Category:Â Cases/Skins for iPhone 4/4S
Model:Â Cygnett Metalicus
Requirements:Â Compatible with all iPhones 4/4S, CDMA and GSM.
TiP Rating: 4/5 stars
The Cygnett Metalicus is a refreshing change in a market full of Silicone, plastic and polycarbonates. It securely holds your iPhone in a cradle of Aluminum, giving you piece of mind, and a quality feel in hand. The metal does affect your phone’s signal slightly.
Looking for the right iPhone case has become almost as difficult as finding apps in the App Store. There’s a bewildering choice of sleeves, skins and clip-on cases to choose from. Â The amount of times I’ve stepped in to phone stores only to see different brands selling virtually the same case, but in different colors. They are everywhere. Fortunately, I only look specifically for the unique ones. The Metalicus by Cygnett ticks that box.
Cygnett has only just begun its foray in to the American market place, having become an established firm in the UK and Australia. With cases like these, the company should go far.
The Metalicus comes in two parts, and is boxed with a screen protector. After getting the transparent film covered in finger prints and dust, and being unable to remove the second layer of protective film, I gave up on the screen protector and moved for the Aluminum chassis. Â This metal is lined with a layer of plastic. Inside the back section there’s a thin layer of protective material to stop your beloved iDevice picking up any scratches from the hard plastic insides.Â Every cut-out area has its purpose and has been designed wonderfully. Each one has the right level of recess to ensure you have easy access to your key buttons. Aesthetic note: I love the shiny silver trim that surrounds the camera hole, and the frame around the display.
Initially, I was worried that the case – being in two parts – would come apart too easily, and wouldn’t hold its own. After performing a couple of drop tests, I was delighted to see it hold together perfectly. It does mean that the Metalicus is hard to remove, but, that’s a good thing when security is the first priority.Â My curious mind found it intensely interesting that when clipped together without the handset inside, the two parts were not secure at all.Â However, once the pressure of the device was inside, the case becomes difficult to split apart.
There’s not a lot I don’t like about the case. I love the solid feel, and considering the protection it offers, the added bulk is minimal. The looks are mostly good, but, the raised lip on the front does look kinda odd from almost any angle, and there is a visible one-bar drop in signal when the case surrounds the phone. These two issues aren’t major and at $40, the Metalicus is a case that earns its price tag.