Incipio iPhone 5 case roundup: 6 models offer function, style, and protection

Incipio iPhone 5 case roundup: 6 models offer function, style, and protection

Summary: Incipio makes some of my favorite cases and I've spent the last couple of weeks checking out six new models for the Apple iPhone 5. Check out the photos of them all.


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  • Incipio Code pieces

    I liked the cool design and solid protection of the Code case. This case offers three layers of defense due to the back insert piece that helps keep the case from sliding around while also offering some added back protection. These raised areas are rubber pieces that act as good bumpers.

    There is a solid inner silicone core. The outer Plextonium™ shell comes in glossy black and after several days of use I saw that it collected some scratches. I checked out the Obsidian Black/Charcoal Gray/Cyan Blue one and note that the back colored insert piece can be interchanged. The case also comes in Optical White/Obsidian Black/Scarlet Red and Optical White/Charcoal Gray/Cherry Blossom Pink and is available now for $34.99.

  • Back view of the Code

Topics: Mobility, Apple, iPhone, Smartphones

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  • Or You Could Just Get An Android Phone

    What are these cases made of? Polycarbonate plastic--the same material that most Android phones are covered with. Yet those phones are regularly criticized in reviews for looking and feeling "cheap". So what does that mean if you put your expensive Iphone into one of these cases? It means that it, too, is going to end up looking and feeling "cheap", right? Isn't that defeating the point of all the money you spent on it? To spend even more to make it look like an Android phone?
    • Yes, Ido17...

      I am a reference to the other discussion, you will now notice the
      spam post is gone. I made a reply, then reported the spam.
      ZDNet Moderator
    • Now in regards to phone cases,

      I've always wondered why people do this? I see them all the time, for all makes
      and models of "smartphones". People go and buy a sleek new gadget, that a
      manufacturer has gone to great lengths to design to be very attractive, turn to
      another counter and buy some bulky, gawdy looking protective cover to hide
      all the sleek design features??? Sort of begs to question phone manufacturers...
      Why not design your phones with all the extra protection already there?
      At least a few of these protective cases aren't excessively bulky, but those are
      in the minority. I've seen Android and iPhone cases that almost doubled the
      size of the phone. Consumers...sheesh, go figure.
      posted as just a plain old ZDNet Member
    • The Android phones ARE cheaply made

      Sorry to burst your bubble but every single iPhone I've ever used has felt more solid tan any Android device I've ever used.

      And the case is not to make it "look like an Android phone" as you say - that theory is sloppy thinking at best and sheer ignorance at worst - it's for protection of the device from scratches and falls. And before you bleat about how tough Android phones are comparitively, no they are not. And BTW when I used Android devices I also put them in Otterbox Defender cases.

      I decided one day to put the Otterbox to the test - I had at the time an Iphone 4 and an HTC Thunderbolt. I threw both of them at the same time against a door and went over to pick them up. The iPhone kept right on going the HTC I had to take it out of the case and do a battery pull to get it working again.

      Oh and BTW here's a news flash for you - the polycarbonate they use for these cases is at least 2x as thick as the ploycarbonate they use on the Android devices.
      • Re: The Android phones ARE cheaply made

        Go and read Gizmodo's report on what an Iphone 5 looks like after just two months without a case.

        By contrast, both my Android phones, even the oldest one at 2 years, are free of scratches and dents, without cases.