The latest iPhone accessories
BELKIN SHIELD PIXEL
Belkin, $ 29.95 belkin. com. au Looking like a pixelated rainbow, this case makes a bold statement on the iPhone 5’ s longer canvas. The case is made from stiff polycarbonate, so it protects the new phone’s anodised stainless steel body from scratches and marks. It hugs its charge closely, covering all four corners of the phone and leaves space at the top, bottom and left side for ports and speakers. Its camera opening also stays clear of the lens and flash. The case is thin enough not to add much bulk to this thinner phone, though its colourful exterior is not immune to scratches. It’s also not designed to protect the phone from serious falls.
GEAR4 ANGRY BIRDS PROTECTIVE COVER
Gear4, $ 29 gear4. com. au These iPhone 5 cases were released so quickly after Apple’s announcement, the packaging says they fit the ‘‘ new 2012 iPhone’’. Name- calling aside, Gear4’ s Angry Birds themed- case range is impressive and covers the gamut from the classic red bird to the golden eggs, space birds and a montage of his mates and enemies. The hard plastic case is solid and features a glossy finish. Its sides are transparent and the case is thinner than its rivals. This makes the case a touch more frail but, when attached, you’d never know it.
STM HARBOUR FOR IPHONE 5
STM, $ 34.95 stmbags. com. au This is one of the first phone covers produced by Bondi- based STM and it’s fittingly Sydneyinspired. Inside, the case features a tile design like that of the iconic Opera House, though outside it features plain, soft- touch plastic. This case is thicker than most, however, because it features two layers for impact protection. Strangely, the bottom of the case can also be detached from the phone and used to create a stand that keeps the iPhone straight on a desk. Unfortunately, the bulk of the case adds a lot of girth and makes buttons harder to press and the bottom flap is not as practical as it sounds.
BELKIN MICRA SHEER MATTE CASE
Belkin, $ 19.95 belkin. com. au Those who want to shield their iPhone 5 from harm, but don’t want to hide its attractive form, should appreciate this Belkin offering. The Micra Sheer Matte Case is so named because it is transparent, but it comes in five bright hues, from ruby red to this lime colour called ‘ glow’, that make a statement on the white iPhone in particular. This case adds little thickness to the phone and, curiously, is made of hard plastic with a matte finish that feels good in your hand and could prevent slips. On the downside, its camera opening is quite small and comes almost too close to its lens.
Cygnett, $ 34.95 au. cygnett. com Full rubber jacket. That’s the best way to describe Cygnett’s heavy duty iPhone 5 case. Its shell features two layers – one soft silicone and the other hard polycarbonate – to create a case to shield Apple’s new phone from falls. Cygnett says this makes the case shockresistant rather than shock- proof, so dropping your phone on hard surfaces is far from recommended. Cygnett did drop two iPhone 5 handsets to demonstrate its ruggedness, however, and only one survived intact: bit. ly/ SS3duw. Users must accommodate a larger, thicker case but knowing your phone may survive a sudden meeting with a tiled surface should be a worthy trade- off.