Wearing black is the time-honored technique for appearing thinner without shrinking an inch. Apparently it works for the iPhone 4, as well. Recently an avalanche of news and tech sites reported that the white iPhone 4 was thicker than the black iPhone, even showing side-by-side photos claiming it was 2mm thicker than the black version.
But when we compared a white iPhone 4 with a black iPhone 4 in our Yonkers, NY, lab using high-quality calipers, we found they were both the same thickness (0.37 inches). This supports Apple's assertion that the devices are the same size.
What's more, we also tried several cases we bought for the black iPhone during its antenna trials. These were the Griffin Etch Graphite, a hard-backed case with soft rubber-like sides; Incase's Snap Case, a hard plastic case with a hard plastic sides; and the official iPhone 4 Bumper. All fit the white iPhone 4 as well as they did the black version.
The white iPhone 4 is currently being check-tested for our Ratings. One of the features we'll be looking at is the camera, which purportedly delayed the launch of the white version.
Bottom line: Consumer Reports still recommends that you get a case with your iPhone 4 to mitigate a reception issue our labs confirmed for both the AT&T and Verizon versions of the iPhone 4. But at least you don't have to worry about it not fitting.
Gasp! White iPhone 4 is thicker than black one [CNN]
White iPhone 4 is Thicker Than Black Model [PC World
Scandal! White iPhone 4 Is 0.2 Millimeters Thicker [PCMag.com]
Apple’s long-delayed white iPhone 4 thicker than black version [MacDailyNews.com]
White iPhone 4 Thicker Than Black, Causes Problems For Case Makers [Huffington Post]
White iPhone 4 Slightly Thicker Than Black iPhone 4 [Macrumors.com]