Otterbox Defender, Pursuit, and Symmetry for the iPhone XR and Google Pixel 3

It looks like we are going to have another fun time with another Otterbox review. Yes, we did do one last week for identical cases of the Symmetry and Defender for certain iPhones and even Samsung Galaxy models, but it is time to focus on the Pixel 3 and the iPhone XR. I’m sure that you know that I’m going to give these guys a positive review, as they are number one in the nation as far as cases go, and these are by far no exception.

Otterbox Defender Series for the Google Pixel 3

Unlike the related Lifeproof products, the Defender Series for Google’s latest flagship seems to pride itself in a screenless design. It does have that multi-layer, drop-proof protection going on, of course. Oh, it also covers the ports really well from dirt, dust, and lint.

As for the feel of the Defender, it feels rubber and smooth to the touch, on the outside. It has a weird and stiff area around the camera lens that you can see in the image. The inside seems to be set up with a cushion for the back of the Pixel 3.

I have to admit that I expected the Defender for the Google Pixel 3 to be higher than its $49.95 price on the Otterbox site. It even comes with a belt buckle holder.

Otterbox Pursuit for the iPhone XR

I’ve never really certain why Otterbox names its products what it does, but perhaps the Otterbox Pursuit Series for the iPhone XR is so named because it is made for the pursuit of…something. This Pursuit Series is said to be the thinnest, toughest, and most protective iPhone XR case.

It certainly feels that way as it seems to lack the soft rubbery feel of the Defender. Even the inside feels completely hard, and I am guessing that it is made for some superior shock absorbing power, I guess.

In short, the Pursuit allows for protection with its “thermoplastic elastomer”, which is probably another phrase meaning “gives protection without adding too much volume”. It can be purchased on the Otterbox site for $79.95.

Otterbox Symmetry for the Google Pixel 3

It’s hard to believe the the Symmetry isn’t as skinny as the Pursuit, but apparently, it isn’t. It has the ease of installation with makes it work, and I can’t imagine why it is called the Symmetry.

This particular case feels softer than the pursuit, possibly because it is made from synthetic rubber. Not only does it give protection from drops, but it has a raised edge to protect the screen.

The Symmetry for the Google Pixel 3 is available on the Otterbox site for $39.95.

Otterbox Symmetry for the iPhone XR

I found that the Symmetry cases for the iPhone XR seem to come in a lot of varieties, and I will talk about the Clear and the ones that come in myriad colors and styles. Both of them have that drop protection as well as its ultra-slimness.

I suppose that the difference between the clear and the colorful ones is how smooth the back is. They do have that raised edge in order to protect the screen, and they are made of that synthetic rubber and polycarbonate.

The Otterbox Symmetry for the iPhone XR is quite a beautiful thing to wrap up our omni-review, and it can be purchased on the Otterbox site for $49.95 right here for the clear and here for the colorful.

I’m not certain if we are through reviewing Otterbox products for this holiday season, but I’m sure we’ll see a plethora of what they have to offer at CES 2018.

Nomad Cases Offer Stylish Ways to Protect Your iPhone: Rugged Case, Rugged Folio, Rugged Tri-Folio, and Carbon Case

If you are interested in “seeking adventure” and protecting your new iPhones, we have some cases from Nomad to introduce to you. Nomad is a company that we’ve reviewed in the past. Today, we’ll be showcasing four different cases.

The Nomad Rugged Case

all photos credited to Nomad

The Rugged case protects phones from 6 foot drops while looking stylish and rugged. It is made of Horween leather, which weathers with a patina over time. It also has a sleek rubber bumper on the edges. We have reviewed similar cases in the past, but this case for the newest iPhones are made to be 33 percent thinner. This will give you some better portability. They also have the ability to be charged wirelessly. These are available in black or brown for $44.95 on the Nomad site.

The Nomad Rugged Folio

Also made of Horween leather, this case gives you a little extra. The fold-over front will hold up to three credit cards, or drivers’ license, etc. There is also a slot for cash. It is recommended that you get a screen protector to protect from potential scratches should you choose to store cards. This case is available for $59.95 for new iPhones in black and rustic brown.

The Nomad Rugged Tri-Folio

For $79.95, you can go another step up and do the tri-fold case. There isn’t much more to this one besides another card slot, and an extra fold with another cash slot. This one would probably negate the need for a screen protector since your cards aren’t scratching up the screen.

