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The Cream of the Crop: 2012's Best Rugged iPhone 5 Cases.

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iPhone 5’s have literally been flying off the shelves since their release a couple of months ago! Anyone who has a new iPhone 5 and is active, accident prone or outdoorsy; you should listen up.

 

And, with the Holiday season upon us, even if none of those traits apply to you, this is still good information to bookmark. After all, an iPhone 5 heavy-duty case can make a great Holiday gift for someone in your life who does happen to fall into the above-mentioned categories!

 

To that end, I have rounded up some of the best, rugged protection, heavy-duty iPhone 5 cases out there.  Featuring the Lifeproof frē, the Griffin Suvivor, the Otterbox Defender, Ballistic's Hard Core, Trident's Kraken, and Seidio's Convert. Read on after the break for full review details!



WINNERS! iPhone Life's Weekly Weekend Giveaway 11-5-12

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Thanks to everyone who entered the iPhone Life Weekly Weekend Giveaway! 451 people entered this week! We have selected the winners of this giveaway. We gave away 10 apps and and 2 accessories!



What I Played this Week - Green Rage and Battle Fleet!

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It has been many weeks since a WIPTW post up, due to work, and really Trigger Fist; because I can't stop playing it! I did manage to pull myself away long enough to check out two also very cool indie games that are featured this week, both of which played nicely on the new iPad mini (review of that coming as well). When I started this review, I was listening to hurricane Sandy pound the crap out of my house while watching endless spiral bands of rain rolling in from the Atlantic on radar. My windows were leaking water, but the lights were still on (though flickering ominously), so it felt like I was on one of those old WW2 battleships riding the Pacific high seas...kind of like the game I was playing at the time! A game called...er, Battle Fleet (lame segue, but hey I tried). The other awesome game featured this week is a totally original platform game called Green Rage. Think alien adventure shoot-em-up and you as the alien. Both of these games are keepers, but Green Rage for iPad/iPhone only plays well on newer iOS devices/versions (iPad2/3/mini, iPhone 4S/5, and iPod 5), so wanted to point that out before diving in. UPDATE 11/6/2012...Green Rage is being pulled from the App store by the vendor (to fix a few things), but will return soon, so I pulled the links above... Learn more in the review below. Battle Fleet is available for 99 cents tomorrow (11/07/12) thanks to a special promotion from One Dollar Wednesday...



Belkin releases first accessories for new Lightning dock connector

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One obvious implication of the new, smaller dock connector (called Lightning) on the new iPads, iPhone 5, and new iPod touch is that these devices will no longer work with older accessories designed for the larger dock connector that had been used previously. Apple sells an adaptor, but that doesn't fit all devices. Now, according to The Next Web, Belkin is the very first company to announce accessories that are offically certified by Apple to be compatible with the new Lightning connector.



Magnet Boy App Review

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Magnet boy is a fun puzzle arcade adventure game that challenges you to fly from magnet to magnet picking up various parts to build a robot.  The story of the game starts when a professor who has been building incredible robots is attacked by an evil villain.  The villain destroys the professor’s robots and crashes them into many pieces.  As the hero of this story, Magnet Boy has to search high and low to find the parts of every destroyed robot, and put them back together.



SuperPower-World at War, Making the Arms Race Awesome

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SuperPower- World at War is a new launch from iPanda Lab that aims to make a hot new game out of a Cold War inspired sim. 



Green Rage live on the App Store!

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Am working on a full review of this quirky and unique new platformer from Paralline just released called Green Rage. If you have experienced the platform genre in the past, and think you have seen it all, you haven't and will want to grab this one ($1.99)! You mostly scurry along through twisted and varied obstacles, jump and evade baddies, and shoot stuff! Have to warn that it's version 1.0, and I had some issues with my older devices. The dev is working on those, but if you have a newer iPhone/iPad device running iOS 5.0 or later, shouldn't be a problem. Get it at the link above for iPad or here for iPhone...



iPad mini continues to sell out, first online and now in Apple stores around the globe.

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Rumors swirled about the iPad mini for literally years prior to its unveiling. And since it's introduction there has been a great deal of criticism, commentary and ridicule, deriding the iPad mini for being too expensive and for not having a Retina display.

 

Both Conan O'Brien and Jimmy Kimmel have taken derisive pot shots at the iDevice (Kimmel going so far as to say we are "suckers who deserve to get punched in the throat"), while many critics (who obviously didn't read my blogs) seemed shocked at the mini's starting price point of $329.00.

 

Too expensive they say. Without Retina display, it's not worth it some say. You are a "sucker" if you get one...



iPhone Life Weekly Weekend Giveaway! 11-2-12

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Every weekend we will be raffling off tons of great apps and accessories for FREE. Here's how it works: Every Friday we will announce the prizes being given away through iPhoneLife.com, Facebook, Twitter and Google+. To enter the giveaway, go to iPhoneLife.com/giveaways. On Monday morning we will randomly select the winners. If you win an app, we will email you the promo code to redeem the app for free. If you win an accessory, we will mail it to you.



Workmate for the iPad mini passes Cygnett's brutal drop test. WARNING: Graphic content not suitable for all viewers!

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Cygnett releases a new video of iPad mini drop tests!

 

If you cant see the video clip, click HERE.


Oh how these drop tests always make me cringe just a little, kind of like nails dragged slowly and screechingly down a chalkboard! All the same, I'm still glad that someone’s done it so we can see how well the iPad mini holds up upon impact.



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