Sector 5 iPhone 5 Case Review

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Sector 5 iPhone 5 Case Review

If you're looking for a minimal iPhone case, this isn't it. Sure, it looks cool, being machined out of aluminum and all. But this is the first case we've seen that needs a layer of vinyl strips to protect your phone from its case. And don't even get us started on the fact that the case comes with its own zippered protection case. Oh, and did we mention that you also might want to add the screwdriver key fob to your keyring, in case you need to get your phone out of this contraption? It's all a bit much, although that's sort of the point.

Sector5 is undeniably slick-looking, in a "Blade Runner meets steam punk meets Top Gear" kind of way. And unlike other metal-frame cases, it only requires a single screw to get your phone in and out. But before you do that, you may want to install the vinyl sticker "Rash Guards" to your phone's edges. Since they're clear, it's obvious they're not an aesthetic choice, but a protective one -- the aluminum frame rubbing against your iPhone's metal edges is sure to leave a mark.

Since the aluminum frame wraps the edges, there's an optional adhesive suede back-plate. It's intended to give a high-end feel to match the high-end price, but frankly we think the Sector 5 looks better without it, and are willing to take the hit in terms of protection.

The bottom line. It's 140 bucks. It's undeniably cool. It offers OK protection. So do lots of other cases for a fraction of the price.

Element Case

iPhone 5


It looks cool. Made of CNC machined aluminum.


It's 140 bucks. Kinda high maintenance.



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