Model: S4 Aluminum Bumper
Price: $14.99 (usually $19.99)
Requirements: iPhone 4/4S
TiP Rating: 3/5 stars
Elago’s Bumper case is a practical and good looking solution. It protects the outside of your phone, and will even protect the display and back to some extent with its raised lip. Don’t go throwing your screen protector away just yet though, it’s not a guaranteed shield.
There are cases for all kinds of people. Some like to keep their devices well protected, others like attractive pouches. For some a back cover is enough, and for others the Bumper is all that’s needed. If you fall in to the latter category, you may want to check out Elago’s S4 Aluminum Bumper. It differs from Apple’s official Bumper, in that it’s constructed from Aluminum and is made of two parts that snap together.
Firstly, it looks great. As you’d expect from Elago, design is the most important element, it’s a really attractive alternative to Apple’s Bumper. The cutouts are all perfectly placed and recessed for easy access to essential buttons and ports. The alternate colored trim works really well. The bronze finished with an aqua trim is an odd, and yet fantastic combination of colors. The black case has a light grey trim. When it’s placed on your phone it provides a really nice frame and adds to your device, rather than hiding it away. On the design front, my only irk is that it looks almost identical to Cygnett’s impressive Metalicus case. The only difference is that the Metalicus covers the back, Elago’s Bumper doesn’t. Apart from that the clip-on design is identical, as are all the cutouts and holes.
Practically, it adds little to no bulk to your device, and provides a much needed barrier between your life, and the phone. It won’t stop your display or back from getting scratched, but it’s good at resisting impact. When the case is snapped on to the phone it becomes sturdy and is difficult to prise open. The tiny raised lip on the front should hit the ground/floor before your display in most instances. I was brave enough to try it out a few times. I dropped it from about 3ft up on to a carpeted floor. The first time the case split open and came off. So, I tried another four times. Out of those five times the case split open twice. Not great. Especially if you drop it on a harder or rougher surface.
My main feeling of negativity towards the case is that I feel it must have a weak point somewhere around the edges. If that happens to strike the ground first, it will come apart. So, it may well protect your device against the odd knock or bump, but don’t buy it if you’re in need of a bomb proof case.