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Which is the "best" case for an iPhone?

Asked by BirdlegLeft (811points) April 26th, 2008 from iPhone

When I bought the phone I threw on the anti-glare screen protector because I carry the damn thing in my front pocket. On impulse I bought a “rubberized” case while on vacation. Figured if I drop it the case my absorb part of the shock. But, the rubber sticks to everything, and in a month’s time the case is stretched out and looks like shit. Should I live with it? Try a hard case? I prefer black or clear, and would like to keep part of the good looks of the phone itself. How ‘bout those made by Agent 18?

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wildflower's avatar

I have one of these . The clear one, but I painted it passion pink, since I couldn’t find a hard case in the right colour.
So far it’s worked out very well for me, I still have full access to the screen (unlike with some leather cases I’ve seen) and all buttons, except the SIM ‘drawer’.

peedub's avatar

I also have an Agent 18 and love how simple yet protective it is. I’ve dropped the phone on concrete from standing position and it was totally fine [knocks on wood]. It’s also made of recycled plastic, whatever that’s worth.
The incase slider looks very similar, but it’s glossy, and will probably look scratched in no time.

cmmicek's avatar

Agent 18..hands down. This case isn’t bulky..fits nice in your hands and pockets..very durable.

+1 peedub

stevenb's avatar

I love the agent 18, and just got the incase slider for my wife. They are exactly the same size, but I would go for the agent 18.

peedub's avatar

Plus, it’s what the kiddos at the Apple store were using, if that’s any indicator.

ezraglenn's avatar

I had the Agent 18 until my iphone was stolen. Now I have the incase slider in black. I like it a lot more. Its glossy, which looks nice, doesn’t scratch too easily, and has added protection with the rubber guardrails. I found that the agent 18 scratched my iPhone badly on the back and sides, wheras the incase does not. Overall, incase FTW.

BirdlegLeft's avatar

See? I knew one person was going to report scratching. But, even so, I’m going to order an Agent 18 from Amazon this week.

Thanks for everones’ input. I appreciate it.

peedub's avatar

I’m pulling your birdleg when I say that I like it.

BirdlegLeft's avatar

Um, peedub, I’m going to ask you to step away from the “birdleg.”

I think I may have flip-flopped. The Incase Slider looks slightly more appealing to me. And, I like the fact it has the rubberized “rails” on the inside to help protect against shock.

peedub's avatar

Yeah, how do you like it? I read about the rubberized rails and am considering switching. The chrome on my phone seems to be getting a bit marked up.

BirdlegLeft's avatar

I don’t have it yet. But, I’m pretty certain it’s the one I’ll buy. It kind of kills me that it costs $34 freakin’ 95. I did a bunch of looking around today and couldn’t find a deal anywhere. In fact, on eVan people were selling them for a good ten or fifteen more than the Apple store. Which I simply do not understand.

peedub's avatar

I think your making a good decision, especially since ezra has had both. I like where the incase slides apart vs. agent 18. I may have to upgrade, I just wish they made matte finish, but whatevs.

BirdlegLeft's avatar

I think the matte finish may be in the works. But, don’t hold me to it. Did you check their website?

peedub's avatar

Not lately. I wouldn’t let it hold me back though. Judging from the picture, it looks as though the lip on the incase might be a tiny bit higher, which will add more protection. My case is getting a little thrashed so I might have to give it a whirl. I can just buy a different color as part of my rational.
Look at this beater.

ezraglenn's avatar

word up on the inCase.

BirdlegLeft's avatar

@peedub, that case reminds me a bit of the “Otter.” Well, not quite that heavy-duty I suppose.

@ezra, I’m pretty much sold on the Incase. Unless they have clear, I guess I’ll end up with black. Which isn’t a bad second choice.

peedub's avatar

I think an aluminum shell like the Korean case would be bad ass if it had the rubberized inside the incase had.

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