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Review: Griffin Courier for iPhone

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Attention bicycle messengers, students, business professionals and anyone who has an iPhone and carries a bag around with them. Today I have the Griffin Courier, a stylish utility case that seeks to protect your iPhone from the daily elements that you encounter.

Courier by Griffin

The Griffin Courier is more of a wallet for your iPhone than a case, however the case portion is nicely integrated with the package. The Courier comes as one piece with 3-flaps that has velcro on the outer most flaps. When closed, the case resembles a wallet and is designed to be wrapped around the strap of a bag. However, you could carry the case just as well.

Courier Open OthersideCourier Open

The outer jacket is compression-molded EVA and can definitely take a beating in terms of dropping the case with the iPhone inside. The inside (or outside, depending on how you close the case) of the case contains two strips of velcro that keep the case together, as well as a carabiner for extra security in case of drops. I was actually surprised at how much of a hold the velcro has, as at one point I was worried I was going to rip the case when pulling the flaps open.

Courier ClosedCourier Side2Courier Top Open

The inside also includes a somewhat hidden zipper pocket for items that you would normally carry such as keys, money or a debit card. The pocket is very long and narrow, so you will not be able to store much. As an example, you could fit single keys inside with no problem, but a bundle on a key chain would not fit.

Courier Zipper

The iPhone is stored in one of two available detachable case pouches (the other one is for the iPod) that has a velcro backing and clear front. This pouch straps to the outside (or inside) of the case where you have easy access to the device and a clear path for headphones. You also get a second pouch that also straps to the outside of the case and this is used for storage, among other items,  of your sync cable, headphones and power adapter.

Courier iPhone/iPod PouchesCourier Half Open

Overall, the Griffin Courier provides for a great case solution for those looking to attach their iPhone to backpacks or messenger bags. Depending on what you carry around on a day to day basis, the courier could very well replace your wallet by having everything needed stored within the Courier. The only downside to this case is that the velcro will eventually begin to deteriorate and when that happens, the Courier will not be of much use.

The Courier is scored a 4.5 out of 5.

The Griffin Courier is available on the Griffin Online store for $19.99.

Griffin Courier Giveaway

I am going to giveaway one (1) Griffin Courier today. If you would like to score yourself the Griffin Courier, simply comment below on the following:

How will you benefit from using the Griffin Courier?

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Winners are chosen at random; Contest ends August 21, 2009 at 11:59PM PST. Contest open to Canada/USA residents only.

Contest Rules:

1.) Make sure to include your email in the comment entry form or I cannot contact you!

2.) You may enter even if you have won something before. You can win again and again and again! There is no limit on the amount of times that you can win!

3.) One Contest Entry Per Person. Do NOT attempt to post multiple contest entries under different emails and/or user names during the same contest.

4.) Winner(s) must claim prize(s) within 24 hours of me sending the confirmation email. Failure to do so results in expulsion from the contest.

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  • bo3ddha

    As a CE assembler, this product would be very useful for me. I try my best to carry as little as possible whenever I go to work. If I can get my hands on this product. I would be able to put my iphone/car key/driver license and my work id card all in one pocket instead of having 3 pockets occupied in my jeans!! =T

  • Jean-Guy Niquet

    I would attach it to my wheelchair to carry my iPhone.

  • Mike P

    This is a very great looking case. Whenever I go anywhere I have to grab my phone, keys, and wallet, and every once in a while I forget one of the three. Being able to fit all three into one case would be a huge help to me.

  • Dusty

    VERY NICE! 😉

    It will look good with my other Griffin products and it will attach to many other products to help me out!

  • jbad

    By winning and giving it to my wife I will be awarded in ways only god can imagin 😉

  • S Singh

    I would benefit from this because i tend to lose my iphone when i go hiking because i forget where i put it. With this, I could attatch it to my backpack!

  • vman1964

    I would use this in my school bag on my way to work.

  • x00carly

    Lately, I've taken to biking pretty much everywhere. I usually just slip my iPhone into my pocket, but it has fallen out a few times +
    I'm really stuck when I have no need to bring a purse and I don't have any pockets. The Griffin Courier would be great to attach to my bike handlebars to take to school, work, and everywhere else I ride my bike! Good luck to everyone who entered this contest + thanks for a great review!!

  • I would benefit by putting it up on ebay and trying to get someone to pay me the big bucks for it.

  • drew204

    I would benefit from the courier as I currently use my bike for all transit. Living in Winnipeg is a challenge in any season. From wet summers filled with deep potholes to the freezing cold of the winter. Winning this case would make living in this city just a little bit easier.

  • Stef

    Nice, I could finally go everywhere with my iPhone and accessories and some cards and money… all that without my girlfriend getting angry at me because I keep carrying too much stuff because I can't go anywhere without my beloved iPhone! 😉

  • momin

    I could keep my phone safe in my backpack or I could attach this case to my bike so I don't drop it anymore …

  • estebancito

    This case will go well with my ninja outfit for when I go out and seek vengeance from my enemies.

    But you didn't hear that from me…

  • stevecbg

    ok i just want to win something haha

  • OMG! So YOU are the one in the shadows!

    *runs*

  • dynomity

    As stated in the previous contest, I carry my backpack everywhere but the phone is never easy to find in there. Winning this case would make it easy to find because I'd just clip it on and know where it is at all times. Cool idea. Griffin makes very useful accessories which are also well designed. Thanks!

  • harpoonGill

    I don't do cases as they scuff up my iPhone but I could put all my stuff in this and not worry about change or keys having a pocket scratch party on my iPhone either.

  • Great review and I hope I win one
    jpiercy@gmail.com

  • Great review and I hope I win one
    jpiercy@gmail.com

  • William

    This case is perfect as it can wrap around my camera bag during a photo shot.

