Musubo Ripple Case for iPhone 4/4S review: Musubo Ripple Case for iPhone 4/4S

CNET Editors' Rating

2.5 stars OK
  • Overall: 5.7
  • Design: 6.0
  • Features: 6.0
  • Performance: 5.0
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The Good Musubo's Ripple case design is unique and affordable, and the case did its job protecting the phone.

The Bad The lime green color discolored quickly in the bag, and the design doesn't have the most comfortable in-hand feel.

The Bottom Line Musubo's Ripple case for iPhone 4/4S will attract some people with its design, but unless you're the type to polish your case daily, better stick to darker shades or move on.

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A couple of months ago, Musubo sent along an enticing package full of iPhone 4/4S cases of various sorts. There's the blue jelly case, a hard red plastic one with gray grooves, a pink and white one that's reminiscent of a sneaker, and the matchbook, who faux matches pop out to form a kickstand. Of course, each design comes in multiple colors. Out of this bounty of creative, and rather distinctive cases I chose the bright green Ripple, ($29.99), which seemed the most usable of the bunch. I've been using it since the day I got it.

You see, while the cases are unique, they're more eye-catching than they are comfortable to hold. The Ripple's designer, for instance, drew inspiration from a pebble thrown into a pool of water. In this case, plastic ridges form a rippling effect originating from the camera lens, which creates noticeable humps that press into your hand. The sides and back are unadorned.

At first I disliked the feeling and couldn't get used to the ridges. Over time, my fingers grew accustomed to the case's dimensions, and the ripples even helped me locate the iPhone from among the sea of other smartphones and other objects residing in my purse, since I could distinguish the case by touch.

Musubo Ripple Case
You see those ridges? You're looking at the brownish discoloration on our test case. Josh Miller/CNET

Unfortunately, as the days and weeks passed, I noticed another trend: the once pristine lime-green plastic cover has slowly, surely turned brownish-blackish-gray, with the areas of highest concentration of ick on the corners and those raised ripple ridges (pictured above).

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MSRP: $29.99

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  • Color neon magenta
  • Weight 2.4 oz