iPhone 4 Rugged Case

“Just drop it — as long as you are using a Ballistic case.” That’s a tagline from Ballistic, a Sunrise, Fla., company that makes cases to protect gadgets including the Apple iPad and iPhone.

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iPhone 4 Ballistic HC Series Case

This week, to coincide with the launch of Apple’s new iPhone, the company has debuted what it is calling “the world’s most rugged protective case for the iPhone 4.”

The iPhone 4 Ballistic HC Series Case, which costs $49.99, has an interchangeable outer “gel skin” layer and a built-in screen protector. Internal seals keep dirt and other corrosive materials out of an iPhone’s exposed ports.

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The company touts the case as “engineered with superior shock absorption materials.” It has four layers to offer security from “drops, fingerprints, scratches, dust and well. . . life in general,” as the company puts it. http://www.goballisticcase.com

—Stephen Regenold

Posted by Nick - 07/02/2010 07:01 AM

Maybe this thing will actually prevent me from breaking my iphone. I seem to drop it all the time.

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Posted by KB - 07/02/2010 02:00 PM

Does this case degrade voice, data and wifi reception? With the release of the iPhone 4, there have been articles that point out that since the antennae is built into the iPhone side casing, holding or blocking the casing incorrectly will degrade antennae reception.

Posted by Ryan - 07/06/2010 05:36 PM

Itd be nice if it finally was available before this iphone becomes junk

Posted by James - 07/12/2010 05:59 PM

I have this case and like it better then the OtterBox Case.

Posted by Josh Bagamery - 07/20/2010 05:59 PM

Case is tough, but it makes your screen look like sh**t. An oily slick of some sort forms between the phone screen and the cover and messes up your screen clarity. Why spend all the money and have a screen that looks like crap. Save your $50.

Posted by AndroidSUXXXX - 07/20/2010 11:08 PM

Had this case for 3 weeks now. Love it! Better then the Otterbox cases!

Posted by bran hickmandall - 07/23/2010 07:17 AM

been having problems with the flash hazzing the picture out from other cases, how is it with this case?

Posted by Moe - 07/24/2010 08:29 AM

Has anybody compared this case to the Speck Products Tough Skin Iphone case?

Posted by dpi - 08/11/2010 09:12 PM

DONT BUY THIS CASE!!!!! I had the case for approximately two weeks not and it is a piece of junk. On the YOUTUBE video’s it looks great but in real life it sucks. After two weeks of use the lip area where the ear piece is at the exterior cover is located at is stretching and becoming loose. With this in mind I dont put it in the holster anymore since I am afraid the phone is going to fall. Also when I received my case it was damaged I emailed and never got a response, I then called spoke with some guy and told me they would replace the front cover since it was damaged and they never did. I told the guy at balisitc I would send him a pic of the damage screen cover and he never sent confirmation email of receiving it. Balistic hasp oor cust service,I have now ordered a otter box case. I have one my work phone and had one on my iphone 3gs. Otter box has great cust service and 50 bucks is a lot of money for a phone case. Let me see balistic gives me a refund.

Posted by Bruce - 08/17/2010 07:34 PM

The only problem I have with this case is that it doesn’t have a cover for the headphone and noise canceling mic. I have a friend that just bought an otterbox case and he is disappointed with it. People be happier if Ballistic had a case that had covers for the speakers and headphone jack,

Posted by Trae - 08/20/2010 12:25 PM

My first impressions were, it’s a very rugged well-built case with a very military look and feel.
The iPhone4 fits inside with just the slightest amount of play and when the lid is snapped on it feels like the case has been molded to the phone.
The Ballistic HC has integrated screen protector which is not removable and a very Sturdy looking belt holster which will lock on to the case with or without the additional rubber skin in place. The belt holster appears to latch onto the case very well and doesn’t give the impression that the phone would slip out on its own. I do not use belt holsters and have not giving this one any real world test.

What I like
No silly window over the Apple logo. (sorry Steve if you want me to advertise for you I have a contract you will need to sign)
Removable skin that provides additional protection when required but easily removable when not.
Holster holds case securely with or without additional skin.
Dust covers over all ports except the speaker and microphones

What I do not like
The sides of the case is very high relative to the screen and interfere with pressing keys on the outside edge and when sliding objects to the next page.
Integrated screen protector scratches very easy and cannot be replaced. (I presume I cannot get a new cover just by asking for it)
The hole for the front camera needs to be a bit bigger. ( I see a slight haze in the bottom corners)
The hole for the thirty pin connection needs to be bigger so that the connector can go all the way in.

Over all it’s a very sturdy case and would be better still with some refinements.

Posted by brad - 08/27/2010 06:57 PM

Hey Trae! That “silly window” on the Otterbox is there so users may use the reflective logo for its intended purpose; a mirror that lets you see what you are taking a picture of when you are taking photos of yourself.


Posted by Christine - 09/03/2010 04:36 PM

This is an awesome case. Best one I’ve seen for the iPhone 4. It offers the best protection and it’s very easy to use.

