iLuv's Diary is a black leather folio with a hard-shell frame inside that you snap your iPhone 5 into. The inside flap has two credit card slots, and we were able to fit three cards total comfortably, or four cards really crammed.
Incipio is one of Mac|Life's favorite case makers, but the Faxion is not our favorite case. It's a little bulky all around. The hole for the silent switch, for example, is just deep enough to make the switch a little tough to use. The hole for the camera lens is pretty deep too, but we didn't notice any problems with our images.
Whether directly aping a popular franchise or simply picking and choosing elements from top genre entries, Gameloft's usual M.O. with its App Store releases is to deliver a console-like gaming experience on your tablet or phone. With the Duo Gamer, it's now possible to take that extra step towards console gaming, as the physical Bluetooth controller and stand let you prop up your iPad or smaller iOS device and play compatible Gameloft games much like the better-known titles they resemble.
Let’s be honest: the battery life of the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S can kinda suck. Spyder’s PowerShadow i4 Battery Case & Charge/Sync Dock is designed to make it suck a whole lot less. Made out of black polycarbonate, the i4 boasts a built-in 2000mAh battery pack that, according to our testing, can charge a fully drained iPhone 4S to between 75 to 80 percent of its full capacity.
Few things are as handy as an iPhone battery case—binder clips, Swiss Army knives, and the iPhone itself. But most iPhone battery cases add bulk, and don’t always have juice when you need it most. Third Rail takes a novel approach by keeping the case and battery separate. Your iPhone stays in a sleek, attractive Slim Case that adds practically no bulk at all, just a centimeter or so at the bottom. Flip it over and you’ll see a contact strip of three gold rails—that’s where you’ll snap on the 1.4-ounce, 1250mAh Smart Battery. Micro-USB in and out ports let you charge the battery from a computer or USB power adapter and juice up other gadgets that charge via USB. If you want extra power, you can buy additional Smart Batteries for $59.99 each, and when they all run dry you can stack them on the Slim Case to charge everything up at once.
The iPhone 4S is the best disappointment Apple has ever released. The build-up to the company’s next iPhone was so over the top, so astronomically hyped, that for some, anything short of the iPhone 6 would have been a letdown. When the 4S was announced, “in-the-know” tech heads chastised it for retaining the same body they hailed as the best of all time a little over a year ago. But no matter how vocal the vocal minority might have been, the iPhone 4S has flown off shelves at a rate that just might make it the fastest-selling gadget of all time.
When Apple announced the video-out feature for the iPhone, we rejoiced. Finally, we could watch YouTube cat videos on the big screen from our iPhones -- albeit with the addition of an expensive cable. Okay, so maybe we didn’t rejoice that much. Cables are a pain. Grabbing one so you can watch something on the TV…and then only being able to stand a few feet away from said TV is pretty much a bummer all around.
I’ve been looking for a functional wallet/iPhone case hybrid for years. The allure of carrying -- and keeping track of -- one fewer item would simplify my life, and putting some decent protection on my phone wouldn’t suck. At first glance, the BookBook by Twelve South seemed like the answer to my prayers. However, after using it for a month straight, I really wish I’d prayed just a little bit harder.