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Sunday
Nov182012

iPhone 5 Cases from ACase and Tech21

A quick look at a couple of cases for the iPhone 5, the ACase Superleggera Pro  and the Tech21 Impact Snap Case with Cover.

It's a bit of a shame to cover up the iPhone 5 with a case, but if you want to protect it then it's an unfortunate necessity. I saw Jerry Seinfeld mocking his friend's use of an iPhone case in 'Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee', suggesting that he might as well walk around wearing a protective helmet too, which did make me smile, but Seinfeld could afford to buy a new iPhone whenever he wants, whereas most people are not so fortunate.

I did try using my phone commando-style for a couple of weeks but that meant that I was reluctant to put it in the same pocket as my car keys, and as the other pocket of my jeans barely holds my wallet, this was not a sustainable situation.

There was a Kickstarter project for a case similar to the one from Tech21 but with the addition of a magnetically closing flap, unfortunately it didn't get funded. I doubt I'll ever find the perfect case, if such a thing could even exist, but I'm going to keep looking.

These are just two of many iPhone 5 cases already on the market, and countless more will no doubt launch over the coming months, but I think that it is very unlikely that I'll revisit these in the form of another video, they aren't really interesting enough things to talk about.

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COMPETITION

I'm going to give away the three Superleggera iPhone 5 cases from ACase shown in the video. If you want a chance at winning one of these then here is what you have to do.

1) Subscribe to my channel on Youtube.

2) Using the 'Contact Me' form (over on the right) send me a message with the subject "ACase Competition" and in the message just put your youtube username, nothng else.

On the 1st December 2012 I'll pull out three usernames and contact you on the email address you have provided to organise delivery. (Yes this prize draw is open to any of my subscribers around the globe).

Colours will be allocated at random...so I apologise in advance to the person who gets the pink one...you will both win and lose at the same time.

Good luck. 

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Reader Comments (1)

Wow! I don't even have an iPhone 5, but your giving cases to some people.... Great! Thank you for such a generous initiative.

November 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCalvinH

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