OtterBox uniVERSE review: the Swiss army knife of iPhone cases

By Anthony Bouchard on Aug 8, 2016

Many people who have cases on their iPhones know that not every accessory will work with it. Some cases are too thick to allow for some accessories, don’t have the room for larger port connectors, or simply aren’t compatible with other accessories because they conflict.

OtterBox wanted to do something about this without compromising your iPhone’s protection. Hence, the OtterBox uniVERSE system was created. We’ll take a look at the OtterBox uniVERSE case system in this review, along with some of the compatible accessories. Read More

 

ThinCharge for iPhone review: an extremely slim battery case with a few big caveats

By Cody Lee on Jul 21, 2016

A lot of manufacturers like to claim they make “thin” iPhone battery cases, but it’s really just a marketing gimmick. I’ve tried dozens of iPhone cases with built-in battery packs over the years, and despite having words like “ultra-slim” and “air” in their branding, most of them were still far too bulky to carry on a daily basis.

Enter the ThinCharge case by ChargeTech. The company sells the case as the “thinnest iPhone 6/6s battery case on the market,” and I have to say they might be right. I’ve been using the case on and off for the past several weeks, and I can confidently say that this is—by far—the thinnest iPhone battery case I’ve ever tried.

How thin are we talking? Well the case itself measures just 11mm thick. So if you consider that the iPhone 6s is 7.1mm thick, then the ThinCharge is only adding around 3.9mm of thickness, which is super impressive. Additionally, there’s no ugly chin to be found down around the Lightning port, like on most other cases.

Having said all of this, the ThinCharge is no where near perfect. I ran into multiple issues during my testing, including slow charging rates for both the case and my iPhone, as well as a finicky cover over the charging port and other annoyances. So is the thinness of the case worth these caveats? Read on for my full review. Read More

 

KUKE: an affordable iPhone battery case with built-in storage expansion

By Anthony Bouchard on Apr 25, 2016

Because your battery is such a precious asset to your iPhone, you can never go wrong with trying to expand its life. This is especially the scenario for people who put a lot of miles on their device each day, sending hundreds of text messages back and forth with friends and checking social media on a regular basis.

The KUKE, made by Kuner Tech, is a battery case for the iPhone, fresh out of an Indiegogo campaign, that does away with the clunkiness of many third-party options, and blows Apple’s Smart Battery Case out of the water in performance and usability. Not only will it give you a truckload more battery life for your iPhone, but it also provides additional storage space for your documents, media, and more.

In this review, we’ll show you what the KUKE case is all about! Read More

 

Store your Apple Watch bands in style with the Tech Swiss Leather Portfolio Band Case

By Sébastien Page on Apr 23, 2016

I’ve been collecting a handful of bands since purchasing my Apple Watch about a year ago, and during that time, I’ve stored these bands on my desk, easily accessible and ready to be swapped at any time.

But as I accumulate more bands, my desk, which was never intended to store bands, is becoming kind of a mess, which is why I’ve been looking for a storage solution.

As it turns out, there isn’t many options out there, but I recently came across the Tech Swiss Leather Portfolio Apple Watch Band Case. Read More

 

Danny P. iPhone Wallet Case review: a premium case with great functionality

By Cody Lee on Apr 14, 2016

For the past few weeks, I’ve been using a leather iPhone wallet from a company called Danny P. It’s a vertical bifold wallet, with 5 credit card slots, a spot for cash, and a pouch located on the rear cover that securely holds and protects your iPhone 6 or 6s.

In short, I really like this wallet. It’s beautiful, made with premium materials, and has great functionality. It’s easily one of my favorite iPhone accessories that I’ve tested in recent months. But it’s not going to be for everyone. Read on for my full review. Read More

 

Apple introduces new iPhone SE cases, also compatible with iPhone 5 and 5s

By Cody Lee on Mar 21, 2016

Looking for a case for that new iPhone SE you’re getting later this week? Apple has you covered. The company on Monday introduced a new leather case for its just-announced handset. It comes in colors Black and Midnight Blue, and Apple says it’s compatible with older iPhone 5 and 5s models.

