First Look: Uncommon Deflector Case for iPhone 4
Using the same impressive photo-inking technology found in its earlier iPhone 3GS Capsule Cases, Uncommon has returned with a new starter model called Deflector Case for the iPhone 4 ($35). Deflector is only a partially protective shell, wrapping around the iPhone 4's sides and back without providing front, top, or bottom coverage, but it provides a large enough canvas for you to upload a 2000x2000-minimum photo or piece of artwork, then wrap it around most of the iPhone 4's glass and metal body with a glossy finished hard plastic frame. Once again, the quality of the inked-in image transfer is very impressive -- the peacock here looks extremely close to the original depth-of-field-aided photo we uploaded to the web site -- and the turnaround time from submission of the image to receipt of the case in a simple, eco-friendly bag is impressively quick. Obvious issues include the limited scope of coverage offered by the shell, and a repeat of the Capsule Case's prior issue: it snaps on so tight that you'll wonder whether you'll be able to take it off without damaging your device. But Deflector looks so nice with customized imagery that you mightn't want to remove it.