The SharkEye Universal iPhone 4 Case is Now Available!

We’ve been in the lab, we’ve been at the plant and we’ve lost a lot of sleep, but we’re ecstatic to be able to announce the availability of the new SharkEye universal iPhone 4 case that works with both the AT&T iPhone 4 and the Verizon iPhone 4. The volume and ringer buttons were shifted between the two phones, rendering many existing cases useless when applied to a Verizon iPhone 4. We want your phone to be safe regardless of your carrier service. ALL Sharkeye iPhone 4 cases work for both, so if you are looking for the best rugged iPhone 4 case, look no further!

The SharkEye team has been using the iPhone 4 case prototypes for a few months now, but we weren’t willing to release the final case until everything worked 100%. It’s been fun showing our prototypes and getting feedback, and even dropping the hard case with our iPhone in it – it’s become a daily occurrence and now our intrigued onlookers, and you, can bring one home too! One of the proudest functionalities of our iPhone cases is the retractable screen protector. We worked tirelessly to make the iPhone screen protection completely smooth when opening and closing and now it is ready for any and every test you could put it through.

A great addition to our rugged iPhone cases is the belt clip. All SharkEye iPhone 4 cases come with a belt clip and it is included in your purchase. Everyone on our team is pumped for this new feature and a lot of previous owners of the iPhone 3gs cases had requested it. As always, let the SharkEye team know if you have any questions or suggestions.

You can see all of the product details and color options on the iPhone 4 case product page. It’s time to start protecting your iPhone 4 with the hard-case option that truly lets you forget about the ‘what if’s’ and keeps you thinking about what am I going to do next with my iPhone at my side.

- Grant B. and The SharkEye Team

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SharkEye Testing: Redefining What it Means to be Rugged

We didn’t set out to be just another option for an iPhone case. We set out to be the most rugged iPhone case available – the name synonymous with rugged, tough, reliable and clutch. What better way to test our case technology than with a sledgehammer! Using a pin-released sledgehammer test with JustMeasure, LLC, we put the SharkEye iPhone 3G/3GS cases to the test against the Otterbox Defender series and the Incipio SILICRYLIC X case.

In the most literal of terms, the pin-release sledgehammer test works by placing the iPhone, in one of the cases, on top of a metallic table and releasing the hammer from the same starting point and having it swing under the table to create a consistent impact. Replicating the sledgehammer’s drop over and over, we tested the three cases by using an impact measurement tool (a Triaxial Accelerometer) on the screen that detects how much acceleration gets through the cases. By testing each case from different angles and averaging the results, we saw some results that had bite:

*** Newly Updated – See footage from the test at the bottom of this post

(The y-axis represents units of acceleration; the x-axis represents time in .10 of a second. What’s key to note on these graphs is that the same amount of force hits each phone/case, but the goal of any case is to minimize peak-impact and spread the shock out over time – the higher the peak impact, the more prone a phone is to breaking)

Impact from the left side – The SharkEye case reduced peak-impact force by nearly 50% when compared to the Otterbox:

Impact from the right side – We see a drastic increase in impact force to the Otterbox, with still well over double the impact force reaching the Otterbox screen at its peak level:

Impact from the top – Again, SharkEye outperforms the other two cases in shock absorption:

Impact from the bottom – While the Incipio case catches up from the bottom angle, the Otterbox still remained much higher:

What’s it all mean? The results were supportive of what we set out to do: create a truly protective case from every angle. We are currently doing more and different styles of tests and will continue to revise and improve our rugged cases. Don’t worry, we’ll post our findings as we benchmark our technology and take on the competing cases. We’re proud of how well we outperformed Otterbox’s toughest case and look forward to continuously proving ourselves in the lab and through true iPhone protection in your daily life. We are on the brink of releasing SharkEye cases for the iPhone 4 and are excited to announce the sheer ruggedness the new cases will continue to offer.

- Grant and The SharkEye Team

As always, feedback or questions? Email me at gboudon@sharkeye.com

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Welcome to the SharkEye Blog

The SharkEye team is happy to announce the arrival of our new blog. Why a blog for rugged iPhone cases? We like to think of it as an opportunity to communicate all the ways we work to make your, and our, phones less vulnerable to unfortunate events (like the fatal sound of glass-to-concrete cracking) we encounter as we live our lives.

Our phones are important to us, protecting them is important too.

- The SharkEye Team

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