TouchMyApps » case http://www.touchmyapps.com All Things iPhone and iPad for those who like to Touch. iOS App reviews, News, New Apps, Price Drops and App Gone Free Mon, 30 Mar 2015 17:52:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.7.7 iPhone 4 Defender Series Case In Review – The Perfect Protection For Your Precious Portable! http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/11/12/iphone-4-defender-series-case-in-review-thanks-for-the-tank/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/11/12/iphone-4-defender-series-case-in-review-thanks-for-the-tank/#comments Fri, 12 Nov 2010 23:05:03 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=42352 For the last couple weeks I’ve been using the iPhone 4 Defender Series Case by Otterbox, who’ve long been referred to as one of, if not the best providers of durable cases for mobile phones. With all the horror stories about the phone’s supposed “gorilla glass” breaking and cracking, I was extremely eager to test … Read more]]>

For the last couple weeks I’ve been using the iPhone 4 Defender Series Case by Otterbox, who’ve long been referred to as one of, if not the best providers of durable cases for mobile phones. With all the horror stories about the phone’s supposed “gorilla glass” breaking and cracking, I was extremely eager to test one out and protect my own Jesus phone.

One of the first things I noticed about the case was the size, especially when compared to other typical cases on the market. The length and width are only slightly larger than the iPhone, though the depth (thickness) is almost double – the iPhone is 0.37″ deep and the case comes in at 0.66″.  Now you may think an increase in size like that maybe cumbersome. That would be true if this were a normal case. Seeing how the main purpose of the Defender case is to utterly protect your iPhone though, the slightly extra bulk is actually welcomed and it certainly does a good job protecting it.

Putting your phone in the case is a bit of a process. All together there are 4 pieces (front, back, sleeve, holster). You slide the phone into the front piece, the back then slides in and snaps into clips along the side and finally, there is a silicone cover that goes over the back and sides, thus providing a nice cushion like support that’s also pleasant to hold. On their own, the pieces feel a little flimsy, but together the case feels nice and sturdy.

The other accessory is the belt clip, which allows you to sit the phone in the holster facing inwards or out. The Defender case also comes with a protective screen protector, one that gives your iPhone 4 screen added protection and prevents finger prints on the surface. While it is nice to have the plastic film, I did find that the extra layer caused the phone to be unresponsive at times and typing can result in a light tapping sound as the film bounces ever so slightly against the screen. After a while you learn to drown it out, but it can still be pretty annoying.

Usage of the phone isn’t affected too much with the case on (other than the occasional response issues) and you do get used to the increase in size rather quickly. The casing also provides protection for all the ports and plugs in the form of flaps, though I’m always a little worried that I could end up tearing the one covering the headphone jack as it stays pushed up while earphones are plugged in. The silicone material that covers the case also makes holding it extremely comfortable and I never once worried about my phone slipping. That said though, the silicone can pick up flecks of dirt or dust depending where you leave it (i.e lining of pocket).

As for everyday use, the Defender Case does provide adequate protection from the usual things like keys, spare change or coat zipper when it’s in the holster or pocket. During test drops on carpet, tile and hardwood up to 2-3 feet high, it came through without a mark. I didn’t try any higher since I really didn’t want to go from testing the case to trying to break my iPhone 4. From what I’ve seen though, it should stand up just fine for the average user and provide more than enough protection compared to many of the flimsy cases out there.

Aside from just functionality, the Defender Series Case also comes in 8 color combinations. At its MSRP of $49.95, it can be a little on the high end for some. However, considering that it provides quite a bit more protection than your average case, as well as the fact that it includes a holster, you certainly get good value for your money. After spending a considerable amount of time testing it out, I am definitely pleased with the Defender case. It provides plenty of protection without adding too much bulk and with all the color combinations offered, you should have no problems finding one you fancy. For those of you looking to keep your iPhone 4 safe (without compromising its good looks), OtterBox’s Defender series case is an easy recommendation.

