Case Review: iSkin Fuze for iPhone 3G/3GS

Today I have a  new review for a case from iSkin! This is turning out to be a great week for case reviews as most of you just scored your iPhone 3GS and now you can get some free case protection for it!

Fuze by iSkin

The Fuze is a different type of case from what iSkin normally offers. It is a departure from the silicone style of cases as the Fuze is a hard shell case that encompasses the entire device. The iPhone 3G/3GS is placed into the shell casing and the top half of the shell snaps shut around it, giving your iPhone 3G/3GS virtually 100% protection.

The Fuze comes in two parts; the back shell and the front. The back is made from a durable rubber coating that is very smooth in the hand. The best way I can describe it is the backing feels like silk. It is really nice. The back shell, once connected with the front, provides additional protection by covering the volume buttons, sleep/wake button, and a plug for the dock connector. You still have access to all of these areas, but it is just that the case covers them.

On the front part of the case comes full screen protection. The front of the case covers the iPhone screen with a touch-through screen guard. This means that you can still use the touchscreen as you normally would, but there is a thin layer of protection between the screen and your finger. The home button on the front of the case is also protected with a soft clear rubber.

Once the two shells are connected, the Fuze makes for a great protection solution for the iPhone 3G/3GS. The entire device is covered from back to front and you still get full access to areas such as the headphone jack, camera, silent switch, and dock connector, even though some of those areas are covered by the case for additional protection.

However, there are two downsides for me with this case. First, the case adds bulk and weight to the iPhone. Once you put your iPhone into the Fuze, the entire package because heavy and a little bulky for my tastes, however that is the trade off you must make to have this kind of all around protection.

The second issue I have is with the touch-through screen guard. It is so thin that if you press it too hard, the screen guard will unglue itself and fall off. This is by far the largest problem I have with the Fuze and it is just unfortunate that it has to be this way.

By these pros and cons, I give the Fuze a 3/5. It is a great protection solution, but there are some major potential drawbacks.

If you would like the iSkin Fuze for yourself, simply post below what you currently use to protect your iPhone 3G/3GS!

Winner chosen at random; contest ends June 26, 2009 at 11:59PM.

The Fuze is available from the iSkin online store in three different colors (Black, Red, Silver) for $44.99.

Contests open to Canada residents only.

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  • Monty

    I currently use the OtterBox for my 3Gs, but my old 3G has been passed down to my son and also needs protection. The iShin would be great!

  • Monty

    I currently use the OtterBox for my 3Gs, but my old 3G has been passed down to my son and also needs protection. The iShin would be great!

  • Monty

    I currently use the OtterBox for my 3Gs, but my old 3G has been passed down to my son and also needs protection. The iShin would be great!

  • Monty

    I currently use the OtterBox for my 3Gs, but my old 3G has been passed down to my son and also needs protection. The iShin would be great!

  • Sevael

    I’m using the iFrogz Luxe for my new 3GS. Slim and looks great, but not the most solid protection. I like the idea of a thick hard shell like the iSkin Fuze.

  • Sevael

    I’m using the iFrogz Luxe for my new 3GS. Slim and looks great, but not the most solid protection. I like the idea of a thick hard shell like the iSkin Fuze.

  • Sevael

    I’m using the iFrogz Luxe for my new 3GS. Slim and looks great, but not the most solid protection. I like the idea of a thick hard shell like the iSkin Fuze.

  • Justin

    I use BestSkin for protection on the back of the iPhone and use Power Support for the front screen.

  • Justin

    I use BestSkin for protection on the back of the iPhone and use Power Support for the front screen.

  • Justin

    I use BestSkin for protection on the back of the iPhone and use Power Support for the front screen.

  • Justin

    I use BestSkin for protection on the back of the iPhone and use Power Support for the front screen.

  • Sevael

    I’m using the iFrogz Luxe for my new 3GS. Slim and looks great, but not the most solid protection. I like the idea of a thick hard shell like the iSkin Fuze.

  • Justin

    I use BestSkin for protection on the back of the iPhone and use Power Support for the front screen.

  • ReyT

    Good to know the pluses and minuses, thanks for the review. I use invisibleShield and Belkin holster, which is a pain really getting the iPhone in and out of the holster. The Fuze will be a welcome replacement. Thanks.

  • ReyT

    Good to know the pluses and minuses, thanks for the review. I use invisibleShield and Belkin holster, which is a pain really getting the iPhone in and out of the holster. The Fuze will be a welcome replacement. Thanks.