  • rorypiper

    Nice. This would definitely protect my iPhone from the elements when I'm up at the utility pole, troubleshooting. Enter me for this!

  • nickhesson

    I don’t know how many times I have replaced my Zagg InvisibleSheild. I’m getting tired of it and something like the Griffin Courier would be a great addition. I’m a filmmaker and sometimes end up in weird positions or running with the camera, in which i sacrifice my body… and of course the iPhone is in my pocket… grrr. Would love one of these bad boys. Keep up the good work!

  • Anonymous

    I don’t know how many times I have replaced my Zagg InvisibleSheild. I’m getting tired of it and something like the Griffin Courier would be a great addition. I’m a filmmaker and sometimes end up in weird positions or running with the camera, in which i sacrifice my body… and of course the iPhone is in my pocket… grrr. Would love one of these bad boys. Keep up the good work!

  • Anonymous

    I don’t know how many times I have replaced my Zagg InvisibleSheild. I’m getting tired of it and something like the Griffin Courier would be a great addition. I’m a filmmaker and sometimes end up in weird positions or running with the camera, in which i sacrifice my body… and of course the iPhone is in my pocket… grrr. Would love one of these bad boys. Keep up the good work!

  • estebancito

    I AM the shadows

    …and you should really stop picking at that scab when you think no one is looking…it'll leave a scar.

  • estebancito

    I AM the shadows

    …and you should really stop picking at that scab when you think no one is looking…it'll leave a scar.

  • imerc08

    Wow. It looks so convenient! I need one for college. My iPhone will thank me!

  • Les

    Griffin is really taking the iPhone apps to a whole new level, great to see! Waiting still for the espresso machine add on!

  • Like others I use InvisibleShield or other similar products for my iPhone, Touch, NDS, etc. I find that with all of the pulling out and pushing into pockets the corners of the shields pull up. I would think that with this kind of product, the placing, rather than push/pulling, would enhance the utility of the shield.

  • 🙁
    Please, just take the Griffin case and leave me alone!! *waaahh*

  • hydesmith

    My iPod Touch is already adorned by a big old hook side of a velcro strip, stuck right to the back of it. I have various locations I use it, similarly adorned with the corresponding loop side of the strip. On the front of my iMac where I can see it (I use white velcro) In the car where it sits firmly in a convenient location on the dash, on my sun visor where I can watch it if I have to wait in the car, and most importantly, on the inside of an old DayTimer wallet. I keep it here every day. I don't know if anyone still uses paper DayTimers, but I used the cute little wirebound monthly books for many years, more than 20 (twenty!) years ago. The wallets are of good quality — mine is an ostrich-textured pigskin — and has survived being stuck in my back pocket long since I stopped using wallets after the advent of PDAs. I love my iPod and it is almost the same size as a one-page-per-day Junior size DayTimer insert, so there it sits. The only problem is that the wallet has finally worn out. The stitching is going, the leather is wearing right through on the corners and so on. But the velcro thing is the way to go. I'm off to Australia for seven weeks soon, and I really want something to house my iPod Touch and the iPhone I hope to buy there to stay in touch. (BTW, you can buy legitimately unlocked iPhones from Apple in Australia, I think it's the law to offer them…). When I saw this Griddin Courier, I said THIS is the replacement. It is superb for my needs and the price is good too. I'm going to go out and look for one, unless I win the freebie, in which case I will instead inspire all those who are impressed by it when they see it! I'd suggest Griffin offer it in many cool colours, or at least in white so people can dye it or adorn it with coloured markers or something!
    BHS

  • Fawkes

    This wud be so great! I wuldn't lose anything ever again! Especially my iPhone!!!!

  • munchy

    Sweeeeeeeet.

  • We have a winner!

    – dynomity

    Enjoy!

  • Ex

    🙁
    Please, just take the Griffin case and leave me alone!! *waaahh*

    😉

  • hydesmith

    My iPod Touch is already adorned by a big old hook side of a velcro strip, stuck right to the back of it. I have various locations I use it, similarly adorned with the corresponding loop side of the strip. On the front of my iMac where I can see it (I use white velcro) In the car where it sits firmly in a convenient location on the dash, on my sun visor where I can watch it if I have to wait in the car, and most importantly, on the inside of an old DayTimer wallet. I keep it here every day. I don't know if anyone still uses paper DayTimers, but I used the cute little wirebound monthly books for many years, more than 20 (twenty!) years ago. The wallets are of good quality — mine is an ostrich-textured pigskin — and has survived being stuck in my back pocket long since I stopped using wallets after the advent of PDAs. I love my iPod and it is almost the same size as a one-page-per-day Junior size DayTimer insert, so there it sits. The only problem is that the wallet has finally worn out. The stitching is going, the leather is wearing right through on the corners and so on. But the velcro thing is the way to go. I'm off to Australia for seven weeks soon, and I really want something to house my iPod Touch and the iPhone I hope to buy there to stay in touch. (BTW, you can buy legitimately unlocked iPhones from Apple in Australia, I think it's the law to offer them…). When I saw this Griddin Courier, I said THIS is the replacement. It is superb for my needs and the price is good too. I'm going to go out and look for one, unless I win the freebie, in which case I will instead inspire all those who are impressed by it when they see it! I'd suggest Griffin offer it in many cool colours, or at least in white so people can dye it or adorn it with coloured markers or something!
    BHS

  • Fawkes

    This wud be so great! I wuldn't lose anything ever again! Especially my iPhone!!!!

  • munchy

    Sweeeeeeeet.

  • Ex

    We have a winner!

    – dynomity

    Enjoy!

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