Note: Amazon is currently selling the Defender Series Case (Black only) for $29.51.

App Summary
Product: iPhone 4 Defender Series Case Manufacturer: OtterBox
Price: $49.99 (MSRP) App Size: 0.6 MB
  • Multi-layer phone protection
  • Scratch resistant screen film
  • Added belt clip/holster
  • 8 color combinations
  • Screen occasionally unresponsive due to film
  • Tapping sounds from film when typing

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Dual-SIM iPhone 4? No, I’m not smoking crack! http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/08/31/dual-sim-iphone-4/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/08/31/dual-sim-iphone-4/#comments Tue, 31 Aug 2010 08:20:56 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=38570 While Apple’s competitors try their best to draw some attention from the Jesus phone by boasting features like replaceable batteries, microSD cards and support for dual-SIM cards, a small manufacturer decided to take things into their own hands. And no, I’m not talking about AirPhone NO. 4-esque knockoffs. usbfever has just released an iPhone 4 … Read more]]>

While Apple’s competitors try their best to draw some attention from the Jesus phone by boasting features like replaceable batteries, microSD cards and support for dual-SIM cards, a small manufacturer decided to take things into their own hands. And no, I’m not talking about AirPhone NO. 4-esque knockoffs. usbfever has just released an iPhone 4 Dual Sim Adapter Case, which augments the already awesome capabilities of the iPhone 4 by adding support for 2 SIM cards! And even without the necessity to cut them down to microSIM size!

Ok, so maybe it’s not true Dual-SIM features – you won’t be able to be using both of the cards at the same time. But you CAN switch between them using a handy menu right from your iPhone 4! Mind, only firmwares 4.0, 4.0.1 and 4.0.2 currently supported. And yes, it looks ugly. But for those, wishing for care-free use of an additional SIM card when out of town it may be a way out. And it IS only $28.99. And no Death-Grip issues :)

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DIY iPad case: ぞうのハナコ (the elephant flower girl) http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/08/19/diy-ipad-case-the-elephant-flower-girl/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/08/19/diy-ipad-case-the-elephant-flower-girl/#comments Thu, 19 Aug 2010 14:03:50 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=37989 While big name livery gets all the headlines, it’s the products of real makers that stand out. Really, what’s 5$ of felt and a few hours of your time? The above is the product of my genius wife, who having run out of room in her Celtic colouring book, decided to make a case for … Read more]]>

Introducing the elephant flower girl DIY iPad case

While big name livery gets all the headlines, it’s the products of real makers that stand out. Really, what’s 5$ of felt and a few hours of your time? The above is the product of my genius wife, who having run out of room in her Celtic colouring book, decided to make a case for her iPad. I showed her my scheduler-esque Marware Eco-Vue iPad case (certainly svelte for a scheduler – and pictured here for the Kindle), but she wasn’t impressed. She wanted cute. We headed to PixDix, to the Apple Store, to BestBuy, to #Apple, and to various online retailers; not a one presented anything quite cute enough. Frustrated, but still kicking, my wife found SopoShop, and a really cute elephant pouch. Every poet is a thief and every biology lab researcher can replicate the finest of details, so while we bypassed SopoShop’s unfortunate dearth of iPad cases, we did come away with the elephant flower girl.

Piccies and more after the gap:

SopoShop don’t sell rip-offs, they sell quality hand-made goods. What happens when a person gets behind earthen material is that rather than mere form or function, creativity, too, is loosed. The elephant flower girl is cute, it’s soft, and it cost a mere 5$ in materials (that didn’t come out of my weekly allowance – yippee!).

Designing and making your own case is a lot of fun. It also just so happens to use higher brain functions and entertains spouses to no end. My wife sat at her work for nigh on a week, stitching, thinking, and attacking with all the verve of a hungry biologist.

So why don’t more people make their own iPad cases?

