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Quick Look Review

Griffin elan Form and elan Form Graphite Hard-shell Textured Cases

The elan Form and elan Form graphite hard-shell textured cases, made by Griffin, are available for the iPhone 3G and the second generation iPod touch. They are composed of shatter-proof polycarbonate inner shells and synthetic outer shells. They fit very snugly around the phone or iPod touch with no hang-over to obscure the screen view.

The outside designs are patterned and have a leather look to them. Each case includes a static peel screen protector and a very nice cleaning cloth.

Griffin elan Form Graphite Case

These cases come in two pieces which certainly makes it easy to slip the iPhone or iPod touch into the case. This two part form is specifically designed to facilitate ease of docking.

Griffin calls it the EasyDock and states that all one has to do is slip the short, bottom half of the case off, place the iPhone or iPod touch in a docking station, recharge it, and then slip the bottom half of the case back in place and be on your way. I found that to be quite true.

I also was able to check it out with the Griffin AirCurve which requires docking techniques. The cases worked for that setting as well.

These cases are attractive and the rough outer texture allows for a firm grip. They come in several color choices, the solid graphite being the most expensive. They are also the most elegant looking.

Just The Facts

Pros:

Attractive, sturdy cases, that offer the ability to dock your third generation iPhone or second generation iPod touch without completely removing the case. There are several choices of colors and prices and each case carries a one year warranty.

 

Cons:

 

None identified.

 

3 comments from the community.

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Lee Dronick said:

I bought a similar case from the kiosk outside of the Apple Store. I like these designs because I don’t have to wiggle neoprene off, or up enough, to dock my iPhone. The only downside is that they don’t fit in my iPhone holsters, I am currently using one from my old TREO. They do slip into a pocket nicely though, but have enough friction to keep it from sliding out too easily.

Mine is from Skech and I don’t remember the price I paid for it, but it was reasonable.

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robinson said:

Good commentary.  You missed listing a big con, even though you touched on it in the piece.  Having to remove a cover to dock… that’s a deal-breaker!  What a nuisance…

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Lee Dronick said:

“Having to remove a cover to dockÖ thatís a deal-breaker! “

Not too bad. It has a snug fit, but slides off easy enough

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