Made popular by Apple's iPhone 4, the protective bumpers have proven to provide a decent amount of protection against scratches and other forms of damage for our iPhones. At the same time, they aren't as bulky as most of the cases that are offered, so in the end, users got a fairly good balance between protection and looks.
What some of you may not know however, is that there are some really special bumpers out there, which will not only avoid ruining your iPhone's appearance, but will actually take it to the next level!
Sure, some of the products that you'll see below may be on the pricier side, but considering their superior aesthetics and quality, the price is well worth it.
1. Noeson NYX Golden
We have good and bad news. The good is that this bumper will literally transform your iPhone 4 into a jewel. The main
material it is made of is gold-plated aluminum, which is then covered
with glass crystals on the sides. The NYX not only looks cool, it represents
social superiority in its most genuine form. So what, a little materialistic touch to your well-educated and established personality won't hurt, right? And the bad news? It will only fit the iPhone 4, so 4S owners are out of luck.
Price: about $60
2. Tunewear Frame x Frame ref*lux
BUT! Just in case you'd prefer a different crystal arrangement, why don't you check out the Tunewear Frame x Frame ref*lux, which will always attract attention your way by featuring real Swarovski Elements crystals. Available in Gold, Silver, Pink Gold and Black Onyx, this unique metal bumper will also come bundled with a CarbonLOOK skin for your iPhone – adding both protection from scratches and a stylish carbon fiber look.
3. E13ctron S4
This bumper takes a very different approach from the previous two. Instead of having shiny crystals all over its body, the E13ctron S4 is an all-metal production. Actually, this might be the most personalizable bumper you can find, as it's made of two parts – front and back, and, while ordering it, you get to pick the exact color of each part, with many options to choose from. You can also choose the color of the screwdriver for the bumper's screws!
4. Tiger Design Blade
The futuristic Blade bumper is made from a solid block of aircraft-grade aluminum to achieve both high durability as well as a very light weight. The product is available in silver, titan and black, but you can also add an additional stylistic touch by attaching a colorful frame to the main bumper. The cool part is that those colorful frames are available in many different colors to suit (almost) every taste.
5. Element Case Vapor Pro
The Element Case Vapor Pro series of bumpers takes ruggedness a bit more seriously, but it's by no means bad in terms of appearance either. Quite the opposite - as long as you don't mind the asymmetrical design, the Vapor Pro has a pretty good chance of being appealing, especially when you have in mind its different editions, creatively named "WhiteOut", "Black OPS", "Spectra", "Chroma", etc. It sure is a bit pricey, but we doubt that you'd regret the solid aircraft-grade aluminum and special "aerospace polymer RF inserts" that prevent loss of signal. In addition, you'll also get one of the company's high-quality Ultrasuede back plates for a complete backside protection.
Price: $129 - $159