Review: Loop Mummy Case for iPhone 4/4s and 5/5s

Loop Mummy iPhone case
The Loop Mummy iPhone case features a unique bandage-like design. Loop
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Hearing the word “mummy” typically makes me think of the movies starring Brendan Fraser. Well, that and marathon sessions of the old Scooby Doo cartoons. In the case — no pun intended — of Loop Attachment Co., however, mummies also serve as inspiration for its protective offerings for Apple’s popular smartphone. That would be its line of “Mummy” cases for the iPhone 4 and 4s as well as the iPhone 5 and 5s, which retail for $25 a pop or $60 for a set of three.

(Update: Since this review, Loop has released a case for the newer iPhone 6 and 6s models called the Straitjacket. The new Straitjacket features a more understated design with fewer straps that still holds credit or business cards. The new design also typically features a two-tone color pattern and a high-gloss bumper plus an impact-resistant soft interior lining. Pricing starts at $34.95 for one Straitjacket case.)

As someone who typically uses full waterproof hardcovers such as the Hitcase Pro or Seidio Obex for maximum protection, I’ve always thought it was a shame how I completely cover up my iPhone’s nice design. If you’re the type who prefers your iPhone to show off some more skin, the Loop Mummy case is one potential option. Although it looks like your typical silicone case when viewed from the front, this case actually opts for a unique bandage-style design for its back. One thing the design does is to provide a unique look compared to the solid cases out in the market.

The openings in the “bandage” basically expose the Apple logo on the back of the smartphone as well as the “iPhone” lettering for the 4s. It actually looks quite nice and allows the iPhone’s design to be more pronounced.

For more adventurous users, the openings also let you slide in a card or two or even three, including credit cards or driver’s licenses.

Regardless of whether you think this is a good idea or not, the fit’s pretty tight so your cards won’t just fall off. Then again, I’d think twice about slipping such cards into the Mummy’s makeshift sleeve if you’re one of those folks who tends to misplace or leave their phone just lying around. It’s a rough and tumble world out there, people. In addition to the openings on the back, the Loop Mummy case also provides openings for requisite spots on the iPhone such as the rear cameras, headphone jack slot and the lower charging port. I also like how you can simply plop your phone on a speaker or charging dock as is without having to remove the Mummy sleeve. For touchy-feely folks, the case also comes with raised nubs for the power and volume buttons. Other options include a multitude of colors to suit your fancy. These range from basic palettes such as black and white to more colorful ones such as orange, magenta and neon green and blue.

Although the case looks pretty neat, it also comes with its share of downsides. The silicone material itself has a nice, soft feel but also tends to be a dust magnet. Like other silicone cases, it also tends to be a little bit loose on the side. This can be especially an issue when you jam a bunch of cards in the back.

The back itself is pretty tight but squeezing stuff into the rear part of the case can cause a loose bulge on the sides. As such, I recommend keeping your card hoarding at a minimum.

Lastly, the exposed parts can make them susceptible to damage should you drop your phone. It’s fine if you drop your phone on carpet or a flat surface as the bandage strips are raised enough to prevent the rear of your device from making direct contact. If you drop your phone on a coffee table corner or a pebble, however, then it could be a different story — especially if you have an iPhone with a glass back. Still, if you prefer silicone cases and don’t mind a bit of not-so-indecent exposure with your phone, then the Loop Mummy case is a worth adding to your list of cases to consider.

Final rating: 3.5 stars out of 5

Jason Hidalgo is About.com’s Portable Electronics expert. Yes, he is easily amused. Follow him on Twitter @jasonhidalgo and be amused, too. For more articles about cases, check out our list of iPhone case reviews