If you were scrambling to find a case on launch day, then you likely bumped into the iFrogz LuxeLean case, available at Best Buy. The LuxeLean is a slim,
metal polycarbonate case that snaps on and it’s made specifically for the iPhone 4.
The case is well constructed and durable as you would expect from a crafted piece of
metalpolycarbonate. The cutouts on the side definitely make a style statement. This could be a good or bad thing based upon your personal preference. All ports are accessible, save for the microSIM slot. If you swap your microSIM to use other GSM phones, then you’ll need to remove the case each time you need to remove your SIM card. There is felt on the inside where the back of the iPhone sits. This will provide peace of mind that the back glass will not get scratched. Those wanting added protection should look adding a device protection skin. We tested this particular case with a Wrapsol device protector installed and it fits without a problem inside the iFrogz Luxe Lean case.
The design of the case makes it thin and light. It adds hardly any bulk to the iPhone 4. The side cutouts might even make it more grippy than the iPhone 4 by it’s lonesome. Once in place, the iPhone 4 will not slip out. We don’t drop test cases, but it’s reasonable to say this case offers moderate protection against drops. If it goes face down, bad things would likely happen to your iPhone. Given the slim nature of the case, there isn’t a plethora of shock absorption.
The Luxe Lean is a good looking addition to the iPhone 4. The
metal polycarbonate construction dovetails nicely with the industrial design. Pink is not my color, but it also comes in a gun metal gray and blue. The finish is nicely done and has a smooth feel to it. There is iFrogz branding on the case, but it’s done tastefully. To install the case, you put the side with the volume controls in first. As you’ll see in the video, an ever so slightly snap puts the LuxeLean in place.
Because of the tight fit, which is almost necessary, I found the removal of the case to be difficult. If you pull the side, the corners tend to hug the iPhone. If you notice, there is nothing protecting your iPhone from meeting the metal of the LuxeLean. With the aluminum sides, I was very concerned about scratches. If you put this case on and call it a day, then it might not be an issue for you. I tend to be more cautious when it comes my iPhone. The idea that a case I’m purchasing to protect my iPhone could cause it damage goes against the fundamental principle of why I purchase a case in the first place.
Overall, there is plenty to like about the LuxeLean. Sharp colors and industrial design are nice compliments to Apple’s new iPhone 4. If iFrogz were to add some type of protective material to the sides, corners of the LuxeLean, they would have a winner. The iFrogz LuxeLean leaves us waiting for the Deluxe version.
The iFrogz Luxe Lean is available at Best Buy and retails for $24.99.
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