Here’s how the BubblePack works: you take an iPhone, turn it around, and snap the pack onto the back. There’s actually also a front cover, but I find it gaudy, so I haven’t bothered with it. With the way I use it, the BubblePack doesn’t cover anything except for the rear of the iPhone, but it does add two significant little features:
- You can tuck a single card behind the BubblePack; you’ll have to pry the pack off with a nail every time you access your card though, so this storage space seems best for RFID-enabled cards that you won’t need to take out
- The BubblePack adds a very slight curve to the back of the 4S, making it a little more like the 3GS before it; I love this little change, and I think it makes the whole device much easier to grip in both portrait and landscape mode
I love the iPhone 4S hardware, but find it just a little too difficult to hold securely (it’s just too slippery). For the $10 I spent, the BubblePack lets me see the iPhone’s gorgeous stainless steel sides while making the entire phone feel more secure in my hand. There’s no drop protection to speak of, but I tend to think of the added grip as more of a pre-emptive measure – after all, there’s less chance of me dropping my iPhone if I have a better handle on it.
The only trouble about recommending a BubblePack is figuring out where you can buy it. Pacific Mall in Markham has it in many of its cellphone stores, and Google searches for an “iPhone Bubble Pack case” yield very many different case stores that I’ve never heard of. So while I can’t tell you exactly where you should purchase a BubblePack, it’s a cheap enough purchase ($7-10) that it won’t make much of an impact on your wallet, should you take a risk on an online retailer. If full cases feel too bulky and you find naked iPhones too slippery, a BubblePack could be exactly what you’re looking for.