iPhone Case Review: id America Calligraphic Leopard Hard Shell Case for iPhone 4S/4 Review
Editor's Ratings (1-5): 4.5
What's Hot: Eye-popping colors, protective yet feels soft, comes with screen protectors.
What's Not: Large cutouts expose more iPhone's surface to potential scratches.
Reviewed by Tong Zhang
New York based id America makes some very unique cases, such as the Gasket Case, and their newest addition is no exception. The Calligraphic Leopard case for the iPhone 4S and iPhone 4 is a hard shell case dressed in eye-popping colors mimicking leopard skin patterns. The case is protective and comes with not only a film protector for the display that the case doesn't cover but also a film for the back of the iPhone 4S. id America Calligraphic Leopard case currently comes in four color themes: Wild Yellow, Mint Blue, Lavendor Purple and Rose Pink.
The id America Calligraphic Leopard case has a design that can put a smile on your face every time you look at it, even if you are not a leopard-pattern person. The leopard inspired patterns are bold and look great in the available colors. It really makes the case stand out no matter what background it's sitting against. The Calligraphic Leopard case has a reasonably thick hard shell that's made with polycarbonate and it's form fitting. The case has a slight flexibility to help you put the phone in and take it out of the case with relative ease, but it's stiff and hard enough to protect your iPhone 4S or iPhone 4 against any scratches, nicks and even bumps with some force. The case covers the corners of the iPhone 4S and gives the phone some drop shock protection.
In addition to the striking patterns and colors, the Calligraphic Leopard case has a layer of rubberized coating on the exterior. The coating not only makes the case feels very soft in hand but also gives the case a very nice grip. The interior of the hard cover also has soft coating and the interior color matches the exterior color theme. While the film protectors and the hard case cover most of your iPhone, the large cutouts on the top, button and side of the phone leaves them partially open.
Thanks to these large cutouts, the Calligraphic Leopard hard case for the iPhone 4S/4 gives you full access to all buttons and ports. The top and bottom cutouts have the same size, where the case covers the edges from the back and curved corners. You can easily use the power button, top mic and the audio jack while the phone is in the case, as well as sync/charge cable and most audio/dock stations. The case has a long side cutout that leaves the side buttons out, and the rear camera cutout is positioned perfectly for the lens and the flash to fully illuminate. The rear camera cutout has a black rim so that your flash doesn't reflect light when it turns on.
The Calligraphic Leopard case wraps around the sides of the iPhone 4S and raises just above the display, so that when you put your phone face down, the display won't touch the surface. The case works with the film protectors nicely thanks to the precise cut and fit.
If you've fallen under the spell of anything leopard, the id America Calligraphic Leopard hard case for the iPhone 4S/4 will catch your eye even on a busy retailer's wall. The case's patterns show well with the colors in the collection, yet they have broad enough theme to match your other accessories. The hard case is protective and very form fitting. We love the soft coating finish and the two film protectors that shield both the front and back of the iPhone.