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Armond Aluminum Case Review – iPhone cases by 4th Design – iPhone 6/6 Plus

 

Protect your iPhone from drops with a case that you can crumple in your hand?

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Today we’re going to review the Armond Case for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. This is a premium iPhone bumper that’s made out of air-craft grade aluminum.

If you’re looking to “bling” out your iPhone, this is a case worth considering. It’s decently designed but there are a few quirks that bug me about in terms of the actual design. There is a secret benefit to this case and that’s the fact that it will protect your iPhone from bending.

Based on our time with the case, we gave the Armond case a score of 4 Eh’s out of 5. It scores slightly lower than a similar case made by Draco Design (only by a little). With all that being said, its still an incredible case that is worth getting. If you’d rather read the rest of this review, check out our website and if you want to see how this case fares against other cases, check out our handy comparison tool.

 

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    (out of 5)

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    PricePrice:
    $49.99 USD (with front/back screen protectors)
    $24.99 USD (bumper only)
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    ProsPros:
    - Minimal bulk
    - Extreme protection
    ConsCons:
    - Minor dust protection issue
    Potential ProblemsPotential Problems:
    - None that we really found
    Design Rating
    DESIGN
    (RhinoShield Crash Guard)
    Weight/Bulk/InstallationWeight/Bulk/Install (4.5/5):
    - Thin and lightweight bumper
    - Bumper is easy to install
    Build QualityBuild Quality (4/5):
    - Edges on the Crash Guard have a bit of give to them
    - Bumper that didn't stretch out over time (after 20+ installs)
    Protection Rating
    PROTECTION
    (RhinoShield Crash Guard)
    General ProtectionGeneral Protection (4.5/5):
    - Rhinoshield Crash Guard for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus can be dropped from 11ft
    - Impact resistant screen protector (hammer tested)
    - Cases that are as tough as 3x time the size of the Crash Guard
    - Screen protector included
    - Due to the give in the edges, dust/debris may get between the iPhone and bumper
    - Check out the torture test video: http://youtu.be/IMa4UVrBtO4
    Functionality Rating
    FUNCTIONALITY
    (RhinoShield Crash Guard)
    iPhone FunctionalityiPhone Functionality (4.75/5):
    - Easy access to all buttons
    - Can handle slightly larger headphone jacks
    - Cannot handle large lightning cables (Awesome Cables didn't fit, Amazon basics did)
    Screen FunctionalityScreen Functionality (5/5):
    - Easy access to the iPhone's touchscreen
    - Small issues with the screen protector, check out the review
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    Design – CNC machined Aircraft grade aluminum goodness!

    Armond Plus Review by 4th Design ReviewIn terms of design, the 4th design Armond case is pretty light and will not add a lot of bulk to your iPhone. The case feels really nice. The sand blasting finish on the bumper gives it a nice texture and the top/bottom of the case have these divits that just make this iPhone bumper feel interesting.

    We do have an issue with the fit of the case as the two pieces aren’t completely flush but that seems to be an issue across all of these two piece, metal cases. Installation of the case is just so painful as you have to install all the felt bumpers yourself. If you have big fingers, this might be the thing that makes you walk away from the case. We will also note that the foam that the cases come in have this incredibly strong chemical smell. It’s so strong that it I can feel it in my eyes.

    Certain edges of the case are also quite sharp, like on the inside of the back of the iPhone but they won’t break skin. Over time, I started to really like that edge on the case as it made the case feel really unique.

    But once everything is installed, you will forget about all these minor little things. The Armond case makes your already nice feeling iPhone feel even more expensive.

    Protection – An anti-#Bendgate case

    In terms of protection, this case isn’t drop-rated, there aren’t multiple layers and it doesn’t come with a screen protector but given the rigidity of the bumper, it’s going to protect your iPhone from an accidental drop. The thing we really like is that the edge of the case extends far enough that your camera isn’t the thing holding up your iPhone. The edges of the case are also far enough away that you can easily install a front/back protector on your iPhone and not worry about it being peeled off by the case.

    We do have to note that this case doesn’t offer much in terms of screen protection as the edges don’t extend too far past the iPhone so if you include a screen protector, the edges aren’t going to be holding the iPhone off the surface.

    Now, in terms of #Bendgate, this is one of the few cases that will actually prevent your iPhone from bending mostly because its made from a fairly thick piece of aluminum. We get asked a lot about cases that will protect from bending and from my perspective, whatever on your iPhone needs to be more rigid than the iPhone itself to prevent bending. This Armond case is.

    Functionality – Bigger buttons == Good?

    In terms of functionality, once you get all the felt stickies on, the buttons work well. Since the buttons aren’t actually attached to the bumper of the case, the tactile response of the buttons doesn’t change at all. The buttons are a little larger than the iPhone’s button so it does make accessing your iPhone a little easier. Getting to the iPhone’s touchscreen is a breeze in this case but we will note that the cutout around the lightning port isn’t large enough for bigger cables like the ones from Awesome Cables and Amazon basics.

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    2 Comments

    2 Comments

    1. Kevin

      June 3, 2015 at 2:43 pm

      Hi Aaron,

      Thanks for the great review. Do you notice any signal and/or gps degradation with the Armond case for 4.7 iPhone?

      K

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