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iPhone case

The Armor Series promises to be Otterbox's most durable case yet

Long-standing purveyor of rugged mobile device protection technology Otterbox has announced a new series of iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S cases to join its existing Defender, Reflex, Impact and Commuter protective shells. The Otterbox Armor Series iPhone case promises to be its toughest to date and the company confidently state that your iPhone will be protected from drops, dust, crushing and even water. Given the reputation for robustness that Otterbox has achieved thus far, we're inclined to take these claims seriously.  Read More

iTapemeasure pairs a physical tape with an app

You don't have to be a carpenter to find yourself regularly grabbing for a tape measure. Unfortunately, if you're not a carpenter, you probably find yourself grasping at loose air and denim as you remember that you don't wear a tool belt. The iTapemeasure is a combination app and case that attaches a digital tape measure to your iPhone, so you always have one at hand.  Read More

Marudai's case for the iPhone 4 is so heavily armored that the company claims it can stop ...

When it comes to iPhone cases, people usually want them to do two main things: protect their prized phone and be comfortable to use (and possibly charge the phone like the JuiceTank or the Sandberg BatteryCase). If you're willing to sacrifice comfort for more durability however, Japanese company, Marudai Corp. has got the product for you. Its newest case for the iPhone 4 is so heavily armored that the company claims it can stop a direct hit from a .50 caliber bullet, while keeping your smartphone intact.  Read More

The JuiceTank iPhone case's integrated, collapsible electrical plug eliminates the need fo...

When you think of wireless charging, the JuiceTank iPhone case probably isn't what springs to mind. The new smartphone case from phone accessory maker, Dedicated, features a collapsible electrical plug on the back that fits into any North American wall socket. Connecting the JuiceTank case to a phone not only gives it solid protection without much bulk, but also ensures you'll always have a "cordless" charger with you.  Read More

Sandberg's BatteryCase is a case for iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S packs impressive specs into a ...

Sandberg's BatteryCase is the latest in a long line of iPhone battery cases that claim to double the life of an iPhone - in this case the iPhone 4, though as you'd expect the case is also compatible with the iPhone 4S. In case you're not familiar with how these things work, there's no mystery: it's simply an iPhone case with an integrated battery. But how does it stack up against two of the market leaders, Mophie's juice pack and juice pack plus?  Read More

The Gizmon iCA Military Edition iPhone case

There’s no arguing that the Japanese love their cameras, particularly classic cameras. There’s no arguing that the Japanese love their iPhones (who doesn’t?). What could be cooler than combining the two and creating an iPhone case that looks like a classic Leica? That’s exactly what Japanese classic camera importer Adplus has done with its Gizmon iCA. Now its introducing an all-black “military” version - available for order worldwide in a few days. These covers don’t just look good either.  Read More

The AQUA TEK S case offers ruggedized protection and a solar panel for charging its own bu...

If you're hoping to attract investors to get yet another iPhone case to an already crowded market, it had better do more than just protect a phone from bumps and scrapes. Snow Lizard Products is giving itself the best possible chance of raising funds for its new AQUA TEK S case for iPhone 4 and 4S with an offering that not only boasts ruggedized protection, but also includes a solar panel, built in battery, and is waterproof up to 20 ft (6 m).  Read More

The iNature iPhone cover is 100-percent biodegradable

Your iPhone won’t last forever. In fact, long before it wears out, chances are that you’ll trade up to a higher model. The designers at Italian companies Med Computer and Biomood apparently figured that if the cover that you’re using on that phone is bound to become obsolete anyway, why should it last forever? The result is the 100-percent biodegradable iNature soft iPhone cover.  Read More

Nissan's Scratch Shield iPhone case that employs technology used on cars to self-repair fi...

Just over six years ago, we reported that Nissan had developed a "Scratch Guard Coat" paint designed to repair scratches on not only cars, but on painted surfaces in general. The company has already applied its paint technology to a number of Nissan and Infiniti models, and in 2009 it announced that it would license it for use on mobile phones. It appears there weren't many takers as Nissan has now announced that it has produced the world's first self-healing iPhone case that makes use of the Scratch Shield paint.  Read More

The Quad Lock iPhone case can be mounted anywhere, including the outside of a plane

The iPhone has a fantastic GPS system, can pump out your favorite tunes, and can call a friends when you're late meeting him or her for lunch. All that functionality is great, but can be hard to use when you're doing something like say, riding a bike. The QuadLock iPhone case is an iPhone case that can be used to lock your phone into place on your bicycle, car dash, or pretty much anywhere else you can think of. The case itself is made from tough polycarbonate plastic, and can be mounted in both portrait and landscape mode depending on your personal needs.  Read More

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