It’s been a while since we looked at an iPhone case (don’t worry, we have plenty of them), so today seems like a good day to talk about one. The past couple have all had their own unique gimmicks, but our newest competitor is fairly normal. In addition to a rather special case (we’ll get to that one next week), CaseCrown sent us the Purple Amethyst rendition of their Polycarbonate Glider Case.
Out of the Box
Our package probably looks a tad bit different then whatever you will be privileged to receive from CaseCrown. Inside we got another case, as well as a letter from CaseCrown – but, that’s probably not the norm. Inside each box is the case itself and that’s about it. Instead of the normal cardboard iPhone, CaseCrown gave us a plain-looking styrofoam cutout. But then again, that is not our universal standard for measuring iPhone cases.
Our Purple Amethyst looks a little hot pinkish to us, but then again – we are paranoid we are going to color blind. The hard shell case reminded us of one thing: the Incase Slider. While we aren’t going to get into a fight over who had the idea first, we can tell you it’s the same idea: hard shell case that retains the iPhone’s basic shape, bottom piece slides off easily for docking and cradle capabilities. Buttons and other function holes are cleanly cut to retain full usability, while allowing maximum protection. The outside shockingly features a (matte) polycarbonate finish, while the inside features smooth plastic with felt running across the back.
We didn’t have the opportunity to drop CaseCrown’s case. (That’s a lie, we chose not to…) But unless this differs from the other hard shell iPhone cases, the main goal is to protect from scratching and minor falls. We have dropped various hard shell cases from fairly high distances over the course of our case history and we found it involves a bit of luck. There is no reason why we see CaseCrown’s offering any different in terms of external protection. Internal protection is a different story. One of the largest gripes with iPhone cases (and MacBook cases for that matter) is the scratching the cases themselves do to the iPhone. Our basic understanding of the problem is this: dirt gets in between the case and phone and that leads to scratching. CaseCrown has a different approach to the interior of the iPhone. They placed soft felt inside the case and after two weeks of using a variety of their cases, we haven’t been able to detect any scratches.
Against the Slider
The topic has to be dealt with and after reflecting on it we came to an odd conclusion: they aren’t that similar. In principle, they are, but each one seems to do one thing better then the other and we aren’t really sure how to conclude between the two. Looks are arbitrary, but there is no denying that the CaseCrown is thinner. It’s a noticeable difference that we recognized only minutes after putting it on. This means that the iPhone has a lower profile in your pocket, as well as an increase in usability. Accessing the volume and ringer buttons is a tad bit easier because you aren’t digging as much. That could come at a cost in protection, but we have no way of judging what the difference is there. The durability and flex in each case seems to be similar, but the one area the Incase shined was in form? We aren’t sure what to call this category, but when we put the Incase Slider on our phone, it held together. In order to take the bottom piece off, a decent amount of force had to applied. That’s no the case with the CaseCrown, which we noticed slid (no pun attended) around in our pockets.
In the End
Outside of the “form” (staying together), we have no gripes. The case looks good and generally did its job. We found the buttons to be about as usable as any other case (or cover) on the market and that was a relief considering what else has been on our iPhone recently. We didn’t try to put the case on with our BestSkinsEver applied, but we’d imagine the film and case combo wouldn’t go over well. The real deciding factor is the price, generally the second largest gripe with Incase’s popular case. The Incase Slider retails for just $34.95, you can purchase the Polycarbonate Glider Case directly from CaseCrown for $17.92 and to us that’s a winner.