Posts Tagged ‘iPhone 5S’
Tuesday, October 28th, 2014
The iPhone 6 may be released, but if you don’t fancy a bigger phone then the iPhone 5S remains one of the best on the market. In this article, we’ll show you five of the best cases to have been released lately for the iPhone 5 and 5S.
Bling My Thing are well known for their slim plastic cases studded with Swarovski Elements, but recently they’ve expanded their range. One promising new case is the Infinity Dots case, which sets a grid of minute Swarovski Elements against a beautiful leather backdrop. The design here is top-notch, from the high quality Napa leather to the elegant threads and crystals on the front cover and useful internal pockets for cash and credit. This classy iPhone 5S case is available in brown / white and black / red colourways.
Now this case is cool. The Snapz case comes with 10 interchangeable silicone bands, letting you change the look of your case to suit your mood. This works particularly nicely with the black and white varieties of the case, while the other options provide more clashing combinations. The bands also serve a practical purpose, as you can use them as a strap to stop your phone from falling from your hands or attach your phone to nearby objects for hands-free operation. It’s a cool case idea that I haven’t seen before, and it’s well worth a look.
3. Griffin Survivor Slim Tough Case - Black
The Griffin Survivor is one of the very best protective cases for the iPhone 5S, and this new Slim version further refines that ideal. The Survivor Slim is made to US and UK military standards, with a tough silicone jacket and rigid polycarbonate shell teaming up to protect your iPhone. The case includes an ultra-responsive iPhone 5S screen protector, which is a nice bonus.
2. Uunique Heritage Wood & Linen Hard Shell Case - Brown, Black, White, Pink
This Uunique case lives up to its name with a novel wood and linen construction. The Heritage Series includes a number of awesome designs, but this split wood and linen combination is my favourite. The case is practical too, with an integrated viewing stand and a flip cover to protect your screen.
1. Otterbox Resurgence Power Case - Glacier, Black
Our final case comes from Otterbox and is called the Resurgence. It combines the protective design of Otterbox’s traditional iPhone cases with an integrated battery. That means you’ll get almost double the battery life, just by putting on this case. The extra battery life is ideal for long nights or weekends out, and quickly becomes worth the extra weight. The case also includes some nice extras like a front-facing LED battery display and auto-stop charging tech. It’s a great package that is one of the very best cases on the market for the iPhone 5 and 5S.
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Wednesday, August 27th, 2014
Earlier today we reported on OtterBox’s new line of Resurgence battery cases, but that’s not the only thing that the American phone accessories company announced today. OtterBox have unveiled Alpha Glass, a new series of tempered glass screen protectors. The initial release covers the Galaxy S5, iPhone 5, 5S and 5C, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see screen protectors for the iPhone 6 and other popular smartphones soon afterwards. Let’s take a closer look at what OtterBox have revealed so far.
Scratch and shatter protection
The primary purpose of any screen protector is to prevent damage to your phone’s screen. Of course, the Alpha Glass series provides just that. A thin layer of tempered glass covers the screen below, preventing any scratches or abrasions from damaging the display. The Alpha Glass screen protector also includes an anti-shatter film, ensuring that even if the glass breaks, it remains in a single inert piece to be safely removed.
Hardly noticeable once installed
OtterBox have delivered one of the thinnest tempered glass screen protectors on the market, with tiny proportions that are barely noticeable. With Alpha Glass installed, your phone also retains its original touch screen sensitivity, brightness and clarity. Even installation is a cinch, as the package comes with everything you need to install the screen protector cleanly and without bubbles. You don’t have to worry about a thing.
Links and signing off
The OtterBox Alpha Glass screen protectors are coming soon to Mobile Fun. For more information–including live pricing and availability data–please visit the product pages listed below.
If you’re in a hurry to find a tempered glass screen protector, then you might check out Spigen’s line of Glas.t screen protectors in the meantime.
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Wednesday, August 27th, 2014
OtterBox have announced a new case for the iPhone 5 and 5S called the Resurgence. The Resurgence provides both military-standard drop protection and an integrated battery pack. That means you’ll get more than double the battery life while keeping your phone safe – not a bad combination!
Make your iPhone 5S last longer
The iPhone 5S comes with a 1560mAh internal battery, usually good for a day or two of moderate use. The OtterBox Resurgence adds another 2000mAh of battery power, more than doubling your iPhone’s total battery life to three or even four days.
That means your phone can endure more than 22 hours of web browsing, 24 hours of videos or even 24 hours of talk time… before it needs to be recharged.
The Resurgence battery case is simple to use, too, thanks to an easy-to-read battery indicator on the front of the case and systems which prevent over-charging.
Protect your iPhone 5S from drops and scratches
Of course, having a long-lasting iPhone 5S isn’t just about battery life. You also want your phone to survive the rigours of daily life, from minor scratches to more serious drops, knocks and falls. Thankfully the OtterBox Resurgence is well equipped to handle these challenges as well.
The two-piece OtterBox design provides comprehensive protection, with full coverage of your phone to prevent scratches and scrapes. The phone is also highly rated for drop protection, and has been certified with a MIL STD 810G rating.
Keep your iPhone 5S looking good
The OtterBox Resurgence belies its broad feature set with a surprisingly thin and light body. The case is among the least bulky battery cases on the market for the iPhone 5S. The Resurgence is available in two colours from Mobile Fun, black and white glacier.
