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Edge Design Alfa for iPhone 4/4S Review and Giveaway

Jackson Chung 30-07-2012

Edge Design Alfa for iPhone 4/4S Review and Giveaway edge design alfa iphone reviewI’m a sucker for iPhone cases. Most of the cases I’ve owned leaned more towards functionality rather than aesthetics. In other words, they weren’t pretty. When Edge Design came long with their Alfa and Aktiv cases, I couldn’t resist dumping my old mantra and use a case purely as a case.


We have 2 Edge Design Alfa and 1 Aktiv iPhone 4/4S cases (and some accessories) totalling over $300 to give away this week! You might want to find out what they are and how they look like, so cue the review!

The Edge Design Alfa case first started life as a Kickstarter project by Andreas Paaske. After the project successfully reached its goal of over $5000 with the help of 49 backers, production began. Today, a wide variety of Edge Design cases are sold on their online store in an assortment of colours.

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At $99 a pop, the Alfa case isn’t cheap. I have to admit though, it looks rather impressive. And if looks could kill, this case would be an assassin. Combining styling inspirations from Pininfarina and aircraft grade aluminum, Edge Design managed to make a case that’s stylish and modern. Each case is shipped with a sturdy water resistant pouch (see below). Although I had a hard time removing the Alfa case from the pouch, I could very easily fit my iPhone in there.

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Now on to the Alfa case itself. The brushed aluminium body comes in a variety of anodised colours: silver, blue-gray, brown, grey, light-gold, black. A coloured polymer band runs along the sides of the case to hold the iPhone in place and prevents it from touching the metal chassis. And yes, before you ask, the bands are interchangeable and can also be purchased from their online store for $9 each.

edge design alfa iphone review

The review unit pictured above is a grey Alfa case with the navy band — pretty classic colour combination. As you may have noticed, the final product varied slightly from the mockup in Kickstarter. For example, there are 2 recesses on their side of the case, which probably help to provide a bit of room when putting on the polymer band and accentuate its colour. The company’s logo also changed from the mockup, now sporting mirrored E’s, which in my mind, is über svelte.

On the inside, you’ll find a layer of felt which assists in slipping the iPhone into the case without damaging it. Hidden in the top left hand corner, you’ll find some markings. It’s actually the case’s serial number. These cases are serialised!


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The polymer band snaps off to reveal a gap at the bottom of the case where the iPhone is inserted.

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It can actually snap off completely (the bands are interchangeable, remember?). The band itself is a rubber polymer and feels rigid yet flexible at the same time. It’s not too fragile in any way. In fact, I’d just like to note that nothing about this entire case feels fragile.


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Once the iPhone is in place, it looks something like this. The Edge Design Alfa case does provide some sort of “wow” factor. Immediately, your eyes are drawn to that coloured polymer band that runs around the case.

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Then as you look closer, you’ll begin to notice the brushed aluminium chassis.


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Access to the dock connector is unhindered, and so are the speakers.

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The volume rockers and mute switch can be a little hard to reach but otherwise manageable.

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There are also recesses for the sleep/wake button as well as the headphone jack, which I highly appreciate.

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Overall, the Edge Design Alfa case is pretty solid, and is very good looking. However, there are some chinks in its armour.

edge design alfa review

First of all, I feel highly insecure that the only thing holding my iPhone in the case is the polymer band. I would have liked some sort of locking mechanism. Something that goes “click” to indicate that it’s firmly in place, you know?

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Secondly, the edges of its aluminium chassis are rather sharp, probably because it was new. There were a couple of near-misses during my review. Lastly, it’s pretty bulky, even compared with the battery case PhoneSuit Elite for iPhone 4 Review and Giveaway My search for the perfect iPhone battery case has finally come to an end. At long last, I've found it. The PhoneSuit Elite iPhone battery case is the perfect blend of aesthetics and functionality. I've... Read More I reviewed earlier.

Nevertheless, the Edge Design Alfa case is an amazing eye candy. Plus, with interchangeable bands, you can’t possibly feel bored with it. It’s unique, and that’s what most people want in an iPhone case. And in that aspect, the Edge Design Alfa case is a winner.

