So I just pre-ordered my iPhone 4S and I'm looking to get an Oakley case for it.
Since the 4 and the 4S are the same size/shape, I'm sure that one of them will fit, but which do you prefer? Unobtanium or O-Matter? Pros and cons are appreciated as well as how much it changes the size of the phone.
I currently have the unobtanium one on my iphone 4 and I love it. The key thing for me was for it not to be too bulky since i keep my phone in my front jean pocket. The texture is very nice and not too rubbery as to make it difficult to slide in and out of the pocket. The drawback I found with the O-Matter one was that is was two pieces that need to be slid apart when taking the phone in/out of the case and thus is would lend itself to breaking down the line since some of the pieces were pretty thin. I use my phone to record videos so I need to take it out of the case to fit on the tripod so I remove the case daily and that's why I opted for the unobtanium one. Also the unobtanium one feels like it would protect the phone better if it were to fall.
wait for the new cylinder block case, it is way better than the current cases... i have had it for about 6 weeks and it is badass!! They are releasing this holiday season I believe for the spring 12 mix
If you are just looking for a minimal, bumper-style iPhone case - then these seem to fit the bill for that. They are definitely different from the bulkier, more protective cases that we have seen in years past. I can understand the 'cheaper look and feel' perspectives. But I see them as just filling a niche for those looking for cool bumper case alternatives.
I don't even have an iPhone. :( And I can't seem to boss my wife around to get an Oakley case for her's.
Yeah, these are basically an Oakley-branded bumper with an added backing to make it a cool design. Bhaley was right, it's fairly cheap feeling but I think it's on purpose to make it feel light. I'd have to get my hands on other cases to compare the feel, but Oogie is also right, it's just a product to help fill a niche. They already have my money so it obviously worked.
I'll chime in to let you know that I bought and tried the iPhone 4 O-Matter (hard) case and found the fit much looser than I prefer. At the top above the interior foam rails there was too much give between case and phone. At the bottom the slim front edge flexed. When I plugged in my headphones, holding the case by the sides, it forced the phone to push the bottom off. Not cool. I think Oakley still has some work to do here. Other than all that the style and feel are great. Maybe the unobtanium cases are a better fit, but I am not looking to try them now. I would strongly recommend buying them in person and asking if you can try it on the phone first.
Having picked up both of the new iPhone 4 cases, and having had the original Unobtanium case for the iPhone 4, I can see why people are saying that the Hazard case is a bit inferior to the Cylinder Block case, but I did notice a couple of things with the Hazard case.
1) The back plate does have grooves/notches in it to lock it into the Unobtanium band, so when the phone is in it, the plate doesn't move, and the Unobtanium band doesn't slip off of it.
2) The plate doesn't come out of the front of the case without trying, so without the phone in the case, the plate won't easily fall out of the band.
3) Since the plate is separate, it makes taking the phone out of the case a lot easier. Just push the back plate away from the band, and the phone comes right out.
Just my $.02, but personally I like the aesthetics of the Hazard case. I will agree with everyone, however, that the Cylinder Block case definitely does feel more stout.
I managed a Cylinder Block case and it is nice. Much nicer than the other Oakley cases I tried. The unob and hard plastic back combo are nice, and it's not a dust collector or inhibitive to getting it out of your pocket like so rubberized cases. I'd go 4/5 on this one. 2/5 on the OMatter 4 hard case.
Update on the Hazard case. I've had the case for approximately 2 months, the rubber bumper has stretched out and usually comes away from the sides of the phone, and the backing plate. Very unhappy with it due to stretching out. Wish it would have stayed stiff and as form fitting as when it was new. Might have to try the Cylinder case, unless anyone knows how shrink the bumper back...