Confessions of an iPhone Chick: Capitalism spawns indecision (aka What case to buy?)

CaseCrown iPhone Case
CaseCrown iPhone Case
CaseCrown iPhone Case
CaseCrown iPhone Case: The Style Meister

It’s been almost a month since I took the leap from the Blackberry to the iPhone, catalyzed by a broken trackball and tremendous peer pressure. I didn’t think so many days of indecision would pass as I waffled between one iPhone case design to another. In the meantime, my iPhone is naked, its shiny black case and glossy glass touchscreen left vulnerable to the elements in my purse and my pockets.

The task, “buy an iPhone case” has been scribbled into my Google task list for weeks now and little progress has been made. It is not from lack of effort. I have performed many of the steps one usually takes to make an important purchase decision.

I’ve consulted friends both here and in Canada and each one seems to swear by a different case manufacturer. There are several pieces of feedback I collected from friends on why they selected their particular cases. I’ve grouped them into key categories:

The Inspector Gadget Case: This type of iPhone case has an adapter that enables you to add accessory pieces that turn the case into various gadgets. Hook on an arm strap and it is an MP3 player for the gym. Hook on a belt clip and you can yell out, “Look mom, no hands!” Strap on a head band, download the proper app and your iPhone transforms it becomes a coal miners hat lamp. Example: Marware Sport Grip for iPhone 3G, 3G S (Black) $13.10.

The Style Meister: This breed of iPhone cases are like rubberized wet suits. They have little functionality except to protect the exterior of the iPhone and to add some bounce should the iPhone be dropped. Otherwise, all else is streamlined so that the case doesn’t get in the way of the sleekness of the phone. I have heard the best material for one of these is silicon as it seems to provide the most protection should you drop the phone. The biggest decisions you need to make in this category of phones is design, texture and color. Like choosing the cover for your customized Flip faceplate though, the choices can be daunting. Example: CaseCrown iPhone 3G 3GS Soft Polycarbonate Slim-Fit Case (Red) $12.21.

The Invincibles: This clan of iPhones were made to be tough as super heroes. They are truly for those that are on their iPhone 24/7 and a little heavy handed. They are not as stylish as the second type, less bulky than the first type but they will last long after your iPhone model becomes obsolete. The friend that demoed this model to me removed the case from her iPhone and proceeded to bend the case back and forth noting that it could probably survive being run over by a car. Example: InCase Slider Case for iPhone 3GS – White $30.50.

The Why Even Bother: This type of iPhone case encases the entire iPhone in a wallet-like structure usually made of a stiff material like leather. Once enclosed, one can’t even tell its an iPhone…it could be a BB, a Palm or a Droid. Hence, I’ve name it “The Why Even Bother”…to get an iPhone…case. Example: Kroo Manhattan Leather Case for iPhone 3G, 3G S (Black) $14.99.

There you have it. There are many models in each of the categories. I am leaning towards the second type on this list. Do you have a favorite iPhone case model and does it fit into one of the four categories above?

Ah…the angst of having so many choices.

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  • Jane Lurie

    My choice for cases was made even more difficult because I succumbed to the many warnings about the dangers of having the cell phone near your body. My solution was to paste a chip on the phone to reduce Electro Magnetic Radiation from affecting my body. Now, those of you who know me know that I am immune to anti-woo woo rational arguments so don’t even bother unless you have to. My point is that I actually have two rubberbands around my crystal clear case neutralizing what ever shreds of coolness were left to my first generation iPhone. Having lost all credibility now as a trend setter, I have always used the crystal clear cases because they and my iPhone have lasted through many unfortunate, unexplainable bounces, usually on concrete surfaces.

  • Jane Lurie

    My choice for cases was made even more difficult because I succumbed to the many warnings about the dangers of having the cell phone near your body. My solution was to paste a chip on the phone to reduce Electro Magnetic Radiation from affecting my body. Now, those of you who know me know that I am immune to anti-woo woo rational arguments so don’t even bother unless you have to. My point is that I actually have two rubberbands around my crystal clear case neutralizing what ever shreds of coolness were left to my first generation iPhone. Having lost all credibility now as a trend setter, I have always used the crystal clear cases because they and my iPhone have lasted through many unfortunate, unexplainable bounces, usually on concrete surfaces.

  • Graham Zeisner
  • I’ll never forget the time I realized that too many choices=stress. We were staying in a small town in Costa Rica at a rented casita. When we went to stock-up on food for the week to the only market in town there were only the basics. There were no rows of breakfast ceral-just corn flakes. No field greens, baby spinach, or romaine hearts-just heads of iceburg lettuce. We bought some canned tuna, bread, peanut butter and jelly, coffee and milk and we were set to go. A no-brainer and a no-stresser. I always think of that when I’m faced with all of the decision-making that goes into a simple purchase like a case for my ipod and I guess that is part of the appeal of Loreto-a simpler, less stresful life.

  • annie omens

    I’ll never forget the time I realized that too many choices=stress. We were staying in a small town in Costa Rica at a rented casita. When we went to stock-up on food for the week to the only market in town there were only the basics. There were no rows of breakfast ceral-just corn flakes. No field greens, baby spinach, or romaine hearts-just heads of iceburg lettuce. We bought some canned tuna, bread, peanut butter and jelly, coffee and milk and we were set to go. A no-brainer and a no-stresser. I always think of that when I’m faced with all of the decision-making that goes into a simple purchase like a case for my ipod and I guess that is part of the appeal of Loreto-a simpler, less stresful life.

  • Graham Zeisner