At 148Apps, we made a decision years ago to not review iPhone cases. There are just too many different cases with too many subtle variations to even try to take an authoritative stab at it. When an exceptionally different case like this comes along, however, we have to take a look. And not, of course, an authoritative review.

The Rokbed from Rokform was sent to us to take a look at and I must say I’m impressed. It’s a pretty formidable looking two piece all aluminum device, you really can’t call it a case, that slides with a very close fit around your iPhone 4. It’s precision milled by a company that’s been making aftermarket racing parts for years. And the precision is impressive but that precision doesn’t come cheap.

I’ve been using this on my iPhone 4 for a little over a week now and I must say I’m really impressed. I originally thought it would add too much weight or bulk to the phone at over an ounce, but I got used to it almost instantly. It’s easy to grab with ridges and valleys in all the right places. None of the ports or buttons are covered, and it still fits perfectly in my iPhone dock (once I removed the tray). And most importantly the aluminum frame doesn’t touch any of the antennas so it shouldn’t interfere with the reception.

One concern might be the headphone jack. While the three sets of headphones that I tried all worked fine, headphones with a large jack might not fit past the ridges.

Overall, I love this “case,” though I think of it more as an exoskeleton. Sounds tougher and more manly that way. It works well and feels very satisfying in the hand. It is very much on the expensive side at $79, but it is also extremely unique and it certainly does catch the eye.

Full specs after the jump.

Rokbed Specifications from the manufacturer, Rokform:

Proper design and fit are crucial when making an all aluminum cover for the famed iPhone 4. Our Rokform designers and testing team spent months on every painstaking detail. Each cover is hand assembled and inspected to ensure a perfect fit then serial numbered as authentic one of a kind Rokform.

Specifications:
• All Aluminum construction made from 6061 T-6 anodized aluminum.
• CNC Machined from solid Billet for ultimate durability and precise fit.
• 6 sided protection defends iPhone 4 against shocks, drops and movement.
• Weighs 33.5 grams, just over an ounce.
• Balanced feel and easy access to all buttons, sim card, headphone jack
and charging slot.
• Zero grounding precise fit; metal does not touch any part of the antennae.
• Designed, manufactured and assembled in Orange County, California USA.

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