AL13, The Nicest iPhone 5 Bumper Case You’ve Ever Seen

Purchasing the iPhone is an easy buy with it’s slick design, speedy software, and quality build, but It’s figuring out which case you want that takes the longest. All inclusive cases are usually bulky and expensive. Want something with a minimalist design? Say goodbye to protection. For those who have been looking for that perfect balance, look no further than the AL13 by “designed by m.”

Creators of the AL13 were looking for a sleek and high quality iPhone bumper case but could never find something that fit their needs. Cases were either too cheap in material and build quality or overly expensive and unaffordable. They decided that if they couldn’t find it on the market, they would craft it themselves. Welcome the AL13. The case features an aerospace aluminum build with rubber bumper interiors to keep your iPhone scratch free. It uses a slide cover so putting it on is super simple. It weighs less than 16 grams and comes with an anodized finish in red, black, silver and a special Kickstarter green. If Apple put in as much work into their iPhone bumper cases as they did their computers and tablets, this is what it would look like.

Be the envy of all your friends. Support designed by m and see to it that you get yourself the only case you’ll ever need. The goal of $20,000 has been reached but you’ve still got time to pick up a case before it retails for $79.99 in April. The early adopter price of $45 is not available anymore but you can still pre-order one for $55 and if you’re looking for the special edition green case, it’ll be $10 more.

FLASHr Takes LED Flash Alerts To The Next Level


With so many notifications that we get sent to our iPhones, whether they are text messages, phone calls, or emails, it is difficult to keep track of them all. After all, we have better things to do aside from staring at our phones the whole day. If you're the type of person who hates missing an important message or phone call, the LED flash notification feature in the Accessibility section of your iPhone could be a great function you just might want to check out. However, be forewarned, the hard light that the flash gives off is surprisingly bright and annoying. 

Taking all of this into consideration, the creators over at Phaze5 has come up with a genius way to use the LED flash alert feature to their advantage. The FLASHr is a great idea that both protects your iPhone and puts on a pretty awesome light show whenever you get an alert. By reflecting the harsh light from the flash using an aluminum backplate, the FLASHr surrounds itself in a comfortable and colorful glow in an assortment of colors. This will surely catch the attention of not just yourself but everybody around you as well, making sure you won't miss a single notification, even if you wanted to.


Phaze5 is calling out to anybody who is interested in supporting them and this simple and awesome idea through their Kickstarter campaign. Starting at $35, you can choose from a large assortment of Flashr colors and never miss a single alert again. 

Cube Gives Your iPhone A Home

There are so many smartphone docks on the market right now, each with its own unique factor that prompts you to fall in love with it. Fancy LEDs that flash in all kinds of arrangments, sleek designs with modern finishes, and whatever else your heart desires, you can probably find it for sale somewhere. Yet, there has not been any products as simple as the Cube. Without any exuberant features that nobody really needs, the Cube provides a simple and cozy home for your iPhone or Android device. 

Constructed out of shatter-proof polycarbonate, the Cube is... a cube. It is a cube with a circle in the middle to put your iPhone into. I don't think there will ever be an easier and clearer explanation than that. By taking away all the unneccesary features that other docks try to cram in, the Cube will do what it is meant to do, and do it well. Simply place your USB connector through the bottom, set the Cube on the table, and your iPhone has a place to live. It is so simple and elegant that it will fit right in with the rest of anybody's home. 

Without using any electricity, the Cube is also an amplifier for your smartphone's speakers. We all have come across an occasion where our built-in speakers were just not loud enough. With the Cube, simply by design, music is amplified for a much better experience. 

The only problem with this product is that it doesn't exist yet. The creators of the Cube are asking for your help on Kickstarter to make their dreams a reality and to give your homeless iPhone a permanent shelter. With $25 dollars, you can pre-order your own clear Cube and with an extra $5 dollars, you can pick a Cube in any available colors. 

Clean Your iPhone 4S Screen With Swipe

We take our smartphones wherever we go and take them out whenever we want. Everything is literally at our fingertips, our dirty and oily fingertips at that. Everytime I have something awesome to show my friends or just want to enjoy my Retina display to the fullest, my shirt is my go-to cleaning cloth. It has become so common for us to use our shirts to wipe our iPhone screens that Swipe, an innovative approach to this problem, was created. 

Created out of aircraft aluminum, Swipe is a case that will last. Integrated directly onto the case is a Micro-Fiber covered swiper that will easily glide up and down your screen, taking all the smudges along with it, leaving your iPhone feeling as it did when it just came out of the box. Cleaning your iPhone screen has never been so effortless. 

Not only does Swipe clean your screen, it also features a tripod mount that will attach to your dashboard, your bike, or anything with a compatible mount. On top of that, as cellular signals tend to decrease with metallic cases such as the Swipe, they have touted optimal signal strength using their "Wide Open Hybrid Design." Swipe just has it all.

Swipe's Kickstarter campaign is still in its early stages with 29 days to go. Head on over to their page and support this great idea to permanently get rid of your dirty iPhone screen. You can preorder one with a $79 pledge or higher if the campaign becomes successful.

Miniot Wood Pouch Gives Your iPhone A Woody

This Holland-based company brings an iconic design for your iPhone 4/4S made of authentic wood. Unlike the typical plastic or silicone cases most companies are producing, Miniot gives your iPhone an organic aura, infusing technology with nature. The Miniot Pouch features a soft interior to protect your iPhone from scratches and a hard wooden shell to prevent any dents and cracks. With a simple one-touch lock release on the other side, you can easily slide your iPhone out to use.

This thin and lightweight piece of wood will provide your iPhone with both protection and a unique look. You can even request a custom engraving for an extra fee. Miniot also offers a number of different types of wood: Cherry, Mahogany, Padouk, Walnut, Wenge, or Zebrawood. The Miniot Pouch will be available in two weeks; pre-order yours on their website for €59, around $74.

GelaSkins Introduces Its Own iPhone 4S HardCase Case

Say what? GelaSkins has introduced its HardCase case for both the iPhone 4S and iPhone 4, as well as for the iPhone 3GS and 3G. Perfect if you love all the incredible artsy patterns and graphics that until today were only available on skins, are now available on a much more protective case. The HardCase is somewhat of a basic back, snap-on style polycarbonate protective case. And it's about time GelaSkins makes something other than terrific skins. And you guessed it, the HardCase can be customized using your own graphics and art in the same method GelaSkins lets you make your own custom skins. The HardCase will run you $34.95 regardless whether you select a pre-arted one out of more than 300 designs or create your own custom HardCase using your creative mind.

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Vaja iVolution Top LP Leather iPhone 4S Flip Case Amazes All

Vaja continues to out one of the most incredible, luxurious leather cases for the iPhone, and this time it has released the iVolution Top LP. A two-tone leather flip-style case made to fit both the iPhone 4S and iPhone 4 priced at $95. The iVolution Top LP has a flap that keeps the iPhone's screen protect while not in use and flips down and over the back when you want to use it. One half is made with Vaja's special Floater leather while the other is made from a smoother Caterina type of leather for the exterior, and Caterina leather interior. The camera cutout around the back is designed to insure flawless picture taking using the LED flash without any glare. Like all Vaja's cases, this one is customizable with a slew of different leather colors and leather types.

If you're thinking about handing over your cash, we can assure you all that leather goodness will be worth your while having reviewed Vaja's iPad 2 folio.

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