The DRACO IV is an aluminum bumper style case for the iPhone 4. With many aluminum style cases on the market, it is hard to stand out in the world where there are big players like ElementCase. The DRACO IV was able to go above and beyond in the “stand out” department with its design, but how did it hold up in everyday use? Full review after the break.
The DRACO IV includes a few elements within the packaging which will allow forinstallation and full functionality:
- 2 x Hex Screws
- Power Button Unit
- Volume Button Units
- Vibrate Switch Button
- Hex wrench
Installation was actually a breeze with only 2 screws required and no plastic frames to fiddle with or try to get aligned. All the user needs to do is slide both pieces over the edges of the case and screw in the hex screws, simple as that.
No alignement issues were present and the finish on the case was impeccable, the blue was vibrant as well. Spare screws were included just in case the user were to lose any. It is important to note that you should not overtighten the screws during installation as you will strip them.
Daily use of the case was great as it withstood wear and tear well and did not cause any reception issues due to the internal plastic components which lined the corners of the case. Due to the smooth nature of the finish removal in and out of the pocket was easy as well. One issue we did run into was the cutout for the headphone jack was not made wide enough to use several of the headphones we normally use.
One of the elements of the case that makes it stand out from competitors is the covered buttons it provides for both the standby wake key as well as the vibrate switch and volume buttons. The buttons worked well on the sides of the phone, with nice feedback however we did find it difficult to use the standby wake key. The reason for this was the button was not made long enough to protrude from the top of the bumper.
What made the case stand out most of all was the design, the Deff Japan inspired design gave the case swooping curves which honestly aided in the grip of the phone. At only 21.2 g, the bumper did not really hinder our use of the phone.
Overall we were impressed by the DRACO IV, had it not been for the headphone jack cutout and the standby wake key issue, this case probably would have been our favorite aluminum bumper style case.
Supplied by: iGearUsa.com