If you just bought the new iPhone 4S and are hunting for a great aluminum case, you can always go and get a Vapor bumper from Elementcase or something from EXOvault. I know, they don't come cheap and the design might not be everyone’s taste. If you're the type of person that really digs Apple’s unibody design with those curved bezels and seamless borders carved from a single piece of metal - just like me - you have now a new alternative.
Jason Valalik and Chungming Ying have teamed up to bring to the public what they think is the best possible bumper style case for the new iPhone. The i+Case is made out of two anodized aluminum parts machined from the same metal block. These snug your iPhone 4 or 4S with tightly and don't add much weight/bulk to your gadget. As you were imagining, these are put together with some screws and come with it's own on-off and volume buttons in the same material.
What’s special about it? Like many other amazing projects I have talked about in the past, the i+Case is a Kickstarter project. If you are not familiar with the site, it only means this is a crowd-funded product where you pledge an amount to encourage the creators to bring their idea to life.
At the time of this writing the design duo has already raised $34,000 from 440 people of the necessary $15,000 minimum goal to get this project started. When the funding stage closes in two weeks these guys will get their prototypes to the manufacturers, adjust some minor tweaks for "mass production" and deliver these beauties to the people that backed the project.
This means that for the same price (or maybe lower) than you would pay in the High Street, you can get a very unique piece of design for a gadget that you’ll use everyday for the next year. The only catch is that we’ll have to wait patiently for the i+Case to be manufactured and shipped, which according to my experience with Kickstarter, can be a very lengthy process.
In addition to the logistics involved, now every backer feels like an investor that wants to make some changes in the final design. What started as questions about signal and reception (antennagate), is moving to the choice of colours available and the aesthetic issues such as the prominence of the i+Case logo. I hope this leads to a healthy discussion a to a better product that the existing alternatives in the market.
Do you think this will be another success story? I have pledged already and I can't wait to get hold of one. If you are interested, go and get yourself one on Kickstarter too.