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A case for the rugged.


So being the lucky guy that I am, I was sent a case to review for my iPhone 5 by Newtrent. This case of theirs is the “Trentium Ultra-thin rugged” case for the iPhone 5/5s.

I unboxed the case and installed it to my iPhone 5 on camera.

The first thing you notice is that it adds a reasonable amount of bulk to the device (not a bad thing, it’s for protection remember). There is a noticeable addition to the weight too, most of which is from the second part to the case which is a rubberised material in black, which has all the port covers and rubber nubs built in to control all the buttons on the phone.

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As you can see from the packaging you will also receive three interchangeable back plates of different colours, so you can personalise your device somewhat. Once installed you get an immediate feeling of strength and ruggedness as the name suggests, now I wouldn’t want to immediately slam it to the ground but, as a manual worker in a workshop and site environment I have to say it does give me a good sense of that extra protection, which at the end of the day is the main objective of purchasing such a case.

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I have no fear of my keys or coins being in the same pocket and less fear of banging it against the edge of a workplace bench now due to that fairly thick feeling front screen protector, which contains the only bad point for me, which is that home button cover that reminds me of a rather weak condom. Not that it has split but I fear it will in the not too distant future. However I get the feeling it is so thin for the finger print sensor built in to the home button of the iPhone 5S, where I believe it would be much less of a worry as this button would require less physical movement causing any wear and tear.

In rounding up I would say for the money you couldn’t go far wrong in purchasing this case, I have used it in the rain with no water ingress, as it is water resistant (NOT waterproof), so don’t go for a bath with it. Great for us hard working guys out there. A huge thank you to Newtrent for sending the case out for my review and if you are interested the Amazon links are below.

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Acase Tiptop iPad Air case by @AcaseGlobal


A little over two weeks ago now I unpacked and gave a first look and thoughts on a folio styled case for the iPad Air, and now I’m ready to give my full opinion and review.

So as far as looks go there is absolutely no complaint from me as it looks very smart in its seductive black leather finish and very svelte appearance. I would say this is the thinnest iPad case of this type I have ever seen, let alone use.

The finish from material quality to the stitch work is of a very high standard and should please all but the pickiest of us out there.The solid part of the case fits the iPad very snugly leaving the bezel completely clear and raised above the edges.

One of my earliest worries with this case was the durability of the glue holding the leather binding to the hard shell, however this is completely unfounded as it has shown no sign of wear and neither has the leather at the edge where I tend to mostly fold the cover all the way flat back and hold it as if there was no case attached.

Now the quirky bit to this case is that there are two ways to use the stand/ prop feature. You can either fold the front back and tuck it in giving a good viewing experience for movies and turned over for typing,

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or you can use the lip and four grooves for further viewing angles.

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Either way gives perfectly usable viewing angles, and I have found this case to be a real pleasure to use.

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From a view of protection if you are, shall we say clumsy with your tech, then this is not the case for you as it will not give a large amount of drop protection but if you treasure and value your belongings, and like a classy and executive looking case to show off your iPad then you can’t, in my opinion, go far wrong with this case.

I would like to thank apluscase for sending this case out for my review.

This product can be bought here http://www.apluscase.com.tw/index-en.php

If you are in the US then here is the Amazon link below.

The Bamboo iPhone 5 skin by Lazerwood industries


Well that was two weeks ago, how time flies.

So I have to admit I was sceptical about this one. At the end of the day a skin on your device has the job of protection and of course we want it to be aesthetically pleasing from our point of view. Now I’m quite happy to use skins and have had many, from carbon to vinyl picturesque ones but a real piece of wood! That’s a whole new ball game to me and my first impression was one of trepidation, after all we’ve seen or heard of some horror stories of skins making a mess of expensive gadgets.

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So I swallowed hard and made the above video. I now admit to being a bit of a convert. As I warmed to the skin I found it to be visually and physically quite appealing. It’s strong and rather durable, though some of that may be down to the fact that it is bamboo.

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So what has life with this skin been like?

Well, I have to admit it’s actually really quite nice, it looks good, it feels good and it’s damned hard wearing, which in my pockets is a massive feat in itself. I work in a harsh workshop environment with many steel coated benches and pieces of machinery scattered around.

It has now worn down the lacquer coating down to the grain which has given it a more natural feel (perhaps a thicker coat would help), however this may be leaving it open to grime and staining which remains to be seen as I have decided to leave it in place for now. Or at least until something else catches my eye.

So with all this said I would like to extend a huge thank you to Lazerwood industries for sending me this review unit out and I wish them every success in the future with their many designs.

If you like the look and think you may want one then US readers can head straight on over to http://shop.lazerwood.com and buy straight from the manufacturer, or UK readers would be better trying out Amazon UK at the link below:

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