iPhone Case Review: GlowZone MoonSkins Case for iPhone 4S Reviewed by Tong Zhang
Editor's Ratings (1-5): 4.5
What's Hot: Glowing in the dark, protective, comes in many colors.
What's Not: No front protection film included.
GlowZone MoonSkins case for the iPhone 4S lives up to the name: it glows in the dark. This fun case functions much like a skin case for protecting your iPhone 4S but when it's dark out, the case comes to live with its glowing surface. The MoonSkins case comes in nine bright colors including blue, coral, green, orange, pink, yellow, violet and white.
Designed as a form fitting skin style case, the MoonSkins case for iPhone 4S has a special ingredient in its material. The photoluminescent technology used in the case can capture light and release it when the ambient light goes out. This is the same material used to make uniforms and oxygen tank surface for firefighters in order to identify them in dark rooms and thick smoke. The case has a soft silicone like material with smooth interior and a 3D cube-like pattern on the exterior. It's not slippery in hand, and it stiffer than a silicone case.
The most novel feature in the case design is the glowing colors, and if you keep your phone on your nightstand, use it in a dark room or a club, or carry it in a big purse, you will find this feature very handy. The photoluminescent case needs only a few minutes of charging in sunlight and a bit longer under indoor light, and that's enough charge for it to glow in a completely dark room. The material absorbs the light and releases it when ambient light disappears. In the dark, your iPhone 4S looks like a radioactive-like block. Different color cases glow in different colors in the dark. The blue and green glow mostly green, the white glows in a cool blue. The darker the room, the brighter the case glows. The case can glow for about 8 hours before the glow dims down a bit. The photoluminescent technology has a very long live, and should last you for the duration of the case operation.
The MoonSkins case for iPhone 4S is a very functional case. It has perfect cutouts for the ports that need exposures and covers the buttons that don't. The case has a generous cutout for the 30-pin connector that enables syncing and charging cable to connect to the phone while it's in the case. It also allows the phone to work with docking stations and audio accessories. There are two small cutouts for the bottom mic and speaker on either side of the 30-pin connector cutout. The side cutout gives you access to the silence button, and it fits both AT&T and Verizon versions of the iPhone 4. The top cutout leaves out the 3.5mm audio jack and top mic. The Power button and volume buttons are under the cover, and they are quite easy to use thanks to raised surface caps these buttons.
The MoonSkins case for iPhone 4S has two cutouts on the back, one for the rear camera and flash, and the other for the Apple logo. The camera cutout gives the camera lens full view and the flash enough room to fully illuminate. The cutout for the Apple logo on the back of the iPhone 4S is rarely seen on a skin case; while it adds some style to the overall look, it might worry some users who are afraid of scratching the surface of the iPhone 4S with keys in the bag. The MoonSkins case has some flexibility, and it's easy to put it on or take it off. It covers all sides of the iPhone 4/4S and wraps around to cover the front edges of the display. You can rest the phone on the case's front edges when you put the phone face down on a table.
If you use your iPhone day and night, outdoors and in dark rooms, the GlowZone MoonSkins case is a perfect case for you. You will never lose your phone in the dark and the case protects and functions nicely as a skin case. It's more rigid than a silicone case yet feels soft in hand. The case requires only a few minutes of charge to glow all night, and the large selection of colors ensures everyone finds their favorite glow!