We’re giving away this review unit, along with a black Alfa case, an orange Aktiv case, plus a couple of interchangeable bands to go with your new case. Find out how to win one below.

How do I win an Edge Design Alfa Case?

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  • Debbie Reynolds

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  1. Bulilit Toralballa
    August 9, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    Fingers crossed!

  2. Giorgi Mamulashvili
    August 8, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    want it :|

  3. Anh Tao
    August 8, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    My current case is worn out, so this is a must. I need thisssss!

  4. Nancy Bardon
    August 8, 2012 at 7:39 pm

    Hope I get the new case

  5. Nancy Bardon
    August 8, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    Great case

  6. Dave
    August 7, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    Cool giveaway great case, count me in please and thanks!

  7. Waleed
    August 7, 2012 at 9:24 am

    love it

  8. Waleed
    August 7, 2012 at 9:24 am

    nice to have some of these

  9. Ron Morrow
    August 7, 2012 at 1:21 am

    looks pretty sexy but don't own an iphone. How about some of the bigger selling android phones next? ;)

  10. Mina Li
    August 6, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    Using the aluminum was a good idea. It's durable and gives the case a sleek look. I would love to get one of these and probably will in the future.

  11. Egzon Bunjaku
    August 6, 2012 at 8:44 am

    Great, i want one :)

  12. Dennis Emretzon
    August 6, 2012 at 2:11 am

    I think this is a really nice very heavy! Please let me win this contest in need of a case(:

  13. Jyotsna Narayan
    August 5, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    i'll luv 2 ve dis...

  14. Brian Lawrence
    August 5, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    This would make an AWESOME two day late Birthday present for me...

  15. tarzan2001
    August 5, 2012 at 12:25 am

    This looks pretty cool! I would love to win it as a gift for my lil bro! :)

  16. Mikhail Cherniske
    August 4, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    This case looks so cool!

  17. Mikhail Cherniske
    August 4, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    I hope I WIN!

  18. Mark Thornley
    August 4, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    These things are really neat

  19. dnyaneshmankar
    August 4, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    Looks cool. Wish I had an iPhone.

  20. LeviTashun
    August 3, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    Brushed metal :D

  21. Michael Shaw
    August 3, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    Cool looking case, I wonder how it performs when you drop it/ throw it

  22. Joe Phillips
    August 3, 2012 at 11:45 am

    another great review!

  23. steve
    August 3, 2012 at 11:27 am

    Hi I would love a new case

  24. Maryline Latorre
    August 3, 2012 at 9:11 am

    That case looks tough and sexy, really "über svelte" ass you put it!
    Though I wonder if the metal edges of the phone won't end up scratched because one cannot tell from the pictures if only the rubberish band is in contact with the phone's edges of the alu parts of the case... The last picture in particular makes me wonder.
    Another thing one may want to know before one spends 90$ is the additional weight your iPhone gets with this armour.
    Any way, like many Kickstarter projects, this looks awesome! Thank you for sharing this!

  25. mit thakkar
    August 3, 2012 at 6:10 am

    love to win it....

  26. Karl Joseph Ku
    August 3, 2012 at 4:36 am

    my mom and dad are using Otterbox Defender. How is this compared to it? I find the O.D. too bulky yet very sturdy. But Im sure this case is also good minus the bulkiness.

  27. Wesley Denison
    August 3, 2012 at 2:42 am

    I love how kickstarter is opening up new opportunities for awesome people with awesome ideas like this!

  28. Jay Iyer
    August 2, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    I'm about to get the iPhone 4s. This will be a very useful accessory to have!

  29. Dmitriy Sukhanov
    August 2, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    Nice. Thanx!

  30. Anandu B Ajith
    August 2, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    what A Case

  31. Cristian Lucian
    August 2, 2012 at 11:50 am

    looks awesome

    • Cristian Lucian
      August 2, 2012 at 1:27 pm

      i just need some points:)

  32. Beh Han
    August 2, 2012 at 9:48 am

    Looks a bit bulky but nice design! ;)

  33. yashwant
    August 2, 2012 at 7:47 am


  34. Vivek
    August 2, 2012 at 5:57 am

    Good Device

  35. Fritz Fischer
    August 2, 2012 at 4:56 am

    would like to win one of those looks great

  36. echantrea
    August 2, 2012 at 3:52 am

    How stylish cash. Hope my lucky star help me.

