Metal cases....

jaw2k9

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I bought a metal (aluminum) case from one of the cheapo sites - meritline, I have always my home printer ink from them and it has always been flawless, I have purchased one or 2 junk items from them in the past - headphonse mostly, for my kids and they have worked well too.

So, for $8 I got a metal bumper - a ripoff design like the old vapor for iPhone 4.

Well install was great - fit was great, finish was very good, and lost home wifi frequently - so off came the metal bumper.

I did not wait to see how it affected my phone strength.

So, any cheap small/light metal bumpers out there that don't affect the signal?

Oh, and I thought all the signal stuff was corrected.

Right now, going caseless - that's why I like bumpers.

I would go Spigen - immediately except when my bumper from them failed at the charging input - after about 4 months they would not send me a replacement. No more money for them!
 

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one of the cheapo sites
I think this is usually problematic. People don't seem to have issues with the Element cases but then they aren't cheapo.
 

jaw2k9

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Yes. I was aware of that with the earlier Element cases also producing the same effect. But they changed them later on by adding a non-metal part over the antenna in the lower left corner - for the iPhone 4. I had (unbeknownst to me) used a counterfit version that worked very well on my iPhone 4. I had bought it used, assumed it was the real deal - but had NO loss signal wise (it was the newer version with the plastic part).

In any case, I had thought that Apple fixed the antenna issue entirely for the ip5 which would have made this a non-issue (or so I believed).

The only reason I don't have an Element case, is I don't like the look of the new ip5 style, and they simply cost quite a bit more than I am comfortable spending for a case - I can afford them, I just prefer to spend that money on other stuff (like my kids!).

Thanks
 

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I bought a metal (aluminum) case from one of the cheapo sites - meritline, I have always my home printer ink from them and it has always been flawless, I have purchased one or 2 junk items from them in the past - headphonse mostly, for my kids and they have worked well too.

So, for $8 I got a metal bumper - a ripoff design like the old vapor for iPhone 4.

Well install was great - fit was great, finish was very good, and lost home wifi frequently - so off came the metal bumper.

I did not wait to see how it affected my phone strength.

So, any cheap small/light metal bumpers out there that don't affect the signal?

Oh, and I thought all the signal stuff was corrected.

Right now, going caseless - that's why I like bumpers.

I would go Spigen - immediately except when my bumper from them failed at the charging input - after about 4 months they would not send me a replacement. No more money for them!
Interesting. I have to keep an eye on my Spigen bumper. It is starting to wear on me, as it is getting loose, like most of the reviews state.
 

jaw2k9

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Mine never got loose, but the plastic connection on the iPhone 4 was literally about 1mm at the spot where it broke.
That issue was not an issue with yours. I was just annoyed that they would not replace it (to be honest). So....NO SOUP FOR THEM!