More than with any other phone, the iPhone 4 demands to be inside a case. Be it the troublesome antenna or the fragile – but quite aesthetically pleasing – glass back, the iPhone 4 likes to be covered up.
Apple's free case program may be officially over (though those experiencing reception problems can still get a free bumper through AppleCare), but there are still plenty of aftermarket options to protect your investment.
One of the complaints about many of the cases on the market is that they interfere with the dock connector. Even the minimalist Apple Bumper has a dock connector slot that's only wide enough for the OEM USB cable.
For most cases, you'll have to undress your iPhone 4 if you want to dock it or use it with a non-Apple cable.
This is where one of Speck's newest cases, the CandyShell Flip, comes in. It borrows a design from the original CandyShell, but has a rubber hinge in the middle to facilitate a "flip back" design for access to the dock port.
The only downside to this design is that it leaves a small gap at the hinge area, but that's the side effect of having the flip action. Like the original CandyShell, however, the headphone port is rather small, leaving those trying to use L-shaped stereo plugs out of luck.
It retails for $34.99 and is available in pink, black, white, and the grey you see in the pictures.