iFrogz LuxeLean iPhone 4 Case Review

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.

Looking for more opinions on a case for your iPhone 4? Check out the iPhone 4 Cases forum.

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Christopher Meinck is the Founder and Editorial Director at everythingiCafe. You can also find him co-hosting on everythingiCafe :the show. His smartphone obsession started with the Handspring Treo 180. While the phones have changed, the obsession continues. You can find him on Google+ and Twitter.

Comments

  1. Azsprty says

    Good review. I love the “I will never put this on my iPhone again, not even for this review”. Ha Ha

  2. says

    I have an iFrogz Luxe case and I definitely feel better about the polycarbonate plastic than hard metal. It’s bulkier than the lean but I have more peace of mind using it.

  3. iphonegrl says

    I’m so glad you guys put this info out there. I’m so tired of ppl asking me about my case. I have this case in pink and I bought it at best buy iday and I can be in an AT&T store and ppl come over and ask “what kinda case u’s that”? I’m like u are in entire store with cases why bother me? Whateva, thx again.

    • HR says

      Why be SO rude about why they are asking where you bought the case. Just tell them where you bought it. I so dislike people like this who think they are better than anyone just because they have something different. Grow Up.

  4. Ivan Williams says

    Thanks for the review. I say stick with the bumper. I have an Invisible Sheild on my iPhone 4 now and can’t fit any hugging case on now. The bumper seems to do a good job. Albeit I’m looking forward to see what\when Otterbox release their case…

  5. Eric says

    Look good, though not in pink.

    Bing question…does it really add much protection.

    A rigid case should transfer the shock of a drop right?

  6. Isaac says

    Overall a good review, but your primary bias against the case is incorrect. The case is not made out of metal but a hard plastic. As such, scratches should not be a concern.

    • says

      You might be correct that’s it is technically polycarbonate. Either way, I would have concerns that it would scratch the iPhone. If you put it on and forget about it, then it’s not so much a concern.

  7. Rafael says

    Thanks for the review. Did you get a chance to test the camera and flash? Reviews of other cases point out that some of the these early cases “wash out” pictures when using the flash due to the flash opening being so close to the flash.

  8. travis says

    Are you serious? Why do you keep referring to the case as being metal? Do you have no idea on how different materials feel. The fact that you can easily bend and twist it didnt give you a clue? I have a grey one and my wife has the pink one and they are far from being metal and they are not hard at all to remove or put on. Its not going to scratch the phone either since the case is PLASTIC and the phone sides are METAL. I think you should edit your quite inaccurate review….this is a great case and will not damage your phone.

      • travis says

        Thanks! The case does fit tightly, but it does fit well. I found its easy to take off after a few tries. i have removed mine quite a few times and havent scratched my phone. thanks for the edit!

  9. Jennifer says

    I have this in pink and cannot take it off without a struggle. That being said it is a great case. Where do you find the blue version?

  10. Dave says

    I bought this case yesterday and took it to the pool today. When I got home I noticed that the paint was already cracking and had come off in some spots. After one day! It’s going back to Best Buy tomorrow and I’ve bought my lasy ifrogz case.

  11. Steve says

    I doubt you even touched this case. To miss the fact that it is made of poly instead of metal is unbelievable! It will not scratch your phone, it feels great in your hand and all ports and buttons are easily accessible.

  12. Sarah F says

    I have this case in the grey. It is hard plastic. I am very confident in the protection it provides. Although I have not yet dropped my phone or thrown it against a wall I have no doubts that it will protect my iphone with no problems. The case slides on with ease but is a little snug when trying to remove it. I see this as a good thing. The only reason I have removed mine is to paint is. I wanted to add a little “spice” to the grey and pink or green really weren’t for me.
    Just a side note specifically for Travis, I work on airplanes with vaious types of material. I know metals that will bend and twist much easier than this will. This is actually a lot sturdier than a lot of metals. I also work with a lot of plastics that will scratch the iphone in a heartbeat. Not to say that this case will, but there are plastics that will.

  13. Sam says

    Ughh. Okay first off, this case SUCKS. It started to break not even a month after use. I mean not just a scratch. I mean a side of the case fell off. then the circle thing started to break. Don’t waste your money.

  14. jarhead says

    This case saved my iphone’s life!!! dropped the phone on the sidewalk. face down. the edge of the case absorbed the shock of the fall. case is slightly scratched. phone is totally fine! phew!

  15. Carmen Boyd says

    This case broke the FIRST TIME that I pushed the volume button. Then, the first time I dropped it the corner cracked. The second time I dropped it it shattered. DON’T waste your money. Looks cool – until it is broken!

  16. Anne says

    Dropped the my phone on the floor twice and the case cracked in two places. A piece of the case fell off as well. The phone is okay, and the case is really cute, but I would not buy it again.

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