We’ve got you cov­ered

Even clumsy peo­ple can han­dle their phones with care, writes Jen­nifer Dud­ley- Ni­chol­son and Rod Ch­ester

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - FRONT PAGE -


$ 89.95


WHY add a wa­ter­proof case to a wa­ter­proof phone? The Life­proof Fre for Sam­sung’s fl ag­ship phone pro­vides many rea­sons. It dou­bles its wa­ter re­sis­tance to an hour in 2m of wa­ter, you can drop it from up to 2m and it is re­sis­tant to snow and ice. It also fea­tures anti- refl ec­tive glass over its cam­era and re­tains ac­cess to ports, the fin­ger­print scan­ner and heart- rate mon­i­tor.


$ 54.95


SHOCK- AB­SORB­ING phone cases are rarely sub­tle or stylish so Ot­ter­box de­serves credit for de­liv­er­ing both in its Sym­me­try range. Avail­able for Sam­sung, Ap­ple and HTC hand­sets, the colour­ful cases fea­ture two lay­ers – shock- ab­sorb­ing ma­te­rial in­side, hard ma­te­rial out­side – moulded into one for easy in­stal­la­tion. A raised edge keeps the phone’s screen off the ta­ble and lim­its dam­age, and all ports and but­tons are eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble. The light­weight case doesn’t come with a screen pro­tec­tor and Ot­ter­box doesn’t prom­ise a defi ni­tive level of pro­tec­tion, but the Sym­me­try is by far the most prac­ti­cal tough case of the bunch.


$ 149.95


AUS­TRALIA- BASED Dog & Bone are known for mak­ing im­pres­sive tough phone cases but they’ve gone a step fur­ther with Back­bone. This is a tough case that pro­tects your Ap­ple iPhone 5 or 5S and lets you charge it wire­lessly by sit­ting it on top of the Back­bone charge pad. Heavy phone users will ap­pre­ci­ate the op­tional ex­tra bat­tery you can slide into the case. This clever case adds pro­tec­tion and func­tion­al­ity.


$ 29.95


PHYSICS can break your phone – more specifi cally, the en­ergy cre­ated when you drop it to the fl oor does it – but Tech21 prom­ises an an­ti­dote. It has cre­ated a dense poly­mer called D30 that it claims ab­sorbs shocks and dis­si­pates en­ergy away from your de­vice. In the case of the Im­pact Her­ring­bone, it’s the Sam­sung Galaxy S5 be­ing pro­tected and the D30 looks like thick, trans­par­ent, blue plas­tic. The case does make the phone’s power but­ton tough to press, adds bulk and doesn’t pro­tect the screen but, in the right but­tery fi ngers, could be a saviour.


$ 39.99


THE weather may be chilly but there are ways to stay warm while stay­ing in touch. Moshi Dig­its are smart gloves that fea­ture con­duc­tive threads in the lin­ing of the fi ngers, al­low­ing users to reg­is­ter touches on tablet and phone screens with­out re­mov­ing them. The sys­tem works fl aw­lessly, as long as you don’t use a fin­ger­print scan­ner. The thick Moshi gloves also fea­ture a swirling pat­tern on the palms for grip, but the woollen gloves are still slip­pery and gad­gets re­quire a fi rm hold.

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