• 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice concept, has issues, not ideal

    I got the iPhone 4 bumper on the day of launch and used it since launch until last week (so for few months). Here are my thoughts:

    PROS -
    * Cool concept - Works well for people who want a light weight cover/safety yet not carry the bulk. Truly Apple style design.
    * Build - The body is firm, not flimsy. The rubber edge is like magnet, they will keep your phone still in any place, works great, I left it on the treadmill or car dash and it never moved. The rubber is soft, which gives it some protection in case the phone falls on a hard surface. By design the back is exposed but that is not an issue, it is a choice. The fit is perfect, you can slip it on or off easily, though I rarely did it (wish I did it sooner, keep reading). The rest of build has many issues covered under CONS.
    * Buttons - The buttons feels great, you won't miss using the iPhone buttons. Getting to ringer button can be bit tough, not an issue though.
    * Reception - Bumper or any cover is supposed to insulate the antenna shorting and avoid the iPhone 4 issue. It did as claimed but once I stopped using it, I noticed a different behavior, covered under CONS.

    CONS -
    * Reception - So you would think that bumper will help with iPhone 4 antenna issue. Well, it did. My bars did not drop as it would otherwise. However, once I stopped using it (replaced it with ghost sticky skin), I noticed a significant improvement in my WiFi signal strength. This makes me wonder if it interfered with my WiFi antenna. Anyways, just an observation that I wanted to share here.
    * Build - After a few months of use, I took off the bumper and found that the Inner lining had badly scratched the metal edges/antenna of the phone. Phone's power button and the metal body is scratched from all sides. This is a quality failure. The lining is supposed to protect the phone body, not harm it. It has cheap plastic (or something similar) inside that does more harm than good ! Unfortunately, its too late for me, my phone is scratched in only the areas that was protected by the bumper (irony ?).
    * Holes for ports - If you live in Apple world then this bumper is for you. But if you plan to use non-Apply headphones or USB connector (in car or otherwise), you are out of luck. The bumper holes are precisely built to fit the small apple connectors or similar (rare to find), nothing else would fit. Yet another reason why I dumped the bumper.

    CONCLUSION - Cool concept, good fit, nice from outside, cheap harmful material inside, limits use of 3rd party headphones/adapters. Cons weigh more than Pros for me and I no longer am using it.

    2677 of 3006 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Good case but ironic

    When I got this case I was really excited to protect it and show it off. After 3 months of use I hsve noticed it has been scratching my phone's stainless steel bumper. There are nor scratches all over my phone from an apple product that was supposed to protect it.

    1285 of 1547 people found this useful

  • 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

    Case disintegrating

    I love the case but after a few months use I saw the right upper side of the cases' rubber peeling off. If I rub it with my finger it peels off the rubber. I can also just take large chunks off the rubber with ease. It looks like it is disintegrating somehow.

    51 of 60 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

    Nice Accessory

    Pros: Looks great, keeps the phone thin instead of bulky, protected my phone from all the times I dropped it, solves the antenna issue
    Cons: My AUX and Car charger will not fit, the colors are too girly (bright green, bright blue, bright pink, bright orange) or boring (white and black).

    40 of 56 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

    Good and Bad

    Though it saved my phone from a few falls it did scratch the antenna all up. It has scuffs pretty bad on all the corners.

    They only last about 3 or 4 months before the middle plastic starts to break free. I noticed some audio cables couldn't fit into the hole cut out for the jack.


    Give the inner side a soft plastic or gem to prevent antenna scratches

    Cut a bigger hole for the audio

    and try to make it one continuous piece of plastic so the plastic doesn't rip off after pocket wear.

    28 of 35 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

    Great but too pricy

    Great at first, fits like a glove but doesn't last because you have to take it off to fit in the cradle every night so it breaks down, and the price is to high for want it is and how short it lasts.

    23 of 27 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Wore out in about a year

    I love the bumper, except that one can not use the phone to connect to a car mp3. However, it has already worn out, sides started separating after about a year. For $29 it should last longer. I dont suppose there is a warranty?

