• 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice Design

    I'm very happy with this case. I received this case for free through the iPhone 4 case program. I had wanted to give it a try but was on the fence for $29. I went for it with the free case program. I purchased a protective film for the front and back of the phone from Power Support (my go to company for all of my iPhone screen protectors) since the case leaves both the front and back exposed. I ended up dropping my phone recently about 4 feet to the concrete and it bounced under a parked car. I picked up the phone and not a scratch was on it (the part of the case that seemed to take the brunt of the impact did look like something chewed on it). When the cases went on sale again after the free program ended I happily purchased 2 more in white and blue. Be advised that not all third party headphones and dock accessories are compatible with the case.

    65 of 71 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice

    First off, why do people say it scratches the side of their phone? get real folks, the side of your phone is metal, the case is plastic and rubber. Obviously a grain of sand or some other hard substance worked it's way between the phone and the case. This would happen with just about any other case.

    I've had my case since day one, over six months now and yes, it's worn and breaking down, but so is the slip case I put my phone into, leather. Already purchased a replacement slip case and now it's time to replace this bumper as well. Since I've owned a PDA of some type since 2000 (Palm). I've always had to replace my cases between 3 and 6 months, you can't expect cases, which you buy to protect your phone, to last very long, they are meant to take the punishment so your phone lasts.

    The case works well as I slide my phone into a leather slip case to carry on a belt instead of in a pocket. The slick surface combined with the sticky rubber allows it to slide into the case, but also grippy enough where it doesn't slip out of my hands during use.

    51 of 57 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    The Truth about the Bumper, Nothing is New Forever

    I've owned my iPhone 4 and decided on the Bumper at the same time. It was free due to the issue of the antenna not functioning properly, Apple was offering the Bumper or $30 credit for a case. Having been a iPhone 3G owner for 2 years before getting the 4, I had the protector screen and rubber/plastic case. it survived well but was bulky.
    Now the advantage of the bumper, even though it does fall apart, I'm here to replace mine as the rubber has ripped around the power cord about 3-4 months ago and has now started shredding around all the sides and the phone no longer sits safely in the Bumper, again back to the advantage of the bumper, is that it maximizes the protection of the phone with the minimal of intrusion to working the phone. It's very light weight. Is raised rubber edges allow the phone to not come into direct contact with a surface. Because of the minimalist design, it feels like its how the phone should have been manufactured.
    Come on people, the iPhone is a smartphone. It's a tool. It's what you carry with you like your wallet and keys. Do you ever look at how much wear and tear those items take - so expect your phone to take some punishment too, but it's also well constructed to take that abuse. The bumper protects the places it needs it the most...it's edges. Plain a simple. But the best part is, the Bumper leaves the phone as naked as possible so you can touch its sexy smooth screen and back that are incredibly scratch resistant.
    Last of all, i decided long ago to test the screen by not using a protector and has survived well. I am conscious of generally not putting the phone in my pocket with keys, coins or other metal objects, but i don't baby the phone either.
    Is the Bumper overpriced - Yes, but isn't everything that Apple sells - but we will still buy it - because it works the best.

    44 of 47 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Does what it does

    I got this case Aug 2010 as part of the free case program. Nothing fancy, but a regular, ordinary looking bumper. Also, I wasn't very concerned about the lack of back coverage, since I got the Power Support film set.

    PROS:
    Despite making the iPhone look 'uglier', this bumper really does its job. I dropped my phone about 7x already and it's just fine. Mind you, the drops were only 2-3 ft drops, so I can't attest to whether the bumper can withstand higher drops, but seven times! There are numerous scratches on my bumper, especially at the corners because of the drops, but the phone itself is fine. Other reviews said the rubber part already started cracking and peeling after light use, but I've had this for a year and it's only started recently. I don't exactly take very good care of my phone or other electronics, so it's very surprising that my bumper has lasted this long while others (who do take care of their phones) complain the bumper isn't long-lasting.

    CONS:
    This bumper isn't perfect, however, as dust does tend to accumulate near the edges, but since I have Power Support film set on, this isn't a big deal. Just make sure to take the bumper off to clean the phone from time to time. Now...the MAJOR defect of this bumper, like many reviews have stated, is that this bumper SCRATCHES THE PHONE! It didn't for the first few months of use, but now I see black smudges and marks that won't come off on the silver band of the phone. They're noticeable, especially around the ring/vibrate button, the power button, the volume buttons, and the charger jack and speakers on the bottom. It's very disappointing that the bumper would do this and I hope Apple will do something about it (not very likely though).

