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  • The AL13 Aluminum Bumper Case is for Those Wanting to Preserve the Look of the iPhone 5


    The iPhone 5 is a metallic marvel that shouldnít be shrouded in cheap plastic. Itís made out of carefully crafted anodized aluminum thatís made to be seen. So why hide it? Thatís the idea behind a new case called the AL13 Aerospace Aluminum Bumper case for the iPhone 5. We originally showed you the case when it was just a Kickstarter project back in January, but it has finally made it to the public.

    When you get the case, you are instantly impressed by the caseís box, which is crafted just as carefully as the case itself. It has the AL13 logo on it, and shows that the case is designed by m and made for the iPhone 5. Then when you open it, you'll see a shiny gem:



    The case comes carefully packaged in a piece of thick foam. The case itself is literally a lightweight piece of aluminum that will wrap around your iPhone 5. The case is made to be the same color and of the same aluminum style as the iPhone 5 itself, so many will hardly even be able to tell you have a case on. The case, when removed from the box and opened up, is very minimalistic. You can see below how the chamber design lets you drop your iPhone into the case and then lock it into place:



    The interior of the case is lined with a soft black fabric that keeps the aluminum of the case from brushing up on your iPhone 5ís aluminum.

    Once installed, it looks really good, streamlined, and sleek:



    You have full access to the bottom ports of the device, including the headphone jack, lightning connector, speaker, and microphone. Youíll also notice that the entire front of the iPhone is also accessible, as the case only wraps just around the edge of the device. For the reason, the case doesnít make it hard to access your touch screen, front-facing camera, or home button:



    The case gives you ample room to press the bare sleep button at the top of the device:



    From the side, you have ample room to flip the ringer/silent switch to your preferred orientation. You also have easy access to your volume up and volume down buttons. From the side of the device, you can see the AL13 logo:



    Just like Appleís bumper case, the AL13 Aerospace Aluminum Bumper case leaves the back of the iPhone exposed to the elements, but thanks to the wraparound design, the back of the iPhone never touches the surfaces you lay it down on. The same goes for the front. With the wide-open rear, the case never gets in the way of photography, video recording, voice recordings, or flashlights:



    The AL13 is a sturdy case that matches the structure of the iPhone 5 very well. Itís a minimalist case, so it wonít protect you from those hardcore drops like some other cases will, but if youíre trying to preserve the beauty of your iPhone while still trying to keep it lightly protected from wear and tear, then the AL13 might be an option for you.

    The AL13 is difficult to sense in your hand. Thanks to being made from the same materials as the iPhone itself, it actually feels like youíre holding the bare iPhone 5. It doesnít really add any weight to the device either. On the other hand, because the case is aluminum, we did notice that it could interfere with cellular signal at times. It wasn't a major change, but it was a noticeable one bar difference at times.

    Every AL13 case comes with an optional front and rear screen protector that you can stick on to prevent additional scratches and scuffs.

    Because the case is so carefully crafted, minimalistic, and beautiful, we like it. On the other hand, the issues with signal strength force us to reduce the score a little bit... lets take off one leaf for the one bar that it takes away from signal strength, and one for feeling like we need a case to protect the case. We're giving the AL13 3 out of 5 leaves:



    The AL13 retails on designed by m's Web site for $79.99. It comes in an iPhone 4/4S version too if you're interested. You get the color choice of Gunmetal, Blue, Slate black, Silver, or Red. The one we showed you today is the Slate black version, which matches the color scheme of our iPhone 5.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: The AL13 Aluminum Bumper Case is for Those Wanting to Preserve the Look of the iPhone 5 started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 25 Comments
    1. KraXik's Avatar
      KraXik -
      I like it.

      I don't like the price!
    1. blkcadi's Avatar
      blkcadi -
      ^Ditto, like the product but it is a bit pricey for a bumper.
    1. 2k1's Avatar
      2k1 -
      Agree they got better cases out there for same price
    1. jamesgunaca's Avatar
      jamesgunaca -
      2 leafs for that price tag! Ouch! My incase protector does the trick for just $10.
    1. skyeking69's Avatar
      skyeking69 -
      I have a white iphone.....guess I can't preserve???
    1. ensigma's Avatar
      ensigma -
      Quote Originally Posted by skyeking69 View Post
      I have a white iphone.....guess I can't preserve???
      The silver option is made to match the white iPhone.

