By Daniel Rasmus on Wed, 03/26/2014
The Ideal Keyboard Case
There are many good cases on the market, but the ideal case hasn’t been produced yet. Here are the features of the ideal case:
By Todd Bernhard on Sat, 03/22/2014
Back in college, at Carnegie Mellon University, one of my professors posed the question, who was richer? Our choices were historical figures like King Louis, Julius Caesar, Andrew Carnegie, Napoleon, George Washington... and ourselves. The answer was each of us... None of those ancient figures could access any movie on demand via NetFlix or iTunes. None of them could communicate instantly with someone across the world, by video no less. They couldn't "see" star systems and planets as we can with apps like StarWalk. Modern technology makes our lives richer than the wealthiest people long since gone.
By Todd Bernhard on Thu, 03/20/2014
How about a kickstand to make it easy to view movies hands free? Maybe a way to redirect audio so instead of projecting sound down, it is projected towards me? And make sure you offer it in lots of colors.
By Siva Om on Thu, 03/20/2014
Lifedge is a relatively new company on the iDevice case manufacturing scene. Based in the UK, their products can be purchased both locally and abroad. Lifedge specializes in creating classy, low-profile, ruggedized waterproof cases for iDevices. Currently their catalog of cases consists of an iPhone 5 version, (which is compatible with the 5s, though without allowing Touch ID use) and an iPad 2–4 compatible case. As of yet, they do not offer a case option for the iPad mini or mini with Retina, nor do the have an iPad Air case, but hopefully we will see a wider case selection of iDevice cases from this fledgling company in the near future. Stay tuned to iPhone Life and I'll keep you posted as their product line continues to grow. In the meantime, let's take a closer look at some of the details and specifics of these waterproof and highly durable iDevice cases.
By Siva Om on Wed, 03/19/2014
There are a good many rugged, heavy-duty, protective cases on the market for our iDevices, and over the years I've tried out most of them. Again and again I am reminded that case maker Lifeproof consistently produces the most reliable, high-quality all-purpose protective case you can find. Not only do they manufacture some of the best waterproof iDevice cases on the market, they manage to do so while keeping their case designs in line with the Jobsian vision of a sleek, low-profile, and elegantly beautiful pocket computing device. Allowing full functionality and interactivity with your iDevice, the Lifeproof cases are, simply put, what the iPhone and iPad would look like, if Jobs had designed them to be shock proof, dirt proof, and liquid proof. No more, no less. Lifeproof just released their long anticipated line of cases for the iPad Air as well as the iPad mini. Continue reading to find out how these new cases deliver on their promise to provide total protection for life on the go.
By Todd Bernhard on Tue, 03/18/2014
Steve Jobs didn't like the idea of keeping an iPhone in a case. So much effort went into making a functional work of art, that hiding it in a case was sacrilegious to him. Maybe he needed to get his eyes on the Berlin and Sydney Birdcage Designer Cases from Strong N Free.
By Todd Bernhard on Mon, 03/17/2014
You can never have enough power, for your iPhone and other gadgets, and Ontrion knows that. As many others have done, they have introduced a case for the iPhone 5/5s, the LifeCHARGE Battery Case ($79.99). But where others have fallen short, Ontrion has gone a step further. Specifically, many such cases obstruct the headphone jack, and include an extension cable that you're supposed to carry around. That extension is going to get lost or forgotten, making you rely on the built in speakers.
By Todd Bernhard on Sat, 03/15/2014
I get to try a lot of cases, and I'm rarely impressed, but one case maker at CES hit the right mix with their wood-backed cases that use a polymer interior. The problem with 100 percent wood or bamboo cases is they can chip, crack, or respond to humidity and lose their ability to safely hold your iPhone.
By Todd Bernhard on Fri, 03/14/2014
I was already impressed by Liquipel's nanotechnology that lets them take your existing technology and make it waterproof, but at CES, I was able to see a demonstrating of their new SKINS Impact Screen Protector ($24.99-$34.99). While most screen protectors are designed to prevent scratches, this protector is designed to take the brunt of serious impacts and keep your phone safe.