This is good news for folks hoping to use their old iPhone 5/5s cases on the new iPhone SE. We’ve known that the dimensions on the different phone models are the same, 4.87 in (123.8 mm) x 2.31 in (58.6 mm) x 0.30 in (7.6 mm), but this is the first time Apple has confirmed case compatibility. Read More

 

Unboxing video shows off claimed iPhone SE/7 cases

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 17, 2016

Popular YouTube channel Unbox Therapy on Thursday posted a hands-on video with an alleged case for Apple’s upcoming iPhone 7.

While we have already seen a fair share of purported cases for the forthcoming smartphone refresh, the quality of this particular video gives us a much closer look at some of the design changes the iPhone 7 is said to bring to the table.

Like prior leaks, this particular case appears to confirm the general layout of the buttons on the iPhone 7, with the exception of one thing that stands out in particular. Read More

 

Leaked iPhone 7 drawings reveal flush camera, no band seams on the back

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 14, 2016

Leaked third-party cases based on various iPhone 7 rumors have seemingly corroborated the notion that the device will have stereo speakers, a thinner Lightning port, dual cameras on the back and more.

Claimed device schematics, published by French blog NowhereElse.fr, appear to confirm that the iPhone 7 has a nearly flush camera and no antenna seams on the back. Read More

 

Spigen’s case renderings suggest iPhone SE may be nearly indistinguishable from iPhone 5s

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 10, 2016

Accessory vendor Spigen has created renderings of a work-in-progress case that it designed for Apple’s upcoming ‘iPhone SE’. Spigen often has some of the first cases available for new iOS devices so assuming they know what they’re doing here, it could be concluded that the upcoming iPhone SE might be virtually indistinguishable from the iPhone 5s.

The rumor-mill is in disagreement over the design of the iPhone SE, with one camp claiming the handset is basically a four-inch iPhone with an iPhone 6/6s-like case and the other insisting the device will feature an iPhone 5s-like look and feel. Read More

 

Claimed iPad Air 3 case has holes for quad speakers, Smart Connector and more

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 10, 2016

After posting images of a purported iPhone 7 case with holes for a pair of speaker grilles and dual cameras on the back, gadget leaker Steve Hemmerstoffer today posted on Twitter images of a claimed iPad Air 3 case.

Corroborating the notion that Apple’s third-generation iPad Air is basically a smaller, 9.7-inch iPad Pro with the same A9X processor, Smart Connector and a four-speaker setup like the iPad Pro, the images show off openings in the right places for quad speakers and the Smart Connector. Read More

 

Leaked case suggests dual cameras and stereo speakers for iPhone 7

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 9, 2016

Prolific leaker Steve Hemmerstoffer today posted claimed images of a purported case for Apple’s unreleased iPhone 7 on Twitter.

While not the first iPhone 7 case, this one is pretty interesting as it seemingly corroborates that the handset will in fact ditch the 3.5mm headphone jack while adopting a dual-camera setup on the back and stereo speakers.

Apple is expected to formally announce the iPhone 7, the next major upgrade to its smartphone lineup, in September. Read More

 

Add some protection to your MacBook Pro with the Incipio Feather case

By Anthony Bouchard on Feb 22, 2016

If you travel abroad with your MacBook Pro and don’t want to scuff up the factory aluminum finish as you go through every day wear and tear, you should consider adding some protection to it.

Although the slimness of modern MacBook Pro models is one of the nicest features of the notebook, Incipio’s Feather cases are beautifully crafted to not only give it a splash of color, but also to protect all of its most sensitive edges from friction and shock that might occur when a notebook is stored in a laptop bag or backpack.

In this review, we’ll be taking you through the case’s features and show you how it looks on a 15-inch MacBook Pro with retina display from every angle. Read More

 

A closer look at some of Speck’s most popular iPhone cases

By Anthony Bouchard on Feb 16, 2016

Speck makes some awesome cases for the iPhone lineup, and if you’ve been itching for a new one, don’t count these guys out.

You’ve probably seen plenty of people using Speck cases on their iPhones, and for the most part, the cases have retained the same design over the years, generation after generation – it’s a tried and true design so simplistic that there isn’t much that needs to be changed.

In this roundup, we’ll show you the pros and cons of some of Speck’s most popular iPhone cases, such as the CandyShell, CandyShell Grip, CandyShell Clear, and the MighyShell. Read More

 

OtterBox iPhone cases shootout: which one should you get?

