Griffin Reveal for iPhone 4

Following any iPhone launch is a deluge of new case accessories to protect and stylise the phone. I’ve been putting the Reveal from long-time accessory manufacturer Griffin Technology, through its paces.

Griffin Reveal protects the stainless sides and glass back of the iPhone 4. The sides are made of black rubber and with precise cutouts for areas that need to be exposed such as the dock connector and speakers. The volume and power buttons are covered by the rubber with a raised profile for easy identification.

Top marks for the thin rubber surround. This made it possible to sit the handset in my Belkin desk dock and Gear4 speaker dock. This is an issue that I have found with cases in the past which required me to remove the case before seating it in a docking station.

If you look closely at the front of the iPhone, the Reveal has a slightly raised lip which helps keep the iPhone snug in the case. With the iPhone 4 facing downwards, the lip helps keep the screen raised from the surface where it could potentially be damaged.

The back of the case is made of clear polycarbonate plastic with precise cutouts for the camera lens and flash. With its clear back design, the iPhone 4 design can still shine through.

The Griffin Reveal proved to be great at preventing the iPhone 4’s polished glass and stainless steel surround from being scratched. Although it’s uninspiring appearance won’t win any design awards, it does the job of keeping my iPhone 4 in pristine condition.

2010-09-25 Onwah Tsang

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