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On a quest for the perfect iPhone 5S case

We use four iPhone 5s cases over three weeks and see how they fare.

We tries two cases from Cygnett and two from Switcheasy We tried two cases from Cygnett and two from Switcheasy
Published on:February 24, 2014 11:30 am

Apple iPhone 5S is one of the most elegant phones in the market. But is metal body gets scratched easily, making it look a lot less appealing, and like any other phone, the iPhone 5S is also prone to damage after a fall. That is why investing in a case is necessary. We’ve used four cases for around three weeks each on an iPhone 5S, here’s how they fared.

Switcheasy Tones

$25 (~Rs 1,600, shipping extra)

This cover picks up dirt easily. This cover picks up dirt easily.

Switcheasy is a popular mobile accessories brand in the US. Tones is among Switcheasy’s best iPhone cases. Switcheasy ships to India for $10 (~Rs 650), and you’ll get cases within two weeks of ordering. Tones is available in several colours, but all the light coloured variants get dirty really soon. We had a turquoise and a black case for review. The edges of the turquoise case got dirty within two days. The black case didn’t get dirty.

Tones is made of two materials. The back cover is hard, while the edges are made of soft plastic. The case fits well and has excellent build quality except for the empty space for the volume button, which looks like it will break under duress. Tones has some “lip” room too, which means that your iPhone’s screen won’t touch the surface if you place it face down. Tones seals the volume buttons and the ports at the bottom. Note that the black variant came with the flaps attached to the case, while the turquoise one had them as separate components. The seal protects the phone from dust and you will lose the tiny flaps if they aren’t attached to the case itself. Check this with Switcheasy if you plan to buy the case.

Some user reviews on say the case tends to break easily too. Tones isn’t easy to remove, so if you need to remove your iPhone case frequently, this isn’t a great option. That may be a reason behind the issues faced by those users.

I accidentally dropped my iPhone 5S a few times while reviewing the case. It rolled on the edges and even fell screen downwards once. The case protected the phone very well and it is the reason why my iPhone is unscathed. It’s a great purchase as long as you pick a dark colour.

Switcheasy Numbers

$15 (~Rs 1,000, shipping extra)

The edges are dirty The edges are dirty

If you’re worried about breaking Tones, then Switcheasy Numbers is a good alternative. It’s made of a soft, rubberised material that will not break. We reviewed a blue Numbers case and, like Tones, it got dirty soon. Washing the case doesn’t help much, so you will …continued »

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