Simple really: they lack the skills, the creativity, or the energy to do it – or they think they do. This felt pouch will probably outlast my other case, at least while still looking good. The Marware works, but it’s already begun to stretch out and catches my thumb when I try to type. Apart from super-cuteness the elephant flower girl has no genuine utility; so while I could argue that it lacks a certain pragmatic flair, the truth is that at least it does its job with panache while the Marware Eco-Vue does its job, but rather than excelling in all areas, apes shigzeo’s schoolboy days, i.e., catching up slowly from the back of the class.

If the elephant flower girl gets dirty, it can be washed and will still look cute. If it gets bruised, it can be bandaged and will still look cute. No manner of newfangled fibres zapped together by some 3D printer will attain this level of appeal. Those fibres may be more useful – that is, until they stretch too far – than the elephant flower girl ever will be as a protector; but at every turn, I will be reminded of how lazy I am, of how I couldn’t just hunker down over a piece of cardboard, some fake leather, and a cheap sewing kit to crack out a smashing design.

I’ve an Apple iPad case on the way (thanks Louis) which should at the very least alleviate the Marware’s evil typing angle, but I’ll be damned if I want to go out in public with such a bland, black sliver of polyester as part of my stylin’ getup.

At 30, I feel that I too am entitled to a bit of cuteness and God help me, it will be stitched by my own hands.

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EMVY Iphone 3G/3GS Battery/Flash Case – the only case MacGyver would use http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/06/03/emvy-iphone-3g3gs-batteryflash-case/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/06/03/emvy-iphone-3g3gs-batteryflash-case/#comments Thu, 03 Jun 2010 10:06:49 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=33960 I stole the tagline from EMVY just to see what sort of reception this badboy would get from TMA readers. I mean, this iPhone case is packed: juice, flash, protection – what more do you need from a ~65$ iPhone case? And since it’s all in one package, it might even trump Morphie’s Juice Pack. … Read more]]>

I stole the tagline from EMVY just to see what sort of reception this badboy would get from TMA readers. I mean, this iPhone case is packed: juice, flash, protection – what more do you need from a ~65$ iPhone case? And since it’s all in one package, it might even trump Morphie’s Juice Pack. What’s the catch? Well, the EMVY case looks to still be on pre-order on one hand, and it targets the outgoing 3G/3GS on the other. It may be late to the game, but its specs are fine looking to say the least:

-More then 1x your iPhone battery
-On/Off switch for on the spot charging
-Flash LED light for low light camera use or emergency light
-Sleek rubber type surface (not too slippery, not too sticky)
-Specially designed to fit your hand comfortably (tested)
-Mini USC cable included, charges both iPhone and case, syncs to itunes
-Integrated 3 battery light indicator
-iPhone protection

-Increases standby time by 240 hours!
-Up to 4+ hours of continuous additional 3G talk and data time
-Capacity 1300mAh
-Cell type: Li-Polymer battery
-Dimension: 126x65x20(mm)

More info at EMVY

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iPhone 3G / 3GS Otterbox Defender case in Review – Pretty in pink http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/05/20/iphone-3g-3gs-otterbox-defender-case-in-review/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/05/20/iphone-3g-3gs-otterbox-defender-case-in-review/#comments Thu, 20 May 2010 10:23:01 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=33189 I’m a keen walker and camper, but I also love my iPhone, so finding a case which promised to fully protect my device is a must have. I mean, that is what an iDevice case is supposed to do, right? Well sure, there are fashionable, earthy ones like the Skydda TradDuo, but when you want … Read more]]>


I’m a keen walker and camper, but I also love my iPhone, so finding a case which promised to fully protect my device is a must have. I mean, that is what an iDevice case is supposed to do, right? Well sure, there are fashionable, earthy ones like the Skydda TradDuo, but when you want to beat the bushes, it’s time for rubber. The Otterbox Defender case comes in four colours: black, white, yellow and pink, catering for all audiences.

