Sudden question, but as an iPhone user, do you use a case?
Steve Jobs, the founder of the iPhone, believed that a scratched iPhone was beautiful and was against using cases.
While Jobs’ perspective has its merits, using a smartphone without any protection requires courage. Therefore, many smartphone users, including iPhone users, tend to use cases to protect their devices.
The challenge arises when deciding which case to use.
Fortunately, there is an overwhelming variety of iPhone cases compared to other smartphones, with numerous options available. Whether you visit an electronics store or check on Amazon, you’ll find a vast selection of iPhone cases.
The options are truly abundant, with over 200,000 different cases. With such a variety, one might think it’s easy to find the ideal case.
I thought so too…
My Two Criteria
Let me share my ideal criteria for an iPhone case.
In summary, my ideal case is one that “does not compromise the beauty of the iPhone and maintains good ventilation."
Now, let me explain the two key points:
- Preserving the Beauty of the iPhone:
I believe the iPhone’s design is already beautiful, and adding unnecessary decorations with a case is superfluous. Therefore, if I’m using a case, I prefer a simple one that does not interfere with the device’s original design.
- Maintaining Ventilation:
The case should not fully cover the back, ensuring good ventilation. Many iPhone cases literally encase the entire device. I’ve experienced cases where the phone heats up during intensive activities, which defeats the purpose of protecting the phone if it damages the device due to heat.
Despite these straightforward criteria, I couldn’t find a case on Amazon that fulfilled them. With fatigue setting in after browsing through countless options, I was ready to give up on my ideal case.
Wanting a Case Like This
Although the case doesn’t need to match my ideal criteria perfectly, it should, at a minimum, protect the corners of the screen since these are the vulnerable points during a fall.
Considering this, an ideal case design could resemble the following:
It doesn’t have to be an exact match, but the crucial aspect is protecting the corners of the screen and maintaining ventilation on the back.
And I Found the Ideal One
Unable to find such a case on Amazon or other platforms, I resigned myself to the idea of using a 3D printer to create it. That was until I stumbled upon Aliexpress, a Chinese e-commerce site, known for its exceptionally low prices and excruciatingly slow delivery.
Upon exploring, I found iPhone cases priced at less than 100 yen, including shipping. Why are they so cheap? Is there any profit in this? Doubts lingered, but there were quite a few iPhone cases available.
Wait a minute—
Isn’t this exactly what I envisioned?
So, I found the iPhone case I had imagined, produced by a manufacturer called Oatsbasf. They seemed to have a good sense of design.
While Oatsbasf iPhone cases are available on Amazon and Rakuten, I opted to purchase directly from Aliexpress, saving considerably.
It took about a month for the case to arrive, but it was worth the wait. With a case matching the iPhone’s color, the design remained nearly intact, and the aluminum alloy bumper protected the corners from falls, ensuring no scratches on the device. Additionally, the exposed back provided excellent heat dissipation.
The case lived up to my expectations, and I’m confident that I found the best iPhone case.
Using the Case in Practice
However, aluminum bumper cases have a drawback: they can interfere with communication speeds due to metal interference.
This interference occurs because large metallic objects, such as aluminum, can obstruct electromagnetic waves.
The case introduced earlier covers the iPhone’s antenna portion with aluminum, causing signal interference. While LINE functions well, apps like YouTube and Google Maps experience significant stress due to poor signal reception.
Nevertheless, out of the three cases I purchased, one didn’t experience signal interference. The gap between the bumper and the device might be the determining factor.
In any case, creating bumper cases with metal materials makes signal interference more likely. It would be ideal if aluminum could be replaced with strong plastic or wood to avoid signal issues.
This article chronicles my journey from envisioning my ideal case to actually purchasing it.
What one seeks in an iPhone case varies from person to person.
However, if someone resonates with my ideal of a case that “does not compromise the beauty of the iPhone and maintains good ventilation," I highly recommend making the purchase. The advantages far outweigh the disadvantages, offering the best possible experience.
By the way, the iPhone 7/8 case I introduced here fits the recently released iPhone SE, as the sizes are the same.
So, go ahead, buy it! Avoid folio cases! That’s it!