Review: Griffin Streamline for iPhone 3GS

Griffin Streamline - 1

The Griffin Streamline is available from The iPhone Blog Store for $19.95. If you are looking for a running/workout case that is lean and comfortable, then look no further than the Griffin Streamline! Let's see how it measure up after the break!

Design

The Griffin Streamline is made of a plastic outer rim, a neoprene "sleeve" that holds the iPhone/iPod Touch and an elastic armband; simple. There is a clear plastic cover in the front of the device to protect the screen. This clear cover still gives you the ability to touch and interact with your Apple device.

Daily Use

Griffin Streamline - 2I have been using the "Couch to 5K" app [iTunes Link] for a while now. for the most part I have been holding my device while I walked/ran. However this case has changed that! Not only is it comfortable and lightweight, but it protects the iPhone (even if you dropped it) and adjusts to just about any arm.

I typically walk/run 3-4 days a week in the early morning. I can't express what a pleasure it is to run with this case. It does not slip on the arm (really it should lie at almost your elbow and the bend in your arm prevents it from falling off, at least that is my experience. if you try to tighten this or any armband higher up on your arm, my arm will go numb:-) and allows access to the screen while running or resting between intervals. if you need to clean the case (if for nothing else, the build-up of sweat over time) simply wash by hand in cold water with some soap. Another feature that this case has is a reflective trim around the inside edge of the case. The trim is very thin and can only be seen from the front of the case, not the sides. I think it is novel that Griffin added this, but in real life, I don't think a car is going to see me because of it.

Conclusion

Griffin Streamline - 5This is bare-bones case with no extra pouches for keys or cash; it is just a well made case that looks good, fits well and does what it is supposed to do; securely hold your iPhone while you workout while keeping it safe and remaining comfortable. At $19.95, this case is a steal and a practical give-me if you exercise with and iPhone/iPod Touch. This case has earned a really high rating.

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Holds the iPhone securely
  • Neoprene is easily washable
  • Armband is adjustable
  • Clear screen cover still allows input

Cons

  • Basic case, no storage for money or keys
  • Reflective trim could encompass more of the case

TiPb's Rating

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Chad Garrett

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There are 14 comments. Add yours.

meks says:

While I'm sure you have good intentions. I'm not sure I can seriously consider a review for an item by the people that want to sell it to me. You have a bit of a conflict of interest.
If you just presented this as an in-depth description instead of a "review" it would be a little more up-and-up

iMuggle says:

I have been looking for a decent case that isn't ridiculously expensive to run with. Thanks for posting this! I will be ordering one! haha

iMuggle says:

@meks it isn't their own product, it is a griffin product. tipb sells MOST iphone accessories in their accessories section.
you can also buy this case from amazon and other sites as well. they aren't advertising their own product, as it isn't their product :)

iPhone says:

@iMuggle
It's not about who the case is made by, but rather the intentions of this review. There's an incentive for TiPB to sell this case, as the more cases that are sold, the more profit for TiPB. Therefore, there is a conflict of interest.
TiPB would never "review" one of the products they sell and give it a negative review even if it deserved one. While I understand it's important for TiPB to make money, "reviews" like this come off as cheesy and quite the opposite of helpful for the readers of the TiPB because of the apparent bias involved.

T says:

This is a great case that I had bough when it first came out to use with the original iPhone. My only complaint was that the volume buttons would get depressed while wearing it whenever I would bend my arm. I had to cut a slit in the neoprene case around the volume buttons to avoid this issue. I have not tried it with a newer iPhone as I no longer have the case. YMMV.

Matt says:

Will this case work if you already have a case on the iphone?
i dont want to take my case off and then put on this case and then when im done, do it again.
thanks...

Chad Garrett says:

@Matt
Sorry Matt, you have to remove your existing case to use this one :-(

RJ says:

Do you know any good armbands for iphone 3gs that will fit an external case?

Chad Garrett says:

@RJ I am sure they exisit, but I am not sure of any personally. I don't think the TiPb store sells any that I have seen, so a Google search might be in order!

indigit4l says:

I hear that there's a warning in the instructions that you could get beat up for sporting this like a pip-boy 3000.

pc972 says:

this is cool device , faster than the other devices have been launched such as palm pre and android G1.

pchelp says:

So glad i got this phone, with all the GPS apps and games, i'll never be lost or bored again.

טכנאי מחשבים says:

Fast phone lots of great features. The camera is good the internet is fast. There are lots of great aps that use the new features well.