iPhone Case Review: iSkin revo4 SE for iPhone 4S Reviewed by Tong Zhang
Editor's Ratings (1-5): 4.5
What's Hot: Good quality material, nice design, rugged yet slim.
What's Not: Volume keys are a bit hard to press.
iSkin released several new case models for the launch of iPhone 4S. There is a semi-rugged case among the new models, the iSkin revo4 and a special edition, the iSkin revo4 SE with a hard screen cover. The iSkin revo4 cases offer good protections for the new iPhone 4S and come in a good collection of two colors including blue, black, red, pink, dark brown, yellow and white. We look at the iSkin revo4 SE in Reflex (blue/black) color.
The new iSkin revo4 looks similar to the last revo cases for the iPhone 3G/3GS, but now comes in two tone colors and has a more refined design. The case is made with high quality Japanese silicone that feels very soft in hand. The sides and partial back of the case has a fine texture that helps with handling the phone better. The revo4 silicone material is non-porous and moisture resistant, and has Microban antimicrobial product embedded to protect against bacteria and discoloring. Unlike many silicone cases, the iSkin revo4 SE feels firm and likely to keep the shape longer. It's easy to put on and take off the case.
The iSkin revo4 SE adds an additional protection for the iPhone 4S with a durable ViSOR (stands for Visually Intact Solid Optical Resin). You can use the visor in the front to protect iPhone 4S' display when not in use, or on the back while you are using the phone. The Visor has a tinted layer, but you can see the screen through it. The visor offers a unique touch friendly zone where you can slide the home lock slider to answer a call or end it without having to remove the visor. You can also launch any application on your home dock through the touch area.
The iSkin revo4 SE case feels solid and protects the entire iPhone 4. It's also very slim, fits the iPhone 4S like a glove. The two-tone combos give these cases an interesting look. Here are the detailed duotones in the series: Falcon (Dark Brown + White), Hornet (Dark Brown + Yellow), Lush (Pink + Black), Nighthawk (Dark Brown + Black), Renegade (Red + Black), Reflex (Blue + Black).
The iSkin revo4 SE case offers extra protections for ports and buttons on the iPhone 4S. The phone is very functional in the case thanks to the cutouts for buttons and ports that need to be exposed, and covered buttons that don't. The power button on top, the volume buttons on the side and the home button on the front live under silicone covers. While the power button and the home button are very easy to use under the covers, the volume buttons need a little extra poking though not too bad. The 3.5mm audio jack, the mic and speaker are exposed via cutouts; and the 30-pin charging/syncing port has a silicone door. You can cover the port to protect from dust and moisture while not use, and open it when you need to use it. We tested it with a couple of speakers, and found that the iPhone 4S could fit in the speakers when we peeled back the port cover.
The iSkin revo4 SE has a perfect cutout for the rear camera on the iPhone 4S. It gives the flash enough space to fully illuminate. The back of the case has a placeholder for the visor, which sits flush when you store it on the back. Though not by design, the visor can act like an impromptu stand when you put the phone in landscape mode.
The iSkin revo4 SE is a solid case that offers good protection against scratches, dust, moisture and some drop shock. The case uses good material and the special hard screen cover will please those who need more protection for the screen. The revo4 SE is a highly functional case yet protects the ports better on the iPhone 4S. The touch area on the visor is unique. We like the color combo selection and itís super easy to put on or take off the case. You pay $5 extra for the SE version which includes the hard visor cover.