One of our favorite iDevice accessory brands, Power Support, has introduced several new high quality collections of iPhone 4 cases. You are probably familiar with Power Support because they are the screen protector of choice carried on Apple.com and in Apple retail stores but they also make several other noteworthy iDevice accessories. Today, we are going to be reviewing one iPhone 4 case from the “Designer” collection and one from the “Private Reserve” collection.
Both cases are considered “Air jackets,” and are physically the same. We will review the quality, functionality and protective nature of the cases at one time because they are identical. We will then take a closer look at the individual designs of each case.
Quality: These cases are made from high quality plastic which resists scratches and breaks. Power Support says each case less than 1mm thin, which is really incredible. We all know the iPhone 4 design is a work of art and feels absolutely incredible in the user’s hand. These Air jacket style cases truly feel like you are holding a naked iPhone, they are impossibly thin. The other great part is that these are not cheap cases, you can tell Power Support took their time engineering these case designs because they really do “hug” the iPhone. While the cases may seem a big flimsy, this is only so because they are so thin.
Functionality: The functionality aspect of an iPhone case is one of the most important factors of a great case. These Air Jacket cases fit the physical layout of the iPhone 4 perfectly. Every button, switch, and port are easily accessible. It is important to note that these cases are designed for the iPhone 4 and will not fit the iPhone 4S due to its unique positioning of the mute switch / volume buttons. It’s great to see that Power Support cut the camera hole pretty large so that it does not impede the flash. Some cases cause the flash to reflect which results in distorted photos, these cases will not do that. Both the top and bottom cutouts are a bit larger than necessary which leaves quite a bit of the iPhones aluminum open to the elements. I wouldn’t worry too much about this because that antenna band is very strong and scratch resistant. This is also a great feature because it leaves ample room for the user to plug in any accessory into the headphone jack or dock connector.
Protection: One of the major benefits to the Air Jacket cases is their thinness so do not expect them to be the most protective cases in the world. These cases are meant to protect your iPhone from everyday bumps / scratches, and they do a great job at it. If you are expecting these cases to stop several high falls on pavement, being run over, or worse than you should look elsewhere for a new case. Also, these cases do not provide “lay on the table” protection. This means that the lip of the case does not protrude past the screen, protecting it from scratches if it were to be laid on a table. I think they did a great job balancing the protective nature of the case while maintain the aesthetics of the iPhone.
Design: “tibi Air Jacket“ This case is targeted towards a female audience so for this one I had my girlfriend help me out. The first word she used to describe it was “chic.” She says it looks ultra hip and seems like a great way to stamp your individual style on your iPhone. My girlfriend said she’s never seen anything like the design of this case and almost reminds her of a shirt she would see in the window of a hip NY boutique. The case we reviewed had a lady on the back drawn in a modern style, wearing a chic outfit. Power Support offers dozens of other designs, so you can find one that matches your style.
“Jack” The “Jack” has a black, plaid design. I absolutely loved the design of this case because it is done so tastefully. So often case makers create new iPhone cases from a designer point of view that simply miss the style boat. The design of “Jack” is done so well that I could imagine it being and extension of my everyday outfits. It reminds me of something a high-end clothing designer would create to complete a businessman’s look. The plaid lines on the case are some sort of special paint that seems to be pretty durable. The case adds a ton of style in a simple way to your iPhone 4.
Summary If you have used Power Support’s screen protectors in the past you can expect the same quality and care to be taken in their cases. Air Jacket iDevice accessories are impossibly thin and cut with precision. While they are not the most protective case in the world, they will protect your iPhone 4 from everyday bumps and bruises. The new collections of designs are well done and truly add style to your iPhone. These cases are perfect for the person who wants to add a bit of protection to their iPhone and a dash of style that will make their iPhone stand out in the crowd.