By Todd Bernhard on Fri, 05/25/2012
I dropped my iPhone the other day. Needless to say, I didn't like it. It seemed to happen in slow motion. Sure, iCloud would have a backup of most of my data but, as an app developer, even a day or two's loss of use of my iPhone would be difficult, and expensive.
Fortunately, the phone survived. But I vowed to use a more rugged case for day to day operation. When I was at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, in January, I saw an impressive demo by G-Form. They dropped a bowling ball on a bag of M&M's protected only by one of their cases. Repeatedly. The candy was undamaged! There are some videos on their web site showing some similar tests, like a hockey player slapping a G-Form protected iPhone at a goalie. Another video shows an iPad surviving a 100,000 foot drop from space!
My iPhone is now protected by one of the G-Form cases and it looks cool as well! The case itself is not like typical hard plastic protective cases. It's soft, almost squishy. But the Poron XRD material is designed to stiffen and absorb the impact.
The colors and design are the opposite of subtle, but that might appeal to a lot of users. This thing will be noticed. In fact, the G-Form iPhone case looks like what Spider-Man might keep his iPhone in!
If they remind you of elbow pads for a skateboarder or BMX biker, that makes sense because that's where G-Form got their start, and they still offer protection for athletes.
As with many such cases, the extra coverage adds some thickness which can obstruct the 30pin connector a bit, so it might not fit in some docks. But it's a small price to pay for the rugged good looks and most importantly, confidence, that your iPhone can take a licking and keep on ticking, in the G-Form case!