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!
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
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.