 

The Nomad Carbon Case

This case looks pretty basic, but it does have a sleek design, and protection from up to a six foot drop as well. It mostly has a semi-gloss, satin finish, but it also has 1/4 matte finish. This case is strong and sturdy, but also thin and lightweight. $34.95 will buy this case for the iPhone X, XR and XS Max. 

So there are some more great cases from a good company to consider for Christmas gifts.
Thanks to Nomad for sending us some product to test in exchange for our fair and unbiased review. No other compensation was given.

Lifeproof Slam and NËXT Cases Provide Protection for Your Phone

Here are some more phone case reviews coming your way. This time, we’re reviewing a couple of LifeProof cases for some phones. We’ve reviewed the LifeProof Slam in the past for the Samsung Galaxy S9. This time we have the Slam case for the iPhone 7 and 8 to review. We’ll also review the LifeProof NËXT for iPhone X and above and Samsung Note 9.

LifeProof Slam

photo credit:LifeProof

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This case that LifeProof sent us for the iPhone 7/8 is one of LifeProof’s slim cases. The back is clear, and the bumper comes in different colors such as Night Flash (green/black), Aloha Sunset (pink/teal), Lava Chaser (red/gray), and Free Flow (purple/pink). This case is built to withstand drops from 2 meters.

The buttons on the side of the case may be a bit difficult to manipulate at first, but with some time it gets better. The front of the phone is open is not encased in this particular product, but you can get the Alpha Glass if you want the additional protection. This case costs $49.99.

LifeProof NËXT

The NËXT is a case in between the SLAM and the FRE. It is drop-proof, dirt-proof and snow-proof. This case is also built to withstand drops from up to 2 meters, but it has port covers to keep out dirt and such.

There are raised edges to protect the front of your phone, should you put it face down, but the screen is also open as with the SLAM. The Alpha Glass is also compatible if you want extra protection.

The back is also clear- allowing you to showcase your phone. The edges give it a nice pop of color, though. You can find these cases in colors like Black Crystal, Ultra (light purple), Zipline (green), Cactus Rose (pink), and Clear Lake (the blue, as shown above).

We were sent this case to review for the iPhones X, Xs, Xs Max, and Samsung Galaxy Note 9, but they are available for other devices as well. The price of these cases is $79.99.

So, if you want to protect those new devices you get for Christmas, we can recommend LifeProof. This is my unbiased review, but thanks to LifeProof for sending us these free cases.

 

Under Armor Gear (UAG) Review: Monarch and Pathfinder for iPhone XS and iPhone XR

Once again, we have got our hands on Under Armor Gear (UAG) products, and they do make some of the greatest cases in the universe. I honestly don’t know if this is an accurate thing to say.

UAG Monarch Case for the iPhone XS Max

Once again, the Monarch Case has one of those five-layers of protection. You can see that it has that typical UAG look that always reminds me of a complex belt buckle.

This particular Monarch has a metal alloy and leather, and it even has this odd kind of hexagonal pattern that feels like…I don’t know, rubber? I am told it is called a honeycomb traction grip.

It’s completely set-up for drop protection approved by the Military. What is really cool is that it is set-up for the wireless charging, which is odd, considering all the layers of protection.

This sound good for you, you can get the Monarch case for the iPhone XS Max on the UAG site for $59.95.

UAG Pathfinder Case for the iPhone XS Max

I’m sure that you can see the difference between the Pathfinder and the Monarch, as the black leather areas are kind of sanded over. Yeah, I wasn’t certain how to describe that, but then again, I never really know how to describe the shape of UAG cases.

While I couldn’t confirm the 5 layers of protection, the Pathfinder sure looks tough, and it is much lighter too. I am guessing it is made for the hikers, and is it just me, or does the color of Carmine that you see in the photo seem perfect for hiking?

Well, it is good for the military protection and the wireless charging, and the UAG Pathfinder case for the iPhone XS Max is available on the UAG site for $39.95.

UAG Pathfinder SE Case for the iPhone XR Max

Okay, I was glad to review the Pathfinder SE for the iPhone XR, because I have been wanting to review stuff for the iPhone XR for a while. Besides the size, this Pathfinder SE case for the XR isn’t that much different from the Pathfinder for the iPhone XS Max. You can see that the Pathfinder SE has some camo pattern, and that seems to be one big difference.

