Looking for iPhone protection? You’ve come to the right place. Join us as we delve into the world of iPhone 4S cases in search of the best options.
The iPhone hasn’t just been a success story for Apple. It has also breathed life into a range of related industries. One of the fastest moving and most fiercely competitive is iPhone cases. While the device itself offers very limited personalization options, anyone looking to show off their personality can do so with the right case.
We’ve got stylish iPhone cases, indestructible iPhone cases, quirky iPhone cases… we’ve even got iPhone enhancing cases. Check out our top ten to find your perfect iPhone companion.
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Polycarbonate cases always provide tough protection, and this offering from Marware enhances the clear polycarbonate shell with a colored rubber bumper round the edges and a rubber strip down the back. The design makes it comfortable to hold, and also gives it a bit of visual style. You’ve got a choice of three colors – black, white, or pink. It’s easy to snap on, it’s thin, and it doesn’t cover up the Apple logo.
This premium leather flip case really hugs your iPhone so it isn’t too bulky. The front flap flips open easily and the inner lining is “Terahedron” – basically it’s soft and it will prevent scratches. Unusually for a leather case, there are cutouts for the camera and all of the controls, so it’s easy to use your phone with the case on. The final touch is a detachable microfiber pad on the flap, which you can use to clean the screen.
X-Doria Defense 360 ($30)
You won’t find many cases on the market that cover the iPhone 4 or 4S front and back, but the Defense 360 does just that. It is a two-piece, clear, polycarbonate case that snaps on and fully protects the front, back, and sides of your iPhone. There are cutouts for camera and controls. Covering the screen inevitably has an impact on screen sensitivity, but that’s the price you pay for all around protection.
This sleek, hard case from Seidio comes in two pieces which makes it really easy to slide onto your iPhone. There’s a soft felt lining inside to prevent any scratches and absorb shock. The outside has a soft-touch coating so it’s comfortable to hold and easy to grip. Precision cut-outs ensure you can access everything and see the Apple logo, but the camera cutout is tight, so you may prefer to remove the iPhone from the case to take photos. There is also a magnetic kick stand for a hands-free landscape view.
Ballistic Hard Core ($50)
If you can handle the chunky look and the added bulk, then you’ll appreciate the protection that the Hard Core case from Ballistic offers. You’ve got a screen protector, a shock absorbing layer, a polycarbonate frame, another shock absorbing layer, and then optional silicone on the outside. There’s even a water-resistant mesh to cover the speakers and a rotating holster clip.
Super-thin polycarbonate protection for your iPhone at a reasonable price makes the IvySkin Reception Case worth considering. It’s only 0.6mm on the back and 0.8mm at the sides so it’s about as close to naked as your iPhone can get with a case on. It’s also supposed to improve your reception. It will protect the glass back and has a front screen guard. Did we mention that the whole thing has an anti-scratch coating?
You will definitely stand out of the crowd with one of these sculpted 3D cases. The back features a sculptural design and you’ll find additional options beyond this clockwork pattern. It looks eye-catching and provides extra grip. The frame is polycarbonate and there’s a matt coating and a choice of colors. It’s a slider design which makes it easy to fit onto your phone and it ships with two screen guards. If you’re concerned about the pattern snagging as you take it out of your pocket, don’t worry because it’s a convex design.
Keen photographers will dig this Hipstamatic case which gives your iPhone an eighties camera makeover. It’s a one piece snap on case in black with all the usual cutouts. The USP for this case is the tripod adapter which slips into a hidden slot to allow you to mount the iPhone easily on any standard camera tripod. To complete the retro camera illusion there is a removable nylon lanyard to slip around your wrist.
Not only is this a chargeable battery case that doubles the battery life of your iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S, it is also just a case. You can switch in a thinner back without the battery if you just want to use it as a case, so once the phone is charged you can ditch the bulky battery and put the slim cover on. The battery is rated at 1,700mAh and the case also comes with a screen protector.
Flexible TPU with a tinted, translucent finish provides a bit of basic protection for your iPhone without spoiling its look. You’ve got full access to everything and these slim cases have a nice easy-grip, soft-touch finish. You can pick them up in various colors.
Carved from a single piece of bamboo, these stylish wooden cases from Grove come in a range of designs or you can opt for a plain one. You also have the option of using your own design for a truly custom case, but that will set you back $130. The case comes in two pieces and slides easily onto your iPhone. These oiled wooden cases represent great craftsmanship, but they are definitely more about the look than the protection factor.
It’s tough to find a case that offers serious protection with a truly slim profile, but the LifeProof iPhone case only adds 1.5mm to each edge. It is completely waterproof and it will safeguard your phone from dust, shock, and extreme temperatures. This case is perfect for outdoors types and you’ll never need to worry about your iPhone getting wet again.
This hybrid rubber and plastic design is a solid option. The matte plastic exterior doesn’t show fingerprints or scratches and the soft rubber interior is shock-absorbent. Ports and controls are easily accessible and a screen protector is included. There’s a small selection of color options and the rubber showing through beneath creates a two-tone effect.
OtterBox has long been the most trusted name when it comes to serious protection for your device. This iPhone 4S case features the virtually indestructible three layer protection that the top of the range Defender series is known for having. It also brightens things up with a patriotic design. It’s a bit bulky but if you work outdoors, or you’re just really clumsy, this case is for you.
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