Review: DC Chara-Covers Batman iPhone Case


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!


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24 comments:

  1. This a very cool looking case and I was expecting it too be more rubber like than hard plastic when I first saw it.

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  2. @jboypacman: Although I was disappointed that the plastic wasn't more rubbery at first, after using it for a few days, I've realized that the harder plastic slides out of the pocket much easier than rubbery stuff would. So it's probably for the best that the plastic isn't rubbery.

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  3. dose the head fall off ever i prefer one piece but this case looks cool dose it feel lose ?

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  4. @Connor: The head doesn't feel loose at all. The case has a groove on the inside that fits perfectly with the groove on the iPhone, and the latch seals things nicely. In fact, it's so tight that it can be a challenge to get it off.

    I haven't had it mark up yet, but I suspect it's just a matter of time. Maybe not... we'll see!

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  5. can you keep me updated if it dose? i really wanna buy one dose it come out for the iphone 5 soon?

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  6. @Conner: Sure, I'll post here if it marks up. I don't know if they'll be making one for the iPhone 5, but I would hope so.

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  7. One more thing... I noticed that the case covers up the silent mode switch on the side. That might be a problem if you use that a lot, but you could always put the phone in Do Not Disturb mode.

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  8. One other thing I noticed: this case makes the camera's flash effectively useless. Although it doesn't cover up the flash, it does reflect the blue light of the plastic back into the lens, which then drowns out the image entirely. I don't use the flash, but if you do, it might be a big problem.

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  9. Huckleberry plans to release these cases and many more this year. In fact, from what I understand Huckleberry has in production iPhone 5, as well as iPod Touch, iPad and iPad Mini. Right now the release is just DC and Marvel but soon, very soon many more licenses. Look for the Despicable Minions and of course Ironman 3.

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  10. I recently purchased the Harley Quinn Chara-cover and im struggling getting the case off! It's so cute and I love it but I need to take it off for now, help? I cant release the latch.

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  11. @Anonymous: It takes a bit of practice, but you can take it off by pressing down with your thumb on the middle of the chest while pulling up and away on the sides of the head with your other hand. It takes some effort at first, but it is possible.

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  12. I'm having the same problem! I can't take it off, I wanna throw it out the window!

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  13. There will be Droid compatible cases as well.

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  14. where did you buy it from! I cant find them anywhere :C
    i really want spidey

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  15. July 2013, San Diego Comic Con will be the release of many more Chara-Covers designs and licenses. These cases will be for the iPhone, 4, 4's, 5 and Samsung Galaxy s3 and s4. Sorry no Droids. The cases are made of durable plastic and are engineered to protect you phone, not just to look cute.
    Some of the licenses to be released are, Despicable Me Minions, Transformers, My Little Pony, Scubby Doo, Gwen Stafani Harajuku, Adventure Time, Yo Gabba Gabba, Dc Comics Justice League, Dream Works How to Train Your Dragon just to name a few.

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  16. To remove the case from your phone, press down, with pressure, on the chest, right under the chin to release the locking latch. It's not rocket science. And it dose not take practice,just pressure. It's not tricky. It's meant to be tight to protect your phone

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  17. @bambee: I got mine from Amazon, but you can probably find them on eBay. You might want to try your local comic shop, too.

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  18. so are they available for the iPhone 5 yet?

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  19. I haven't heard anything so far, so I don't think so. Unfortunately, I don't think Huckleberry has a website, so we're kind of in the dark here.

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  20. Do they have this for galaxys3 ?? :D

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  21. I haven't heard of it being available for any other devices, but given the demand, I wouldn't be surprised if we see this for other phones.

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  22. I love this case. Although it doesn't protect the front if the phone like I wanted it to it's a great case. Very hard to take off. Also it covers the vibrate setting so make sure that when you put the case on you have it so it rings.

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  23. Amazon and FYE sells Marvel, DC, Minion and My Little Pony cases for iPhone 4 and 4s only. My issue is with the chara case headphone jack. All of the headphones i've bought they were straight down and fit easy as hell. Now I got one (that will be going back cause of ear discomfort) and its jack is like this: --------
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    With it like this, I can only use the regular cases I own which is sad :(

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