Anything else I can say about this would be a cut and paste, and I see no reason to do that. I guess that I will just say what I forgot to say and that it is feather-light and has some scratch resistant pads.

For some reason, the UAG Pathfinder SE for the iPhone XR is more expensive than the Pathfinder regular, as it is available on the UAG site for $49.95.

A Numerous Amount of ITSKINS Cases to Review

ITSKINS is a company based in China, but run by a French man. We’ve reviewed some of their great phone cases in the not so distant past. They just sent us a lot more to review. Some of these cases are repeats from before, but available for the new iPhones.
Buckle up. Here we go.

Nano Ice

All photos courtesy of ItSkins

These cases are slim and rigid. A basic case that has a clear back with trim in colors of black, light green, light blue, pink and purple. This is available for only the newer iPhone models as far as I can tell. Raised beveled edges will protect the front of your phone if placed on its face. $19.99 USD will pay for this case that is drop tested up to 1 meter.

 

 

 

SpectrumFolio

Moving on up to the 2Meter drop protected cases, the SpectrumFolio offers drop protection, but also has RFID protection, which is meant to protect your credit cards that fit in the inside pockets of this case. The corners have airpocket technology to absorb and disperse shock. There’s also the honeycomb design on the inside that is known for absorbing shock as well. This case is available for $29.99 for the new iPhones, but also for some older ones and Samsung Galaxy phones, too. Many different colors to fit your style- you can check them out here.

HybridFolio

Almost exactly the same as the case above, but this folio is made of real leather. Offered in black, black with red stitching, blue, white, or brown for $39.99, it offers the same protection as the above.

 

 

 

 

HybridMKII

This case looks similar to the NanoIce, but it offers a dual layer protection up to a 2Meter drop. It has the same air cushion technology that their other cases offer at this level. The design is a crystal clear back with edges in red, green, pink, purple, black or clear. $25.99 will buy this protective case for your new iPhones and also the Galaxy Note 9.

 

 

HybridGlass

In colors of black, sliver, rose pink, gold, and white mat, this case is backed with a 9H tempered glass panel. This is the first ever made Drop Certified cover of its kind. There’s a specialized blend of the HEXO-TEK technology for beauty and strength. A built-in magnet makes this case compatible with all ITSKINS magnetic mounting system. This design is also thin enough for wireless charging, and yet is anti-shock up to 2 Meters.

HybridEdge

This case with a transparent cover, has soft, black bumpers, and a metallic-feeling frame. You can interchange different colors to make it fit your personality. The colors offered are rose gold, gold, black piano, silver, black matte, and space gray. For $29.99, this case can be bought to fit many iPhones and even Samsung Galaxy phones 6 and higher.

 

 

Itskins Spectrum

The Spectrum is another case that looks basic, but offers the level 2 drop protection. The translucent case is offered in colors of clear, black, purple, pink and light blue. $19.99 will buy this for new iPhones, and also for other phones that I’ve never heard about before. You can check to see if your phone is covered here.

 

And finally, we have the

SUPREME FROST

This is an extreme impact case that has been drop tested up to 3 Meters! It has 4 layers of protection to give it great high impact absorption. The back of the case is frosted, and the sides are also available in different colors. Red, blue, baby pink, grey… just some of the colors available for the newest iPhones at $34.99.

 

 

We hope this gave you some ideas for new cases for Christmas. Thanks to ITSKINS for sending us these cases to review. Our analysis is our own, and not influenced by any monetary compensation.

 

Otterbox Protection for Devices: Symmetry, Pursuit, Defender, and Alpha Glass

With new iPhones coming out and the recently released Galaxy Note 9, consumers are looking to protect their investments. Otterbox has been a trusted company by many to provide this protection. We got the privilege of receiving some of their cases and a screen protector to review.

Otterbox Symmetry Series

all photos credit:Otterbox

The Symmetry series provides cases in many colors and designs- too numerous to list them all. This particular case is called “Gradient Energy.”

All of the Symmetry cases offer Otterbox Certified Drop Protection. They’re easy to put on and take off. The cases are ultra-slim, so you can wirelessly charge and use Apple Pay.

Symmetry cases vary in price greatly, so we’ll just tell you the prices of the cases we received to review. The iPhone XS Max case in Gradient Energy is $54.95. The same case for the Samsung Galaxy Note S9 is also $54.95. There is not quite as many styles and colors for the Note S9, though.