  • ReyT

    Good to know the pluses and minuses, thanks for the review. I use invisibleShield and Belkin holster, which is a pain really getting the iPhone in and out of the holster. The Fuze will be a welcome replacement. Thanks.

  • ReyT

    Good to know the pluses and minuses, thanks for the review. I use invisibleShield and Belkin holster, which is a pain really getting the iPhone in and out of the holster. The Fuze will be a welcome replacement. Thanks.

  • Guest

    SWEET! Another front cover protection case!
    Currently waiting to install a Invisible Shield/BestSkin but still searching high and low for that full screen coverage!!!! 🙂 This case covers the iPhone 3GS 100% which is really sweet, reminds me of the last review on the Revo2 which is what I am exactly looking for! U can see from my previous comment in the other blog posting of dropping my iPhone and landing screen size down on a rock 🙁 Screen is totaled and I DO NOT want this to happen to my new iPhone 3GS. Great review as always X1Zero!
    Recommend a protector case? Comment over at the forums… http://www.iphoneincanada.ca/forums/showthread.php?t=5635

  • Guest

    SWEET! Another front cover protection case!
    Currently waiting to install a Invisible Shield/BestSkin but still searching high and low for that full screen coverage!!!! 🙂 This case covers the iPhone 3GS 100% which is really sweet, reminds me of the last review on the Revo2 which is what I am exactly looking for! U can see from my previous comment in the other blog posting of dropping my iPhone and landing screen size down on a rock 🙁 Screen is totaled and I DO NOT want this to happen to my new iPhone 3GS. Great review as always X1Zero!
    Recommend a protector case? Comment over at the forums… http://www.iphoneincanada.ca/forums/showthread.php?t=5635

  • Guest

    SWEET! Another front cover protection case!
    Currently waiting to install a Invisible Shield/BestSkin but still searching high and low for that full screen coverage!!!! 🙂 This case covers the iPhone 3GS 100% which is really sweet, reminds me of the last review on the Revo2 which is what I am exactly looking for! U can see from my previous comment in the other blog posting of dropping my iPhone and landing screen size down on a rock 🙁 Screen is totaled and I DO NOT want this to happen to my new iPhone 3GS. Great review as always X1Zero!
    Recommend a protector case? Comment over at the forums… http://www.iphoneincanada.ca/forums/showthread.php?t=5635

  • Dusty

    SWEET! Another front cover protection case!
    Currently waiting to install a Invisible Shield/BestSkin but still searching high and low for that full screen coverage!!!! 🙂 This case covers the iPhone 3GS 100% which is really sweet, reminds me of the last review on the Revo2 which is what I am exactly looking for! U can see from my previous comment in the other blog posting of dropping my iPhone and landing screen size down on a rock 🙁 Screen is totaled and I DO NOT want this to happen to my new iPhone 3GS. Great review as always X1Zero!
    Recommend a protector case? Comment over at the forums… http://www.iphoneincanada.ca/forums/showthread.php?t=5635

  • I use the morphie battery pack, from my old 3G.
    I don’t need it anymore !

  • I use the morphie battery pack, from my old 3G.
    I don’t need it anymore !

  • I use the morphie battery pack, from my old 3G.
    I don’t need it anymore !

  • I use the morphie battery pack, from my old 3G.
    I don’t need it anymore !

  • Guest

    Hey man,
    Since u don’t need it anymore, are u thinking of selling? Send me an email. Cheers!

  • Guest

    Hey man,
    Since u don’t need it anymore, are u thinking of selling? Send me an email. Cheers!

  • Guest

    Hey man,
    Since u don’t need it anymore, are u thinking of selling? Send me an email. Cheers!

  • Dusty

    Hey man,
    Since u don’t need it anymore, are u thinking of selling? Send me an email. Cheers!

  • Mike

    I am currently using the iSkin Fuize on my 3G. I does add some bulk, but I have had it on my phone since day 1, and when I take the phone out of the case the phone still looks brand new. I haven’t had any issues with the screen guard coming unglued, but the screen guard scratches very easily. It’s been about 3 months, and the screen guard is completely covered in scratches. It also does not fit in my dock, or bose sounddock with the case on, which is a bit of a pain. I have been thinking about throwing the case away, and getting something else. I would agree with the 3/5 rating.