  37. akmal Mohamad
    August 2, 2012 at 3:34 am

    pretty cool if u asked me what it is..

  38. Don
    August 2, 2012 at 2:41 am

    Nice another iphone case!

  39. Nguyen Tran
    August 2, 2012 at 2:29 am

    It's so cool

  40. Pedro Oliva
    August 2, 2012 at 1:29 am

    wow... this case look so well... but im firs need to have an iphone jeje :) Good look to all

  41. Rob Priest
    August 2, 2012 at 12:13 am

    Very slick looking!

  42. Stephanie Woods
    August 1, 2012 at 11:50 pm

    I hope it fits the 3G

  43. Bill
    August 1, 2012 at 11:28 pm

    Let me win!

  44. Jeff Branning
    August 1, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    I've had a few cases and the biggest issue I have is the bulk they take up in the pocket or the size of the phone when trying to wear it on the belt of your pants. I end up using the case when traveling on vacation to someplace like Disney to protect it more. If just using it around home I use it without a case and just carry it in either my pants, shirt, or suite coat pocket. So far, knock on wood, so good. ;-) Still looking for a nice thin case which will keep the iPhone 4/4S safe but not take up the extra space doing so. I use a Zagg invisible SHIELD screen and back protector and that works for me for now unless traveling as stated above. But I wouldn't mind trying this case out to see how well it works.

  45. George Fincke
    August 1, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    Must have a good case for the iPhone. Very cool!

  46. George Fincke
    August 1, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    Can't imagine not housing the IPhone. Cool!

  47. Randy Knight
    August 1, 2012 at 9:15 pm

    I like the ability to change the colors whenever you feel like it.

  48. Phil Gamache
    August 1, 2012 at 8:37 pm

    I have had the iphone for 1.5 years and finally dropped it and now have the classic broken glass. Only 2 months till verizon new every 2. I hope it will last then I can get one of these for the iP5

  49. Barbara Knod
    August 1, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    This would be wonderful to win this!

  50. Brian Deveau
    August 1, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    I'll take one please

  51. Bob Jenkins
    August 1, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    Been looking for a classy case for my iphone, I certainly hope this one is it!

  52. Bing Hau Yap
    August 1, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    This case looks really cool

  53. Colleen
    August 1, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    Would love one of these cases! They look really cool! Thanks for the chance to win!

  54. Andy Jacobs
    August 1, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    Looks like an interesting mix of hard shell and soft skin components.

  55. Hoa Giang
    August 1, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    This is a nice case and it looks cool too. Thanks Makeuseof.

  56. Shelley
    August 1, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    Love it all. Edge looks great. I'l love to own an iphone and have this lovely case and interchangeable bands to show to my friends.

  57. Traci Wood
    August 1, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    Love the brushed aluminium!

  58. Abdul Majeed
    August 1, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    good design

  59. Govinda
    August 1, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    It may seem a great tool to carry iPhone.

  60. Nezlo
    August 1, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    Looks nice, but I'll pass. Good luck everyone!

  61. Mamed
    August 1, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    Please count me in ,I rely on u,thanks,

  62. Rob Berry
    August 1, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    Looks nice, Hopefully I might win :)

  63. Bob W
    August 1, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    Love these cases, I will hope I finally win a makeuseof giveaway

  64. ding futz
    August 1, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    No Likee, no wantee

  65. Preston Steffey
    August 1, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    Pretty sweet stuff

  66. John Todd
    August 1, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    Awesome product... would be amazing to win one!

  67. Halim3050
    August 1, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    Jackson :)

    it would be better if the giveaway is iphone 4 ;-)

  68. Brian Pearson
    August 1, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    Type your comment here.

  69. James Bryant
    August 1, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    Sounds great!

  70. Steve Haworth
    August 1, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    Very nice.
    I hope the price comes down with more sales volume

  71. Brad Foss
    August 1, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    They currently do not have cases for the Droid phones, but according to their website they have them in their plans

  72. Sonia Ru
    August 1, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    This so has my name written all over it!

