Availability: Blackberry tour and iPhone 3g/3gs
Both the Blackberry Tour case and the iPhone 3g/s case are minimalist. The tops and bottoms are completely open. The corners and sides are covered, with cutouts for the volume and audio ports. The backing stays close to the phone, which is good in that it keeps the normal shape of the phone. You have to put a clear sticker over the back of your phone before putting on the case. The sticker both protects your phone from all the sliding, and produces less friction so the cards can slide in and out. Since the back of the iPhone is funkily curved and the casing sits so close, cards that you slide into the back slot fit in easier if they are bendable like a metrocard. I was able to slide in a harder drivers license, credit card and a flimsier metrocard.
Road test: I took the case out for a spin on the road. To test it on my daily routine, I packed the case with my metrocard and my office ID. Getting into the subway I imitated the promo shot and used my thumb to slide my metrocard halfway out of the case. I swiped my whole phone and then slid the card right back in with my thumb. Lucky for me, my office uses a proximity sensor to detect office IDs (meaning you place the id down on a sensor instead of swiping). So when I got to the office, all I had to do was place my phone down on top of the sensor and I was in. But let’s assume you had to get out and swipe your second card. First you would slide out the top metrocard, and then push out the second card with your thumb. If both cards are for swiping you might consider facing them in opposite directions so that you can slide one or both out halfway and swipe without any other manuevering.
Bottom line: A simple MULTI functional case that for some outings may eliminate the need to carry a seperate wallet altogether. For what it offers, the case is at a nice price point. It would make a great buy, or gift.
Note: We received a demo unit from the company in order to write this review.
- Prize: Five Smrtcase glide cases. One per winner. Winner chooses color and Blackberry Tour or iPhone 3G model.
- Terms: Because this is a physical item that needs to be shipped, this giveaway is restricted to those in the United States. Entries must be submitted by 11:59PM EST, March 4th, 2010. Read the rest of the terms here.
- How to play: Below I will ask a question, answer that question in the comments section to this post using a valid name and email address. Multiple submissions are allowed provided you have different things to say. Once again, comments must be submitted by 11:59PM EST, March 4th, 2010.
- Giveaway question: Are you planning on getting some type of tablet computer? discuss!