NUU is renowned for making interesting accessories. Initially, the company shot to fame because of its well received bluetooth keyboard iPhone case, the MiniKey. For many, a switch to the iPhone wasn’t right because of the lack of physical keys. NUU attempted (and succeeded better than other manufacturers) to solve the problem. So, when the opportunity arose to test out some of the company’s newest solutions, I jumped at it.
The ClickMate Series is as intriguing as the MiniKey. It’s made up of the Foundation Case and a set of three add-ons: a battery pack, belt clip and credit card holder. All purchase-able from the NUU online store.
NUU ClickMate PowerPlus – $69
The Foundation Case is the one constant with all three solutions. It’s a typical plastic back cover for your iPhone, except it features a unique locking system. Near the top of the case is a long oblong cutout, this ensures that the camera is still usable, and has a small catch on the inside (dead center). This tiny space is the most vital part of the ClickMate series, and ensures that the Patent Pending lock has somewhere to hold.
The PowerPlus is a battery pack. It clips on to the Foundation case using the small lock at the top. As a charger, it’s one of the best I’ve used. The button to check power level and to start charging is certainly the easiest. Plus, it’s by far the simples to remove. Sadly, I found that it wasn’t particularly comfortable to hold. Having a case made up of two parts held in place by a small catch in the middle isn’t entirely stable. There’s a lot of movement, and I wouldn’t trust it not to break if I dropped it. Also, unlike the Incipio OffGRID Pro, there’s no interchangeable batteries. It’s a sealed unit. In summary: good charger, bad case.
ClickMate Wallet – $29
The Wallet add-on fixes in exactly the same was as the PowerPlus, but for a different purpose. The cases features a pocket at the back to store credit cards/cash/driving license. It’s a great solution if you’re off out for the night, or popping down to the store. I hate having to carry my wallet full of plastic and cash around all the time, so, to being able to just carry my iPhone with a couple of notes, or a card is a great space saver. In use, it’s slim and light enough to carry around without noticing. What I did notice was the lightness in my other pocket, thanks to not having my wallet with me. Removing your cards it’s incredibly simply too, thanks to a thumb-sized hole at the bottom. Just push up, and out it slides.
ClickMate Clip – $29
Last, but not least, the Clip is an attachable belt clip. Applied in the same was as the other two, except it has a large swiveling belt clip on the back. Although I’d never be seen outside my house with a phone attached to my pants (how 2001 is that?), I can appreciate that it is a need for some. Practically, it works fine. The clip seems sturdy enough, and grips well.