Gelaskins The Hardcase
Interesting designs; wide choice; ability to create your own design
The case itself is fairly standard
US$35 + US$20 shipping
Gelaskins has made a name for itself creating customised skins and cases for iPhone and iPad that either feature a distinctive art pattern or an image of your own choosing. Usually these are soft skins, but The Hardcase for iPhone 4/4S offers more robust protection.
The model we tested came with a pleasant green design with shadowy trees on the top and bottom. But the Gelaskins website offers 100s of different designs to choose from, in categories such as Patterns & Textures, Wild, Wild, Word (animals) and Comics. Beyond that you can use the Gelaskins Create online service to upload your own image and get a completely customised case.
The case itself is a lightweight affair that clips onto the iPhone 4 or 4S, with spaces cut out so you can access the controls, attach a Dock cable or take photographs. While in itself the case is nothing remarkable, it offers decent enough protection for the reverse and sides of the iPhone (there isn’t a screen cover included, although these are a love or loath affair at any rate).
Macworld Australia’s buying advice
The Hardcase offers decent protection, but its real selling point is the vast array of designs and ability to create your own case by providing a custom image.