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My Free iPhone 4 Case, Speck ‘Fitted’ Reviewed

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So, instead of choosing a Bumper I chose to get a full case. This was for a couple of reasons. One, I’m a terrible klutz and feel like I need a bit more protection than the bumper offers, and two (and I hate to admit this), I actually like full cases as sort of fashion accessories – dammit. I’m so girlie.

Anyways, the case I chose was the Speck ‘Fitted’ Case, as it had the two requirements of what I was looking for which was hard-shell style full-cover (as opposed to the cases that are just sides/back cover) and it had a neato pattern on it! When I originally ordered it, the confirmation date I was given was September 4th, however, my case arrived last week. Lucky me.
Here are a couple of photos of it.

Firstly, I want to say I’m proud of Apple for giving us many options to choose from in the Free Case program. While I do feel a bit like I took advantage of the situation as I never had any antenna issues, I’m pretty sure this is the case with 99% of Canadians, am I right? Still, I got a high-quality, good looking case for free, so I’m appreciative.

That doesn’t mean I’m not without criticisms. But first, some praise. This case is well designed, and obviously made from high-quality products. it fits perfectly on the iPhone 4 and is so snug and thin that it barely adds any weight or bulk to it at all. The fabric back ads a sort of friction that’s missing otherwise (does anyone find the glass to be super slippery, or is that just me being klutzy again?), and the front part offers a beveled edge so I don’t have to worry if I put my iPhone down face-first. Snapping the case on was a breeze… taking the thing off however, was a whole ‘nother story.

I wish I had seen the tutorial plastered all over the product page that gave me some idea on how to take this thing off. I nearly broke it (I think) trying to use a safety pin to latch the side and yank. Oy, it took me almost 10 full minutes of prying and pulling to finally remove it. With the ‘Gift Card’ method as shown on the site however, I can pretty much do it in under a minute, but it’s still no easy feat. I think that they probably have that video up because others have the same issue as me *shrug*.

Not entirely important to everyone, but as I did mention it earlier, this case is really fashionable too. It comes it a bunch of different styles, and I’ll let you know that in the week I’ve owned it I’d have two separate people compliment me on it. So, that’s nice!

So the regular retail price for this case is $29.99 USD, and is it worth it? Yes. I’d totally pay thirty bucks for a case of this quality and whatnot. However, if you can, try to find them in-store because shipping to Canada is going to run you an extra $18 USD or so (Yowch!).

chantelleI’ve got another few cases to review and giveaway this upcoming week, so stay tuned!

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  • Nice review. Even though I got my phone on launch day, my case isn’t scheduled to arrive until September 18th =/

  • I got the same case and I like it too. Problem is some of the felt is starting to come off from the side and there are strands sticking out. Hmm wondering if I should get a replacement or is it over the line since I got it for free …

  • Mitch

    I got this case and it peeled off my invisible shield…..and on top of that one of the edge pieces that holds the case in place broke…it is now useless

  • kabsalsa

    I have heard it is a great case but someone indicated that it is hard to remove the case once you have put it one. Has this issue been fixed?

  • rufi

    Concerning antenna issues, the data bandwidth does decreases dramatically if I touch the weak spot. The invisible shield seems to help a bit (I lose 1-3 bars). The bumper should also help when I will receive it. However, the issue is certainly visible here.

  • Robin G.

    I recieved the same case last week and after just a week of putting it in my pants pocket the fabric has started to show wear. It was free so I’m not too concerned. It would probably be fine if you use the case in a purse or something though.

    I also had to remove the invisible shield side pieces to make it fit. I left the front and back on but I have a bubble on the front that I have to take the case off to smooth out.

  • Anonymous

    Seems pretty pricy for a case that’s so difficult to remove.
    Also, unless 99% of iPhone users in Canada never go outside a strong signal area (which I find hard to believe) then way more than 1% have experienced antenna issues. If I don’t use a case at the cottage, I will lose network connection entirely – guaranteed. So I have no guilt in taking the free case – I just wish it hadn’t been necessary for me to also buy one because waiting for the freebie wouldn’t have been workable.

  • Faraday

    Apple’s Free Bumper Case all the way!

    It provides the best protection; who cares for aesthetics as-long as your $800 investment is protected for free thanks to Steve Jobbs

  • Mrmozart

    incase snap case is the best guys… trust me… I do not work for them….just an honest single -looking for a wife- handsome man… cheers

  • Did you read the review? Try the third to last paragraph.

  • kabsalsa

    Teaches me for reading too fast!! Oops

  • Nick

    Has everyone received their free case they ordered through apple already? I ordered mine the day after I bought the phone (launch day) and haven’t received it yet.

  • Nick

    nevermind, i just found the apple emails and it still says ‘delivers sept 14’

  • I just received this as my free case from Apple. It’s nice and it’s solid – almost impossible to remove (that’s good and bad).

  • KB

    i didn’t have any problems with the iphone 4 antenna whatsoever, so getting a free case from apple was very much an added bonus to an otherwise perfect (for me) phone.

    i ordered the exact same speck fitted case, received it about 2 weeks ago, and have been using it since, even though i already have 2 other cases and a bumper prior to this. it even fits perfectly into this leather holster i bought from one of those mall vendors. very happy with my choice.

  • Mike

    I got my speck fitted case on today for the 1st time and I wanna remove it, but how to do that?

    Anyone tried to?

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