At first glance, I was confused about how to match the case and my iPhone. Luckily, the instructions are clear and easy to follow and soon my iPhone was in its new home. Once everything is tucked neatly into place, the device is completely encased. However, the functions are all still accessible due to cool flaps built into the design which you can open to get to your charger and headphone sockets, etc. The case fits really well, and even comes with a matching belt clip holster, so if you have no pockets, you can clip it on to your belt or waistband.


As promised, the Defender is very hard-wearing, and perfectly adequate to protect your device from bumps, scratches or drops. It doesn’t say it’s waterproof, and I certainly won’t try running mine under a tap any time soon, but I felt perfectly happy checking my map App whilst it was spotting with rain, or even a light shower. All the connections and the screen are covered, so the odd spot of water shouldn’t do any harm.

Due to the nature of its design, however, the Otterbox does add some extra bulk to your phone, but not a great deal, and it simply makes it feel more robust and easier to handle. If you don’t want to use the belt clip, your iDevice housed in the Otterbox is still plenty slim enough to pop into the average pocket, so no worries there.

I have had a couple of comments from people who’ve spotted the Otterbox – so despite the fact it’s there to do a job, it’s clearly still attractive and eye-catching to people! It’s not really what you’d call a stylish or fashionable case, but it still looks good, and more importantly, does what its job.

On the whole, I am pleased with the Otterbox, but I’d only really use it in a situation where I feel my device needs that extra protection, i.e. walking, camping and generally spending a lot of time outdoors. There are a few reasons for this. One, the case attracts a lot of dust and lint, when I pulled it out of my pocket, it was covered! Secondly, if you are using it outdoors or anywhere the temperature may fluctuate, you’ll find the screen may steam up. Naturally, this makes it difficult to see and use. Thirdly, when the case is fitted it can be quite difficult to press buttons which are positioned right in the corners of the screen – and I imagine people with big fingers will find this even more difficult. Finally, though the method is simple, it takes practice to remove the Defender. I found myself getting paranoid that I’d break the plastic casing, but once I got the knack I had no more problems.

In summary, I’d say that if you’re looking for something robust and trustworthy for outdoor pursuits, then the Otterbox is it. It’s fabulous quality, does the job and is well priced. If, however, your iPhone doesn’t like the wild outdoors, there are other, sleeker options.

App Summary
Title: iPhone 3G/3GS Otterbox Defender Case Developer: Otterbox
Reviewed Ver: Defender Series Pink Category: iPhone case
Price: $49.95 Device iPhone 3G/3GS
  • Not too bulky
  • Reasonably priced
  • Comes in a variety of colours
  • Robust
  • Good quality
  • Attracts dust and lint
  • Can steam up and make screen difficult to see
  • Makes corners of the screen difficult to tap
  • Tricky to fit and remove

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Tech21′s D30 iBand – “Smack me on the Head” iPhone protection http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/09/02/tech21s-d30-iband-smack-me-on-the-head-iphone-protection/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/09/02/tech21s-d30-iband-smack-me-on-the-head-iphone-protection/#comments Wed, 02 Sep 2009 11:38:07 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=19233 D30, the ‘flubber’ like material which absorbs incredible amounts of undue impact has come to the iPhone and iPod touch in a rather new product called the iBand from Tech21, a company devoted to protecting technology. D30′s claim to fame is its excellent utility as lightweight, mouldable, protection for extreme sports such as motorcross, dirt … Read more]]>

D30, the ‘flubber’ like material which absorbs incredible amounts of undue impact has come to the iPhone and iPod touch in a rather new product called the iBand from Tech21, a company devoted to protecting technology. D30′s claim to fame is its excellent utility as lightweight, mouldable, protection for extreme sports such as motorcross, dirt jumping, and table tennis: which makes it perfect for the extreme life of an iPhone!

Where the iPhone gets lucky is with the iBand, a semi, or full case for the iPhone, iPod touch and Nano which utilises D30 to resist the worst of accidents as you can see above. The iPhone also has a D30 full-body solution which should amply protect the shiny plastic back from scratches.