  73. Sandra Kempf
    August 1, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    This case looks very cool and gives the user many great colour options.

  74. pixelriffic
    August 1, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    I'd love to have one of these, but I'd still keep my Griffin Survivor. It's protected my iphone twice from a fall to the pavement.

  75. Robert Gorman
    August 1, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    Would save a lot of screaming when you drop your phone

  76. bipin
    August 1, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    I just got a new IPhone, its still box packed and needs some TLC(tender love and care) with a touch of glamour... n this IPhone case is the provides the perfect combination :)

  77. Eric
    August 1, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    I'd really love to get this phone!! So cool!

  78. Costi Mazuru
    August 1, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    Very nice! I would like one, too!

    August 1, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    I really want this please!!

  80. Paulette Klym
    August 1, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    Way cool case. Much nicer than the cheapo I have now

  81. Karen Ang
    August 1, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    I currently use Otterbox but the grey Alfa Case is stunning!

  82. Mary Lee Foley
    August 1, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    I'm trying to get my employer to replace an old BlackBerry with a new iPhone. One of these cases would be fantastic!

  83. Antonio Notarbartolo
    August 1, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    These look way better than the otter cases

  84. Griff
    August 1, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    It looks good but seems a bit cheap in design and protection. While bulky, I prefer my Otterback. My phone has been dropped too many times to count and the Otterback has protected it well. The only downside is a carry case. I destroyed the Otterback ones. I finally had a leathersmith friend custom build one for me.

  85. Carol L Cameron
    August 1, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    I consider myself an experienced computer user and I could not find where to enter the give away for the Edge Design Alfa Case.
    I joined the Game System and Rewards Program and still could not find the entry!
    This process is not user friendly.

    • Jim Passin
      August 1, 2012 at 10:09 pm

      Absolutely. I have not been able to figure out how to "log in" and I've been using computers for 26 years! WTF?!?

      • Tina
        August 2, 2012 at 3:49 pm


        You can log into MakeUseOf using a social networking account, e.g. Google, Yahoo, Twitter, Facebook. The login is in the top of the right-hand sidebar.

        You will need 25 points to enter the Giveaway. Points are gained by commenting or sharing articles.

        • Jim Passin
          August 2, 2012 at 9:43 pm

          Ah, that's a grand idea, that is! Yep, that's just the ticket - except the little links or bugs don't show up in Safari!!!!!!

          The odds of everyone posting on this being delusional, inexperienced, thick or legally blind, as you will agree, are somewhat low. There is simply nothing on which to click.

          (posted reply in wrong place below. Sorry....ignore it....I'm tired from trying to login.)

        • Tina
          August 3, 2012 at 11:02 am


          I hope you found the login in the meantime. The good news is, we are trying to make this easier and more obvious! Feedback such as yours have helped us realize that what we currently have is not intuitive. So thank you!

          Unfortunately, if you are running browser add-ons that block social buttons, then we can't really change that. Since you mentioned that you cannot see any buttons in the sidebar, I'm guessing that this might be the case.

        • Jackson Chung
          August 3, 2012 at 4:28 pm


          If you are running AdBlock, you may not be able to view the entry button or the login buttons because they're JavaScript.

          A simple test would be to view the page in Private Browsing mode and if I'm right, you'll see the buttons.

          Please let us know how it works out for you.

        • Jim Passin
          August 3, 2012 at 5:36 pm

          For Jackson -

          Well, yessiree Bob, I AM running Adblock! How'd ya know?!? But, I turned it off, the first time around, to test this theory without any success. Good thinking though, Jackson m' lad.

          I ran the same tests with Ghostery and Do Not Track Plus, each turned off. Cookies set to accept everything-all-the-time. (Dress up - panties down - woooooo-weeeeeee.) After all that, same result: no visible login links to click.

          Now, you might wonder why I'm running both Do Not Track Plus and Ghostery and well you might ask. You see I, like many others, despise being pegged, tracked, pigeonholed, spied upon, used, catalogued, registered, robotized and otherwise taking a dehumanizing corn holing in the name of someone else's insidious "monetization strategy" every time I access the InerWeb or click on a link! So, I use them both and find that what one misses the other, in its ernest sagacity stomps upon.

