Name: G-Form Extreme Grid for iPhone
What it is: A protective case for the iPhone 4 and 4S from a company founded by athletes to create protective sports gear. G-Form Extreme Grid combines a tough exterior shell with a Reactive Protective Technology core to provide extreme impact protection from any angle. G-Form designed the slender case to momentarily stiffen if dropped, so the case, not your phone, absorbs more than 90 percent of the impact. The case comes in 10 colors, including yellow, blue, red, orange and pink. G-Form has a video on YouTube showing hockey goalie Tim Thomas answering an iPhone in an Extreme Grid case after it's been swatted around like a hockey puck (tinyurl.com/7srm4sa).
The good: Sometimes I'm a klutz and drop my iPhone on its face. Despite numerous drops — both intentional and unintentional — while testing the case, my iPhone has come through without a scratch. Most cases come up to the edge of the iPhone's face, but the Extreme Grid wraps around it ever so slightly, and I think it's kept the glass face from cracking when my phone has done a face plant on the pavement in a parking lot. My favorite part of the cushiony case is that it's squeezable so you can use it like an anti-stress ball.
The bad: The price is a bit steep. A $30 price tag would make the case fit a lot more budgets.
Available from: g-form.com, amazon.com and bhphotovideo.com.