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  • InCase Power Slider vs Mophie Juice Pack Air [ GIVEAWAY INSIDE! ]
    [ Congrats to user ZOMGVTEK on winning the case! ]

    With the release of the new iPhone 3GS and the continuation of the iPhone 3G, battery life still seems to be an issue (even with the improved battery life of the 3GS) with the iPhone. Maybe its 'cause its so connected to everything online...

    Incase and Mophie both have made way to solve this recurring problem - the Incase Power Slider, and the Mophie Juice Pack Air (you may remember our review on the Air's big brother, the Mophie Juice Pack).

    We'll chat about the differences.

    Both cases run $79.95. Grab the Mophie Juice Pack Air from their site, or the Incase Power Slider from Apple.

    Incase states the Power Slider extends battery life up to 5 hours on Internet use, 5 hours on 3G talk time. It is quite impressive, and Incase is spot on with their facts. The Juice Pack Air, on the other hand, extends 4.5 hours on both, which also wound up being a pretty accurate spec.

    The Juice Pack Air takes a hint from the MacBook Pro batteries, and has 4 bright blue lights on the back telling you your current charge level. Nicely enough, it came FULLY CHARGED - the Incase Power Slider had a pretty sticker letting me know I had better fully charge it before using. Win, Mophie.

    Incase's 5 indication lights show the current charge as well, and are a little better hidden as well (only visible when lit) - and another perk is an indicator that tells you when to plug the case in during a sync. Its the little things that make life sweet.

    Both cases come with a mini USB slot along with a standard USB to mini cable. EDIT, my bad - as readers pointed out, the Mophie is in fact MICRO-USB, not Mini. Thanks, guy. This allows you to charge or update it your phone without having to remove it from the case.

    Mophie Juice Pack Air

    Incase Power Slider (btw, that does close flush, I just hadn't pressed it together completely in this photo)

    The Incase is pretty darn bulky (with dimensions of 5.1x2.6x0.86 this case almost doubles your iPhones depth), although for being large it feels quite good in the hand. The Juice Pack Air measures in at 4.90x 2.59x 0.75 - 0.32 thinner all around then the Power Slider. Interestingly, the Mophie is 0.1lb heavier then the Power Slider.

    As far as feel, the Incase wins hands down for me. The edges are curved so it feels more natural and the case covers the entire exterior of the phone. There is a hard but semi "grippy" exterior which makes it good for grip - but not one of those annoying cases that gets stuck in you pocket (I had one of those Incase rubber protective covers and it just didnt do it for me). It also seems much more flush with the iPhone, making it look more like a single unit than a phone wearing a backpack.

    Another thing Incase does right is they put rubber protectors in the back of the case. This helps to ensure protection for your phone if dropped from direct contact to the plastic or even those ugly scratches that you get from the normal wear and tear in a plastic case like the Agent18 ClearShield.

    Mophie's Juice Pack Air is shiny, which shows a heck of a lot more fingerprints. It definitely slides in and out of the pocket better, and it's smaller as well, as noted before. The part of the Juice Pack Air where the bottom of the iPhone sites also has a small gap which throws me off a bit.

    A very cool part of the Juice Pack Air is the on/off switch at the bottom. I wish the Power Slider has something like it. If you'd prefer to have the iPhone in the case but NOT be charging at the moment, simpmly flip the switch, and you've just got a big ol' case.

    But the Air's biggest flaw? Getting the thing off the iPhone. The top part is thin and attached to two long bits that go down the whole case - and it attaches REALLY tightly. I had a hard time getting the two pieces apart every time I tried, and the 5th or 6th time the top part actually snapped in half while trying to remove it. The thing still works - it connects nicely on the bottom and charges fine, but now it doesn't look complete.

    By contrast, the Power Slider slides off and on smoothly, yet fits together just as seamlessly (in fact, it looks a little more seamless).

    EDIT: Its worth noting (as a user pointed out as well) that the Incase DID give us an intermittent signal drop of about a bar. If I had 3 bars or more I was unaffected, but I noticed if I was in a place where I'd normally have only 1 bar (certain rooms in buildings, etc) I was more likely to drop a call with the Incase on than without it. I did NOT notice this with the Mophie, although some have said they notice it. This didn't really affect my love for the Power Slider, though, as the added power was much more beneficial than the signal in low signal areas - I just pulled off the case to make a call there.