While the regular iBand hasn’t any screen protection nor protection for the aluminium or steel back of the iPod touch, its thick edges keep the back and screen from touching anything that might harm your product.

It protects from incoming walls, floors, and rapidly approaching drops form 2 storey buildings. Better yet, watch below as it does a good job of fending off shovels too!

Please take a look at Tech21′s website.

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The Apple iPod Sock – Keeps going and going and goin… http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/07/20/the-apple-ipod-sock-keeps-going-and-going-and-goin/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/07/20/the-apple-ipod-sock-keeps-going-and-going-and-goin/#comments Mon, 20 Jul 2009 16:28:59 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=15905 There are many good, cheap iDevice protector/case products on the market, but few that can run the show. I mean, few that can talk politics, conduct press conferences, cater to the starving 5000, sweep up after the mess, and still maintain decency at the end of it all. The iPod sock, oft’ snubbed though it … Read more]]>

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There are many good, cheap iDevice protector/case products on the market, but few that can run the show. I mean, few that can talk politics, conduct press conferences, cater to the starving 5000, sweep up after the mess, and still maintain decency at the end of it all. The iPod sock, oft’ snubbed though it is, is akin to the above; it is a fully capable do-everything automaton which forgotten by many would-be purchasers, merely bides its time drudging the unglamorous life as the fabric that padds your iPod.

I change my socks nearly every day, but after 4 years, I have yet to change from my iPod socks to another product.

The first scratch
My journey began with a flip-top ‘leather’ case which was stylish, slim and flippy. The thing rocked – that is, until I tried to use it with my iPod universal dock and with my ALO line out for use with portable amps. The combo wouldn’t jive. The dock couldn’t accept the extra bulk of the svelte case and the case made operation difficult from a docked position. If I wanted to hook my iPod up to my computer or an external amp via the universal dock, I had to remove the case. This I did over and over.

It sounds worse than it really was. Slipping the iPod in and out, attaching the external cables and enjoying music took about 10 seconds. The problem rather, was that the case, which was designed to protect my investment, over time scratched my iPod more than and jeans’ pocket did. I repeated the same story over and over again with different products. In the end, a dejected version of myself carried his heavily lined iPod nano to the Apple Store, looking for the next soon-to-be binned protector. Luckily, my rebellious spirit acted up and I bought the Apple iPod Sock instead.

Enter the underwear
At 29$, it is expensive, has received mixed reviews, and is largely non-protective. Nevertheless, the iPod Sock had me mesmerised while the usually strict common sense guy within me was choking a Segway spoke. The iPod Sock is more a fashion accessory than anything else, but it works where many cases don’t: in the dirt and grime of every-day life.

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The naked iPod touch 2G - dock and case don't work well at all.

Unlike a plastic or rubber case, it will not pad your iPod in case of a fall. It doesn’t promise to stop bullet or the raging Niagara and 2 tonnes of water. Rather, it just stretches to fit any size of fully function iPod or iPhone. It has other benefits too. It won’t overly bulk up your trousers or require you to purchase finger extenders to wrap around its mass. The iPod Sock is like an easily removable second skin.

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It also coordinates well with your outfit (sic), your handbag and your bicycle. You can even match it with your shoes! But at the end of the day, tired, beleaguered and ready for bed, while you slip into the bath, your dirty iPod Sock can relax in the spin cycle. Simple and effective, it maintains access to dock accessories, does not hoard iPod-scaring sand, lint, or dust. Nor will it crack, dent or harden when in contact with body oils. But, the best part? When you upgrade your hardware, guess what you won’t need: a new case – the iPod Sock is a one-size-fits-all invention that will last you many hardware lifetimes.

All of my iPods, Cowons and Sonys have been wearing the same Apple Socks since 2005. I’ve tried countless other which protect my iPod from the one thing I have yet to do: drop it, but in the end, the iPod Sock remains wrapped around my iPod, or with the dirty laundry because it is the most versatile of all case products.

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