People spend a whole lot of money on their smartphones… a whole lot of money. iPhones are, certainly, no exception to that rule, with the latest model (the 4S) costing, at minimum, $199 for the base model (buy it without an upgrade discount and you will spend hundreds more). Make one mistake with that phone, do one thing wrong, and you're going to shell out a whole lot more cash for a new one (because you won't be upgrade eligible). It is for these reasons that people, after spending a lot on a phone, turn around and spend a lot on a case for that phone.
It was with that in mind that Element Case has introduced their latest iPhone case, the Vapor Pro "Black Ops" Limited Edition Kit. Retailing for what some would consider a whopping $149, the case works on both the iPhone 4 and 4S, and unlike some iPhone coverings (which lack a large enough opening), can accept headphones beyond simply the apple earbud without issue. On the backside, it can also accept older iPhone/iPod charging cables as well (which, again, is not always the case).
Yes, the price will instantly put some people off, but the Vapor Pro looks stellar, consisting of a metal band that goes around the entire side of the phone, and an Ultrasuede backing and ear pad. In fact, the nearly all black metal band—as you can see there is a bit of amber there as well—which is made of aircraft grade aluminum is truly beautiful in its simplicity. For those worried about it, the case also features an "aerospace polymer RF insert" which will stop that pesky iPhone 4 "death grip" from affecting you.
Beauty, momentarily aside, the Vapor Pro is not without at least one nagging flaw which ought to have been addressed. The metal band has no lip around the edge and isn't quite flush with the surface of the phone at all points. There is not enough room for the phone to move around—the phone is unquestionably protected—but not being even more snug and lacking a lip, one can see light between the phone and the case which gives a "luxury" case a distinctly pedestrian look. No amount of tightening the four tiny screws (the case does come with two spares and a tool to tighten them) will alleviate the gap. It is, in short, the sort of thing that one would easily accept from a 30 or 40 dollar case, but which is a little harder to stomach when one is paying three to four times that much.