Having been an iPhone 3G user for nearly two years, when I made the mistake of installing iOS 4 on my 3G, I quickly decided I was due for an upgrade. Currently being out of work (at least not employed full-time), I was reluctant to spend money on a new toy that I knew was more of a perceived need than an actual need. The need did in fact become real and the good news is though that I can sell my 3G out of contract for nearly what I paid for my 4.
I was a bit nervous about the upgrade with all the talk about antenna issues. I was relieved to hear that Apple was giving out free cases though and that is when I decided to purchase. I just received my free case through the iPhone 4 case program Friday and have been getting used to it.
First off, I’m not normally a fan of cases. I think they normally don’t provide that much protection and the negatives outweigh the positives. I was originally looking forward to the Apple iPhone 4 Bumper Case (Amazon affiliate link), but I was worried that it wouldn’t be easy to slide in and out of my pocket. After agonizing for weeks over which case to order, I ended up an an Incase Snap Case (Amazon Affilate link)
I’ve actually found that I enjoy holding and using the phone more with the case. It gives the iPhone a great feel when holding and talking on the phone and it doesn’t add that much bulk to it either, which was one of my major concerns. I really didn’t experience too much antenna issues prior to obtaining the case, but service is pretty horrible in my neck of the woods, so I am constantly dropping calls. I was hoping the case would improve things if I happened to be a victim of the antenna issues.
The case also came with a little stand which I haven’t figured out what the purpose is behind. I suppose if you use your iPhone to watch movies on all day long it could be useful. I’ll probably put it on my desk and use it once a week or so.
I like that the case essentially recesses the buttons on the phone. I feel that it actually makes the phone a little bit easier to use. I spoke with a friend who shared the same feeling that the phone felt more comfortable in her hands when using a similar case.
The drawbacks I’ve found with the case are that I can’t use my iHome Alarm Clock/Radio to charge it. The phone does come in and out of the case easily, so this isn’t too big of an issue, and if you are simply plugging your iPhone in to charge and sync instead of using a dock, you won’t experience a problem with leaving the case on.