By Todd Bernhard on Thu, 03/13/2014
While GoPro gets all the attention, I've found a better way to record action-packed video. Instead of paying $300 or more for a dedicated camera and accessories, why not use your existing iPhone? That way you can edit your video right on the device that recorded it, using iMovie and other video FX apps. And of course you can share your video using iMessage, Mail, AirDrop, and more.
By Siva Om on Thu, 03/13/2014
I've referred to Snow Lizard’s SLXtreme iPhone cases before as the case to use in a survival situation. If you’re an outdoorsy or military type, or an extreme adventurer or survivalist, the SLXtreme for the iPhone 5/5s ($149.99) is without a doubt a perfect case for you. Its rugged design, with its high level of impact protection, waterproofness, and the solar panel incorporated into its backside, which charges a built-in 2,550 mAh battery, make this a superior case for extended use when traveling to wild and challenging environments or for extended treks off-grid. While its size and heft may make this case too big and heavy for the average, casual iPhone user, for the person who requires the reliability and protection of one of the most rugged and dependable cases on the market, this particular case should fit their needs nicely.
By Todd Bernhard on Wed, 03/12/2014
I've written about Buqu's wireless charging cases before, so I was excited to see their latest offering, the Mobile Battery Pack. As expected, they offer wireless charging when the phone is placed on their charging stand, but now this external battery pack also leverages the magnetic charging design.
By Jordan Joynt on Fri, 03/07/2014
By Todd Bernhard on Tue, 03/04/2014
I am always swapping cases for my iPad mini, depending on the occasion. Sometimes I need crush-proof protection. Maybe even water-resistant protection, too. Other times I need an integrated keyboard. Sometimes I want the flexibility of a built-in stand with multiple orientations. And other times I want a rubberized exterior for a reliable grip.
By Carolyn Grayson on Tue, 02/25/2014
Accidents happen, and sadly they seem to happen to me more than the average person. This is why I invest in Apple Care. But amazingly, the last time I dropped my iPhone, I didn’t even need to make a trip to the Apple Store.
By Todd Bernhard on Fri, 02/14/2014
I've written about uNu before, as I've been using their battery cases for my older iPhone 4. Now that I have an iPhone 5s, I still need that extra juice throughout the day, especially when I'm traveling. Fortunately, they have a version for the Lightning-based iPhone 5, but their AERO model ($99.95) goes even further. In addition to providing extra power and letting you charge the case by microUSB, you can charge the case wirelessly!
By Daniel Rasmus on Mon, 02/10/2014
Twelve South sent me their $99 BookBook Travel Journal (4 stars out of 5) as a companion for my many trips. I now take it everywhere, but I don’t exactly use it as intended. But let me share intentions first.
By Todd Bernhard on Fri, 02/07/2014
I love the iPhone 4's design, with one exception. I am on record that the glass back is a design flaw that I would like to see go away and it appears that the iPhone 5 may indeed remedy that with a return to aluminum, the favorite material of Apple's recently knighted Sir Jony Ive. Indeed, the glass back is the primary reason I keep my iPhone 4 in a case, where it would harm the aesthetic appeal, per the late Steve Jobs. Fortunately, there are some good-looking cases, including a few with aluminum components. I've shied away from them because they often require special tools to insert or remove the iPhone from the case. Considering that some docks do not accommodate those cases, it can be a pain to carry a special wrench just to remove the case to dock the phone.
By Daniel Rasmus on Mon, 01/27/2014
Prong PocketPlug for iPhone 5/5s ($69.95)
(also available for iPhone 4/4s for $59.95)
2 stars our of 5
Have you ever wanted to just plug in a nearly dead iPhone. Well now you can.
With PocketPlug from Prong, the iPhone's cases sports a pair of not-so-hidden prongs that simply fold out, ready to be inserted into a wall socket.