Worked well as long it lasted, but i expected it to last for more than 8 months even though used it with out much of care ( more of rough use).

    23 of 25 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Known quantity if you read the reviews

    It's a svelte case. It scratches the metal band over time. The plastic falls apart after a year. All of these issues are very well documented, and I don't have much to add. I'd probably get another one if they weren't as expensive as they are.

    It does protect the phone somewhat against drops, and it solves the antenna issue completely. On that alone, I was glad that I had one. Before it fell apart.

    21 of 22 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Needs to be updated with better materials.

    To put it in brief terms, this bumper does its job, but is not durable itself. It does protect the phone from falls (I dropped my phone in a parking lot once and it even SLID underneath another car....not once scratch on the iPhone itself!). Those who complain about the phone being scratched by the bumper should practice taking the phone out of it every night or so just to wipe any dust particles off of it. That being said, this will eventually lead to the bumper's hard plastic area around the 30-pin adapter to tear, ripping the soft rubber with it. I've had the bumper since October '11, and it started to tear like that maybe a month and a half ago (middle of February).

    Apple needs to make a more durable hard plastic that can withstand the tension of being removed and put back on constantly. While keeping the price intact (that way maybe the value will actually match that steep $30 price point).

    15 of 16 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Design flaw

    After use for less than a year, the bumper delaminated around the Home button with the top layer of the bumper coming detached from the rest of the bumper. Seems to be a design flaw as the exact same problem was experienced by a co-worker as well.

    17 of 22 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Not bad

    I upgraded from an iPhone 3GS to an iPhone 4 in 2010, and I got this complementary bumper case for free at the time. A month ago, I upgraded from iPhone 4 to iPhone 4S and started using this case with it.

    Pros:

    Stylish
    Protects the sides of the phone
    Increases reception on the iPhone 4

    Cons:

    Leaves the front and back of the iPhone exposed completely
    Covers the vibrate switch on iPhone 4S half way
    Headphone and charger openings are made to fit cables like Apple-made cables
    Overpriced

    16 of 21 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Could be better

    The good:
    - Stylish and minimal
    -Feels nice in your hand
    - Easy access to buttons

    The bad:
    - Hard to fit third-party headphones into jack
    - Hard to access silent switch
    - Spotty compatibility with third party dock accessories, and Apple's own iPhone/ iPod cables from previous revisions - why?!
    - After having to take the case off to charge with older cables and put back on afterwards, the rubber edges have become much looser and are fraying a bit.

    Overall, I still like the case, as it's one of the most comfortable I've tried... but these drawbacks leave me wanting more.

    14 of 18 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    May or may not be worth the money

    The case was great the first couple of days using it, then the color started to fade and then I dropped it and it still broke my screen so its up to you whether or not you want this case. ( It only put a couple of scratches on the screen ). Otherwise, it is a good case. Doesn't fall off and doesn't lose its shape. Doesn't affect it's shape which is nice but may crack at the bottom. In the end, its still your choice.

    13 of 17 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Great looking and protective, but not strong

    When I bought the iPhone bumper, I was nervous it wouldn't protect my whole iPhone. I was happy to know that I was wrong. The bumper protected my phone just as well if not better than other phone cases. It also let me see the sleek look of the phone that I really like. I didn't have any problems keeping my phone safe from shattering or anything like that. The case always kept my iPhone away from anything that could break or scratch it. It worked great...while I had it. There are only two problems with the bumper. First of all, if you ever plan on taking the bumper off your iPhone, expect to see some unrepairable scuff marks on the metal band. Also, surrounding the head phone jack is a different material. There's rubber, probably to keep you head phones from scratching when plugging them in. The only problem with this feature is that the rubber is not at all reinforced. I am pretty rough on my phone and drop it pretty often. The case was great protecting it from falls and scratches, but the bumper didn't hold up very long. The rubber section tore off the case and now it won't stay on my phone. I'm hoping I'll be able to exchange my bumper at the apple store for a new one for free because of this problem.

    6 of 6 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Works Great (for a while)

    I got the bumper when I bought my phone in October. Three months later, after pulling my phone in and out of my pocket, the rubber started falling apart, and there were scratches on the metal part of my phone (where the bumper is suppost to protect it). I would like to say that it actually does protect your phone when you drop it (besides the scratches).

