Finding the perfect case for your smart phone can be more difficult than buying the phone itself. You want something that is utilitarian and protects the phone well, but also reflects your interests and personality. For most of my iPhone's existence, I've had it enclosed in a wallet-style case. While that was certainly practical since I didn't have to carry around my wallet separately, good gravy, it was boring. So when I saw Huckleberry's line of DC Chara-Cover figure cases, I decided to upgrade to something less functional and more fun, namely this Batman case! Let's take a look at how it turned out.
When I opened it, the first thing I noticed was the feel of the plastic. From the pictures I saw online, I was expecting it to have more of a rubbery feel, but it's actually a much harder plastic. That might make the case more vulnerable to breakage if you accidentally drop the phone, and it probably doesn't protect the phone as effectively because it doesn't have any bounce. It also seems like a plastic that might mark up, which could be a problem considering how much wear and tear a phone case sees.
At least the case looks crazy awesome. I seriously considered buying a set of all the cases just for display because the designs are fantastic and fun, with bold colors and great caricatures of my favorite superheroes and villains. Of course, the price nixed that idea since a full set would cost $210 (at $35 each), so I opted for just Batman. I love the cutesy design, which looks a lot like the Batman from the Fisher Price DC Super Friends line.
The Chara-Covers come in two pieces into which you slide your phone. You can remove your phone from the case once you put it in (just press down on the chest and lift the chin a bit to release the latch) but it's not particularly convenient. Those who like to connect their phone to peripheral devices like iCade controllers might want a case that's a little easier to remove.
There are holes for the headphone jack, camera, speakers, and charger port, as well as buttons for the volume and power buttons, so the case doesn't get in the way of the phone's physical mechanisms.
The character sculpting is on the back of the phone, which leaves the screen open and flat on the opposite side. This is good because it doesn't get in the way, but it might be somewhat problematic because you might tend to put the phone flat side down... which would end up screen-side down. Be sure you have a screen protector so it doesn't get scratched.
It's worth noting that this case is only for the iPhone 4 and 4S. I'm not sure if Huckleberry will be releasing cases for Android devices considering how variable their designs are, but hopefully they are at least planning something for the iPhone 5 in the near future.
Perhaps most importantly, the case passes the pocket test. I was able to fit it in my jeans pocket relatively easily, even in jeans that are on the tight side. That would have been a deal breaker for me; if a case doesn't fit in my pocket, it's completely useless to me. On the other hand, if it didn't, at least I'd have a cool looking Batman for my toy display. Check out a couple more pics below!