I’ve finally received the iPhone cases from Proporta, I guess I should call it products review since they were nice enough to send me not one but three cases to write about as well as a bag of Yorkshire Tea and a postcard. I just wanted to say thank you again.
The three cases I got were the Shine Case, the Ted Baker Hard Shell Case II and finally my favorite of all, the Doodle Pad Hard Shell. All of them are designed for iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S. The latter two are for the back and sides of the iPhone 4/4S only.
All three cases fit nearly perfectly, I suspect its due to my white iPhone’s slight difference in size from its black counterpart. For the Ted Baker Hard Shell Case II and the Doodle Pad Hard Shell, it may take a bit more effort to remove the case once its “clipped” on, again its probably because the white iPhone is marginally bigger? Mind you, this is not solely a Proporta problem, many other iPhone case manufaturers have the same problem with the white iPhone. Besides, its barely noticeable.
Aside from the leather made Shine Case which is a bit too bulky for my taste, the two hard cases do not give me the sense of bulkiness at all. They are just thick enough for you to know they are there protecting your phone but not to the point where you feel your phone got fatter.
I cannot really comment much about the Shine Case since its obviously aimed towards the ladies with its red leather and floral casing. But it feels a bit too old school for my taste but its obviously looks subjective. Flip it open you there is a mirror tucked just below the top leather layer. Alternatively, it can be swapped out with anything from credit card to driver’s license or any other card that fits. When I looked into the mirror (no I was not trying to put make up on!) I felt like the mirror makes my face narrower, is that purposely designed so the ladies can look narrower than they really are?
The Ted Baker Hard Shell Case II has a pretty nice design, specially the one I got, which is the Garden Print with its garden + abstract patterns. If you like abstract and/or nature things then you might be interested in checking this one out. And the bottom has a nice semi-shiny name plate with Ted Baker engraved on it which I thought was a nice touch. I did not know who Ted Baker was but after some quick Googling I do now.
Now onto my favorite Doodle Pad case, I just love it for its simplicity. It is nothing fancy and it does not have to be. It is also the cheapest one among all three. The doodle drawings just bring back my a lot of my childhood memories with all these childish drawings and phrases like “I AM COOL”, “Hiya” etc. On top of that, it looks great on the white iPhone with its white paper background. I think it would be too much of a contrast if you were to put it on a black iPhone but its just a matter of personal taste.
I’ve always had the impression that shiny or glossy things are slippery but I find the Shine Case’s shiny leather exterior easy to grab and does not feel slippery. The other two cases, as the names suggested, are hard cases and feel sturdy. I love the rubbery feel when holding them with more than enough grip that should minimize the chance of dropping it. Now that I have the Doodle Pad case, my phone should have no problem staying in my pants’ pocket while I drive with all the grip. Last thing I want is for my phone to drop out of the car and onto some hard concrete floor when I get out of it.
All in all I think Proporta makes pretty good quality cases. You will agree with me as soon as you grab one in your hands. I highly recommend the Ted Baker series and the Doodle Pad. Specially the Doodle Pad if you have a white iPhone.
Check them out: http://www.proporta.com/