Crystal Couture Cases are a cut above but at a price below other crystal cases

In the nearly four years I've been writing for iPhone life Magazine, I've never ever recommended a Swarovski style crystal iPhone case for several reasons. First, they end to be fragile as the crystals fall off, ruining the look, and second they tend to be very expensive, in the $100+ range. That becomes even more expensive when you consider it won't last long. So I was pleased to see, feel, and try the latest cases from Crystal Couture Cases at last month's CE Week in New York City.

So what is so special about these cases? Aside from their attractive entry price point, which is under $30, they come in an assortment of attractive designs as well. But most significantly, the crystals themselves are attached and sealed in a rugged manner.

You can literally slap the cases on a table, as I did at the show and not worry about the crystals coming off. I can't imagine trying that with traditional crystal cases. There are, of course, designs for the ladies, but I found some of the more understated half-crystal, half-plain cases were manly enough for me! And my kids want an iPhone just to use one of the fully covered crystal designs!

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Todd Bernhard is a bestselling (6+ million downloads) award-winning (AARP,, developer and founder of NoTie.NET, an app developer specializing in Talking Ringtone apps including AutoRingtone.

An iPhone is almost always attached to his hip, but over the years, Bernhard has owned an Apple Newton, a Motorola Marco, an HP 95LX, a Compaq iPaq, a Palm Treo, and a Nokia e62.

In addition to writing for iPhone Life, Mr. Bernhard has written for its sister publications, PocketPC Magazine and The HP Palmtop Paper.