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The Touch ID Challenge for Rugged Case Makers

I love my iPhone 5s, and I love the Touch ID feature. So naturally, I want to protect the phone. That means using a rugged case, but most rugged cases, like the OtterBox for example, completely enclose the iPhone's home button, rendering the Touch ID sensor useless.

Enter Pelican's CE1150 Protector Series. I've been a fan of Pelican's laptop and tablet cases, but didn't realize they had a case for the iPhone until now, when I had a chance to try one out. Their CE1150 Protector Series is perfect for the iPhone 5s because it provides lots of coverage, but does not interfere with the Touch ID sensor. The two-piece design snaps in place and adds very little bulk. 

The case comes in assorted color combinations, from all black or all white to more interesting combinations like blue and white or gray and safety orange. I found the appearance quite appealing.

The rigid polymer and rubbery provide protection and a good grip. While many of Pelican"s products are waterproof, this one is not, despite the nautical looks. But The Pelican CE1150 should protect your iPhone, while leaving the fingerprint reader available for action!

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Todd Bernhard is founder of No Tie Software, an app developer specializing in Ringtones and Sound FX 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.