Looking to protect your beloved iPhone or iPad from bumps and scuffs with a little style? Check out this round-up of iFrogz cases. The iFrogz line of cases are well-made, feel good in the hand, and are very durable.
The Luxe Original was my first iPhone case, back when I got my 3G, so it has a special place in my heart. I used and abused it for a year and a half, and it was the first case I bought when upgrading to the iPhone 4. This case is a two piece design made from ultra-durable polycarbonate. What makes it so luxe is the velvetty finish, giving the color a slight metallic sheen. While I wouldn’t call this case bulky, the thickness can make it difficult to use the phone in docking stations. To remedy this, the bottom piece slides off so it will fit in more open docks. However, it won’t fit in deep docks like my under-cabinet iHome stero. This is the only drawback I’ve had with the Luxe Original after 2 years of use, and the durability of the case has more than made up for it. While my case has gotten scuffed, it has not cracked and the color has not rubbed off — unlike some cheaper knock-off models I have seen. All in all, this is my go-to case.
The LuxeLean offers the same velvety polycarbonate construction and luminescent hues of the Luxe Original, but with a supermodel thin frame. The Lean is a single piece which snaps onto the device easily, yet stays securely. The top and bottom are open, so all ports and speakers are unobstructed. True to its name, the Lean is very, well, lean without feeling flimsy. The iPhone 4 case features grill cutouts along the side, while the iPad and iPhone 3G/S versions are solid.Â Unlike the Luxe Original, the Lean is slim enough to fit into a dock — bumping the rating up to 5 stars.
Do you remember those jelly shoes from the mid-80s? You know the ones — translucent semi-soft plastic, worn with Cyndi Lauper-inspired outfits. The Soft Gloss case is like jelly shoes for your iDevice. Made from thermoplastic urethane, these cases are pliable yet glossy and come in a variety of translucent colors. The Soft Gloss is one continuous color, while the Soft Gloss Phase (iPhone 4 only) gradients to clear. Both flavors have a concentric sphere pattern molded into the plastic, emanating out from the Apple logo. While not as svelte as the LuxeLean, it is slightly thinner than the LuxeOriginal, although it still didn’t fit into my iHome. The case comes off easy enough, but frequently removing the case to use a docking device would be annoying. I normally prefer hard plastic cases because soft plastic and silicone cases tend to have more surface friction making them annoying to slip in pockets, and prone to lint collection. I was pleasantly surprised that this is not the case with the Soft Gloss. It easily slid into the pocket of my skinny jeans, and the glossy texture makes it lint free. I have a blue Phase, and the color is gorgeous. I think it will look dynamite on a white iPhone — let’s hope the rumor of it’s release later this month is true.