  • Mike

    I am currently using the iSkin Fuize on my 3G. I does add some bulk, but I have had it on my phone since day 1, and when I take the phone out of the case the phone still looks brand new. I haven’t had any issues with the screen guard coming unglued, but the screen guard scratches very easily. It’s been about 3 months, and the screen guard is completely covered in scratches. It also does not fit in my dock, or bose sounddock with the case on, which is a bit of a pain. I have been thinking about throwing the case away, and getting something else. I would agree with the 3/5 rating.

  • Mike

    I am currently using the iSkin Fuize on my 3G. I does add some bulk, but I have had it on my phone since day 1, and when I take the phone out of the case the phone still looks brand new. I haven’t had any issues with the screen guard coming unglued, but the screen guard scratches very easily. It’s been about 3 months, and the screen guard is completely covered in scratches. It also does not fit in my dock, or bose sounddock with the case on, which is a bit of a pain. I have been thinking about throwing the case away, and getting something else. I would agree with the 3/5 rating.

  • Mike

    I am currently using the iSkin Fuize on my 3G. I does add some bulk, but I have had it on my phone since day 1, and when I take the phone out of the case the phone still looks brand new. I haven’t had any issues with the screen guard coming unglued, but the screen guard scratches very easily. It’s been about 3 months, and the screen guard is completely covered in scratches. It also does not fit in my dock, or bose sounddock with the case on, which is a bit of a pain. I have been thinking about throwing the case away, and getting something else. I would agree with the 3/5 rating.

  • Kevin

    I have a new 3GS and all I have is a screen protector that was left over from an old Dell Axim PDA…. ugh. I could really use a new case 🙂 I think I’m going to also order one of those invisible shields 🙂

    Thanks!

  • Kevin

    I have a new 3GS and all I have is a screen protector that was left over from an old Dell Axim PDA…. ugh. I could really use a new case 🙂 I think I’m going to also order one of those invisible shields 🙂

    Thanks!

  • Kevin

    I have a new 3GS and all I have is a screen protector that was left over from an old Dell Axim PDA…. ugh. I could really use a new case 🙂 I think I’m going to also order one of those invisible shields 🙂

    Thanks!

  • Kevin

    I have a new 3GS and all I have is a screen protector that was left over from an old Dell Axim PDA…. ugh. I could really use a new case 🙂 I think I’m going to also order one of those invisible shields 🙂

    Thanks!

  • Kevin

    I have a new 3GS and all I have is a screen protector that was left over from an old Dell Axim PDA…. ugh. I could really use a new case 🙂 I think I’m going to also order one of those invisible shields 🙂

    Thanks!

  • Kevin

    I have a new 3GS and all I have is a screen protector that was left over from an old Dell Axim PDA…. ugh. I could really use a new case 🙂 I think I’m going to also order one of those invisible shields 🙂

    Thanks!

  • Brandon

    I use an iSkin Solo. I love Canadian based companies.

  • Brandon

    I use an iSkin Solo. I love Canadian based companies.

  • Brandon

    I use an iSkin Solo. I love Canadian based companies.

  • Brandon

    I use an iSkin Solo. I love Canadian based companies.

  • Brandon

    I use an iSkin Solo. I love Canadian based companies.

  • Brandon

    I use an iSkin Solo. I love Canadian based companies.

  • Wally Cherwinski

    Using Griffin Nu Form here.

  • Wally Cherwinski

    Using Griffin Nu Form here.

  • Wally Cherwinski

    Using Griffin Nu Form here.

  • Wally Cherwinski

    Using Griffin Nu Form here.

  • Duc

    I have a 3G and currently using a black Belkin leather case with belt clip.

  • Duc

    I have a 3G and currently using a black Belkin leather case with belt clip.

  • Duc

    I have a 3G and currently using a black Belkin leather case with belt clip.

  • Duc

    I have a 3G and currently using a black Belkin leather case with belt clip.

  • Duc

    I have a 3G and currently using a black Belkin leather case with belt clip.

  • Mathieu

    IfrogZ silicon. Cant tell I am particularly happy about it

  • Mathieu

    IfrogZ silicon. Cant tell I am particularly happy about it

  • Mathieu

    IfrogZ silicon. Cant tell I am particularly happy about it

  • Mathieu

    IfrogZ silicon. Cant tell I am particularly happy about it

  • Mathieu

    IfrogZ silicon. Cant tell I am particularly happy about it

  • Steve

    I use a ez film but it is coming of need a new case bad….

