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18 March 2013

Review: FutureTap Street View

Street ViewWith iOS 6, Apple moved away from Google Maps as its source for map tiles. Building a new mapping system from scratch is no small task, and the public was quite critical. Eventually Google released its own Google Maps app for iOS and Apple’s own mapping system has gotten quite good. Besides public transit information, Maps also lost the ability to show Google’s Street View panoramic photography. If you opt to not use the Google Maps app, FutureTap is offering a standalone app, dubbed Street View, which integrates with Apple Maps and sells for 99¢…

14 March 2013

Review: Castello DaVarg KANAM5 for iPhone 5

Castello DaVarg KANAM5We’ve recently reviewed a number of cases for the iPhone 5, made from a number of materials, including plastic, rubber, or some sort of fabric. Still, the idea of a leather case is intriguing in a timeless and natural way. That’s why we were eager to try the KANAM5 for iPhone 5, a $45 cover made by Castello DaVarg…

1 March 2013

Review: Speck CandyShell Grip for iPhone 5

Speck CandyShell GripSpeck has been making cases for Apple devices long before the iPhone, and was one of the first to transition from silicone “skins” to thermoplastic polyurethane for a good chunk of its lineup. The major exception has always been the CandyShell, an often colorful, glossy, hard case, with a rubbery lining. This combination offers a mix of protection and shock absorption. With the iPhone 5, Speck has updated the popular line, and reworked the $35 Grip variety…

22 February 2013

Review: Uniea Colorama Folio for iPhone 5

Uniea Colorama FolioMost cases that we review are the type that provide an extra layer of protection, sort of like a shell (either soft or hard), as opposed to actually being a true case. We were intrigued when Uniea sent a Colorama Folio for the iPhone 5 our way, a $30 case, designed to protect your iPhone from all sides—including the screen…

21 January 2013

Review: Speck SmartFlex Card Case for iPhone 5

Speck SmartFlex CardOne of the biggest complaints from the tech press regarding the iPhone 5 was its lack of NFC, or near-field communications, a technology primarily used for mobile payments. While this technology is still nascent, the idea of using your phone as an electronic wallet appeals to many. Speck hopes to help combine the phone and wallet concepts with the SmartFlex Card Case, an $35 iPhone case that allows storage of up to three cards and cash…

14 January 2013

Review: Incase Snap Case for iPhone 5

Snap CasePerhaps you are the kind of iPhone user who appreciates the aesthetic of the device, but wants to keep it protected. Sure, there are basic films that protect against minor scratches, but what if you’re still paranoid about drops and bigger bumps along the way? Incase hopes to solve this with its $30 Snap Case, a redesign of a popular iPhone 4/4S case…

21 December 2012

Review: Touchkraft Auris

AurisKickstarter projects are always a mixed bag, as you give an unknown vendor money in hopes of a project coming to fruition as described. On top of that, you’re not actually buying the product, but giving money to support its development, often in exchange for a final version as a “reward”. This model has worked well for many (just ask the guys at Studio Neat), and once products actually become successful, they can sustain an enterprise enough to be sold and manufactured via traditional means. Such is the case with Touchkraft’s Auris, a product I initially became interested when I was trying to find a better way to integrate my iPhone 4 in my car. After some changes from the initial deign, the Auris will now be available to the general public for $40…

27 November 2012

Review: SwitchEasy Tones for iPhone 5

TonesWhile the iPhone 4/4S case market is quite mature, options for the iPhone 5 are still emerging, especially with the new shape and longer design. Products are slowly popping up from the usual companies, and SwitchEasy is no exception. Announced almost immediately after the iPhone 5, Tones is a $25 case that mixes hard polycarbonate plastic and flexible TPU to create a unique hybrid design…