iPhone 4 Case Review: Case-Mate Tut Silicone iPhone 4 Case Reviewed by Tong Zhang
Editor's Ratings (1-5): 4.5
What's Hot: Very cute, good protection and perfect cutouts.
What's Not: Still not as tight as we'd like to see.
Case-mate is having fun making the Creature Series cases for the iPhone 4. We've see the Waddler, the Monsta and the Hoot cases. Now we look at the Tut Silicone iPhone 4 case from Case-mate. These Creature Series cases are incredibly cute with 3D textures and key charms to create the illusions of creatures they resemble. The famous Egyptian King Tut, whose mummy is one of the symbols of the ancient civilization, inspires the Tut case design. The case is very functional and provides good protection of the iPhone 4.
King Tut lives again! Not in flesh and blood of course, but in Mummy wraps that have aged from white to gray, and with the King?s eye peering from the darkness behind the wraps and teeth sticking out. The design brings out a sense of mystery in a mischief and humorous manner, and in a medium thickness silicone form. The Tut silicone iPhone 4 case has the signature design of the Creature Series iPhone 4 cases from Case-mate, that includes two rounded corner and two sharp corners to give a 3D look of the creature it tries to mimic. The case also has raised lines on both the back and sides to create the look of bandages. These lines not only add more to the 3D look but also help give the phone a better grip. The gray case has a texture that looks like stonewall but feels grippy in hand. The black, white and orange pieces add some interesting dimension to the design.
The Tut Silicone iPhone 4 case has some thickness to it, and can certainly protect your iPhone 4 from pokes and bumps to the back of the phone. The sharp corners have some added thickness which help protect the structure of the phone when you drop it. With earlier Creature models, the silicone cases were not very tight. But the Hoot and Tut cases have an improved design that make the case tighter. Still, you might still accidently dump the phone out of the Tut case if you grab it by a corner and bump the phone on the back.
The Tut Silicone iPhone 4 case has similar cutouts as other Creature Series cases from Case-mate. The bottom cutout is large to accommodate the 30-pin connector and bottom speaker and mic, and the side cutout for the silence button has space for either the AT&T or Verizon version of the iPhone 4. The top cutout for the audio out jack and top mic has the perfect location and size. The rear camera cutout has the right size as well to expose the camera lens and the flash. The power button and volume buttons are under the silicone cover and they are very easy to use. While the Waddler case and Hoot case come with key charms, the Tut case for iPhone 4 doesn?t. But it does have a charm holder in case you want to hook up your own charm.
The Case-mate Tut Silicone iPhone 4 case wraps around the sides of the iPhone 4 and covers the front display bezel a bit, and since the case has some thickness, the front edges of the case create a nice barrier for the display when you put the phone face down. Thanks to the large cutout on the bottom, you can use the iPhone 4 with many docking station and audio system. The flexible silicone material is easy to work with when you need to plug the phone in other accessories with dock connectors.
The Case-mate Tut silicone iPhone 4 case has a fun and cute design. The eye-catching case might not make you laugh as hard as the King Tut skit by Steve Martin but it will put a smile on your face when you look at it. The silicone case is easy to work with, and it?s thick enough to protect the iPhone 4 from scratches and nicks in your bag or backpack. The case has cutouts and button covers for all buttons and ports on the iPhone 4, and can work with many audio and docking systems. While it?s improved, the case is still not very tight, and there isn?t anything that protects the display from pokes or scratches from keys in a bag.