    RECOMMENDATION:
    Based on my experience, yes I would recommend this bumper to iPhone users because it offers fairly heavy-duty protection for such a minimal case. If you're someone who drops their phone a lot, but don't want any scratches on their phone, then I suggest the Otterbox; but if you're someone (like me) who drops their phone and don't want a big fat ugly Otterbox case covering your phone, this is good enough. This bumper has lasted me a year and I'm ready to buy a new one--green this time!

    38 of 40 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Good design improvements

    I just purchased a new black Bumper to replace the one I originally purchased with my iPhone 4 upon initial release and notice that Apple seems to have made some design improvements to the bumper at some point in the past year. The new bumper has a slightly different shape to the rubber portions--an angle from the face of the case to where the rubber meets the face of the iPhone (rather than the former continuous curve). This change appears to result is a more robust rubber piece that should wear well. Also, the cut-out for the docking port has been enlarged compared to the original Bumper. While I enjoyed the original Bumper--and haven't found a case I like better--this new one feels more durable.

    26 of 29 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    High Quality

    this case is very slick, light weight, durable and stylish. unfortunately, i find the missing back gets irritating at times and leaves your phone exposed.

    23 of 25 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Looks, feels great, scratches iPhone, short case life.

    But I still gave it four stars. Why?

    The good: It looks great. Beautiful Apple styling. The rubber feels great in your hand and is very grippy, saving me from dropping it many times. This case goes well with the iPhone 4 and the good generates most of the four stars.

    The bad: The case has left a lot of little rubbing created scratches on my iPhone. Also, the case wore out in nine months. The rubber began to separate down near the dock connector and the case became loose fitting overall. I took my iPhone to the Genius Bar last week, and they seemed 'unconcerned' about the scratches on the iPhone, but they did replace my Bumper with a brand new one. 1 year warranty, take advantage. The Genius I talked to denied it was under warranty, but I pressed him to look at the warranty online, and a more senior Genius confirmed that it was under warranty.

    They gave me the AT&T/Verizon version of the Bumper and it 'seems' to be made a bit better. The hole where the dock connector fits is Bigger, so more cables and accessories will fit. But I still expect it to scratch the iPhone.

    Back to the good: Again, it looks great, feels Fantastic in your hand, and I believe the rubber edges have saved me from many drops. If you set it on a angled surface it will not slide off. You can lean it up against things on your desk and it will not slide. It's minimal, it's Apple, I still like it a lot.

    24 of 27 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    good if you drop your phone a lot

    I drop my phone constantly, i don't know why I can't help it. Normally I buy the big ugly cases to protect it but my white iPhone is way too pretty to cover up. I have probably dropped my phone 100 times with this case and it still works perfectly! No scratches on the screen or back. The case does scratch the metal sides a little, which I don't really mind because they are covered by the case anyway. Also, I have the green one and the rubber part tends to get dirty fast, so I'm going to buy the black one to see if that helps.

    20 of 21 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    I love this case!!

    I got my white iPhone 4 about a month ago, and wanted a case that has protection, but isn't too bulky like most cases out there. When I saw the apple bumper, I thought it was perfect. It protects the metal band around the sides, the buttons, and has a "grippy" edge so it doesn't slide too much. When I got my phone, AT&T also recommended I get a case for protection, but i wanted the bumper so I also got the ZAGG screen protectors, and together, the two make a perfect iPhone 4 case. I highly recommend this case if you want protection, but not too much 'bulk'.

    23 of 27 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Good stuff

    Bumper is great, i like how its a hard plastic and the outer ring is a looser rubber so it wraps around your phone. works good with an invisible shield

    i would separate my iphone and my bumper once and a while to clean, because the dust that gets in can slowly scratch the phone. (with all cases people should separate them and clean)

    22 of 26 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    1 year later

    Would given a 5 if it didn't fall apart, would have given a 3 if it hadn't been free. I need another one, but $30, yeesh! I love the simplicity of it, the lack of bulk, the case doesn't detract much from the phone itself (since the "case" is also Apple). Despite it's seeming lack of coverage, it still protects well (until it falls apart), the rubber helps it stick on surfaces. Have had it for about a year now, the most crucial, and thus used, areas: the corners and the rubber on either side of the dock, have separated themselves from the rest of the bumper. Very annoying when flapping around below the home button, I ended up trimming the loose rubber. The bumper still stays on without this rubber, but it is not as well protected. The corners are the most critical, and just noticed yesterday that the are very tiny chips out of the glass on opposing corners on the back. Also, as I'm sure some people have mentioned, the metal does get scuffed, but I leave the bumper on all the time, so it isn't noticed.

