When I picked it up the first time - I cringed. It's very pretty - but with a glass screen and a glass back - it seems leaving the house without a case is a recipe for disaster.
Apple is of course sending me a free case - but I won't get it for another 2-4 weeks.
So - I came up with a simple homemade "bumper-style" case design.
It's not beautiful - but it definitely offers decent protection for cheap!
This project should also offer relief to those affected by the "Antennagate" / "Grip of Death" reception issue.
I made this case for my iPhone 4 - but there's not reason they should work for any iPhone and even other smartphones.
Step 1: What You'll Need
An iPhone (or any other smart phone)
3M Temflex 2155 Rubber Splicing Tape
-Is a "fusing" tape. It doesn't actually have adhesive - but bonds with itself!
-Available at Lowes hardware for about $2.50 in the electrical section
-Other "splicing" or "fusing" tape may also work
Silver Sharpie (optional)
Step 2: Cut the Tape
Cut a longer length of tape for a thicker case (vice versa if you want a thinner one).
Step 3: Start Wrapping
Stretch the tape around the perimeter of the phone with the other.
Pull the tape tightly - it should stretch to about 150% its original length.
When you make it all the way around the phone - overlap the tape - it should bond with itself!
Step 4: Continue Wrapping
Push the end of the tape firmly against the phone so it sticks.
If you're not satisfied with the thickness - you can cut / apply another piece of tape.
Step 5: Mark Where to Cut Holes
For an iPhone - you'll need holes for:
-Volume controls / vibrate (single hole)
-Charge connector / bottom speakers (single hole)
If you don't have a silver sharpie - you can use the knife to mark where to cut.
(It's not advised to try actually cutting the holes while the case is on the phone. You may cut through and damage your device.)
Step 6: Remove the Case
Step 7: Cut the Holes
(Be careful - that blade's sharp!)
Try to cut the holes no bigger than actually needed. Their size will expand when you put the case back on the phone.
If you cut them too small (or large) - you'll be able to address that later.
Step 8: Add "Safety Strips" (Optional)
Then add these "Safety Strips" (tm)!
- Cut an additional segment of tape about 8 inches long
- Cut that strip lengthwise into thirds
- Wrap the first segment around the base of the phone - between the "home" button and the bottom of the screen
- Wrap the second segment above the top of the screen and below the phone speaker
- Do whatever you like with the third segment.
Step 9: Put the Case Back On
Try to line up the openings as close as possible to their intended positions.
Step 10: Use Scissors to Trim / Enlarge Holes
Step 11: Touch Up
Cut a few inch segment of tape - then cut it again length-wise - so it's half its original width.
Stretch the tape tightly over the section you'd like to touch up.