MirrorCase is a great idea that is poorly executed [Review]

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When first seeing the MirrorCase, I was skeptical of its odd shape. Just look at the picture above, it has a giant “hump” at the top of the device. It reminded me of the old Droid X – and I didn’t like the Droid X. So when I got the case in my hands, I was immediately not a fan. It felt like the design hadn’t been thought through, and there had to be another way to accomplish this. What this case does, for those who haven’t heard of it, is it puts a mirror directly in front of the iPhone’s camera, which then aims the camera up if you are facing the screen. What RHP Multimedia (the makers of the case) decided was that holding your phone vertical was just unnatural for taking pictures, and therefore putting a mirror behind the camera would allow for you to hold it in a flat and more natural position. This part of the idea was accomplished successfully. It uses an iPhone app found that RHP Multimedia has published to the App Store that is a free download. That all was fine, the part that got on my nerves is how the case actually fit on the device.

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If you are going to use a case, are you going to want to keep on your phone at all times, or take it on and off constantly and always carry it with you? For myself, it is the former. That is hard when the mirror part of this case makes the top of the phone over 1 inch thick (a little over 3 cm). So carrying this in your pocket, front or back, just didn’t really work. That was a major disadvantage of this case, and one of the reasons for the lower rating. I don’t like to have to carry around a case while also carrying around the phone. Isn’t the main point of a case to protect the device? If it isn’t gong to stay on the device, how exactly is it doing the protecting part? It isn’t. This was by far the biggest pet peeve I had with this case, because other than that, there wasn’t too much to complain of. When the case was on the device, it didn’t make it bulky other than the camera part, it wasn’t heavy, and I loved the soft touch feel it had. So really, if it could be redesigned to better house the mirror part, such as putting a hinge for it to fold up and down depending on use (actually, that is kind of what it did for the iPhone 5 version of the case) it would make all the difference in this case.

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Aside from the overly annoying part that is that giant hump at the top, all your ports are still easily accessible. The volume buttons are easy to press through a cut out on the side, as is the mute switch. On the top you’ll find a cut out for power button and headphone jack. The power button was difficult to press, as you couldn’t really do it with one hand because you would have to reach your finger completely overtop the mirror hump. It fit very tight to the device, so if you are someone who was going to leave this on all the time you shouldn’t have to worry about it coming off. On the inside there was a piece of rubber which kept the back of the phone from being scratched by the hard plastic, or anything that was able to find its way between the phone and the case. Overall, this case did what is was supposed to, but the design of it and portability just made it somewhat impractical. I did really like the idea, though, and hope it is improved in future versions.

If you are interested in this case, you can find it here: MirrorCase for iPhone 4/4S. Follow me on Twitter, and check out the gallery below to see some more photos.

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