Review: id America cases for iPhone 4

Posted by Dan H. on Aug 15, 2011

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We’ve said this many times in the past – protecting your electronics is always important. We’ve spent a week with some pretty fantastic cases from id America, and we’re here with our thoughts!

Gasket for iPhone 4

Gasket for iPhone 4 is a brushed aluminum case for the iPhone 4, and the unique design is immediately noticeable. As the name suggests, it’s inspired by the head gasket, found in high-performance cars. There’s no doubt – the design is really unique, and I personally think it looks fantastic.

In terms of cutouts for ports and buttons, we didn’t encounter any issues with the Gasket. There’s a large cutouts for everything – one cutout for your volume buttons and vibrate switch, one cutout for your headphone jack and power button, and one cutout for your speakers and 30-pin dock connector. Have a Verizon iPhone? Not a problem. The Gasket works with both AT&T and Verizon iPhones.

If you’re a fan of cars, you’ll definitely enjoy the design of the Gasket. Something that’s important to note is that the Gasket is a rather minimal case. It’s definitely not a deal breaker, but if you drop your phone a lot, it’s something to consider.

So, that’s the Gasket for iPhone 4. We love the design, and we’re pretty sure everyone will love it as well. If you don’t drop your phone a lot and you’re looking to turn heads with your phone, the Gasket is definitely the case for you.

You can pick up the Gasket for $29.99 right here.

Skyline for iPhone 4

The Skyline for iPhone 4 is completely different from the Gasket. The Skyline is made out of a specially stiffened thermoplastic polyurethane. Even with heavy usage, the case didn’t get looser, and we’re pretty satisfied with that. In terms of design, the Skyline has a nice perforated design on the back, and that’s about it.

There’s a large cutout for the volume buttons and vibrate switch – yes, the Skyline also works with both the Verizon and AT&T iPhones. There’s a cutout for the headphone jack/secondary mic, and they added a plastic button on top of the power button, which we like very much. On the bottom, there’s a large cutout for the speaker and 30-pin dock connector.

The Skyline is a form-fitting case, but it still offers a decent amount of scratch and drop protection. The lay-on-the-table design is always good to see, and the case ships with screen shields for the front AND the back.

So that’s the Skyline for iPhone 4. The perforated design is elegant but subtle, and it offers solid protection without adding that much bulk.

You can pick the Skyline up for $24.99 right here.

DryIce for iPhone 4

And finally, we’re going to take a look at the DryIce for iPhone 4. The DryIce is a hard shell case that’s finished with a matte texture. The DryIce is constructed with a form-fitting plastic, and it features a two-piece design.

To install the DryIce on your iPhone, place the back of the iPhone onto the back piece, then snap the top piece in. Simple. Unfortunately, it’s extremely difficult to remove the case. Incredibly difficult. A few minutes of trying (and slightly damaged case) later, we finally figured it out – sliding your fingernail along the connection points (starting from the bottom) does the trick. Again, it’s unnecessarily difficult to remove, and it’s extremely frustrating.

In terms of the cutouts, id America knocked it out of the park with this one. Like most of the cases out there, there’s one cutout for your volume buttons/vibrate switch, two cutouts for your headphone jack/power button, and one large cutout for the speakers and 30-pin dock connector. Unlike most cases, they reduced the width of the back piece so when you’re adjusting the volume, or hitting the power button, there isn’t a piece of plastic cutting into your fingers. It’s the little things.

A big concern with plastic cases is watermarking. Since the DryIce’s back plate has a matte finish, watermarking isn’t as obvious, unless you really squeeze the case against the phone.

So that’s the DryIce for iPhone 4. We were initially frustrated about how difficult it is to remove the case, but after we got the hang of that, we really loved the case. In fact, it’s probably our personal favorite among the three.

You can pick up the DryIce for $19.99 right here.

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Dan H. is a gadget lover. The computer is his mother tongue; he started using them since before he could remember. He specializes in mobile devices, and is nuts about any kind of new technology. Follow me on twitter: twitter.com/techshoe. Contact: dan (at) mobilitysite (dot) com

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