I’ve had my iPhone 3GS for about a month now and I put a case on it as soon as I set it up. One of which is the Griffin iPhone 3G Wave Case. After having used it on a daily basis for a month, I thought I would share my thoughts on the cases.
The Griffin Wave 3G cases come in packs of two. Black and Green are the two that I have. The cases comes in two parts, one for the back, and one for the front. The cases also come with a front piece of plastic to protect the screen.
The case fits together in an interesting way. On the bottom half of the back of the case there are portions that cut out to allow the top half to snap in place. See the two photos below for an example.
The top half of the case an area cut out for access to the buttons on the left hand side, and is molded to cover the bottom half of the case. The top half is the exact inverse of the bottom, excluding the left hand side. The top right hand side of the case is molded to fit underneath the bottom upper right hand side of the case. This is the way that the case stays in place without falling apart.
With all of that said, the two separate colors seemed to be manufactured differently, or at least one is better than the other. The black case seems to hold up better. It has fewer dings and has more of the coating for translucency. The green case I got does not seem to be able to keep the translucency coating on the case. Maybe it’s just the cases that I got that has an issue. The loss of translucency coating does not affect the function of the case, but it does detract from the design.
According to the Griffin Website the Wave Case 3G works with both the iPhone 3G and the iPhone 3GS. On my iPhone 3G the case fits snugly around the iPhone. However, there is a very noticeable gap when I install the Wave Case 3G on my iPhone 3GS.
Overall this is a good case, it’s sturdy and it definitely does protect the phone. On the Griffin site, as of this writing, the Wave 3G cases are only $9.99 each.