iPhone Case Review: iLuv Overlay Translucent Hardshell Case for iPhone 4S
Reviewed by Tong Zhang
Editor's Ratings (1-5): 4
What's Hot: Slim and form fitting, soft touch surface, lets your iPhone 4/4S shine through the case.
What's Not: No film protector for the front.
The iLuv Overlay is a translucent hard plastic shell case for the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S. The case only comes in three colors, but they tastefully let the back of the iPhone 4/4S show through. The Overlay fits the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S perfectly, and has cutouts for all ports and buttons on the phone.
The iLuv Overlay translucent hardshell case is a form fitting, minimalistic case. It covers the back and two vertical sides of the iPhone 4S as well as four corners. The hard plastic case has soft touch coating on both exterior and interior, and it feels nice in hand and gives the case a better grip. It's easy to put it on or take it off: just slide one side of the phone into the case and push the other side in.
There are currently three color options in the Overlay series, white, black and pink. The white version matches the white iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S very nicely, giving the milky solid white phone a translucent frost like look. It's not completely clear, just translucent enough to let the Apple logo and iPhone branding show through. The case is slim but has some thickness, and it can certainly protect the phone from scratches, nicks and bumps on the back and sides when you carry it in a backpack or purse. The case doesn't cover the display nor does it come with a film protector.
The iLuv Overlay hardshell case has a similar design to the iLuv Festival Hardshell case with the top and bottom of the iPhone 4S mostly exposed, giving you easy access to ports and buttons. The bottom cutout leaves the 30-pin connector, speaker and bottom mic open; and the top cutout leaves the power button, top mic and audio jack open. The iLuv Overlay case has a long side cutout that gives you plenty of room to use the silence button and volume buttons, and it works with all versions of the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S.
The Overlay translucent case has a nice rear cutout for the camera and flash, giving both plenty of room to operate. The case has a nice wrap around on the vertical sides and corners to keep the display off a table when you put it face down and add more structural support should you drop the phone.
If you want to let the beauty of your iPhone 4S shine through, you should look at the iLuv Overlay case. The white case matches the white iPhone 4S well with a frosty look, the black version works with the black iPhone 4S well, and the pink version is eye-catching. The case is strong yet has a soft touch feel, and the price is reasonable. You will need to get yourself a screen protector if you worry about the display.