Case-Mate Glam Sparkle case for iPhone review

The Glam Sparkle case for iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S is just the latest in a long line of beautiful, shiny cases from Case-Mate. They sent this back from CES 2012 for me to look at and what can I say, they know my weakness and they exploit it well! From the latest brushed aluminum Barely-There to my trusty old Chrome case, Case-Mate has never failed to trap me with their sparkling wares.

And the Glam Sparkle case for iPhone really does sparkle, as the name so well implies! It comes in silver, gold, green, and pink, and it hast a multifaceted backplate that literally twinkles and glitters as it catches the light at different angles. It's not rough to the touch, however, as the sparkles are protected by a tough layer of lacquer that's finished silky smooth.

Like all of Case-Mate's recent Barely-There cases, the Glam Sparkle adds almost no bulk and all the cutouts are generous so you won't have any trouble fitting your favorite 3.5mm headphones or using any dock cable, even the chunkier media or car kit plugs. The edges don't come up over the bezel, which is great for people like me who don't want swiping interrupted, but no so great if you're looking for some protection when you put your iPhone on a table face down.

Speaking of protection, what you give up in bulk you also give up in protection. This is no tank case! It will protect your precious iPhone from scratches and scuffs to the side and back, but it probably won't help you much in the event of serious impact damage.

If all you want to do is make your iPhone look absolutely fabulous, however, the Case-Mate Glam Sparkle has you covered.

My only worry is, after chrome, brushed metal, and sparkles, how can Case-Mate top this level of shine in the next model?

The good

  • Incredibly sparkly, thin, and pretty
  • Large cutouts make it easy to use any headphones or dock cables
  • Minimal bulk

The bad

  • Doesn't provide a super high amount of protection
  • Not everyone can pull off this level of sparkly!

The bottom line

They had me at shiny. Need I say more? Just when I think I have a case that's as shiny as it gets, Case-Mate comes up with something shinier still. If you're a fan of glitter and glamor, and want your iPhone to make as shiny a statement as possible, this case is for you!

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