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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. ensigma's Avatar
      ensigma -
      P- the matte black finish isn't too bad.
    1. boywonder77's Avatar
      boywonder77 -
      "P-". These cases has style to it. It give you a sleek look. And its not as bulky as some of the cases out there. I know I would love to have one so I can have enough power to call the makers of there case and say "Thank you for fixing the battery problem that Apple could not fix!!!"
    1. Kyle Matthews's Avatar
      Kyle Matthews -
      Quote Originally Posted by ThinkTank View Post
      Well not too fast. I hate when writers here just write reviews wihout using the product. Yes I went and picked up the mophie yesterday. It is not compatible with 3 gs. Yes it charges but u can make calls or listen to musi bcos the not so farmous accessory not compatible with iPhone pops up every 3 sec and disable ur phone.

      Waiting on a reply from mophie or I will return it back to apple store.
      Definitely had the Mophie and a 3GS.
    1. dondizzle's Avatar
      dondizzle -
      P- I like the power slider, but I wish it was white
    1. doubled50's Avatar
      doubled50 -
      P- Does anyone actually read these posts? If so, prove it
    1. parkertseng's Avatar
      parkertseng -
      I had the power slider for a while.
      Strange thing is the battery will fade away gradually when it is fully charge and not been used for 3-4 days.
      Did file a compliant letter to Incase and never had the response.
      There 3 power slider in my family and all has the same issue.
      Wondering of anyone who had the similar issue?
    1. Six2one's Avatar
      Six2one -
      P- I would like the incase been looking at one. I travel quite a bit and to have the phone die on a 4 hour flight would suck.
    1. mikey21's Avatar
      mikey21 -
    1. MrWHOx's Avatar
      MrWHOx -
      P- i hope the winner gets announced! i like the mophie but the bezel isnt covered much so i would go for the power slider :/
    1. moped55's Avatar
      moped55 -
      P-I hope it’s not too late. My wife needs this. I bought her a 3G and the car charger in her work vehicle doesn’t work. She works with schizophrenic veterans in her their homes and needs a working phone on her at all times. I hope I can get this for her…this is for love, man!
    1. beerhunter's Avatar
      beerhunter -
      P- I want one...my phone never lasts a full day...
    1. ODB25's Avatar
      ODB25 -
      P- interesting, I've always wondered if it's worth the $80..
    1. ericidle's Avatar
      ericidle -
      P- Guess I'll luck out but my 3GS is already more marked than my two yearold 2G and I treat them the same
    1. ThinkTank's Avatar
      ThinkTank -
      Quote Originally Posted by poetic_folly View Post
      Definitely had the Mophie and a 3GS.
      I stand corrected.
    1. gabsiphone's Avatar
      gabsiphone -
      P- i need one
    1. 7lowe's Avatar
      7lowe -
      P- I ordered a case from Ultra-case.com but it's got no power so I could use one of these too!
    1. KumarBDH's Avatar
      KumarBDH -
      P- One word......AMAZING
    1. memaddog's Avatar
      memaddog -
      Thanks for the comparative. I need one of these for trips. Being out and about from morning til night using maps and GPS is murder on battery life.
    1. pharmer's Avatar
      pharmer -
      P-I was finally able to afford the 3g. I just got it yesterday. This would make a great addition.
    1. brianiino's Avatar
      brianiino -
      P- I was accually going to get one of those but got a regular incase case cause I was kinda unsure if it was going to work good for the $