Draco Design Aluminium Bumper for the iPhone 5S / 5 - Black Reviews
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Sits nicely in the hand and has a very pleasing feel.
When held sideways the fingers naturally wrap around the curves edges and the phone sits very comfortably.
And looks really funky to boot !
It's certainly a challenge getting the iPhone in properly, the mute switch is diddly to get right. But once locked in place with the alan key, it's not going anywhere! They even give you two spare screws I case you're a butter fingers!
One final thing, if you liked the look of the iPhone 4/4s, then a black 5 in the plain aluminium bumper is very reminiscent of it. Very happy!
I was apprehensive about the reported signal loss, but in my experience this has not been case. WiFi and 3G signal seem completely unaffected.
Top product with the normal flawless service from MobileFun!
It's looks fantastic, it was easy to fit and holds together really tight.
All together a very sound piece of kit, not cheap but you pay for what you get and this bad boy is worth it.
The Draco bumper looks sharp and stylish and makes it really easy to hold. Whilst not inexpensive it really is top quality, and cheaper than a replacement screen. It's no thicker than the phone so it preserves all that attracted me to iPhone's looks. I can't recommend it highly enough. So good I bought it twice.
you wont regret buying this product.
Definitely stands up to dropping and bashing around as it is pretty strong too.
My only issue is that my network(UK Orange) coverage went from average to almost none existant. It got to the stge that I had to sit/stand in certain areas of the house to pick up wifi or make a call.
I resisted taking of the cover for as long as possible having spent £50 on it. Having now removed it signal is perfectly acceptable.
GREAT LOOKS, BUT RESTRICTS SIGNAL.
On reflection , I wouldn't buy this product.
The bumper now comes with a small soft pad inside the left portion which addresses some issues you may see online. That shouldn't put you off because this is an amazing product that is very stylish.
And, not through choice, I drop-tested this 5 feet onto a hard ceramic floor. It protected the phone and didn't dent or scratch the bumper.
One last piece of advice is to buy a screen protector as the bumper is flush to screen/glass.
Expensive but worth it.
First class delivery came the very next day.
Thanks for a great product.
No drop in signal strength
Only negative point is that you are unable to connect the 3.5mm jack plug
to the bottom of the phone with the case fitted
What it does do is add a level of sophistication to the iPhone that is very hard to imagine any other case doing. It's fantastically crafted, and if Apple were to make aluminum case, I can guarantee the Draco 5 would be much like it.
Some say it affects LTE signals, but since I don't have LTE here in Mumbai I can't comment on that. As such, 3G and wi-fi hasn't been affected noticeably.
I went for the black one, and it really does look best with a black iPhone. The black and silver combo is a knockout, and it's made a truly beautiful device even more stunning. That, in a sentence, is the biggest compliment I can pay it; that it segues into the natural design of the iPhone and not only blends in perfectly (not as if it were an aftermarket accessory), but enhances it even.
I had an element case on my 4S I wish I'd spent the money on another for my iPhone 5.
Very disappointed indeed.
Such a shame as it looks great on the phone.
The other is the phone strap cutout to put any phone charms or strap etc. The cutout is fairly sharp...so dangling any big phone charms or the similar is not recommend, especially a neck strap. I've lost a small phone charm as the cutout had cut the strap somehow from an unknown force applied while I was out. They should of somehow smoothed out the sharp edges with that cutout. Rather than going straight raw sharp line cuts.
You may find that the bumper's case has a bit of sharp lines from the sharp raw aluminium cuts.
The cutout for the sim is fairly deep so it can be fidgety if your trying to get the sim. Using nails or tweezers will help when the sim is ejected
Apart from those 3 small problems, the case is a thumbs up. Case feels like an unknown alien object.
reason 1 - it does not protect the back of your iphone
reason 2- the front is uncovered also
it only protects the Sides of the iphone which already are made by super rich aluminium material , enough to protect your phone, The case does protect getting scratches on the sideways but what about the back and front?
this case is just a strip of aluminium, though made of aircraft material, can only deliver protection if your iphone from scratches, it has no cushions which would protect from Shocks from falling down.
Conclusion- At this price i would get a wayyyyyyy much better protective cover which would cover my iphone from all sides and give it a good protection.
As I understand from MobileFun's helpful updates and Draco themselves that due to the demand of the product and supply problems meant I my expected date of delivery was put back about 2 weeks. I had to contact MobileFun about this issue due to a wrongly-issued dispatch email but the representative helped me and explained everything - what more can you ask when you have a question about something you really want!?
When I had the Draco Aluminium delivered along with a free MobileFun smartphone screen wipe, I was overjoyed as I had been using my new iPhone 5 for a week or so without a cover which was a nervous experience considering the investment! Previous reviews have mentioned that this product is tricky to put together and that they were glad that extra screws were included - I have to disagree.
Putting the case together only requires some normal hand dexterity and knowledge of how screws go into fixings. The buttons, spare screws and hex key come in a small sealed package securely in the Draco pack and I put the buttons (volume and mute switch) in place and assigned that half to my phone. The other half already has the flush power up button inbuilt and so I aligned them together to then see where I would secure the screws that were removed before putting it all together. The hex key and screws all fit perfectly in to where they should go - but nothing can compare to the build quality of the bumper case as a whole itself. Once the screws are tight (but not too tight as you have polymer dampers in-built to the bumper), you have an iPhone 5 which is beyond doubt IMPROVED from it's existing design.
If you have cared enough to buy an iPhone 5 you will already know how beautiful the machine is and how you would want to protect your investment. Although this bumper case is expensive it cannot be compared to a snap case or rubber bumper. The signal never drops, all 3.5mm jacks work under the phone, the new Lightning port cable fits just right and it actually improves the audio from the bottom speakers on the iPhone 5. I know from previous dropping experience that should you have no protection you will regret not protecting it. If I had held this product before buying, I would be happy paying even more for the look, and the protection.
With this amazing case, you have shock dampers in each of the corners, a small lip over the back and front panels of the phone (about 0.5mm) meaning your screen and back aluminium panel and camera are protected should you rest your iPhone on a table. I've always been a big fan of not covering any iPhone's material beauty with inferior materials and products but with this Draco case you have all round sexy shock protection with durable machined aluminium which will last the length of at least a 2 year contract whilst at the same time enhancing the design and trumping any case your iPhone 5 equals will have!
My only further recommendations is to tighten the screws tightly every month and take the case off once every 6 months to make sure that the dust doesn't accumulate (and to see your iPhone is in pristine condition!).
If you doubt the price of the case, think of it insurance it gives you and the next level of look it takes your iPhone. As an additional comment I wouldn't go for the half aluminium / half plastic and whether you have the black or white iPhone 5, I would say either Astro silver would suit both.
If you want something unique which one of the kind I dft recommend this case!!
My iPhone even looks special. Just watch out for pick pockets coz it look special.
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