Griffin iPhone 4/4s Case Review


Although I realize the latest greatest thing is to own an iPhone 5S, or 5C, I have just come into possession of a new white Verizon iPhone 4S (and I’m plenty happy with it). One of the first things I do upon getting a new device is to slip it into a new protective case (with screen option). Some may call this an unnecessary measure, but we’ll see who has a better resale or trade in value when all is said and done.

I have realized that finding a case for the previous model is extremely difficult (although we do know iPhone had to cancel the 5 due to infringement issues). Anyway, because I was in a pinch, I decided to go with a Survivor case in gray/yellow by Griffin Technology. I believe I picked it up at Walmart for $39 right in the Christmas rush.

Survivor Case for iPhone 4/4s by Griffin Technology

Let me just say, at the time I had an 8 month old daughter who loves phones, I needed something that could handle being thrown on the floor purposefully. This case does that flawlessly and protects my phone. It remains scratch, bump and bruise free. The case itself clicks apart into three pieces (or four if you count the detachable camera cover). But I should say it is not waterproof, just semi moisture proof. When I’m running through the store on grocery day and my daughter is chewing on it, slobber easily gets under the screen protector.

But we carry these devices for phone calls, right? At least, I do. One issue I have with this case is I regularly receive complaints, from those on the other end of the phone, that they cannot hear me or I sound muffled. It isn’t my phone service itself, because if I take the phone out of the case I don’t have any problems. So on a side note, it can be super hard to pull apart the pieces while you’re on an important phone call.

Compared to the Otterbox Defender (I don’t have one, but my husband does) the Griffin Survivor case is easier to grip and the buttons are easier to access and press. The Defender comes apart by unlocking two hinges while the Survivor requires more effort and time to pull apart three pieces. The Survivor doesn’t dent my laminate flooring. The Defender doesn’t muffle calls when you open up the waterproof speaker tab, but the Survivor isn’t waterproof.

I try to be a realistic individual, so on a range of one to five stars I’d give the Griffin four (while the Otterbox would receive four and a half). Yes, it may muffle some calls, but it hasn’t slipped out of my hand while in use, and it takes the abuse of a soon to be famous pitcher of a baby.


Kindle Fire Review Intro


Ever since the first Barnes & Noble Nook eReader was released, I wanted to own one. The device just seemed ingenious with it’s black and white display, capable of holding over 1,000 books. And once Amazon introduced the Kindle all I saw when I looked it up online was glitter and sparkles. I was in love.

It took me a little while to warm my husband up to the idea. He could use it for textbooks and school, if he wanted. It featured free online access (unless you downloaded something), and could hold 1,500 books or games, music and notes. I am of course speaking of the Kindle 3G, with the amazing ink black and white display and full keyboard. So, after I placed the bug in his ear, my husband gave it to me for an “out of the blue” present.

About two years have passed since I first got my hands on that gray Kindle. And while it still holds a piece of my techie heart, I had been pining after the Kindle Fire since it’s first appearance. I have always had a thing for quality touch screens, and even owned a second generation iPhone for a little while. The Fire held all of the possibilities of the 3G Kindle plus more. It can play movies, allow you to read documents plus all the original features in full color.

My 22nd birthday was about two weeks ago, and we didn’t really hold any kind of a celebration. For some reason, all of my family and a couple friends wanted to make me cakes and have me over (give it to me straight doc, am I dying?). So I didn’t really think much of it when my husband didn’t give me a present… we’ve kind of been in a pinch lately. But come Monday (this week!), I greeted him after work to find he was trying desperately to set up my own Fire. Eeek 🙂

So, my “kit” is composed of a Kindle Fire, felt lined black pebbled leather Belkin case, and some kind of a Targus stylus that I have never seen before. The tip of it is pressure sensitive, and sort of reacts like a finger on the display. The rubber presses in against the screen and works better than bare handed. And, I’d just like to say, anyone who invests in one of the Belkin cases that props up, you are definitely getting your moneys worth if you combine it with the special stylus (I have it propped up at work right now!).

While this wasn’t really the review you might have been looking for, consider it an introduction to an upcoming post. I always feel like it’s necessary to provide the background story, so you know where I’m coming from in my reviews. Stay tuned, full review post is on the way!