When it comes to iPhone cases, we’re pretty spoilt for choice. Especially when it comes to silicone/rubber ones. Choosing the right one is difficult, which means that manufacturing them must be even tougher.
How do you create one that stands out as incredible, or one that’s unique from its competitors? When I opened up the SwitchEasy Colors case for iPhone 5, you could see clearly that the designers had thought in that way. With the “Jelly Bean” Home, Lock/Power and Volume button cover, it sets itself apart by giving you a hard plastic button press feel where it’s needed.
Everything about the case, I can tell there’s a good idea or thought behind it. The removable protective rubber strip that fits over the headset jack and Lightning port is a great idea.
But, being completely removable means it’s easy to lose, and exactly what should I do with it when my iPhone is being used as a music player, or being charged? Place it to one side and hope it doesn’t go missing, or – more likely – put it in my back pocket, forget it’s there and have it go through a wash and dry cycle.
It’s a good job there’s two included in the packaging. It also comes packaged with a screen protector, a microfiber cloth and card to apply the protective film for just under twenty bucks.
I love the minimalist design, combined with a nice soft-touch texture, makes it a pleasure to hold in hand. The edges are gently curved to add comfort and take away from the square-ish feel of the iPhone.
I also really like that there are so many different color options to choose from. With 13 different variations in two-tone hue, it’s virtually impossible to find a combo you won’t like. The harder buttons really do give great feedback and strike the perfect balance between too soft and too stiff.
There are a couple of things I don’t like, hence why I gave it the modest 6/10 rating. With a retail price of $19.99, I expect much more than just a cheap silicone case. Save for the unique design and “Jelly” buttons, the case isn’t a lesson in precision and finish.
It should be much tighter fitting, it feels just a tad too loose on the phone. I also feel the manufacturers could have a done a better job of getting rid of the visible seam around the middle of the case. I’ve used other similar cases in the past, and none had this obvious a seam.
You may feel I’m being a little critical, but the fact is, you have to be when choosing a silicone case. Because there are so many of them. Also, I want to reiterate, it is not an awful case. Anything below 5 is bad. Anything above 5 is good, but to achieve 7 or more, it needs to be great.
If it wasn’t for the great thought and ideas in design behind this case, it would get a lower score. If it was finished to a higher quality, if it was tighter fitting, it would be at least a 7 or 8 out of 10. If you love the design, and want to buy one, or check it out for yourself, head on over to SwitchEasy.com.