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Great, but only lasted 4 months.

    Works well and keeps phone from slipping out of your hands. The problem is that mine cracked and fell apart after 4 months of daily use. Plastic near charging port is weak. Not very durable.

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Good but not for the price.

    Best Fitting and looking cover out there but materials are a bit rubbish and it grossly over priced....€15 would be fair.

    Invest i a bottle of superglue as the rubber and the plastic separate after a few months.

    5 of 6 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Becarful when you take it off and put it on.

    As a protective bumper it works when it's on your phone but you have to handle it with care when you're putting it on and taking it off. The case has 2 layers a hard plastic which sits in between 2 pieces of rubber.

    The hard plastic that holds the volume up and down button as well a the power button isn't very durable so you can't bend the case to much when you're putting it on or the hard plastic will snap leaving just the 2 pieces of rubber to keep the bumper together.

    The weakest point on the case is by the 30-Pin connector on the bottom of the case, the plastic there is thinner to allow for the 30-Pin connector to make contact with the iPhone which is where you'll notice the break.

    11 of 19 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Good use, bad design

    This case is actually quite a lot bether than i expected. But I must say, Apple has a way of overpricing small, "cheap" products.

    Even though this case may seem a little bit too expensive, after all, it's just "a little piece of plastic". But, they make a product that does exactly what its made for. And it does it incredibly good, too. The Bumper doesn't cover the screen, neither does it stick remarkebly out of the two beautiful sides of the iphone. It is obviosly made to protect the iPhone from beeing damaged, and I haven't yet experienced any damage, after hitting the ground at least 30 times. Its quite easy to understand why, the Bumper is simply a "bumper". I won't say it reduces the impact, I would rather say that the rubber (don't know if it's correct, but if not so; the plastic) makes it kind of bounce, so that it won't get that big strain it gets when it normally hits the ground.

    But then its this thing called design. That Apple has proved they are among the best in the world at. This, one company, has actually made a lot of people forget what bad design looked like, I think.
    Well, here's your wake-up call.
    I'm sad to say it, but this product surely didn't live up to my expectations, this is not Apple standard, as we're used to. When you unpack the thing, it doesn't look to bad. But when you put it on, your iPhone becomes thick, with soft, round edges. Just like it's just put on some extra pounds.
    Another thing that is actually a "problem", is that the silence-button is hard to reach, espesially if you have short nails. I won't go on with a lot of details, but the Bumper will stretch a little bit after you've taken the Bumper on and off a number of times. But, back to the design.

    What's really the main problem, is the fact that it is covering the shiny, sharp edges of the phone. It (the sides and edges) is a huge factor of making the iPhone design so beautiful. This is not the problem by itself, but I just don't think the Bumper's design is any good, compared to the original iPhone design, and I think the Bumper ruins the perfection and brilliance of it.
    Keep in mind that I have the black Bumper.

    So basicly, the iPhone 4 Bumber does exactly what its made for, and good.
    It just don't do anything else.

    If you'd take my advice, buy another case, or don't buy one at all. Or at least buy one with bether design then this
    But don't get me wrong.
    The Bumper Is placed around the corners of my iPhone.
    But only because it was free.

    7 of 12 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Stainless steel bands will be safe; not the front or back.

    Now the reason why i gave this a 3/5 stars is because its not a bad case. It does protect your iPhone 4. People seem to think that if they have a case on their device that its suppose to fix all there problems. Wrong. I have a invisible shield and a ifrogz luxe lean case. Thats the ultimate coverage. Protects the sides, back, and front. Now with this case its a different story.. Only protects the stainless steel band. Thats one of the cons, the other is that it streches over time if you switch out your cases a lot.. The pros is it doesnt add bulk to your iPhone 4 at all. I use this case when i get bored with my other ones. Now i do wish apple maybe could have added a clear back or some design to it to spice it up a little and even protect the back at least.

    6 of 10 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    It not bad

    Its not a bad product, the only complaint I've, dust is collecting around the bumper. And the price is comparatively more then other products.

    5 of 9 people found this useful