By Anthony Bouchard on Feb 11, 2016

OtterBox is one of the most renowned case-makers in the smartphone industry, having a reputation for making cases that can withstand even the greatest of abuse from various kinds of treatment.

Among two of their most popular cases on the market are the OtterBox Defender Series and the OtterBox Commuter Series, and in this piece, we’ll talk about the ups and downs of each. As a bonus, we’ll even give you a look at OtterBox’s new Statement Series case. Read More

 

My top 5 accessories for the iPhone

By Anthony Bouchard on Feb 11, 2016

There are seemingly endless choices for iPhone accessories out there, and I’ve got to tell you, I go through iPhone accessories like candy. One day I like something I’m using, and another day I find it to be a nuisance and I end up leaving it at home and buying something completely different to suit my needs.

Regardless, there are still some accessories that I still use on a day-to-day basis, and in this piece, I’ll show you my top 5 favorite iPhone accessories that I actually use on a daily basis and why. Read More

 

Joli Originals offers a premium leather sleeve for iPad Pro

By Jim Gresham on Feb 2, 2016

Recently, finding time in my schedule to offer a review has been very difficult. However, some products just beg to have a closer look and Joli Original’s iPad sleeve for iPad Pro is one of those accessories. After receiving my iPad Pro, I began the quest to find a protective covering, but was not interested in Apple’s expensive cases or the Smart Keyboard. As a fan of using naked devices, I was only looking for a simple, protective case when I found Joli Originals.

After browsing the product site, I felt like a sleeve was the best way of protecting my iPad Pro, but still giving me quick access to the device in its truest form. Based on the product images, I was convinced the Smooth Collection was a high quality sleeve, that would very well match the premium experience of the iPad Pro. Like they say, a picture is worth a thousand words and this case certainly fits the bill. Read More

 

This Catalyst case protects your Apple Watch from water and debris for under $60

By Cody Lee on Jan 22, 2016

In August of last year, Catalyst unveiled the first (to my knowledge) fully waterproof case for the Apple Watch. Where other cases merely provide drop protection or, at most, water resistance, the Catalyst Case is fully IP-68 spec waterproof for up to 5 meters.

Given Catalyst’s reputation for making well-designed products, I jumped at the chance to give their Apple Watch case a try. I’ve been using it every day on my own sport model Watch for the past several weeks, and I’m finally prepared to share my thoughts. Read More

 

Best battery cases for iPhone 6s

By Lory Gil on Jan 10, 2016

In addition to regularly providing you with accessory spotlight posts, we’ve also been rounding up the accessories we showcase, so you can easily run through the list without having to search our database.

Today, the accessory spotlight list covers external battery cases that have a high consumer rating and are very popular with iPhone 6s owners. If you don’t see your favorite iPhone 6s battery case, include it in the comments below. Read More

 

Dual-layer ArmorBox by i-Blason protects your iPad Air 2 like a boss

By Lory Gil on Jan 5, 2016

We’ve got another rugged case to tell you about as part of our accessory spotlight series, which is where we showcase a variety of accessories, from cases to speakers, which are top of their class. We select the products in this series to highlight based on a high consumer rating, although we may not have tested them ourselves.

You may know by now that I love camping. I also love bringing my gadgets with me when I spend time in the great outdoors. I know that goes against what most people consider “roughing it,” but some of my favorite pastimes involve sitting around the campfire listening to podcasts, or watching a movie in my tent when the world outside is totally black.

If you like to bring your iPad Air 2 with you on camping trips, or maybe you are just prone to accidents and just want to protect your tablet with a rugged case, you should check out the ArmorBox by i-Blason. Read More

 

Multi-Angle DODOcase for iPad Air 2 is a folio with style

By Lory Gil on Dec 31, 2015

Today’s accessory spotlight series is on folio cases for the iPad Air 2. In this series, we provide information on a variety of different accessories for iPhone and iPad to help you pick the right item for your needs. We choose the products in this series because of their significant consumer rating, even though we may not have tested them ourselves.

Dodo makes high quality, executive style folio cases for all models of the iPad. Current US president, Barack Obama has been spotted with a DODOcase in the past. We want to tell you about the company’s most popular model, the Multi-Angle DODOcase, which has a sleek, business-like look, but also has useful functionality.  Read More

 
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