          Right now, on your site, I see that 11 evil little creatures are attempting to latch onto me and my machine by Ghostery's count and 9 by Do Not Track Plus's. So, maybe even paranoids have enemies.

          Now, to avoid satisfying the definition of insanity, i.e.: repeating the same actions, over and over, expecting a different outcome each time, I have given up.

          Ah, well........

        • Jackson Chung
          August 6, 2012 at 12:39 pm

          Have you tried opening it in Private Browsing mode?

    • Tina
      August 2, 2012 at 3:48 pm


      When you posted this comment, you were not logged in. You can log in with a social network account in the top of the right-hand sidebar.

      • Jim Passin
        August 2, 2012 at 9:35 pm

        Ah, that's a grand idea, that is! Yep, that's just the ticket - except the little links or bugs don't show up in Safari!!!!!!

      • Jim Passin
        August 2, 2012 at 9:39 pm

        The odds of everyone posting on this being delusional, inexperienced, thick or legally blind, as you will agree, are somewhat low. There is simply nothing on which to click.

        • Jackson Chung
          August 6, 2012 at 12:40 pm

          That's mainly because you've blocked everything that makes the internet work!

  86. Marcel Delorme
    August 1, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    I need more points darn it

  87. Stephanie Evans
    August 1, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    I think this would be a great case to have.

  88. sonnylim
    August 1, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    This looks real cool! Would love to have one!

  89. S. Ebbs
    August 1, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    I think the metal looks nice, and customizing with colored bands is a good option to make it your own.

  90. Phil Hoolboom
    August 1, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    looks coool!

  91. Faiza
    August 1, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    excellent design

  92. Sai Krishna
    August 1, 2012 at 7:06 am

    excellent design to keep the iphone safe

  93. Bulilit Toralballa
    August 1, 2012 at 7:01 am

    Be mine! Please pick meeeee.

  94. Charlie Player
    August 1, 2012 at 4:14 am

    i love to win this

  95. Trey Mahon
    August 1, 2012 at 2:35 am

    Hands down the sexiest iPhone case I've seen

  96. danielooi
    August 1, 2012 at 1:18 am

    Nice design!

  97. EugeneL
    July 31, 2012 at 11:46 pm

    It looks great, but hopefully it won't break like a couple others I had

  98. Harron Subhani
    July 31, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    beautiful design

  99. Phill Johnson
    July 31, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    This case is awosome.

  100. Emmanuel Asuncion
    July 31, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    Very neat product, i want one.

  101. Anree Summer
    July 31, 2012 at 9:24 am

    wish i have an Iphone..

  102. Va Du
    July 31, 2012 at 6:59 am

    When it comes to cases, I'm lost and confused. There are just so many and you have to constantly keep track of which one is worth buying. In the end I want a case that protects but I still love to have it act as a battery pack as well.

  103. Phúc Ng?c
    July 31, 2012 at 4:28 am

    Don't have an iPhone yet, but I still want this :x

  104. Kylee Kanavas
    July 30, 2012 at 10:44 pm

    Epic that's all i can say!

  105. Rigoberto Garcia
    July 30, 2012 at 10:31 pm

    Excelent gift...

  106. Vanja Gorgiev
    July 30, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    great design, if i had an iphone i would love this

  107. Yang Yang Li
    July 30, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    Should I enter this giveaway even though I do not currently possess an iPhone and never will? Still, I like expensive accessories and anything that is brushed metal.

    • jack white
      August 3, 2012 at 2:45 pm

      it's true

  108. Ilya Svyatko
    July 30, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    I have it

  109. Alex Minkov
    July 30, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    Looks kind of heavy

  110. Mike Vaz
    July 30, 2012 at 5:34 pm


  111. H G
    July 30, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    Spectacular design

  112. Maurizio Iccio
    July 30, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    I’ll love to own an ipone plssss,nd really appreciate.

  113. Adetoun
    July 30, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    I'll love to own an ipone plssss,nd really appreciate.

  114. larrypmNL
    July 30, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    I've only had one phone without a good case. Learned my lesson pretty quick.