    22 of 26 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Okay for normal use, but scratches phone's sides

    I bought this case last July after I had my iPhone for about a month without a case. I liked how it had little bulk and thickness, because I didn't want to buy a huge case that would hide the iPhone 4's sleek design. It's easy to fit almost any headphones or audio cords into the audio jack; the top headphone hole is rubber, therefore it can stretch somewhat around larger cords, but the USB connector hole is tailored to the newer, slimmer Apple cords only. I dropped my phone a few times with the Bumper on and had no damage to the phone itself and only a few minor scratches to the Bumper.

    HOWEVER, after about four months of owning this case, I started to notice that it does in fact scratch the stainless steel antenna of the iPhone. It wasn't very noticeable, but it still bothered me enough to stop using the case. So instead of continuing to allow the case to damage the sides of my phone, I opted for Griffin's version of the Bumper, the Griffin Reveal Frame. It's pretty much the same type of case, costing the same as the official Apple Bumper, but with a cooler looking design (in my opinion) and an overall tighter fit around the phone.

    In my perspective, if you want a simple, minimalist case and you don't care if it will scratch the metal sides of your iPhone, get a Bumper.

    18 of 18 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice idea, poor quality.

    I purchased my bumper approximately 4 months ago, I love that it keeps my back glass slighty off of surfaces that may harm the glass. The colors selections were fun and a plenty, and I feel it has saved my phone many times from being broken. However, the coloring I chose (blue) stained soon after I bought the product, my face makeup included! I'll be looking for a new phone cover soon because of the discoloration, if Apple improves the materials it is made of I would buy it again though.

    21 of 25 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Love this bumper! disappointed that it scratched my steel band.

    I loved the way this bumper fit my phone and how it made my iphone more comfortable to type on in landscape but one thing I did not like after putting it on and off twice with a 2 week period the hard plastic ring inside the bumper gouged my steel band up. That made me very angry as I just bought the phone. This bumper did not do anything for reception or anything not like that mattered as I never experienced bad reception before or any dropped calls. I bought this bumper to protect the steel band but it did the opposite. I would like to see apple redesign this bumper without the hard plastic reinforcement band that is in the inside of the bumper.

    17 of 18 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Looks good, but not functional

    This case looks great and if you do not connect your phone to anything then this case is perfect for you. However, if you have any 30 pin doc connectors or stereo jacks that are not Apple products (non-Apple car chargers that they sell in the Apple Store!, car audio connections, etc.) this case is not for you. The opening around the 30 pin dock connector is sized to only fit Apple USB cables (big suprise there...), so nothing else will plug into the phone without removing the case, which kind of defeats the purpose of a case...The one thing I like is that the case is small and has rubber edges so it does not slide around when you set it on things.

    Bottom line is the case looks great, but if you ever plug your phone into things (non-Apple USB cables) this case will be a poor choice.

    20 of 24 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    kind of disappointing?

    At first, i loved this case. the exact fit, the style, the uniqueness & the Apple made brand. It all felt smooth. And boy did it make my phone look sexy.
    Then, I take off the case, only finding out that it scratched the stainless steel band. I was very ashamed. I had done the old "take it out and clean it every week" routine, but i'm guessing that didn't help. Don't get me wrong, it's an excellent case. But to make a single flexible case, only finding out that it may cause scratches & possibly, in the near future, shatter the phone if dropped wrong.. and then charging $29 for a silicone/plastic case? Now that's just crossing the line Apple. It really is.

    17 of 19 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

    I like it

    When it's new it's good. After a while (6 months) it does wear out and will eventually scratch the antenna edges. Very pricy for what it is but I still like it more that anything else out there. For example I need a new one now and struggling to find one I like as much. For those worried about the back not being protected I wouldn't worry about it. I put the phone in my pocket with keys and the surface of the phone has never scratched. Apple really did a nice job designing this phone to be scratch resistant.

    14 of 15 people found this useful