Otterbox Pursuit Series


The Pursuit case is said to be ultimate protection. In addition to the sturdiness of the case, it also offers an ultra-thin design. It protects from dust, mud, dirt and snow. Good to take skiing or backpacking. This case offers enhanced audio and the ability to access the screen directly. There are port covers to keep unwanted materials out, but still provide access when needed.

This case also comes in various colors- including this clear one with the black edges. We received an all black one. There are other colors, too. $79.95 will purchase this case for the iPhone XS Max. Check out the website for more colors and device options.

Otterbox Defender Series

 

This case that we received for the iPhone X/Xs is the screenless edition. The multi-layer case offers great drop protection, and protects from dust as well. It comes with a holster that attaches to your belt with a clip. Otterbox Defender has been around for a long time. We even reviewed it back in 2012 on the iPhone 5! It still has the great reliability and standard you can trust. Different colors and cases for different devices will bring different prices, but for this particular case- $49.95.

Otterbox Alpha Glass Screen Protector

Otterbox screen protectors are cut precisely for their cases. If you get an Otterbox cases, you will probably want to get the screen protectors made to go with them. The Otterbox website offers a discount when the screen protector is purchased with many of their cases.

The protector is reactive to touch and fortified to protect from splintering and shattering. Most important is that the screen below doesn’t get damaged. The Alpha Glass protector for the Samsung Galaxy Note9 is $44.95. It wraps nicely around the edges to get that edge protected. It comes with edges for the top and bottom of the note 9, and some cleaners. Glass protectors really need to be placed carefully.

This wraps up our review of Otterbox products. Thanks to Otterbox for sending us these to review free of charge with no other compensation in exchange for our honest and unbiased review.

 

 

New Urban Armor Gear (UAG) Cases for the new iPhones: Trooper and Metropolis

If you’re one of the people who is looking forward to buying a new iPhone XR or Xs Max, there are already cases for you! Urban Armor Gear(UAG) is one of the companies who have rolled out their cell phone cases to protect your valuable phone. Today, we’re looking at two of those cases.

The first case is

The Urban Armor Gear Trooper Series Case

UAG Trooper
Photo Credit: UAG

Photo credit:UAG

These rugged, but classic looking cases will surround your phone to a lip on your screen with a poly-carbonate shell backing. The back opens to reveal a recess that holds up to 4 credit cards.

The inside backing is rubbery and springy- built with the hexagonal pattern you’ll find in many UAG cases. The back is tough to open initially, but should get easier after a while.

There is the usual drop test standard to MIL- 810G-516.6. We have reviewed this series for other phones before as well, but for the iPhone X/XS and XR this black case costs $39.95. The case for the XS Max costs $44.95.

The UAG Metropolis Series Case

The Metropolis case is another fabulous case by UAG. This one provides 360 degree protection by wrapping completely around your phone. The inside of the cover has a soft, felt material that lines and protects the screen of your phone. It also holds credit cards in pockets.

The outside of the case has a leathery feel, but is water resistant. There are raised ridges on the back. The strap closure is held in place by a magnet. Your ports and buttons remain easy to access. The thinness of the case allows you to wirelessly charge your phone, or access Apple Pay.

The cases for iPhones X and above come in black, blue and red. They’re available for $39.95 on the UAG site.

UAG Metropolis
Photo credit:UAG


Both of the cases in these collections are covered by a one year warranty, and have free shipping.
Thanks to UAG for sending us these cases free of charge in exchange for our fair and unbiased review. No other compensation was given.

Jisoncase Microfiber Leather Standing Wallet Case for the iPhone X

So, you know that I like to do reviews of some awesome accessories, and I suppose cases for smartphones are the coolest. I have to admit that I never heard of the Jisoncase, but if their products look like this, then I am going to hear more about them.

This is a case made for the iPhone X with microfiber leather. I am told that this is hand-crafted, and it most certainly feels good on the hand.

This is one of those cases which can double as a wallet, and it has two pockets that are more than big enough to hold a wallet or credit card. In fact, they might be too big.

Like most reviews, I was given a review unit to try out. Now, this image looks like it can be used as a folio stand, but the one I had didn’t look like it could work in such a manner.

Don’t let that turn you off, because the Jisoncase is one great quality product on sale on the Jisoncase site for $18.98, marked down for $24.00. It comes in many different colors as well.