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  • Steve

    I use a ez film but it is coming of need a new case bad….

    s

  • Steve

    I use a ez film but it is coming of need a new case bad….

    s

  • Steve

    I use a ez film but it is coming of need a new case bad….

    s

  • Steve

    I use a ez film but it is coming of need a new case bad….

    s

  • Mike

    I use blind faith as protection currently… Which is probably not too smart since my 3GS is replacing a 3G with cracked glass…

  • Mike

    I use blind faith as protection currently… Which is probably not too smart since my 3GS is replacing a 3G with cracked glass…

  • Mike

    I use blind faith as protection currently… Which is probably not too smart since my 3GS is replacing a 3G with cracked glass…

  • Mike

    I use blind faith as protection currently… Which is probably not too smart since my 3GS is replacing a 3G with cracked glass…

  • Mike

    I use blind faith as protection currently… Which is probably not too smart since my 3GS is replacing a 3G with cracked glass…

  • Mike

    I use blind faith as protection currently… Which is probably not too smart since my 3GS is replacing a 3G with cracked glass…

  • Tiger

    i currently use a really loose silicon case that comes off my iphone too easily. have to get a new one before my 3GS arrives! hopefully i win hehe

  • Tiger

    i currently use a really loose silicon case that comes off my iphone too easily. have to get a new one before my 3GS arrives! hopefully i win hehe

  • Tiger

    i currently use a really loose silicon case that comes off my iphone too easily. have to get a new one before my 3GS arrives! hopefully i win hehe

  • Tiger

    i currently use a really loose silicon case that comes off my iphone too easily. have to get a new one before my 3GS arrives! hopefully i win hehe

  • MTMacPhee

    I use some sort of thick Speck that they carry in the Apple Store. Will need something for the 3GS, though….

  • MTMacPhee

    I use some sort of thick Speck that they carry in the Apple Store. Will need something for the 3GS, though….

  • MTMacPhee

    I use some sort of thick Speck that they carry in the Apple Store. Will need something for the 3GS, though….

  • MTMacPhee

    I use some sort of thick Speck that they carry in the Apple Store. Will need something for the 3GS, though….

  • MTMacPhee

    I use some sort of thick Speck that they carry in the Apple Store. Will need something for the 3GS, though….

  • MTMacPhee

    I use some sort of thick Speck that they carry in the Apple Store. Will need something for the 3GS, though….

  • Ahmed

    I don’t have a case. That’s why I need one. 🙂

  • Ahmed

    I don’t have a case. That’s why I need one. 🙂

  • Ahmed

    I don’t have a case. That’s why I need one. 🙂

  • Ahmed

    I don’t have a case. That’s why I need one. 🙂

  • fawkes

    I’m quite interested in the iSkin Fuze case for 3G. I just got my 3G S after using the 2G since last summer and I’d like to see if they’ve improved the Fuze. I got one for my 2G but the coating on the back cover started rubbing off and it did not look very nice. It also didn’t fit all that well.

    Right now I have the Power Support Air Jacket for my 3G S, but I’m concerned that it only covers up the back and part of the sides. My beloved 3G S is just too unprotected!

    Thanks!

  • fawkes

    I’m quite interested in the iSkin Fuze case for 3G. I just got my 3G S after using the 2G since last summer and I’d like to see if they’ve improved the Fuze. I got one for my 2G but the coating on the back cover started rubbing off and it did not look very nice. It also didn’t fit all that well.

    Right now I have the Power Support Air Jacket for my 3G S, but I’m concerned that it only covers up the back and part of the sides. My beloved 3G S is just too unprotected!

    Thanks!

  • fawkes

    I’m quite interested in the iSkin Fuze case for 3G. I just got my 3G S after using the 2G since last summer and I’d like to see if they’ve improved the Fuze. I got one for my 2G but the coating on the back cover started rubbing off and it did not look very nice. It also didn’t fit all that well.

    Right now I have the Power Support Air Jacket for my 3G S, but I’m concerned that it only covers up the back and part of the sides. My beloved 3G S is just too unprotected!

    Thanks!

  • fawkes

    I’m quite interested in the iSkin Fuze case for 3G. I just got my 3G S after using the 2G since last summer and I’d like to see if they’ve improved the Fuze. I got one for my 2G but the coating on the back cover started rubbing off and it did not look very nice. It also didn’t fit all that well.

    Right now I have the Power Support Air Jacket for my 3G S, but I’m concerned that it only covers up the back and part of the sides. My beloved 3G S is just too unprotected!

