Unboxing : Tech21 Special Ops Combat Case

Tech21 Special Ops Combat case for iPhone 5

I was just going through some old folders and found a few unboxing of products that I didn’t get publishing.  Time moved on, my tech moved on and these products got forgot about.

However some of these products do need a little bit of showcasing.  The first one I will upload is a tough case for the iPhone 5. It is the Tech21 Special Ops Combat case.  Tech21 do a full range of cases from the reasonably subtle right up to this one.

This case utilises 3DO – a great product that takes the bang out of impacts and in doing so should protect your gear fantastically well.  Of course this case is big and bulky, but it is protective.  It has a built in screen shield so if you already have a screen guard installed it may well cause water marking.  That is the only issue I experienced with this case, but I would class it as a direct competitor to the Otterbox Defender and Griffin Survivor Range and if you keep your eyes out you can pick this case up now at a fraction of its original £49.99 retail price!

I was hugely impressed by this case, so much so that this was the final case I put my iPhone 5 in before upgrading and it remained in it for a couple of months.

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Amzer Crusta for Apple iPhone 6 Plus UnBoxing & Installation

Amzer Crusta Unboxing Review and Installation

As you will know from my previous posts on cases and protection fro my phones I am generally speaking a fan and user of tough cases, the OtterBox Defender, OtterBox Preserver and Griffin Survivor would normally factor in my top 5 cases.  Although one lazy Sunday morning a Facebook advertisement for an ‘Amzer Crusta’ case appeared on my news feed.  It was being marketed as a tough case with a build in tempered glass cover (front and rear) thus maintaining the feeling and a lot of the looks of a ‘naked’ iPhone.  The obvious exception being the large bumper round it!

I was intrigued enough to look closer and although Amzer as a brand didn’t appear to be overly familiar in the UK it did seem to have a good customer base in the USA, which seemed to be fairly positive.  So I ordered one.

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OtterBox Defender for Nokia Lumia 920 UnBoxing

From my previous post you can see that I recently purchased a Nokia Lumia 920.  Anyone who follows my blog will also know that I am a huge fan of tough cases for phones, it means I can go to work and forget about my phone, go out on the bike, go for a run and never be overly worried about the phone, safe in the knowledge that it is well protected.  Of course there is the fact that these cases will add considerable bulk to a phone and I appreciate that therefore tough cases are not for everyone.  With that to the side it is hard to deny that OtterBox make a good case, and it is for that reason that I opted for an Otterbox Defender for my new Lumia.

Also I should say that there is very little variety when it comes to this phone, and even the OtterBox was difficult enough to source in the UK.  The other alternatives were eBay imports that looked like rather cheap Otterbox imitations.  Maybe the difficulty in sourcing this case explains the condition it arrived with me in, you may see in the photographs that the packaging certainly had better days and although it is hard to see the case itself was filthy, covered in a thick layer of dust as if it had been lying in an old store room since the beginning of time.  To be fair the phone has been released for a while and the case itself didn’t come direct from Otterbox, so there are external factors worth considering.

Anyway this case does exactly what it says on the tin, it is big and bulky for shock and drop protection, the ports and switches are covered up with should offer good dust protection and it has a build in screen guard.  It is at this point that I find my only fault with the case.  The screen guard, when the case is installed, is not tight against the screen, there is a small layer of air in there that you feel when using the phone, it is almost like a cushion effect and it detracts heavily from the touch screen.  I mean heavily.  It is not nice to use.  Also this gap seems to be a magnet for dust.  After just a short period of time I noticed an alarming amount of dust and debris had accumulated inside the case, between the screen shield and the phone itself.  This case should be removed frequently and the phone cleaned.

Having said that as far as extreme protection goes for the Lumia 920 this seems to be the best option, so if it is protection you require, and can deal with cleaning the phone and case regularly and the reduction in sensitivity and less than pleasing use of the touch screen this is a decent case, offering a standard of protection that no one else seems to for the Lumia 920.  If you don’t need the heavy duty protection but like keeping your phones in pristine condition a decent full body shield such as those supplied by Zagg or BestSkinsEver may be the way forward?

OtterBox Defender for Nokia Lumia 920 UnBoxing :

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Spigen Tough Armor Case for Apple iPhone 5/5s Unboxing and Review

With the addition of the Touch ID Finger Print sensor on the new iPhone 5s it has meant that case developers are still working on the technology for my usual style of tough cases such as the Griffin Survivor, or Otterbox Armor / Defender Series.  Obviously anything for the iPhone 5 that covers the home button will not be compatible with the new iPhone 5s’ Touch ID Sensor.

And like anyone with a new toy I want to play with it, so at this point covering the Home button isn’t the option I want to use.  A quick search on the net then pointed my in the direction of a manufacturer called Spigen.  I haven’t owned a Spigen case, nor seen or used one before so on taking some online reviews at their word I ordered myself a Spigen Tough Armor case.  It was pretty expensive at £20 from Amazon, however if the reviews are correct it should be a £20 well spent.

As usual with Amazon it arrived quickly and on taking it out of the box I was pretty impressed.   The case feels solid, and well manufactured.  It looks good, the white version complementing the white iPhone well.  The subtle branding of the case looks smart.  The explanation of the tech behind it is basically impact diversion.  The case takes a knock and the design of the case then spreads the forces from the impact throughout the case, keeping the forces away from your phone.  The result is it shouldn’t break.  Thats the theory anyway and the inside of the case has nice lines running from corner to corner, maybe this is an illustration of the force distribution or something.  I think it looks like flight plans plotted on a flattened out globe, but anyway that hardly matters.

One thing I really did like about this case is that it comes with a serial number that you type into the Spigen website and it checks the authenticity of the case.  As you will see from previous posts I have been a victim of counterfeiters before and this is a really nice idea by Spigen.   Something other premium branded and high cost case makers should consider implementing,

The phone fits well into the case.  The buttons are responsive, power and volume buttons are covered.  The remaining ports and silent rocker switch are left open.  There is a cut out on the rear for the shiney Apple logo to peek through, ye know just in case some one might not be aware you are using an iPhone.

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‘Durable’ iPhone 4s Case – Thoughts / Reviews and Photos…

So to start this is an eBay case, and it ranges massively in price from seller to seller, expect to pay about £7.00 including post and packaging for this case, anything more and you are being ripped off.  The best sellers also have it in pretty much every colour you could ever want.  As you can see I have opted for the ‘dark blue’ option, thinking that it looked very like the Subaru WR Blue shade of blue, in actual fact as you can probably tell from the photos it is a good bit lighter than WR Blue.

I am a big fan of hard and tough cases, and this definitely ticks those boxes.  It is tough and hard, it is after all metal, and whats more you need an ‘Allan’ key to put the thing together.

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