The Izozzi FormFit case for the iPhone 4 ($30) offers an impressive array of artwork to choose from, but as a case, it is rather straightforward in terms of build quality and protection. Cases like this live or die based on how good the art is—the case itself becomes a secondary concern. Unfortunately, the FormFit seems to get things backward, with the case not too bad, but the quality of the art grainy and lined.
When you order a FormFit case, you can choose from one of 85 different patterns, from some incredible artists — my only gripe in the process of picking one is that the photos on the website aren’t larger, so it becomes difficult to see the detail of the image you might want. For this review, I chose Eric Drooker’s “Flood”, an admittedly grainy image to begin with. However, once the case actually arrived I was less than impressed with the print quality. The image in real life is significantly less saturated than the website would have you believe, looking washed out, and without the bold vividness of the original. The print quality is also noticeably grainy, even for this image. Frankly, if I’m buying an art case, it needs to be razor sharp — not noticeably grainy and pixelated.
What about the case itself? As with everything, there are highs and lows. I was impressed with the overall build quality, and the case offers solid protection. And it improves grip, as there’s a series of ridge pads along the side that adds friction for your fingers. And overall, I felt that case felt good in the hand.
On to the downsides. I feel as though the edges of the case are too stiff, and it makes getting the phone in and out of the case extremely tricky. This is not a case designed for you to pop on and off easily, and it takes heavy wrangling to do so. You can see in the photo below that the corner of my iPhone snagged on the case when I was putting it on.
The thickness (and stiffness) of the case is also a major problem when it comes to using the controls. The iPhone’s volume rocker is covered by the case with a single bump of plastic—there is no separation between the two buttons. This makes it hard to feel where the up and down sections of the volume buttons are. I also found it difficult to use my larger-than-normal headphone jack with the space provided for the headphone port.
Don’t expect any freebies with this case, either. No screen protectors, cleaning cloths, or any nice little other touches.
Putting the artwork aside, the Izozzi FormFit Case ($30) isn’t bad as an iPhone case, as it offers substantial protection with no huge flaws. But it’s not exactly exceptional either. And the “coolness” factor of the artwork available is great. But unfortunately, the artwork ended up looking washed out and fuzzy in real life. Overall, there’s just not enough here to recommend it, especially at a $30+ price point. The only reason I’d suggest picking up this case is if you fall in love with one of the pieces of art, and decide you absolutely have to have it on your phone. We think it’s average, and assign it a rating of 6.5/10.