    Thanks!

  • fawkes

    I’m quite interested in the iSkin Fuze case for 3G. I just got my 3G S after using the 2G since last summer and I’d like to see if they’ve improved the Fuze. I got one for my 2G but the coating on the back cover started rubbing off and it did not look very nice. It also didn’t fit all that well.

    Right now I have the Power Support Air Jacket for my 3G S, but I’m concerned that it only covers up the back and part of the sides. My beloved 3G S is just too unprotected!

    Thanks!

  • Momin

    don’t have a case for my 3GS

  • Momin

    don’t have a case for my 3GS

  • Momin

    don’t have a case for my 3GS

  • Momin

    don’t have a case for my 3GS

  • Momin

    don’t have a case for my 3GS

  • Momin

    don’t have a case for my 3GS

  • Aaron

    Hey Iam finishing carpenter so I made a case out of exotic hardwood that was modeled from my incase slider when iam not using it I rock the feather by incipio

  • Aaron

    Hey Iam finishing carpenter so I made a case out of exotic hardwood that was modeled from my incase slider when iam not using it I rock the feather by incipio

  • Aaron

    Hey Iam finishing carpenter so I made a case out of exotic hardwood that was modeled from my incase slider when iam not using it I rock the feather by incipio

  • Aaron

    Hey Iam finishing carpenter so I made a case out of exotic hardwood that was modeled from my incase slider when iam not using it I rock the feather by incipio

  • Aaron

    Hey Iam finishing carpenter so I made a case out of exotic hardwood that was modeled from my incase slider when iam not using it I rock the feather by incipio

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  • Mike has been chosen as our random winner!

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  • Mike has been chosen as our random winner!

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    Congrats Mike!

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  • Dusty

    Congrats Mike!

  • Steve

    I have the solo and the revo2. The solo is great but they make a clip only designed for the solo, and you cant face the iphone inwards or it won’t lock in place. But the solo protects the outer part of the phone without adding bulk.

    The revo2 is great for overall protection, and the belt clip will work with the fuze and the revo2. The revo 2 is a little bulky though, but great protection. I was looking into the fuze and that is how I ended up on this site to see the reviews. I am not really a fan of hard plastic cases, feels kind of cheap to me, lol, but looks cool. I think i will just stick to my revo2 and solo.

  • Steve

    I have the solo and the revo2. The solo is great but they make a clip only designed for the solo, and you cant face the iphone inwards or it won’t lock in place. But the solo protects the outer part of the phone without adding bulk.

    The revo2 is great for overall protection, and the belt clip will work with the fuze and the revo2. The revo 2 is a little bulky though, but great protection. I was looking into the fuze and that is how I ended up on this site to see the reviews. I am not really a fan of hard plastic cases, feels kind of cheap to me, lol, but looks cool. I think i will just stick to my revo2 and solo.

  • Steve

    I have the solo and the revo2. The solo is great but they make a clip only designed for the solo, and you cant face the iphone inwards or it won’t lock in place. But the solo protects the outer part of the phone without adding bulk.

    The revo2 is great for overall protection, and the belt clip will work with the fuze and the revo2. The revo 2 is a little bulky though, but great protection. I was looking into the fuze and that is how I ended up on this site to see the reviews. I am not really a fan of hard plastic cases, feels kind of cheap to me, lol, but looks cool. I think i will just stick to my revo2 and solo.

  • Steve

    I have the solo and the revo2. The solo is great but they make a clip only designed for the solo, and you cant face the iphone inwards or it won’t lock in place. But the solo protects the outer part of the phone without adding bulk.

    The revo2 is great for overall protection, and the belt clip will work with the fuze and the revo2. The revo 2 is a little bulky though, but great protection. I was looking into the fuze and that is how I ended up on this site to see the reviews. I am not really a fan of hard plastic cases, feels kind of cheap to me, lol, but looks cool. I think i will just stick to my revo2 and solo.

  • Steve

    I have the solo and the revo2. The solo is great but they make a clip only designed for the solo, and you cant face the iphone inwards or it won’t lock in place. But the solo protects the outer part of the phone without adding bulk.

    The revo2 is great for overall protection, and the belt clip will work with the fuze and the revo2. The revo 2 is a little bulky though, but great protection. I was looking into the fuze and that is how I ended up on this site to see the reviews. I am not really a fan of hard plastic cases, feels kind of cheap to me, lol, but looks cool. I think i will just stick to my revo2 and solo.