Review of IONA Dock for iPhone and iPad by Landing Zone

Finally, to wrap up our Landing Zone review series, we will conclude with the IONA dock for the iPhone and iPad.

The IONA is a great dock for those who are looking for something to hold an iPad or iPhone in order to FaceTime, watch movies, listen to music, read recipes, or do a variety of activities without having to hold your device.

Size and Aesthetics

The aluminum base is 4.5 inches in diameter. The dock stands at 6.5 inches tall and is a white, plastic material. It weighs in at 1 lb. Most of the weight is in the sturdy base which has a rubberized bottom to accommodate a solid hold. The base also rotates 120 degrees, so you can easily adjust to your viewing preference. The backing that your device rests on is an aluminum material like the round base.

Compatible Devices and Cases

Included in the box are different bumpers to make many different iPhones and iPads compatible. You can use it with iPhones 5 and 5s, and all the way up to 6s and 6s Plus. Do you have an iPad mini? The iPad minis 2 through 4 will work as well. The iPad Air and the Air 2 can also fit.

Most cases will fit on the dock. Thicker cases like Otterboxes and those with battery cases will not work. If you don’t have a case, there is a bumper to use. You’ll see this in the next video I post in…

Set Up

The IONA is relatively easy to use. Here’s a great video that can show you how easy it is to set up.

Other Cool Features

As you may have seen in the video, you can charge your device while it is docked. It didn’t use to come with a Lightning Cable, but the company decided to start including one that is 4.5 feet long, and it is an official Apple cord. You can also use the one that came with your phone.

There is a slot that makes the audio input port accessible, so you can plug in headphones or a speaker while your device is docked as seen here:

The designer, Mike Nuttall, made sure to make the dock stand at a perfect height and angle to match with other screens like the MacBook computer and Thunderbolt monitor shown here:

All in all, a great little docking station that sells for a very reasonable price of $19 on the Landing Zone website.

This concludes the series of Landing Zone products we were sent to review, and I’ll throw in the disclaimer that we have not received any compensation from this company, and this is my fair and unbiased analysis of the product. I’ll also include the photo credit to Landing Zone for all pictures used in these reviews.

A Collection of Catalyst Products to Protect iPhones and Apple Watches

Catalyst is a company that offers a variety of protection for Apple products, and we get a chance to review some of them for you today.

This Catalyst waterproof case for the iPhone 8 (and fits the iPhone 7) is going to offer a lot of protection for your device. Not only is it shock and drop proof tested at an 810G MIL standard for drops up to 6.6 ft., it is waterproof up to 33 feet deep! You can do some serious scuba diving with your phone in this case.

They are snow, dirt, and sand proof, and you don’t have to take your case off for wireless charging, either!

This case runs for $79.99 on the Catalyst website. The same case is available for the iPhone X and iPhone 8 Plus (will also fit 7 Plus). They both run for $89.99.

Image courtesy of Catalyst

Another product Catalyst sent us to review is the Impact Protection case for the iPhone 8 (fits iPhone 7). This case is not waterproof, but is drop proof tested up to 9.9 ft, so a bit more protection with the Impact Truss System, and also weighs only 29g. As with the above cases, you can charge your phone on a wireless charger, and it also has the rotating mute switch at the top.

As with the other cases, this case also comes in various sizes. The price on these are $49.99 for the 8+ and $39.99 for the iPhone X and iPhone 8 version. We were sent the black case to review (only the sides have color, the back is see-through). They do have other colors like blueridge/sunset, army green/black, and coral/black. The Wriststrap is included with this case as well.

Moving along to the Apple Watch Waterproof 42mm case for series 3 (but compatible with series 2). This case will let you go swimming with your Apple Watch with an IP-68, and has been tested to 330 ft. deep. It’s also strong and drop tested from 6.6 ft.
This one comes in black only for a price of $69.99. Catalyst has commented that they may look to make it in various colors in the future.

Last, but not least, we will include the tempered glass screen protector we were sent to review for the iPhone 8. This fits the iPhone 7 as well, and they offer these in many sizes- including for the Apple Watch. It is scratch and shatter resistant, easy to install, and bubble free. Always make sure to apply carefully after cleaning thoroughly in a dust-free room for $39.99.

Thanks to Catalyst for sending us these products in exchange for a fair and unbiased review!