    If you are craving a little more power and got an extra 80 bucks laying around and dont mind a slightly larger case, Id say grab the Incase Power Slider. The Mophie isn't bad, but getting the thing apart really is more difficult than it should be, and the design isn't quite as "pretty" as Incase's.

    Of course, if you dont have 80 bucks laying around but still would like a Power Slider - we are giving one away. Just let us know you'd like one by starting your comment with "P- " and then anything you would like to say about the case. EDIT - I'll announce a winner Wednesday July 15th. US only, sorry folks.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: InCase Power Slider vs Mophie Juice Pack Air [ GIVEAWAY INSIDE! ] started by Kyle Matthews View original post
    Comments 958 Comments
    1. PiRaTE's Avatar
      PiRaTE -
      P- I would love yo have one of these cases. So many times after a long day out of the house my phone has died. Been in trouble with my parents because my phone has died and they couldnt reach me or i could let them know i wasnt coming home for the night. Could use the extra battery power to play some games longer and surf the internet more! Both cases are very sexy by the way
    1. Krazedkid1221's Avatar
      Krazedkid1221 -
      great review btw.
    1. hateraide's Avatar
      hateraide -
      P- that case is unreal! i deserve that case because of all the wasted money i have spent on trying out cases ie: otterbox defender and so on. hook me up modmyi!
    1. ikmc915's Avatar
      ikmc915 -
      P- This thing look huge but I wouldn't mind having it
    1. i heberlein i's Avatar
      i heberlein i -
      P-Both Cases look amazing
    1. footballfanatic28's Avatar
      footballfanatic28 -
      P- both cases seem pretty sweet, so personally it'd difficult for me to decide which to get, but I think I would have to go with the incase. a big factor was sliding it on and off and the fact that it shows fingerprints. but that's just me. either way, I could definitely use the extra juice
    1. mroof1's Avatar
      mroof1 -
      P- The cases look pretty sweet. I would love to have one of these.

      Pf very nice review of the cases btw.
    1. rwin84's Avatar
      rwin84 -
      P- Dunno if i will like the added bulk but the extra life will probably out weigh that issue ;-) hope i win one!
    1. gibon143's Avatar
      gibon143 -

      ill happily cart around a bulky-*** iphone for extra battery life (it would be nice to have it with full brightness turned up during use!), the technology alone still amazes me!

      Now all i need to do is figure out how to use the teleportation option in preferences...anyone figure that one out yet?

    1. aries_green_monkey's Avatar
      aries_green_monkey -
      P- i hope i win... =)
    1. deldrice's Avatar
      deldrice -
      P- Awesome cases, both would be a great addition to my apply Iphone!
    1. ckyr's Avatar
      ckyr -
      P- More power is always useful!
    1. erkbiznatch's Avatar
      erkbiznatch -
      P- Those are some beastly looking cases...it would be nice to get one
    1. JuanChia's Avatar
      JuanChia -
      P- I want one...By the middle of the day i have to charge my phone due to i use my phone all day....Pick me Pick me!!!!
    1. z4kMKv's Avatar
      z4kMKv -
      P-I want one! =)
    1. ronfin44's Avatar
      ronfin44 -
      P- Since I never win anything it never hurts to try. It's like the feeling you get when you buy lottery tickets. Until you actually get the results you have hope. So, why not. As much as I use my phone I could DEFINITELY usea boost! -fin
    1. phifer8390's Avatar
      phifer8390 -
      p- I just got the Mophie Juice pack Air on Thursday and when I went to unplug it on Friday night the micro usb broke inside the case. It seems the solder points broke inside. Now I can't charge it! I wonder if the power slider has the same issue? Guess I'll have to talk to Mophie when they open tomorrow!
    1. Juga's Avatar
      Juga -
      P- I tried out the incase at bestbuy and I like it...If i don't win it I'm going to save and get it i guess lol!
    1. drdarren's Avatar
      drdarren -
      P-count me in. i want one.(need one)
    1. jguest's Avatar
      jguest -
      P- I would love one!