So Day 1 of my iPhone 3G life I purchased a black rubber Jam Jacket case, about $20 and the only thing out.
It stretched out of shape, covered the buttons and was less than the final option. Not a big deal, it was just the starter case.
After seeing the NuForm on GeekSugar, I immediatly ordered the gray one. $25 wasn't a big deal, with shipping it was about $35. When it arrived I was in love, so snug and pretty and thin!
Now I'm not gonna pretend I'm easy on my phones, even the 3G. I take them to the beach, bury them in my huge purse and in this case gently tossed it onto my bed. It slid off my bed and onto the carpet, barely tapped the dresser and the top left corner cracked. I managed to superglue the crack but the damage was done. The case no longer fit as snugly as it had. There was no ridge where the 2 pieces met and holding the phone by it's side and pushing the sleep button caused it to slide out of the case.
Here's where it gets bad and I am a horrible phone mom. During the "hurricane" Hannah that came to Wilmington, NC we did as we usually do and had a party. At the party a friend and I decided to have a light saber fight. "Hold it upside down so the speaker faces out" he said. One wave of my hand and the phone slide ass first out of the case and landed on the concrete so hard I'm actually impressed it still works. There's knicks and scrapes on it, but it still works. I'd had it!
I came to Cary for the week to visit the family and made my way to the Apple Store at Crabtree Mall where I proceeded to open every case and test the durability. I also warned several 3G buddies against the slide case. Finally I found it, my holy grail of 3G cases, the one I'd always been looking for. Only $30! My new love is the Contour Design HardSkin.
Now I know it looks bulky, the picture is totally decieving. It's thin, hard, rubberized and is made up of a front and back that snap together. It's the same kind of case I had on my Treo 680, and I can tell you, that phone took a beating. There is an opening the width of the speakers on the bottom and comes with rubber covers for the buttons, I took the covers off.
If only they'd had this in July, my 3G wouldn't have so many battle wounds. No worries, it's safe now.