Element Case Vapor for iPhone 4 promises antenna fix

Jul 1, 2010
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We've already seen what Element Case's CNC machines can do when it comes to solid metal iPad stands; now they're turning their attention to the iPhone 4.  Faced with lawsuit-spawning complaints of poor antenna performance, the Element Case Vapor for iPhone 4 is a 30g husk of aluminum with a memoryfoam-style lining that not only protects the smartphone from bumps and knocks but helps avoid zero-signal issues.

There are the expected cut-outs for the volume controls and ringer switch, while Element Case have also added a machined button for the power/standby key.  Various finishes are available, together with an optional carbon-fiber back plate; later on, they'll be offering custom engraving.

Of course, none of this comes cheap; the basic Vapor case is $79.95, but if you want the carbon-fiber version that climbs to $99.95.  Shipping is expected to kick off from July 12th. There's some irony in swaddling your iPhone 4 in a metal case so that you can get a signal, after Apple specifically moved the antennas out from inside the chassis for exactly the same reason.

Press Release:

Simple Design for Superior Protection – ElementCASE Debuts “Vapor” for iPhone 4

Makers of the renowned Joule iPad Stand release the ultimate customization and comfort solution for iPhone 4, the Vapor Case

July 1, 2010 – San Francisco, CA – Element Case (www.elementcase.com), California’s premier independent designer of luxurious, customizable Mac accessories, today launched its latest product, the iPhone 4 Vapor case. The Vapor provides an aircraft-grade, CNC’d aluminum frame lined with a shock-absorbent material for the ultimate in iPhone protection and style. The full case weighs less than 30 grams, Element’s lightest design to-date.

The Vapor snugly and securely shields the iPhone 4 with two aluminum frame components, available in a variety of color combinations and selections. 
An ergonomic shape provides a sure grip while specially design cutouts provide access to the volume and silence controls, and an integrated, machined “on/off” button has been added to complete the clean lines of the Vapor. A carbon-fiber back plate can be added for enhanced scratch protection and a bold appearance.

The Vapor’s aluminum frame is insulated with a special lining to address iPhone 4 reception issues caused by direct hand to phone cradling. This material is made from a slow rebounding compound that also offers shock absorption benefits.

Starting at $79.95, the Vapor brings Element’s legendary design and quality craftsmanship to iPhone owners with our renowned customization options. Starting at At $99.95 the Vapor case will include the V4Carbon back plate. Custom laser engraved graphics will be available soon.

Available for pre-orders today, the Vapor will begin shipping in limited quantities from July 12. Please allow two to three weeks for delivery.

Element Case offers Mac enthusiasts unrivaled designs that are crafted in the USA to the highest quality. Please visit www.elementcase.com for full product information, ordering details, pricing and customization options.

About Element Case & Sasaki Designs

Jeff Sasaki, a seasoned Industrial Designer, launched Element Case (www.elementcase.com) in 2007 with his first product, the Alloy iPhone case. Followed by the Liquid Case, Joule iPad stand and other premium accessories, Element Case prides themselves on the highest quality workmanship, full customization on any product, and the most color and graphic options available to consumers from any iPhone and iPad accessory manufacturer.


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