iPhone Case Review: Cygnett Apollo Hybrid Case for iPhone 4S/4
Editor's Ratings (1-5): 4.5
What's Hot: Excellent hard shell material, perfect fit and cutouts, comes with a screen protector.
What's Not: Not very easy to take it off.
Reviewed by Tong Zhang
The prolific mobile accessory maker Cygnett has released several new cases for the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S. Among them, our favorite is the Apollo Hybrid case that combines a scratch resistant hard shell exterior and a grooved rubber-like interior to provide strong protection without scratching your iPhone 4S. The case is very well made and has perfect cutouts for all ports and buttons. The Cygnett Apollo Hybrid Case comes in four colors including black, white, purple and red.
The Cygnett Apollo Hybrid Case has two layers of materials and is a perfect fit for the iPhone 4S and iPhone 4. The external hard shell is rigid and sturdy, and it has a unique surface that doesn't show any fingerprints or grease and it's very scratch resistant. When you scratch the case with keys or other hard objects, you will leave some lines on the surface, but you can only see it in a reflective light. Otherwise, the case hides scratch marks very effectively. The hard shell case covers most of the iPhone 4S cutouts, button covers and the bottom of the phone. This design gives the iPhone 4S the structural support it needs and the accessibility to the sync/charge port. The exterior surface is smooth yet not slippery.
The Cygnett Apollo Hybrid Case has a grooved interior that helps absorb shocks from bumps and shakes in a bag or backpack. The soft interior will prevent any scratches a hard shell case might cause when you are putting the phone into the case or taking it out. The soft interior extends its cover to the edges of the front display as well, giving protection to the side of the display glass. And since the case has raised edges on the front, you can rest the phone face down without worrying the display touching any surface. The Cygnett Apollo Hybrid Case also comes with a nice screen protector to prevent scratches to the display.
The Cygnett Apollo Hybrid Case fits the iPhone 4S perfectly and gives access to all ports and buttons on the phone. The power button and volumes have soft covers and they are very easy to use thanks to the raised button covers. The case has a cutout for the 3.5mm and the mic on top that's framed with soft layer cover to protect your headset plugs. The bottom of the phone enjoys cutouts for the 30-pin connector and the bottom speaker and mic. The case uses soft material for the bottom cutout so that your iPhone 4S can fit in with more audio accessories like alarm clocks, docking stations and speakers.
The back of the Cygnett Apollo Hybrid Case has a large cutout for the rear camera and flash, giving them both plenty of room for the viewer finder and fully illuminate the flash. Though the hard shell case is sturdy, it's easy to put the iPhone 4S into the case. Taking it out is more difficult, and the best way to do it is to start with one of the bottom corners as it has only soft layer and work your way up. Release one side first, the phone will pop out of the case.
The Cygnett Apollo Hybrid Case is a very protective hard shell case that has an additional soft layer protection against shock and scratches. The case look very well made and all cutouts are perfectly aligned and well covered. It comes with screen protection for the display and has raised edges to prevent the screen touching the surface when it's face down. We like the color selection and the fact that it adds little bulk and weight to the slim iPhone 4S/4.