iPhone 4 Case Review: Case-mate iPhone 4 Pop! Case Reviewed by Tong Zhang
Editor's Ratings (1-5): 4
What's Hot: Rugged yet slim, perfect cutouts, comes in many colors.
What's Not: A little hard to take it off.
The iPhone 4 Pop! Case is one of the more rugged cases in Case-mate's long line up of iPhone 4 cases. If you have read our review of the Case-mate DIY Tough case which is a two-layer case: silicone and a plastic shell, just think the Pop! Case as a combination of the two-layers into one case. The Case-mate iPhone 4 Pop! Case molds plastic and soft rubber materials together to provide a soft surface on the inside and a hard shell on the outside and edges. As a result, the case can absorb shock and protect the iPhone 4 from scratches, bumps and pokes when you put it in a backpack. Case-mate makes two versions of the Pop! Case: one for the AT&T version and the International version of the iPhone 4 and one for the Verizon iPhone 4. The Pop! Case comes in a variety of colors.
The Case-mate iPhone 4 Pop! Case isn?t as spiffy as the Barely There Brushed Aluminum case or as cute as the Monsta case or the Waddler case. But it?s very protective and functional. Your iPhone 4 sits in a shock absorbing silicone rubber, textured like tiny dimples, that covers the interior of the case and the two sides where you would hold the phone. It helps prevent any scratches when you put the phone in the case or take it out, and gives you the grip you need to hold the phone securely in your hand. The silicone rubber extends to the edges of the front display and is actually quite rigid, so when you put the iPhone 4 face down, the case will definitely protect the screen from touching any surface.
Outside of this useful layer of soft rubber, the Pop! Case has a form fitting plastic shell molded to the iPhone 4?s form. The hard plastic covers the back of the phone as well as the top and bottom to provide structural protection for your iPhone 4, and it works very well. We?ve dropped our phone a few times, the case protected it from damages quite effectively. The hard shell will also protect your phone from being scratched by keys or other objects in your bag or backpack. The surface of the plastic might get scratch marks but that?s what it?s there for: taking the bumps and abuse so that your iPhone 4 doesn?t. The plastic shell on the iPhone 4 Pop! Case from Case-mate comes in a nice selection of colors, like red, blue, purple and more, while the silicone rubber sides come in grey.
The Case-mate iPhone 4 Pop! Case has perfect cutouts for the rear camera and flash on the back, the audio jack and mic on top and the silence button on the side. The silence button cutout is designed for the specific models of the iPhone 4, so make sure you pick the right version when you get this case. The volume buttons and the power button are under well marked covers and they work very well under the protection. The bottom cutout is long, leaving the 30-pin connector and two grills open for access. You should have no trouble using any charge/sync cables with the case on the iPhone 4, but because the plastic shell has some thickness, the phone will have some trouble fitting in docking stations or audio systems that don?t accommodate thicker cases.
The molded plastic on top of the silicone rubber is a great way to keep the case in shape, so those who dont want their case to lose shape after a period of use, the Pop! Case is a great choice. The other side of the coin however is that the hard shell makes it a bit of struggle to take the phone out of the case. Putting it on is easy though.
Like with many Case-mate cases, the iPhone 4 Pop! Case comes with a screen protector along with a cleaning cloth and an applicator.
Perfectly molded to fit the iPhone 4 with two layers of protection, the iPhone 4 Pop! Case from Case-mate is a great case for those who toss their phone in a bag with other gear. You don?t need to worry about scratches or pokes damaging your phone, and the case comes with a screen protector. The Pop! Case has perfect cutouts for everything on the iPhone 4 and works very effectively against shocks, short drops and bumps from your daily use. It?s more rugged than Case-mate Barely There case and keeps the form much better than the Case-mate Waddler case, yet it?s not very bulk and it?s quite light. For the tailor-made case with great protection, give the Pop! Case a look! Just make sure you pick the right version.