I picked up a black iPhone Bumper last week and am absolutely loving it as a case. I had overlooked the Bumper entirely because so many of the iPhone enthusiasts I follow tend to look down on it, but seeing as I was on the market for a nice lightweight case, I thought I'd finally […]
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Quick Look: Apple Bumper for iPhone 4S

I picked up a black iPhone Bumper last week and am absolutely loving it as a case. I had overlooked the Bumper entirely because so many of the iPhone enthusiasts I follow tend to look down on it, but seeing as I was on the market for a nice lightweight case, I thought I'd finally give Apple's offering a try. After a week with the Bumper I can say that it still feels too pricey for what it is, but I also didn't see many other cases in the sub-$60 price range that offered the following:

  • preserved the 4S' hi-tech appearance along the front and back
  • added grip via plastic or a rubberized finish
  • basic impact protection

I went for a black Bumper because too many Apple Store reviewers and forum-goers complained about the white version getting dirty too quickly. I've had the case for a little over a week now and am quite happy with it. I haven't noticed too much dirt creeping between the case and the stainless steel antenna of the iPhone, and I really like keeping the beautiful ceramic back and the reflective Apple logo exposed, as they're a big part of what makes the iPhone 4S' design so classy.

The Bumper's best feature is the little “lip” it adds to either face of the iPhone. That little bit of rubber that sticks up allows me to put the iPhone face up or face down on a table (a.k.a. “lay-on-the-table” design), but it also allows me to hold and balance the iPhone with one hand, even when I'm gripping it right at the edge. I just got back from a quick trip to New York City, and the Bumper enabled me to freely snap pictures and video with one or two hands, without ever worrying about dropping my device.

The only downsides I've noticed so far are that large earphone plugs (e.g. line-ins for my stereo or Grado headphones) simply don't fit with the Bumper on, and it can take a little practice to get used to putting the case on and taking it off. The Bumper obviously don't allow for docking with most docks, but then again, that's part of the reason I purchased the Elevation Dock. I've been really pleasantly surprised by how much I like Apple's Bumper. I hope to try out a few other cases over the coming weeks, but if none of them are a hit, I'll be very happy with my black Bumper. I never thought I'd like Apple-branded cases, but if the Smart Cover and the Bumper are any indication, they seem to be doing a pretty good job.

 

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