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Agent 18 unveils cases for iPhone 3G


Agent 18 has introduced three new cases for the iPhone 3G. The ClearShield for iPhone 3G is a hard, clear plastic case that offers open access to all ports and controls, interior padding for extra protection, and Universal Dock compatibility. It sells for $30. Made from thin, lightweight hard plastic derived from recycled plastic bottles, the EcoShield for iPhone 3G features a high gloss finish, interior cushioning, Universal Dock compatibility, and open access to all ports and controls. It is available in black, white, pink, blue, and green, and sells for $30. Finally, the FlowerVest for iPhone 3G is a form-fitting silicone case offering open access to all ports and controls, and featuring a floral design pattern on the rear of the case. Available in brown/blue or pink/pink, it also sells for $30. All three cases are available now.

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I purchased one of these units as I’ve bought Agent 18 cases for quite a while.  To say that I’m disappointed is quite an understatement.  The EcoShield doesn’t shut properly, nor does it maintain a connection with the tabs on the side.  The last iPhone case was great.  It slid and stayed on all the time.  The major problem with this one is they went back to the old snap-on design of the iPods.  Given the relatively small cover on the top, this just doesn’t work the way the iPod cases did.  I give this case a 2 out of 5 rating.  Simply disappointing.  I’m returning mine.  Oh, and they said their first run of cases (labeled iPhone G3, instead of 3G) were manufactured poorly so they tried to replace it with a new unit.

Posted by PBP on July 28, 2008 at 5:58 PM (CDT)


I too had the same experience with the ClearShield. There was just a bit of play at the top where the two pieces should be flush. I also do not like the addition of the textured ridge along the sides either. Just adds width to it making it feel noticeably wider than the naked phone. Not something I have come to expect from Agent 18.

Posted by Jordan on July 28, 2008 at 7:02 PM (CDT)


I have the ecoshield and it fits perfectly on my iPhone.  On the phone it feels pretty solid.

Posted by Darrell on July 28, 2008 at 7:40 PM (CDT)


I bought the Ecoshield for iPhone 3G case in black and have had no noticeable problems with it.  Its two piece design snaps together as the previous reviewer mentioned, but it seems to fit securely and snugly on all sides.  I’ve even dropped my iPhone from about two feet onto pavement without any damage (except for a few scratches on the Ecoshield case).  The case didn’t pop off, but I would imagine the thing could if dropped from a greater height.  I’ve noticed no scratches on the iPhone itself and I regularly take the case off to clean the dust that tends to build up underneath the edges that surround the iPhone screen.  I also use an anti-glare screen protector so the dust that builds up doesn’t scratch the screen in between cleanings.  I don’t mind the ridges on the sides of the case, which I presume was designed to give the case extra grip for handling.  The ridges seem just as slippery as the rest of the case but it does add a little extra detail so the case doesn’t just look like a black lump of plastic.  Otherwise, all the buttons and ports are easily accessible.  The case also comes with an adapter insert for the universal dock.  With the case on, you can’t use the iPhone 3G dock or a regular iPod dock (you can plug the charging cable into the connector port without taking off the case).  It’s a nice touch to have the adapter insert so I can keep the case on while charging the phone in my universal dock.

Posted by Argus on July 28, 2008 at 8:05 PM (CDT)


I agree with everything PBP has said in the first comment. I used the original EcoShield for the first iPhone. It was a great case, had a beautiful matt finish, an easy slide on/of design and it was a solid snug fit. This one looks cheap and the cut outs don’t have the same rounded finish of the original. The rubber ridges on the sides just add unnecessary width. Its also loose at the bottom. Looks like mine is the ‘G3’ rushed job version.

Posted by Funkyjudge on July 29, 2008 at 11:51 AM (CDT)


I too had the old case that slid together, it came in two parts split in half from top to bottom rather than split the long way and I loved it!!  This one sucks, so I took an old style version that I really liked and put it on the 3G.  Is a very tight snug fit and will likely be a bitch to remove but none the less it is on and it’s as solid as ever.  When putting it on you just have to put your back into it a little.  It does keep the original size as the old Iphone, but a solid case is worth it as no other cases seem to be worth a dam.

Posted by Richard on July 30, 2008 at 12:07 AM (CDT)


I bought one of these cases for my new 3G iPhone, I had high hopes for this one as I had the previous case on my old iPhone, and that was the best. This one however is extremely poorly designed. The way the tabs snap in on both sides is insecure, and there is a big ugly slot to use a quarter or coin to take the case apart. The color black isn’t really a true black, more of a grey which you’ll notice holding it up to the black iPhone. The plastic it’s made of isn’t the same sort of sort plastic that the previous model was made from. It’s some shiny plastic that feels cheap, and worse yet, it scratches just looking at it. I used it all of three days, and the back was covered in scratches, just from having it in my pocket with nothing else. During these 3 days I used it, I actually dropped the phone a few times, since this is a very slippery case, each time it dropped, even once on carpet from about 2 feet off the ground, the case pops apart and the phone goes sliding on the floor.

I decided to just forget it, took off the case, and notices light scratching around the chrome on the front from only 3 days of use with dust getting in I guess.

Now I’m just going without a case at all. The phone is staying in much better condition, and haven’t dropped it once!

Stay away from this case!

Posted by Jason on July 31, 2008 at 3:39 PM (CDT)


Jessica from Agent18 here!
I just wanted to let our customers know that we have fixed the issue of the EcoShield of the cases not snapping on completely and we really apologize for the trouble.  If you did purchase one of the faulty cases, go to and send us your concerns and we will be happy to send you a new case in exchange. We listen to what our reviews have to say so hit up our website and tell us what you think!

Posted by Jessica on August 11, 2008 at 5:00 PM (CDT)


I have emailed Agent 18 two times on this case.  The old design was WAY better, they switched the design as the old case could scratch the phones….WRONG move Agent 18.  The new case stinks.  Period!

Posted by used2bcool on August 22, 2008 at 3:48 PM (CDT)


I’ve tried a few different cases for my iPhone 3G (SwitchEasy, InCase, and now Agent18).  Gotta say, I love this case!  It fits great, I like the simplistic looks.  And it seems solid!  I’d give it an A compared to the other products I’ve tried.

Posted by Jared on November 4, 2008 at 4:14 PM (CST)


I bought the black ecoshield case with my new 3G iPhone last week. The case fits snugly and offers ok protection. It doesn’t add much bulk but all all the buttons and ports are exposed to the elements (obvious from the pics). I think the ribbed side does add a bit to the grip but is just plastic and not a rubbery material.

The case doesn’t add to the aesthetics of the phone but doesn’t hurt it much either. The back does seem to scratch easily but better then the phone.

I’m going to return the case for something that offers more protection from the Seattle weather but think this isn’t a bad choice for someone looking for medium protection with minimal bulk.

Is there an iLounge review on this case? I couldn’t find one.

Posted by Michael on November 13, 2008 at 5:51 PM (CST)


I just picked up a ClearShield for my iPhone 3Gs and must say with the exception of the screen protector, I am very satisfied with the product.  The static screen protector did not seem to protect the screen as well as some of the more rigid products available and seemed to come off quite easily when in a pants pocket. 

I wound up using the screen protector for a Griffin Elan Form which is a more rigid piece of plastic as the screen protector.

Posted by Gary on December 28, 2009 at 11:41 AM (CST)

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