BuquTech Offers an iPhone 5 Case with a Magnetic Personality

I reviewed the Magnetyze case for my iPhone 4, previously, and my daughter has decided to make that her go-to case for her iPhone. It's understandable, thanks to the ease of charging just by placing the phone near the magnetic charging cable or base. But now that I'm getting an iPhone 5s, and my daughter will likely get my iPhone 5, it's nice to know there is an iPhone 5 version of the Magnetyze ($59.99).

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This case is also a two piece model, but instead of having a bumper as one of the pieces, the iPhone 5 version has one big piece with a small component that slides over the top to secure the phone. This is more reliable and streamlined, in my opinion.

BuquTech offers a variety of connectors, for the desk, the car, etc., but the common thread is that they use magnets to make a reliable charging connection, and those magnets can help keep the phone mounted. For example, you can rotate the phone to watch a video in landscape mode.

The iPhone 5 version is a step up in form and function compared to their iPhone 4 version. One gotcha is that, because Apple moved the headphone jack to the bottom of the iPhone, the jack is recessed when in the Magnetyze case and is harder to access, so BuquTech includes a short extension cord. While a number of Apple's competitors have embraced wireless charging, the Magnetyze is the next best thing for the rest of us.

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