iGlaze armour splash moshi

As soon as I ordered my iPhone 5s, I began hunting around the internet for new cases. Yes, iPhone 5 cases are completely compatible with iPhone 5s, but I started looking anyway. New iPhone, new case, is my standard. Something fresh was needed. I didn’t know exactly what I was looking for at the time, but something that related to the new 5s in some way.

Moshi came to mind, as they always utilize clean and simple designs. A clip on case is always the most simplistic and I opted for that version. Browsing through the selection, I came across the iGlaze Armour and it is marketed as a slim fit case. The two tone design caught my eye, as it matches the 5s backing. In particular, the gold/silver version caught my attention, because “gold is best.”…

iGlaze Armour

Having opted for the silver iPhone, I figured, why not give it some gold accents. While it isn’t the original gold iPhone, the iGlaze armor will give you some flair without waiting another 30 days. The slim case is made of four visible pieces. The main harness, which clicks around the iPhone edges, is made of polycarbonate to prevent scratches when installing. Note, the edges to not come past the front screen, meaning only five-sided protection. Affixed are diamond cut aluminum back plates, which are silver on top and bottom with brushed gold in between.

Access to the proper ports and buttons is allowed. A hole is cut precisely for the camera, much preferable to the oversized ports on many competing cases. Additionally, a hole is cut to show the Apple logo, just in case someone mistook your precious for an Android device. The port hole is cut with a mirrored finish edge, just for the extra flash. The only detractor is the brand name “moshi,” which rests at the bottom of the gold plate, but is not really distracting.

The iGlaze armour is offered in sliver, black, and gold, for those with preferences, and comes with a back skin to prevent dust damage, caused by little particles that inevitably work their way into any case. The added skin is a nice touch by Moshi to help keep your investment protected. Pick up a gold version starting at $32.90. Also available in black and silver.

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iGlaze Kameleon

The Kameleon, like Armour, is a slim fit polycarbonate shell, offering five-sided protection. Side rails protect the four edges, but do not come past the front screen, eliminating the option to place the iPhone face down. A vegan leather backplate covers the shell, giving a soft brushed feeling to the backside.

All ports and buttons are easily accessible, with the same structure as all iGlaze cases. A simple round cutout provides a port so the Apple logo shows thru and the meticulously designed camera port provides just enough cutaway for the flash and lens.

Setting the Kameleon apart, and giving its name, an aluminum kickstand transforms the case into a landscape or portrait viewing device. If you are prone to setting up your iPhone on the go and tired of propping it up, the kickstand is extremely convenient. It is fairly streamlined, but not recessed into the case. Therefore, when setting the case down, it does not lay flat against the surface. I like how the kickstand clicks into place, either open or shut, but this does prevent the user from determining the viewing angle.

Kameleons start at $49.95 in black and are also available in white.

Overture

A wallet style case, iPhone sits inside a polycarbonate harness on the right side. To the left, three credit card size slits accommodate most of the essential cards I ever carry and, behind the card slots, is a large pocket for cash. Although the cash pocket is larger, it still requires US dollars to be folded before entry. A microfiber cloth is affixed to the credit card slotted side. It is great for wiping away finger prints when not at my desk. The back of the cloth uses a micro suction liner and, when it no longer sticks to the case, run it under water to clean away dust. In addition, a back skin is included to prevent dust and scratches.

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Overture combines synthetic fabric with Moshi’s Terahe-dron microfiber lining. Benefits of this combination provide a splash resistant outer surface, which can be cleaned with third party leather cleaners. Interior, microfiber is simply treatable with a damp cloth. Although these specifics are listed on a small insert with the case, I do not plan on needing to scrub away any grime.

All ports and buttons are accessible and the phone can be charged without removal. Unfortunately, the mute switch and volume buttons are only activated by opening the wallet. This prevents the user from simply reaching inside a pocket and flipping to mute. However, the camera port is cut quite precisely. Unlike some competing cases, the iPhone does not need to be removed for photos or videos.

You can pick up a Moshi Overture starting at $45. It is available in back, gray and orange. Check it out in the video below, but notice the folded view is not an option on the iPhone case.

These are some solid options from Moshi. Thanks to my friend at their office for sending them over. What do you guys think about their items?

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  • Bob

    Those are rebranded cases. I’ve seen similar ones on eBay for like £3/$5.

  • sivkai

    “Yes, iPhone 5 cases are completely compatible with iPhone 5s, but I started looking anyway. New iPhone, new case, is my standard.”

    Looks like you got more money than sense.

    “Moshi came to mind”

    Moshi came to mind…after offering an attractive sum of money. FTFY.

    Very disappointed iDB, this is pretty poor “journalistic” behaviour. We all know that this is a paid advertisement.

    • Σαλαη αββας

      Then what ? , you don’t have to read it anyway

    • Beta382

      But they’ll tell you that it is totally sincere, and that you saying it’s an ad is offensive…

    • Kartik Dhawan

      The first case is quite nice.
      It doesn’t matter if idb has been paid for the review, what matters is the review is genuine.

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      • sivkai

        That’s comforting. But this “review” doesn’t really come across as one, it reads more like a press release from the case manufacturer with stock photos from their site. I’m sure you know what the standards for a proper review are. Your famed contributor, Jeff, has been adding many to this site.

        My point being, the author at the end discloses that he received cases from this manufacturer. I don’t think it’s farfetched to claim that one condition for him receiving it, is a post advertising the cases.

        Not an advertisement in the tradition but you get my point.

    • Tikimaker

      Agreed, IDB is using there influence to push sales on a story? Oh wait it’s an advertisement.

  • Matthew Cooper

    I’ve used bumpers since the IPhone 4. In my opinion they are the most minimalistic yet protective. Get them on eBay for $5 or less.

  • chumawumba

    Spigen ultra hybrid!

  • bigtalk

    ohh the kick stand is back yay

  • I’m not a case guy but the Overture looks really nice.

  • Byron C Mayes

    Not all iPhone 5 cases are “completely compatible” with the iPhone 5s. Many are, but it depends on how they handle the area around the rear camera — flash in particular — and of course, the home button with its TouchID. LifeProof and higher end Otterboxes for example.

  • Matthew Cooper

    Why does everybody give the writers of the site such a hard time? They owe u nothing. Go some where else if these guys don’t have ur flavor. I mean shit it’s just a website.

  • Ali David

    That hole in the middle just to see the Apple logo is very ugly.

    • Bob

      you should stick your banana through it