iPhone Case Review: iLuv Festival Hardshell Case for iPhone 4S Reviewed by Tong Zhang
Editor's Ratings (1-5): 4
What's Hot: Eye-catching graphics and functional case.
What's Not: No front protection.
The iLuv Festival Hardshell case is a slim and form fitting case for the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S. It has a similar minimalistic design as iLuv's Metallic Case line but the artwork prints are unique. The hardshell case is simple and sturdy, and protects the iPhone 4/4S' back, two vertical sides and corners. It comes in two color themes, and both are eye-catching.
The design of the iLuv Festival Hardshell case isn't new, as we've seen similar designs from Case-mate Barely There iPhone 4 Case and the latest Lady Gaga collection from LuxMobile. The hard plastic shell actually is quite thick, and thicker than some of the metallic cases in iLuv's collection. It feels protective for the back and two sides of the iPhone 4S, and can certain absorb some shock as it covers the corners of the phone and provides structural support. Top and bottom sides of the case have large openings to expose the ports and buttons.
The Festival Hardshell Case for iPhone 4S has iLuv's exclusive design. In fact, iLuv uses these graphics on other products such as cases for the Amazon Kindle Fire and Kindle Touch. The Festival prints come in two color themes with similar patterns, one theme is dominated by warm colors like red, orange and purple, and the other theme has more cool colors such as blue, green and light brown. Both patterns are eye-catching and look very pleasing. The sides and interior of the case are white. The surface of the case is smooth. Though it has some flexibility, it's easy to put the case on, but takes some effort to take it off.
The iLuv Festival Hardshell Case for iPhone 4S is a functional case thanks to the large openings on the top and bottom of the case and the side cutout as well as a rear cutout. The top and bottom cutout leaves the sync/charge connector open, and since the case covers little on the bottom, the iPhone 4S works with most speakers and docking stations. The power button, audio out jack, two mics and the speaker port are all open for easy access. The side cutout is a long one that exposes the silence button and the volume buttons and the rear cutout gives the camera enough space to fully capture and the flash to fully illuminate.
Though slim, the case wraps around the sides and covers the edges of the front display glass on the two vertical sides. It doesn't cover a lot of space, but enough to hold the phone off its display when you put it face down on a table.
Simple yet very functional, the iLuv Festival Hardshell Case for iPhone 4/4S is a good choice if you want something thin and light. It provides good protection against pokes and scratches to the back of the iPhone when you carry it in a bag or purse, and pretty good drop protection thanks to the corner support. The case doesn't offer any front protection as not even a film protector is included. We enjoy the graphics design on both themes, and appreciate the openness and cutouts that work with the phone's ports and buttons perfectly.