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Case-Mate Barely There Brushed Aluminum Case for iPhone 4/4S [Review]

Those who have already read my review of Case-Mate Barely There case for iPhone 4/4S will know how mighty impressed I am with the design and utility of the case. It’s the best case if you want to retain the shape and looks of the iPhone while still adding some protection. But then, if you are sad to sacrifice the aluminum looks and feel of the iPhone, then Barely There Brushed Aluminum case is for you.


Design & Looks

If it isn’t obvious yet, Barely There Brushed Aluminum case for iPhone 4/4S is exactly like its predecessor, but with brushed aluminum look and feel. It features the aircraft grade aluminum with a brushed finish surrounded by a gunmetal hard shell on its perimeter.

The USP of any Barely There case is its thinness. At just 4.62 x 2.39 x 0.45 inches, it has to be one of the thinnest cases available for iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S. Aircraft grade aluminum ensures that the case remains ultra-lightweight while providing enough impact resistance on minor slippages. The smooth finish makes it simple to slide the iPhone 4/4S in and out of pockets. All the ports are well exposed for day-to-day use as you can see below.



What I like

  • Possibly the best looking iPhone 4/4S case I’ve seen till now.
  • Ultra-lightweight and slim.
  • Easy access to all ports and functions.
  • Available in 5 different colors like Silver, Black, Pink, Red & Gold.

What I don’t like

  • At an MRP of $40 (Rs. 1695), it is on expensive side. But then, it is available at a much lower price!
  • It isn’t as easy to take of the iPhone from the case as it is to slip it in.
  • No screen protector included with the case.



As much as I love the Brushed Aluminum version of Case-Mate’s Barely There case for iPhone 4/4S, I’m not too convinced about the $15 premium it demands over the normal version. Barely There Brushed Aluminum case is truly the most elegant and good looking cases available right now. It surely adds to your style statement, so consider that while you evaluate its value for money. It is important to note that it is available with a big discount on Amazon where it is priced from $13-$20. That makes the deal very attractive! If you are in India, you can check out stores like LetsBuy & Yebhi where it is available for around Rs.1200.