Review: Case-mate iPhone 4 DIY Tough Case

By - October 2010

Today I finally received my custom iPhone 4 DIY Tough Case from Case-mate. If you don’t know what the DIY Tough Case is, it is Case-mate’s answer to personalization. For starters, the DIY Tough Case is a dual-layer tough case that is comprised of an inner silicone layer and a tough outer ABS plastic shell. The silicone inner layer helps to pad the iPhone 4 from minor shocks while also keeping the outer plastic shell from scratching the phones exterior.

As you can see from the image, I created my own design for this case and I have to say that it came out really great in my opinion. The colors are rich and bright and the text I had included in the design came out nice and clear even though the font type I used was really skinny. I was a little worried about the type not showing up correctly but as you can see, it came out just fine. According to Case-mate, the image is embedded into the plastic itself so the image will never fade or rub off.

On the front, you can see that the silicone layers covers quite a bit of the phone. It is fairly thick and comes up over the top about 2 or 3 mm. This gives some relatively good protection all around especially when combined with the ABS plastic shell. One area however that might be a little weak is the bottom of the case. The silicone portion covering the bottom front seems a bit flimsy there and may not protect that area completely.

Other than that though, the DIY Tough Case is very nice and is a great way to show off your individual style and create a one of a kind case that you know no one else will have. You can order your own DIY Tough Case now on Case-mate’s site using their online creation tool and costs $39.99. Not too expensive considering you are making a one of a kind design.

Samuel Huang is an avid gamer and all around tech geek. When not glued to his computer or iPhone, he can be seen pwning n00bs on PSN nightly. On occasion, he has the crazy dream of owning a vintage JDM Nissan Skyline Hakosuka GT-R or a Datsun 240Z.