VoBack replacement iPhone 4 backs, available right here in New Zealand

Like Christmas

Back in December we posted a quick look at a silver back that Dan had bought for his iPhone 4. It caused quite a stir as the back is unexpectedly easy to replace and the ability to customise is certainly appealing – from the comments we can see that quite a few of you went off and bought one. We were then contacted by a Christchurch-based company called VoBack who offer similar backs, and they were kind enough to supply us with some samples. Let’s take a look at how the iPhone 4 can be transformed with a bit of colour and texture!

Unboxing

In the box, you’ll find your back neatly bubble-wrapped, some simple instructions (and yes, installing is as simple as the two step diagram you see there), and a mini screwdriver that perfectly fits the screws in your iPhone 4.

Back removed

This is what your iPhone 4 looks like with the back removed. Don’t go poking around and you can’t go wrong – the warranty is still intact at this point. So let’s take a look at the four backs VoBack supplied us with:

Brushed Green Bevel

Beveled edges (click to enlarge)

This has a very similar finish to the silver back in Dan’s article – brushed aluminium effect with a uniform, top-to-bottom grain, but this time it’s tinted green and where the iPhone 4 is perfectly flat, this back has a slight bevel which you’ll either love or hate. I like the look, but it does make it a bit of a tighter squeeze in some accessories like cases. The black logo and the writing at the bottom of the case are all practically identical to the original iPhone 4 back.

Gloss Green

Green machine

This back is completely flat, like the original iPhone 4 back, and is made of glossy plastic to imitate the look of the original glass back. Being plastic it will of course scratch over time but at this price who cares? The ‘iPhone’ font isn’t quite right, but other than that it’s again hard to tell that this is anything other than a ‘proper’ back. Note that the Apple logo and writing are reflective chrome and the sides are white instead of black.

Black Leather

Crocodile leather... grrr!

This is probably my least favourite I’m afraid, but everything is subjective of course. This one has a texture of crocodile leather – it’s fake, of course, but feels pretty realistic. The logo is reflective chrome and is inset into the rest of the case, but note that the word ‘iPhone’ plus the other writing is not present. It’s also a bit weightier than the other ones. It does kind of remind me of a 1970s briefcase, but that’s just me!

Beech

Back to nature

This one is really interesting – it really does look like wood, but isn’t textured like it like you might imagine. Again, the logo is reflective chrome, inset into the case and the rest of the wording you’d normally find on the back is not present. This one is probably the biggest conversation piece of them all and certainly gives your device a new look.

VoBack can be contacted via their website where shipping from NZ is available.

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14 Comments

  1. s.p.w says:

    I’m confused – the review you did the other day was Voback – if you went to their site you got a NZ chch number – its the same one I posted pictures about the company in nz is actually called http://www.fixxed.co.nz or what have i misread?

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  2. Steve Lawrence says:

    No the one we did the other day was sw-box. We mentioned VoBox at the end of the article after they contacted us but we hadn’t seen any of their products until now.

  3. s.p.w says:

    Ah well my burntbirsnge back is from voback not the other one you mention if you wish to move my images

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  4. lakeview01 says:

    In the pic with the Brushed Green Bevel it looks like your iphone is a white one?

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  5. Daniel Burgess says:

    That’s just the back covers edge that is white. The front of the iPhone is still the black one.

    (Daniel Burgess has made 613 comments)

  6. Moobz says:

    The crocodile one actually looks pretty sick, ive already brought myself a brushed silver one from sw-box haha! how much are these ones to buy anyway?

    (Moobz has made 22 comments)

  7. hi guys want to try out the metalic element case?

    http://www.elementcase.com/

    I can sell them (imitations) for some real good prices.. (25 NZD as oppose to $80USD)

    I am also going to design our own aluminium cases and market them in US and UK.

    I’m from Partsurf NZ Ltd, copy element case coming in soon on late January.

    I’ll keep everyone posted on the front page of the site..
    Also I need to test it for iPhone 4 reception problems if there’s any…

    Anyone voluntare to test the case? You’ll get a free imitation of element case.

    I also know the manufacturer for Griffin Technologies…

    many thanks
    nathan
    Freecall: 0508 NATHAN
    http://www.partsurf.co.nz

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  8. housecat says:

    I received the VoBack silver version today and while it looks awesome it has totally cut my cellular reception down.
    Down to one bar in places I ALWAYS get at least 3 bar signal strength… meh.

    Gonna change back to my trusty switcheasy Vulcan :)

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  9. soundlessnut says:

    Just curious as to whether anyone has had experiences with these new 5 point screws apple are using? I’ve heard they’re quite delicate and easily damaged

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  10. soundlessnut says:

    Oh I thought torx had 6 points and these new ones are only 5, my mistake, voback are reporting that they’re quite vulnerable

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  11. Steve Lawrence says:

    @ soundlessnut:
    Haven’t come across them yet, but they’re called torx screws and are pretty standard and easy to get hold of the correct tools to remove them apparently

  12. Steve Lawrence says:

    If the thread is still the same you could carefully remove them and then replace them with Philips-head one presumably?

  13. voback says:

    @soundlessnut The new 5-Point ‘Pentalobe’ screws are definitely more easily stripped and can easily be replaced with the ‘original’ philips screws. We are intending to include a Pentalobe screwdriver with all orders as soon as they arrive in stock.

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  14. madmacman says:

    Note that the Apple logo and writing are reflective chrome and the sides are white instead of black. This one is probably the biggest conversation piece of them all and certainly gives your device a new look. The front of the iPhone is still the black one. We are intending to include a Pentalobe screwdriver with all orders as soon as they arrive in stock.Hope you like my post on all about ipad

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