      Most aluminum bumpers I've seen start at $80 and cost as much as $150 or more.
    1. PigGiii's Avatar
      PigGiii -
      Got one of these, it is very nice but had to take it off because it diminish signal so much, more then the 5% they claim. Cannot get LTE sign even in an open area. Besides from Aesthetic, the case is useless. Build quality suck so much because there is a gap between the front and back slide in panel, I would give this POS a 1 star for the look only.
    1. Raptor2213's Avatar
      Raptor2213 -
      $80 for a bumper? That's at least 4x the cost it should be!
    1. ProfessorJack's Avatar
      ProfessorJack -
      Your phone will louse its signal
      As there is no cut out next to the power
      Button. I had a case in metal with a cut out next to the power button and still I lost signal. Don't waist your money guys
    1. AdonisBlue's Avatar
      AdonisBlue -
      Really like it! but would not pay even half that price for it....
    1. mexchorizo's Avatar
      mexchorizo -
      Quote Originally Posted by ProfessorJack View Post
      Your phone will louse its signal
      As there is no cut out next to the power
      Button. I had a case in metal with a cut out next to the power button and still I lost signal. Don't waist your money guys

      People, check your spelling before you submit your post. It's not "louse" it's lose. It's not "waist." It's waste.

      Thank you.
    1. BhadKarma's Avatar
      BhadKarma -
      I got a battery mophie case for cheaper.

      Little bulky but I get extra battery life...

      The idea to this bumper seems nice... But pricey and by the looks, prob will drop signal strength...

      Looks cool tho, lots of people want "cool" lol
    1. juanc723's Avatar
      juanc723 -
      nice? yes, very! would i buy it? yes, for 20 bux. i think the packaging costs more than the bumper. come on!!
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      Yeah.....not worth the price!
    1. frankjc81's Avatar
      frankjc81 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Raptor2213 View Post
      $80 for a bumper? That's at least 4x the cost it should be!
      What do you mean "should be"? That's like saying saying every bumper ever made has to be the same price regardless of the quality and materials its made from. Stupid comment. Really for what it is the price is fair. If you want a plastic or silicone bumper, go pay 10-20$. You aren't being forced to purchase this product. People will buy it. YOU don't have to. Who cares what they want to charge for a quality made product. Why people complain on the price of things like this is beyond me. Unless if its the only product on the market, and it's needed by everybody, no reason to cry about prices.
    1. exNavy's Avatar
      exNavy -
      I've never understood the appeal of a bumper that does nothing to protect the face or the back. I understand it even less when it's made of metal and at this price point.
    1. vinaygoel2000's Avatar
      vinaygoel2000 -
      Quote Originally Posted by exNavy View Post
      I've never understood the appeal of a bumper that does nothing to protect the face or the back. I understand it even less when it's made of metal and at this price point.
      Bumper was introduced by Apple to negate the Antennagate effect on the iPhone 4. I've only used a case on my iPhone 4. My 4S served me without a case and my 5 also stays nude. Now a case on a cheap looking plastic Android phone is acceptable but I can't justify hiding the beauty of iPhone by keeping it in a case.
    1. Ozzie5374's Avatar
      Ozzie5374 -
      The only aluminium cases I've seen/used that I'd put on an iphone are Element cases. Their quality and design are worth the asking prices. Period!
    1. Spyruf's Avatar
      Spyruf -
      amazing case but overpriced
    1. zeppy's Avatar
      zeppy -
      Quote:
      Anthony Bouchard

      "It’s a minimalist case, so it won’t protect you from those hardcore drops like some other cases will..."


      Why buy this case!!! No real protection from drops!!!

      Only reason the many will use a case is for glass protection from drops... (certain work environments) so the majority of time many users never use a case.

      This one is very well done and for those "case-lovers" this looks like a good one to get.

      Me and Leo LaPorte much prefer not to have ugly cheap cases or attractive expensive cases on otherwise beautiful phones.