iPhone 4g Case Review – IvySkin

While I normally hate iPhone cases the IvySkin case I ordered actually exceeded my expectations on all fronts.  In general I hate phone cases.  Mostly because they add bulk to something that is designed to be as small as possible.  Plus they remove the feel of the phone and in some cases add weight.

I purchased the ivyskin iphone 4g clear case.  The features that stand out in my mind are the feel of the case, the included protection covers for both the front and back of the phone and the overall quality of the case.

Feel: The case is smooth like butter.  It truly mimics the smooth feel of the uncovered iphone.  This is a huge plus since I hate the feeling of cheep plastic.

Build Quality: The case is super thin (0.6mm to be exact) and made out of a single piece of plastic.  Installing the case is quick and easy as is removal.  Additional thought was made to include 2 screen protection covers. One for the back of the iPhone and one for the front.  Most companies do the obvious and include a front screen protector, almost never is the back of the iphone considered.  The back protector is designed to ensure that grit or dust trapped between the phone and the case does not scratch the glass or plastic on the edge of the iphone.

Value: For $14.99 with FREE shipping you get the case + two screen protectors and installation gear.  If I went down to my local Apple store I’d be hard pressed to buy the same items for less.  Plus what I’d end up with wouldn’t be as nice.

What’s Included

  • Crystal clear case, super thin, smooth like butter…
  • Two (count them!) two iphone screen protection covers.
  • Installation aids/gear 1 squeegee, one micro clothe

Overall I’m really impressed with the IvySkin case and am surprised that Apple stores don’t carry them.  This case is leaps and bounds better than the equivalent competitor cases.

Calibrate iPhone GPS

So… technically you can’t calibrate your iPhones GPS.  What you can do is force it to rethink how it figures out where you are.  I created this post because I recently ran into this exact issue.  The issue being that my iPhone for no apparent reason was extremely inaccurate when showing my current location through google maps.  When looking at Google maps my current location was off by roughly 4 miles.  Yes MILES!!!

So on to the fix.  I was able to get my gps position refreshed to within 500-1000 feet of what it should have been by doing all of the following in no specific order.

  1. Switch the network from 3G to Edge or vise versa (Settings -> General -> Network -> 3G ON/OFF)
  2. Open google maps and click the “location” option found within the lower left corner of the screen.
  3. Wait for your location to shift… then close Google Maps.
  4. Disable data services (Settings -> General -> Network -> Cellular Data ON/OFF)
  5. Perform Step 2 again… and wait, then close Google Maps.
  6. At this point you may have to perform step 1 and 2 again if your position has not corrected itself.