One of the top aftermarket iPhone accessory makers is none other than Griffin Technology. The products that I have seen so far have been top notch in terms of design and quality standards. You might remember my review of the Griffin PowerDock2 iPhone/iPod charger, Streamline Sportband, TuneBuds Earphones, elan Holster (reviewed by X1Zero) and Wave Case (first gen).
This time around we’re going to do a lightning review of Griffin’s new iPhone 3G case solutions, in particular the Wave, elan Form, and Nu Form.
Griffin Wave case (iPhone 3G, 24.99): Extremely similar to its first gen counterpart, the Wave is an interlocking snap-on solution that fits your iPhone 3G in a very snug form. The build is hard plastic that has a rubbery feel, yet it is very strong. I feel that dropping your iPhone within this case will not cause it to come apart. A plastic screen protector and cleaning cloth is included in all of these Griffin cases.
Griffin elan Form (29.99): I was pleasantly surprised to finally get a chance to check out this hard-shell leather case for the iPhone 3G. I actually used the elan Form to protect my second iPhone 3G (remember my battery issues?). The leather back gave lots of grip, but I still found it slippery. The fit of the case was SUPER snug, and the addition of a thin plastic screen protector that just sits on top your iPhone’s screen is a nice change.ï¿½
Griffin Nu Form (24.99): This case is exactly the same as the elan Form, but it is made of hard plastic throughout instead of a leather back like the elan Form. The cool thing about these “Form” cases is that you can easily remove the bottom half of the case to charge your phone in the dock. However, my concern is how well the “hold” would be on these cases after repeatedly removing the bottom everyday. Another slight concern is that if you have some debris inside your case, it will scratch your iPhone just like how silicone cases will. The Nu Form also came with a plastic screen protector.
All in all, these Griffin cases are great solutions and the one I would buy personally is the elan Form. The leather back does improve the look of the case and also gives some more feel and grip when carrying it in your pocket.
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