    21 of 25 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great ***TIP***

    the bumper did exactly what i needed from it; an elevated surface keeping the front and back glasses raised, and a silicone casing for the frame. I haven't had any problems so far.

    16 of 17 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Good to protect when out of its case

    In my case, it proves to be sufficient as I also purchased a leather belt pouch from my wireless provider that also protects the phone when it's not in use.

    14 of 17 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Bumper has saved my phone many late nights!!!

    It's been many late nights of me getting in and out of my truck dropping my phone on the ground if i didn't have this bumper I would be one mad pupp

    19 of 27 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    A great accessory for your iPhone 4

    So far, this is the best case for my iPhone 4. Only complain is that the bumper's fit could be tighter.

    To solve the issue about scratches on your iPhone 4's sides, remember to take off your bumper once in a while and give both your iPhone 4 and bumper a nice clean up. And always remember to wipe your iPhone 4 clean every time, so no dust particles could get inside the bumper case, thus preventing your iPhone 4 to get scratches on the stainless steel band. Hope this helps for most of you.

    11 of 11 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    not bad

    I had it for about 3 months and i am not complaining about anything since its pretty good. I saw some comments earlier about scratches and black spots but so far i have not seen any black spots, marks or scratches on the stainless steel on my iPhone 4. While it does need some modifying, I think its a good product, except for the fact that it costs a lot. The bumper does need some modifying. I think that the case should cover the back of the phone to protect it but of course i dont think Apple would bother to mod it :P

    12 of 13 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    The Perfect Case for my iPhone 4!

    I read a few of the early reviews with great interest - and want to put my 2 cents in. Now, that's more than I paid for my bumper because of the giveaway program, but I beg to differ with those who do not like this case!

    I have had my bumper since August when the first round of freebies were sent out. I take it off and put it back on the phone all the time, because I have one of those XM Skydocks - and you have to remove the case to put the phone into the cradle only drawback!). I have never had a scratch on the metal band. It's easy to take off (best to start on the top left by the HP jack!) and replace.

    I also love it because it shows off the phone nicely - which also doesnt scratch - and is perfect for lying on a table without getting it dirty, etc. The bumper lifts the phone off just the right amount so it sits up off a table or dashboard, and never slips.
    Awesome case - would keep writing but I can't have more than 300 words!

    13 of 15 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice to have but better cases out there.

    As far as aesthetics go, this is a really nice looking "case" and I use the term case lightly since this really offers no protection on the phone what so ever. This bumper allows the purrrrty front/back glass shine through but that's about it. I'm not sure what everyone is complaining about this thing scratching the band but I haven't had any issues in that respect. The bumper fits pretty snug on but has a little bit of play on the sides. I haven't had any issues with this peeling off screen protectors but I've heard some people complain about this. Overall, if you got this free through the case program then it's a nice backup case IMO. If you're looking to buy this then I'd suggest looking elsewhere for something cheaper as this tricked out rubber band isn't worth $30.

    12 of 13 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Would buy again... Definetly

    The bumper is good but lasted for 3 months and then it started disintegrate. Previous reviews of this product said that the rubber would disintegrate first but not with my bumper. The hard plastic cracked in the charging port and near the volume switch. It's a good case because it looks unique and those chromed power button and volume switch looks good and give a good feel of the phone. Would buy another one. Problem is that at $29 it's kind of a rip-off.

    12 of 14 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works for me!

    I was looking for something that would help protect (but wouldn't completely hide) my iPhone4 and this bumber is perfect! I didn't give a full 5 stars for 2 reasons: 1.) $29.99 is way too much for this very simple piece of rubber and plastic and 2.) I wish they made it in gray because that would look so much better (than black) on my white iPhone. Note: I didn't want a white bumper becasue I know how dingy looking it would get over time.

    11 of 13 people found this useful