This is a late post, but wow, what a week #CES2015 was. This year I followed the event through Twitter and Facebook, but hopefully next year I’ll be able to report live from the show floor! In this week’s What The Case, I’ll cover some of the accessories to look forward to that were announced for 2015. Being the new devices to the market, there was a big focus on the iPad Air 2 and iPhone 6/6 Plus; so keep an eye out for future What The Case series to keep up to date with them all. Let’s dig in.
A speaker on a case is nothing new. Brands have tried to do this since the iPhone 4, like this rechargeable battery and speaker case or with accessories that attempted to amplify the sound from the built-in speakers – apparently there’s a big market for people who want to share their music.
So what is Zagg trying to accomplish? Their focus is to build a great speaker first and a case second. The included Bluetooth speaker can be detached and used as a separate unit, with a built-in microphone and mute button for calls. Afraid of draining your battery while using a Bluetooth speaker? Fret not, because it has a built-in 1800mAh battery to keep the speaker and your iPhone charged. If you’ve ever used a Mophie Juice Pack, I’d imagine the case would be the same level of bulk.
Winning several awards from esteemed product reviewers, the Zagg Pocket is a foldable wireless keyboard and stand. Sound familiar? Well that’s because the market is saturated with these things – I’m typing on one right now! The difference with Zagg’s design? It provides 85% of the typing space of a normal keyboard while being able to fold away to as tall and as thin as a 30cm ruler that you can slide into your inside coat pocket.
Mophie took the opportunity to announce their upgraded line of Juice Pack cases for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus with the Juice Pack Air and Plus, offering a 100% and 120% charge, respectively. With an identical design to the previous iPhone 5 models, it will still stick out at the bottom, making the iPhone just a bit taller, and it will include pass-through charging, prioritizing the charge of your iPhone 6 over the case itself. I’m still waiting for an upgrade to the Space Packs for the iPhone 6.
With the 4-in-1 rushed to market early, Olloclip took to the stage and annouced the rest of their line-up during #CES2015. The Telephoto + Circular Polarizing Lens for the iPhone 6/6 Plus provides a 2X zoom on one end, and a detachable polarizing lens on the other, which allows you to remove reflections on glass and decrease the intensity of the sky in photos.
They also showed some prototypes of their Olloclip compatible cases, which is a complete redesign of their original case for the iPhone 5/5s. This is great news as any Olloclip owner knows the struggles of having a case on and trying to use the Olloclip.
Polaroid’s latest attempt to stay relevant in the digital age is definitely shining through at CES this year, as they release a mobile printer based off Zink paper technology and even a Instagram themed instant camera. In competition with the LG Pocket Photo and Fuji Instax SP-1 as a dominant force in the instant printer industry, the real value will have to come within their software that allows you to edit your photos by adding frames, emojis, or stamps.
First released for the iPhone 5/5s, the Resurgence is OtterBox’s entry into the battery case business. Claiming to provide a 2X charge for your iPhone 6, it definitely sounds a lot more appealing than the Mophie Juice Pack series. You’ll be receiving OtterBox’s recognized design and focus on protection, in what looks to be a very clean and simple design – similar to the Defender series.
A world’s first release – a modular battery case for the iPhone 6/6 Plus. No longer will your Android friends be able to tout their horns about having a removable battery. Get this case and you can throw all the batteries you want at their faces. With a 120% charge on each battery, carry 2 batteries with you and you’re covered for the day.
Being the best selling waterproof case, it’s no surprise LifeProof is the first to ever announce a waterproof battery case as part of their LifeActiv product line. A built-in 2,600mAh battery doubles the iPhone 6 charge, and includes nifty technology to turn itself off when the iPhone is fully charged. LifeProof is still the original four proofs, with protection against water, drops, dust, and snow. OtterBox acquired LifeProof back in 2013 and has allowed them to stay their own entity and the LifeProof Fre Power shows what a great move that was with the additional resources.
Made for the outdoorsman but will be used by all the alcoholics, the Beeline includes a 30 inch retractable Kevlar cord and carabiner to attach your iPhone onto a bag or yourself so you’ll never forget it again. Otherwise, if you snowboard, skydive, rock climb, or do anything that puts your iPhone anywhere 5 feet above ground, you need this to make sure you have no regrets at the end of it.
Remember when the iPhone 6/6 Plus was first released, and because it was so big, it bent in someone’s pocket, then it was named bendgate – forgetting that with enough force on any fairly thin and flat surface, will bend anything? Well, Incipio has decided to put your mind at ease with the Trestle case. Taking from their award-winning NGP case, they have included two metal rods along the edges of the case to prevent any and all bending situations.
Love selfies but hate taking them at night? iBlazr’s got you covered with a flash that attaches onto your audio jack, which means that for iPhone users, you will have to use your phone upside down. There seems to be an app that accommodates that and the unit has a built-in battery for up to 500 photos. The best part is that it can rotate for directional lighting and even be used for the rear camera. Goodbye dark photos, hello upside down iPhones.