The Utomic Edges are GREAT alternatives to a bulky case all while maintaining a similar level of drop protection!
Utomic Edge Review – They said they made it better. We believe them!
Today we’re going to review the Utomic Edge and/or the re-review the Bumpies (they’ve rebranded)! This is your extreme minimalist drop-protection accessory, so it’s going to be ideal for people who don’t want a case but need a bit of protection for their device. If you like the shape of the iPhone, hate cases, hate adhesive skins and need a bit of drop protection, Bumpies is worth checking out.
Now if you’ve been with us long enough, you’ll know that we reviewed the Bumpies almost 1.5 years ago, and it didn’t quite work out as well as we thought it would. We’d suggest you check out that video before finishing this review to get a baseline of what we had to go through.
As much as we like to rag on companies, we’re quite open to giving them second chances, especially if they’ve claimed to have made improvements to their products. Utomic has been sending products to us pretty steadily over the last six months, and their latest iteration is a noticeable improvement.
For our Utomic Edge Review, we’ve given them a score of 4.4 Eh’s out of 5. If you’re wondering what other different iPhone accessories that we’ve reviewed, check out our post for useful, 1-handed smartphone accessories. If you found this product useful, consider getting it through our website to show your support!
|Utomic Edges (formerly Bumpies)|
(out of 5)
iPhone 6(s+):34.99 USD
Ecke (Review coming soon!)
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- Provides drop protection with minimal bulk
- Keeps the design of the iPhone intact
- Only provides corner protection
|Potential Problems||Potential Problems:|
- Adds very little bulk to the iPhone
|Build Quality||Build Quality (4/5):|
- New Bumpies/Utomic Edges wear well over time
|General Protection||General Protection (2/5):|
- Offers no protection from dust/debris
- Safely drop your iPhone from 3-4 ft
|iPhone Functionality||iPhone Functionality (5/5):|
- Doesn't get in the way of the access anything on the iPhone
|Screen Functionality||Screen Functionality (5/5):|
- Doesn't get in the way of accessing your iPhone's screen
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Design – Tiny nubs that stick to the corner of your iPhone or Galaxy S
In terms of design, the Bumpies are quite simple. They are basically formed pieces of resin with an adhesive. Installation of the product is simple and excellent as Bumpies makes great use of the packaging to ensure the perfect fit.
From our perspective, build quality is where Utomic has made the most progress. The older Bumpies usually showed a bit of wear and tear after a drop or two. During another test, the first drop resulted in a Bumpie cracking and a second drop would result in the adhesive coming loose.
In our review video, we took a hammer to the new Bumpies or Utomic Edges, and we didn’t notice any deformation. The lack of deformation means that you can drop your iPhone repeatedly with a set of Bumpies and not worry about damage to your iPhone.
The iPhone 6 Plus in the video has had a set of Utomic Edges installed for over six weeks. Despite being dropped 2-3 times, the iPhone is still functioning, and the Utomic Edges are still attached to the iPhone and do not feel loose at all.
Protection – Drop protection from everyday mishaps
In our first Bumpies review, we dropped an iPhone 6 Plus, face first onto concrete and that didn’t turn out very well. Utomic doesn’t make this claim anymore though throughout our review period, we dropped devices from heights of 3-4 feet without any issues.
Functionality – Free your Phone
The best part of the Bumpies is the ability for you to use your iPhone like there was nothing there and still have a bit of drop protection. The corners of the iPhone sit in your hand a little better with the Bumpies installed, but we will note that edge-to-edge screen protectors will not work with this setup.
There is enough clearance to keep the iPhone off a flat surface, but thicker screen protectors may fill that gap completely. If you’re looking for a screen protector, consider getting one of their Utomic Glass screen protectors as they are thin enough to maintain a gap between the device and a flat surface.