While I'm happy to keep my iPad inside a protective case, the iPhone is another story. It's in and out of my pocket frequently, and I find that a case gets in the way. At the same time, I do want some drop protection. The folks at DODOcase must have read my mind, because a BOOKback plus an Apple Bumper is a terrific solution.
The BOOKback is made of textured material similar to that of the DODOcase and Moleskine. It's got a flat matte finish and features the DODOcase name and logo letter pressed along one side. You can order red or black lettering (the red stands out nicely). It's thicker than some other skins I've used, like Gelakins and iWrap (my review here), but not annoyingly so.
Applying the BOOKback to the iPhone 4 is a breeze. First, peel off the backing to reveal the adhesive. Next, position the skin on the iPhone and slowly lower it in place, squashing bubbles as you go. A generous hole in the upper left-hand corner easily accommodates the camera and flash while forgiving less-than-perfect alignment.
Here's where it gets a bit tricky. Fortunately, you'll benefit from my trial and error. The original iPad's convex back offers a challenge. I found that the slow method that I used with the iPhone was bubble-tastic on the iPad. Once I abandoned the hesitation, however, it went on nicely. The trick with the iPad is to first put the BOOKback into a corner, line up the bottom and then, confidently and with purpose, slide your hand across the length of it. This method resulted in significantly fewer bubbles and no need for re-positioning. Now you know.
In the two weeks that I've had the BOOKbacks applied, neither has acquired a scratch or ding. The iPhone travels everywhere with me, and is often jostled about in the car and my bag. Likewise, the iPad has been pushed around on its back with nothing to show for it.
As I mentioned earlier, these offer minimal drop protection if any. I was unwilling to try it out, as that's not at all what the BOOKback is meant to do. Those with rough-and-tumble jobs (construction workers, landscapers, etc.) should consider something like the heavy-duty Griffin Survivor
). Customers after scratch protection and good looks at a reasonable price ought to consider the BOOKback. It's a fine product.
The BOOKback is available now for the iPhone 4 (US$8.95), original iPad ($19.95) and iPad 2 ($19.95).
*Note: The DODOcase is NOT an impact case. My iPad was spared by the case absorbing the impact as well as huge amounts of luck and good fortune.