Just an update regarding the protection I am using on my iPhone 5. I had my Ghost Armor matte rear shield re-installed. Thanks to the manager at Ghost Armor (Roosevelt Field), I didn't have to pay the 5 dollar re-installation fee (because I am such a good customer, LOL). It looks great with the Caze ThinEdge Matte case. As you can see from the photo, the Ghost Armor skin does not go totally from edge-to-edge allowing for bumper type cases to be applied without affecting the skin, causing it to lift or bubble up. While I was at the GA booth, I had my wife's iPad Mini fully protected with a front and rear (clear) skin. What a great product the Ghost Armor is and the guarantee/replacement program is second to none.
I have a Skinomi TechSkin for the screen on order from Amazon so that will complete the protection for the iPhone. I have had some rotten luck with SGP and other screen protectors. There always seems to be that one (or more) piece of dust that gets under the protector and ruins the installation. I have tried everything, including the old "shower steam trick", to no avail. I am hoping the wet installation of the Skinomi's helps make the process easier. I rarely use screen protectors on my iPhones but with the Caze having no front lip, I think using one would be advantageous since I like putting my phone face down, especially during work meetings.
As I mentioned in my Caze review, one of the downsides of this extremely thin bumper is the lack of wired or accessory connectivity aside from the default Apple charging cable. Even the JBL speaker dock I tried in the Apple store today did not fit with the Caze on. I am not quite sure what type of desktop charging solution I will settle on but for now it's the Apple cable.
The search for the perfect iPhone 5 case continues. Next stop on the case express is the ThinEdge Matte from Caze. Caze has redesigned the bumper style case previously available for the iPhone 4/4s to be even more svelte and low-profile to match the design of the thinner and lighter iPhone 5.
The ThinEdge is a bumper style case that wraps around the metallic antenna band and is held together by a single snap on color piece of plastic that Caze provides in two colors for the black case, red and a slate gray. One the the two sides are attached via the snap on piece, the bumper forms a tight seal around the phone. The bumper is a very nice smooth feeling matte plastic. It's not too slippery and provides the extremely thin iPhone with enough grip to feel comfortable in the hand. In terms of protection, this type of case is primarily for anti-scratch with some very minor drop resistance. Let's put it this way, I wouldn't want to test this bumper against the rigors of an over 3 or 4 foot drop on to concrete. The fit and finish of this case is really nice and I am impressed with the quality for a case that was less than 30 dollars. While I am not a big fan of the button cutout on the side of many thin cases, the overall look and feel of the ThinEdge Matte make up for the button inconvenience. Volume button presses need to be a concerted effort pressing hard to activate the click necessary to perform the action. I suppose with a case that fits something as thin as the iPhone 5 there's not many choices available to make a structurally sound encasement of the phone. Same situation holds true for the power button.
One of the things I found odd with this case is that there is a small amount of "lip" on the back for a lay on the table protection but the front of the case is pretty much flush with the screen. I haven't tested the case with any rear or front screen protectors but I plan to re-apply my Ghost Armor matte rear skin to see if the case causes any bubbling or peeling. The Caze comes with both a front and rear shields but I found the quality of those just run-of-the-mill quality. The bottom of the ThinEdge completely covers both speaker areas and provides a port adapter big enough only to fit the standard Apple lightning cable. Unfortunately, neither the 30 pin adapter nor the 30 pin cable adapter fit the opening. If you are totally in with the Lightning cable, this case is a really nice choice for minimal protection that compliments the iPhone 5. Initially I was disappointed regarding the cable connection options. As much as possible I'll use the Apple cable to charge the phone and use Bluetooth to connect in the car. As more Lightning enabled docks and cables become available, they will make using this case less of a compromise.
Overall, I would rate this case very high in terms of quality and looks. If the Caze accommodates the rear Ghost Armor skin, I'll keep it on for the long-term. The Caze is available to order from their website and is available in black, clear, orange, pink, silver, and white for $22.90 USD.
* Update contains new pics of the Silver case I received from Caze.
Caze ThinEdge Matte
Look closely. Yes, that is Apple's Podcast app on the home screens of both my iPhone and iPad. Apple recently updated their much aligned podcast app and this time around they corrected many of the bugs that made the app pretty much unusable. The iCloud sync has worked flawlessly, allowing a podcast subscription to be added, removed, or changed in terms of played status on device and having it synced over to another iDevice. While I am not a fan of much of the skeumorphic design choices (the tape player in the Now Playing Screen), I have been using this app for about a week and it is working well. I'll stick with it for now until the next major versions of Instacast or PocketCasts are released.
My go to weather app has become Check The Weather. See my review for more thoughts on this clean, fast, and accurate weather app.
The iPad has remained pretty much status quo with the same addtions as my iPhone. The other change I have made in the app dock is the addition of Google's Chome browser. The only reason I have this in the app bar is that the NY Daily News site doesn't seem to work very well with the lastest version of Safari on iOS. The main stories on the site seem to be fine, but when you click on a story, the site just displays a blank page. Initially I thought this might be a paywall-type issue (i.e. you would need a subscription to read stories), but it seems that Chrome is able to display the full story without issue.
Initially I was very hesitant to purchase a case for my iPhone 5. It's just so darn good looking without a case. However, when I saw the Outfit Case by Elago, I decided to pick it up. The Outfit is a thin, snap-on style case. Like most snap on cases a small amount of protection is offered for the back and sides. Both the top and bottom of the case are open, which is not such a bad thing as there should be no problems with accessories such as cables and headphone plugs.
The Outfit is made of a soft-touch plastic for the sides and partially on the back. The back of the case mimics the design of the iPhone 5 by having the soft touch plastic on the upper and lower quarters of the case. The middle of the Outfit is a sheet of metal which offers a similar look as the middle of the iPhone itself. The opening for the camera, like most iPhone 5 cases, is a large oval which gives plenty of room for the Camera, Flash and extra microphone. The front of the case has a bit of a lip for a lay-on-the-table design. I don't have a screen protector on my phone so I can't comment on how the lip affects installed shields.
Overall, the Elago Outfit is a nice looking case with only one real flaw. The black one that I purchased is a fingerprint magnet. The soft touch plastic just seems to show too many smudges. I am not sure how long this case will hold up over time. Based on my experience with soft touch plastics, they tend to look very worn after a month or so of everyday use.
The Outfit is listed on the Elago site for $26.99, but can be purchased on Amazon for $14.99 if you are a Prime member. It comes in multiple colors such as Black, Gray, White, Blue Jean, and Hot Pink.
Note: The case I received came defective from Elago. The back metal piece was not affixed properly and was coming off. I contacted customer support and within a hour of sending the email, a CS rep had contacted me that another case was going to be shipped out to me as a replacement.
Elago Outfit - $26.99
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