Incipio offers a number of iPhone 4 cases and one of their more popular offerings is the Feather line. With a vast array of colors and finishes, the Incipio Feather Ultra Thin Case measures less than 1mm in thickness, making it one of the thinner cases available for the iPhone 4.

Incipio Feather iPhone 4 case review

Design
Incipio makes no bones about what they are trying to convey what their selling with this case. When you title something a “Feather”, it had better be light, which is exactly what you get with this particular case. In addition, the case truly is ultra-thin, yet the carbonate shell is firm and rigid, providing some added comfort that your iPhone will have suitable protection. Having used a number of these cases, I can tell you that the colors are well done and attractive. There are two versions, one is a matte version and the other glossy. The matte version has a nice feel to it, that allowed for me to really get a good grip on my iPhone 4. Thankfully, the matte finish isn’t so grippy that you have trouble with it getting stuck in your front pants pocket. The design of the case also does not lead to any unwanted lint lining the outer edges of the case or your phone and doesn’t everyone enjoy a lint-free iPhone?

Incipio Feather Case iPhone 4

The glossy version could be problematic for some, with the finish making it feel a bit slippery. That of course is the nature of the beast with any glossy case, so buyer beware when going that route. This version tends to retain its good looks through use. A damp cloth will easily remove any fingerprints and keep the case looking new. Over time, the matte version is prone to minor scuffs, but nothing that should dissuade you from picking up this case. The purple matte case shown in the photos was used for months , yet hardly shows any wear and tear.

Incipio Feather Glossy

Fit and Access
In our tests, the cases fit the iPhone 4 perfectly. It snaps on and there weren’t any noticeable gaps. Nicely done wide gaps offer easy ccess to the power button, 3.5mm headset jack, mute switch, volume buttons and 30 pin jack. If you are swapping your SIM card often, you’ll have to remove the case in order to do so. The case is designed to fit the iPhone perfectly. If you have a screen protector on the back glass, it will still fit in the Incipio. If you have some sort of protection on the aluminum the lines the sides of the iPhone, it will not fit properly.

Incipio Ultra Thin iPhone 4S

Protection
In life there are trade-offs and so goes it with selecting iPhone cases. The Incipio Feather excels at providing added protection in a low-profile case. In doing so, it cuts corners on protection. In the cases we tested, the wraps around the aluminum sides, with the display sitting slightly above the ridges of the case. If you face your iPhone flat on a surface, which isn’t recommended, it will be exposed. It also opens up the corners to possible nicks, which I personally learned the hard way after sitting a cased iPhone in my car’s hard plastic cup holder.

When installing, you should either opt for some sort of protection for the back glass or be sure there are not dust particles either on the case or the iPhone. There is no felt backing, so again be careful, especially if this case will be taken on and off with any frequency.

As for the display, Incipio includes a screen protector, which offers further scratch protection. Note: We did not use, nor test the included screen protector, so cannot offer an opinion as to the quality. It does appear to be a high quality plastic protector.

iPhone 4 case side view

Pros:

  • Nicely made slim protective case for iPhone 4
  • Variety of well done colors
  • Perfect fit
  • Easy access to primary ports
  • Includes screen protector

Cons:

  • Price
  • Limited protection

Overall
The Incipio Feather Ultra Thin case offers minimal protection while keeping the sleek form factor of the iPhone 4. Available in both matte and glossy finishes, the vast number of color choices means you won’t have trouble finding a color to complement either a white or black iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S. The Feather will protect against scratches, but

I’d highly recommend this to someone who is willing to compromise comprehensive protection in return for a slim, colorful accompaniment to the iPhone.

The Incipio Feather case for iPhone 4 retails for $24.99. You can find it at the everythingiCafe Store and other fine retailers.

8 of 10 rating