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For more information on the OtterBox resurgence, including live pricing and availability data, please visit the product pages linked below:
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Friday, July 25th, 2014
Today we’ll be looking at some of the best iPhone 5S cases available today. Let’s get right into our selections and recommendations!
The Spigen SGP Touch Armor is our first case, offering considerable protection against a range of hazards including scratches, knocks and impacts. The Touch Armor uses a combination of TPU and Polycarbonate to produce a stellar defense, while maintaining a light weight and small dimensions. The case is available in many colourways too, including gold (shown above), black, slate, white and silver.
This case is quite unique, adding wireless charging to the iPhone 5S’ list of capabilities. That means you’re able to recharge your iPhone just by placing it on one our Qi wireless chargers, and you’re free to say goodbye to the hassle of plugging and unplugging cables forever.
The Zenus Estime Diary is one of the most stylish cases we have, with a traditional leather design that looks as good in the bedroom as the boardroom. The Estime Diary has a smart design, with a flip cover protecting the vulnerable screen and obviating the need for iPhone 5S screen protectors. A series of credit card pockets and a secure fastening complete the picture.
This award-winning bumper for the iPhone 5S adds some tremendous curves to the device, made of aircraft-grade aluminium. The bumper provides considerable rigidity and impact protection, but unlike some other metal cases doesn’t interfere with your iPhone’s signal. A beautiful, classy case that should appeal to almost everyone.
The Moshi SenseCover is our winning case today, providing a unique way of answering incoming calls and seeing the time without opening the flip cover. This is achieved through a small cutout window, which shows the time and caller ID of your iPhone while keeping the screen protected. When you want to answer or reject the call, it’s a simple case of swiping along the strip on the front of the cover. The case is stylish too, in steel black or brushed titanium.
Thanks for checking out the article and be sure to let us know what you think of the iPhone 5S covers we’ve selected in the comments below!
Wednesday, July 16th, 2014
There are many methods to charge an iPhone 5. Let us count the ways.
The simplest method for charging your iPhone is the one that everyone will know: just hook your iPhone to your computer using a USB cable. That provides a small amount of power (500mA), so charging takes a while. Of course, the USB connection is also used to sync music, films and apps to your phone.
There are plenty of Lightning cables on the market, but I’m a fan of this extra-long two metre cable from iBoltz. It’s convenient, inexpensive and still rolls up into a nicely portable loop for easy transport. If you’re looking for something different, why not try a coloured Lightning cable or this reinforced version?
The next method that most people will know is to use an AC adapter that plugs into the wall. This gives you faster charging (1.1A, or 1100mA), letting your battery fill up more than twice as fast.
You can get wall chargers in both detachable and one-piece varieties, but I favour the flexibility of the detachable option. This example from Belkin is a good choice, with a sensibly long four foot cable, 2.1A output (for iPads too!) and a simple plug design. Belkin also do a line of coloured versions sans cables, in red, pink, blue and purple.
If you’re on the road, then you’ve got access to another option for charging your iPhone. Using a car charger, you can plug your iPhone into the cigarette lighter / auxiliary power socket, letting you draw power at a rate equal to a wall socket (1.1A).
It’s fairly likely that you’ll have some other people in the car with you, so it can make sense to get a car charger with multiple USB inputs. The Kensington Powerbolt is my go-to option, with a reasonable 3.4A output spread across two USB ports. A cheaper Olixar car charger is also available if you’re on a budget.
Another good specialised charging solution is a dock. These typically serve as a combination of desk stands and chargers, keeping your phone topped up while holding it at a convenient position to watch videos or see notifications. It’s important to note that the dock has to be plugged into a power source, which’ll determine the speed of your charging. Plugging directly into a PC will provide that familiar 500mA, while a wall charger should provide the faster 1.1A speed.
My thinking for desk docks is “the simpler, the better.” That’s why I favour this minimal Lightning charge and sync dock, which provides an upright position for the iPhone 5 with a simple Apple style in black or white. If you want to get fancier, why not go all the way and get a KitSound speaker dock with clock radio?
If you’re away from sockets in buildings or cars, what options do you have for charging your phone? One good option is a portable battery pack, which you charge beforehand to have a large stockpile of energy ready when you need it. These battery packs typically pack at least one full recharge, and some can charge a phone half a dozen times or more.
There are two directions you can go here. One way is to get one extra full charge in the smallest and most convenient form factor possible. The Power Bank Portable Charger is a great example of this, with an integrated Lightning connector and a 2600mAh capacity in a tiny pocketable shell. On the other hand, if you’re going to go big then you may as well do it properly – the Kit: High Power is a 15,000mAh portable battery pack that’s significantly bigger, but will let you charge your iPhone 5 almost ten times, which is frankly insane.
The other option for charging wherever you are is to use a battery case. This is a simple marriage of a battery pack and a protective case, where the battery is constantly providing power to your phone. The bulk of the battery provides additional protection from impacts and scratches, although your phone will get noticeably thicker and heavier.
Once again, there’s a choice to be made here – do you want to go all-out and get a much thicker but longer lasting phone case, or would you prefer a small boost that doesn’t affect the shape of your iPhone 5 too much? The former is exemplified by the Kit Magnetic Battery Case, which adds 2800mAh of charge to your phone in a bulky but easily removable package. On the other hand, the Boostcase adds about half that – just 1500mAh – but comes in a much tidier package. The choice is yours.
That’s all folks! I hope you’ve found this breakdown of iPhone 5 chargers helpful. For more information, please check out the links in the article above or ask us a question in the comments below or on Twitter @mobilefun. Thanks and have a great week!