Posted by Chris - 09/04/2010 11:02 AM

Awesome case in all aspects. and brad why would you need a window in the back for the reflective iphone logo if you have 2 built in cameras?

Posted by sammy - 09/12/2010 08:23 PM

Been using the case for a couple of days now and I think its great. As far as the “oil slick” on the screen, NOT HAPPENNING. Maybe its because I have the anti-glare screen protector on the phone. But I don’t have the oil slick issue.

Posted by Rob - 09/16/2010 09:43 AM

Great rugged case. I especially like that you can remove the outter cover and still have top notch protection. The screen cover does scratch easily and I had the constant “oil slick” issue both with and without an additional stick on screen protector. But because the scratching was degrading screen quality, I ended up removing the built in screen protector (it’s just glued in the case…comes off very easily). However, I bought the Otterbox Defender case and am using it now. So far no oil slick or scratching. Depending on your preferences, both do a top notch job of protecting your phone. Compared to just the naked phone, they both are bulky though. That’s the price you pay for this level of protection.

Posted by Ben - 09/16/2010 02:16 PM

Excellent case. I’m not getting an “oily” thing going on. Wonder what I’m doing right?? This case has aleady saved me twice! I left my iPhone on the trunk of my car and drove away. Retrieved it from my driveway. Phone was completely intact. Go Ballistic!

Posted by Shockey 88 - 09/20/2010 06:11 PM

I am enjoying my new case, but agree that the “oil slick” is frustrating on the Iphone 4 Ballistic HC. I do not like the design of new Otterbox Defender for the 4.

Posted by Charlie - 09/21/2010 11:10 PM

Oil slick is easily cured with a couple a rubbing alcohol cleanings. Most likely some out gassing of components. Great case!

Posted by Bill - 10/13/2010 11:13 AM

I was a die hard Otterbox fan with the 3G case and I still have the Otterbox for my iPad. However their redesign of the iPhone 4 Case ruined it IMHO.

They centered the belt clip and made the unit lock in sideways. If you carry it horizontal, it’s great, but if you rotate it vertically, the centered clip makes the top hang off of your body. Not to mention it’s completely awkward getting it in and out of the case if it’s carried vertically.

I’ve been carrying the Ballistic case for weeks now and love it. I will second the thoughts on the edges being a little high when trying to access real estate at the edge of the screen. And I have the oily spot. I’ve put on rubber gloves and cleaned the inside and front my iPhone 4 with alcohol pads several times. Within a day or so the oil spot is back.

I look at the oil spot as it being better than a broken screen, which I would have had by now.

There are a couple other rugged cases I’m curious about, but this one is definitely an option to the Otterbox Defender for the iPhone 4.

Posted by David - 10/29/2010 02:46 PM

The oily spots can be fixed by applying a very fine layer of baby powder between the case and the screen. I noticed it at the store when my phone was first put in the case. The workers there seem to have dealt with this a lot, and a month later the oil spots have still not returned.

Posted by Brian - 01/16/2011 05:14 PM

Bought the Otter – couldn’t stand the belt clip location/position and it didn’t look or feel “right”. The Ballistic is like a tank, looks cool (at least to guys) and protects like a champ. Put a matte finish screen protector on and there will be NO OILY spots. Even with the HC screen protector and a matte protector, the touch screen is responsive. Agree that edges are a bit difficult – live with it, because it is worth the protection and rugged look.

Posted by Ron - 02/23/2011 06:27 PM

Ballistics say HC is not available. It’s been 2 weeks since I filled a form on their website. Not even an acknowledgment, forget a response or a promise of when it’d be available. I called and they said, not available, just fill the form. As commenter “dpi” above pointed out, this raises a flag about potential customer service issues. Are people just hyping this b*tch too much?

Posted by Oscar - 03/29/2011 09:41 AM

I recently ordered and returned one of these “ballistic” cases for my iPad. There was nothing ballistic or special about it. A cheap piece of plastic with a rubbery bendable outer edge. Truly a disappointment. If you are looking for rugged, don’t bidder with this. At $52 plus with shipping it’s way overpriced. Plenty of good cases on eBay for a fraction o that. I got stuck with the freight both ways plus they have the gall to tell me it takes up to two weeks to process my refund to my Amex card. Ridiculous! Stay away!

Posted by Steve Robbins - 07/05/2011 01:04 AM

This is powerful, man. You feel more comfortable working and not really worrying about your phone. the case perfectly takes care of the fragile gadget. -“Steve&

Posted by Peat - 01/24/2012 07:47 PM

I bought my Defender case before a week ago, ha and i already drop my iPhone 4s a several times.My wife sad that the case is to huge but ….. womans This is the best investment that i ever made.Love My OtterBox.

Posted by jayveltz@gmail.com - 03/18/2012 01:31 PM

Looked at this as well as Otter Box’s commuter. Just don’t like the styling on Otterbox and this one is over the top. Ultimately decided to buy one from Urban Armor Gear (http://www.urnanarmorgear.com)

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